Was this the first time you participated and what is your impression of the AREA where the race is held?
Yes, this was the 1st time I had raced the course. I saw the booth at the Great Wall Marathon and decided that it looked like a stunning area of China to visit. What better way to do this than by running a marathon?

 

How would you describe the characteristics of the event?
The characteristics of this race are many and varied. The course profile in the program and on the website is extremely deceptive.

 

The course starts out fairly sedately and easily on mainly flat roads for the first half marathon or so….during this time though you have run through wee villages, in and around a round house, said good bye to the 8k fun runners and also the half marathoners, then the fun really starts.

 

From here the terrain is a multitude of everything on offer – farm track, stepping stones, cobbles, sides of farmers’ fields, cobbles, road, trail, cobbles, up the side of the mountain, cobbles, around the outside and inside of round houses, cobbles and also down the other side of the mountain. Oh did I mention the cobbles……….or the mountain!! They are tough

 

Is the Great Hakka a race that you would recommend?
This is by far the best marathon I have run. I have done a total of 12 different marathons. The scenery, people, challenging course, amazing organization all make the runner feel so welcome.


I had friends who I had talked into coming with me – they ran the 8km - and while waiting for me had a great time at the finish line cheering everyone in, talking to the local people and wandering through the village.

 

The Sunday excursion through the round houses to actually look at what we had been running through the day before was great. It was so interesting to talk to the people who lived in them and find out they were generation number 27 and 28 of living there. Amazing.

Was this the first time you participated and what is your impression of the AREA where the race is held?
Yes, this was the 1st time I had raced the course. I saw the booth at the Great Wall Marathon and decided that it looked like a stunning area of China to visit. What better way to do this than by running a marathon?

 

How would you describe the characteristics of the event?
The characteristics of this race are many and varied. The course profile in the program and on the website is extremely deceptive.


The course starts out fairly sedately and easily on mainly flat roads for the first half marathon or so….during this time though you have run through wee villages, in and around a round house, said good bye to the 8k fun runners and also the half marathoners, then the fun really starts.


From here the terrain is a multitude of everything on offer – farm track, stepping stones, cobbles, sides of farmers’ fields, cobbles, road, trail, cobbles, up the side of the mountain, cobbles, around the outside and inside of round houses, cobbles and also down the other side of the mountain. Oh did I mention the cobbles……….or the mountain!! They are tough

 

Is the Great Hakka a race that you would recommend?
This is by far the best marathon I have run. I have done a total of 12 different marathons. The scenery, people, challenging course, amazing organization all make the runner feel so welcome.


I had friends who I had talked into coming with me – they ran the 8km - and while waiting for me had a great time at the finish line cheering everyone in, talking to the local people and wandering through the village.


The Sunday excursion through the round houses to actually look at what we had been running through the day before was great. It was so interesting to talk to the people who lived in them and find out they were generation number 27 and 28 of living there. Amazing.

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