rural rather than urban (about: 2005)|
A. W. from Guernsey (4/5/05)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Marathon de Nantes-Atlantique
Although based in the city of Nantes, this marathon is basically rural. First and last quarter through city suburbs with the middle section along opposite banks of the Loire. So not a run for those who like city-center races with lots of support. Terrain very flat, just a couple of rises - (difficult for me to judge too well as I ran very slowly as had just had a virus, so was not on good form). Though the race start/finish (also pasta party, a poor expo, and number pick-up) are on city outskirts, the local transport facilities are superb, so no problem. It is in a big leisure/sport/exhibition park so, actually, there is lot to see and do. Free massage at end and tons of fruit. Sharp cut off time so not for ultra slow marathoners or walkers. Cups, not bottles - a downer, but lots of feed stations. About 2,000 runners this year, so a nice medium-sized event. Mainly local athletes, so if not French, go and boost visting runner numbers! (A runner from Jersey also there - so Channel Islands nicely represented!!).