Runners’ Comments


Hi, just wanted to say a big thank you to you all at Sports Travel for a brilliant weekend in London. Everything was organised so well and the experience of running the marathon is something we will never forget.  Ursula & Daniel, Lisburn

Would like to thank you all for organising a great weekend as usual.  Very well organised by everyone. Please pass on our thanks. Sandra, Rathangan, Co Kildare

Another great weekend in London there. Thanks so much. Loved every moment of it. Got me thinking about booking my next marathon.  Padraig, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Thanks so much for the weekend – organisation was first class as always!  Susan, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Congratulations on arranging such a beautifully smooth package for the marathon. If only my part, the running itself, had been of a similar quality. You even arranged it so the slower runners didn’t have to get cold while plodding round the course.  Brian, Dublin 15

 I just want to thank Martin and the crew in London for an amazing weekend.  The team over there were fantastic and everything worked out so well – except for the weather.  I have already recruited a number of runners to come back next year so I will be in touch with you regarding this later in the year. Alma, Co Meath

Can I say a very big thank you for all your help, support and organisation last weekend. It was great not to have to think of anything bar running!! Despite the very warm conditions it was a great event. Grainne, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Huge thanks for a great weekend in London – as usual everything was organised like clockwork from start to finish. Thanks also to Alex and Eugene for their assistance in London as well.  Anne Mac Oscar, Southern Area Hospice Services, Newry

I would just like to say a huge thank you for the London Marathon, it was an amazing experience from start to finish. Looking forward to the next trip!  Brian, Tullow, Co Carlow 


Thanks again for a great Boston Marathon tour. It was definitely the best trip I was on and I think the weather for the marathon itself made it even more special! The people on the tour were an amazing bunch and special thanks to guides Barry & Jenny for their help, organization and information throughout the trip. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to go on the tour in the first instance. It’s a tour I will not forget in a long time. Fred, Co Kildare

Just a quick email to thank you for organising another great Sports Travel event at Boston Marathon 2018.  It was brilliant from the airport pickup to the hotel and back.  Barry was great and knowing that the team all got back safely from the race that day was super considering the horrendous conditions. I look forward to travelling with you again. Martin, Belfast

Please pass our thanks to Barry for his wealth of knowledge on the Boston trip. It was a memorable marathon to say the least.  Gary, Bangor

Jeremy and I had a fantastic time in Boston despite the gruelling marathon conditions. Barry was amazing and knew the city so well. There was a really great team from Ireland and to date it was my best trip!  Louise, Newtownards


I would like to extend my thanks to Sports Travel as well as Martin for the excellent organization and wonderful experiences in Tokyo . It was outstanding. Michael, Belfast

Tokyo was an experience I will never forget.  It was mindblowing. A big thank you to Martin for his guidance and steering us around Tokyo. Never could have done this on our own.   Paula, Downpatrick

I loved every minute of Tokyo and Martin was fantastic. Very impressed with the organisation.    Veronica, Dublin

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for a wonderful trip & for all your help and attention to detail. I look forward to booking with you again in the near future.  Fiona, Donegal

I’ve such great memories from the trip and as learned something new every day. Martin, thanks for your patience and arranging the tours, etc. To those who completed their 6 majors, take a bow and to everyone else, let’s keep going. Our day will come too.  Patricia, Cork

Thanks to everyone in the group for making Tokyo such an amazing and enjoyable experience, memories to last for a life. Special thanks to you Martin for all your hard work in keeping everything going like clockwork each day. Top marks as always.  Dermot, Co Westmeath

I will take away from this trip some wonderful memories made with so many great people during a truly wonderful experience. Martin, your enthusiasm, positivity and drive are so infectious and you have been a wonderful host. Robert, Newtownabbey

It was a pleasure to be part of the Sports Travel Tokyo 2018 team. Klemen, Slovenia

Thanks for everything Martin. Well organised as usual. Looking forward to my next tour. Denis, Donegal

What a fantastic few days!  Natasha, Dublin

Thanks everyone. Had a great time. Martin, thank you very much. You made it all possible. Damien, Co Down

Martin, thank you for the great organisation. Hope to see you soon. Seda & Secil, Turkey

Many thanks to Martin for minding us so well throughout. Mayo football will have its day!  Ger, Co Meath

It’s been a great weekend with wonderful companions and perfect organisation. Jacek, Dublin


Just a quick note to thank you and your team for a fantastic trip to New York. It was my 4th time to run the event, the last one being 1998. I thoroughly enjoyed all the “Big Apple” has to offer and it is a magical city. Your team’s professionalism and friendliness certainly added to the event .Well done all. Kevin Smyth, Co Tyrone

I just wanted to say what a credit the Sports Travel team are; I had the most inspirational trip running the NYC  marathon with everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it; I need to start saving again because no doubt I will be traveling with you again. Until the next time, take care. – Fiona Higgins, Belfast

I’m just back from the New York trip & had an amazing time.
Can you please forward me the Berlin Marathon package details. Thanks – Hannah Irvine, Dublin

I travelled with you to London and NYC and am interested in Berlin next year. I’m hoping to travel with you as I had a great experience. Please email me when details become available. Thank you for a great trip to NYC.– Phyllis Dunne, Dublin


I just wanted to say thanks for a really well organised tour to Chicago for the marathon. I got back this morning. The hotel was great and couldn’t have been better located for the race start and finish. Also all of your instructions were spot on and helped a lot. That was my fifth major with only Tokyo to do now, I hope to do that in 2019 (if I’m still able) so maybe keep me on file for that if you can. Once again thanks for a great trip. – Patrick Moore, Dublin

I have just recently returned from Chicago for the marathon. Thanks once again to Sports Travel for a well organised trip. Chris did a great job guiding us. – Denis O’Donnell, Co Donegal

Your guide, Chris, was brilliant on the Chicago trip. He went out of his way to help everyone and made sure everyone was alright and included. And always had a joke or good word on hand.  – Tricia Butler, Co Cork


I’d just like to thank you for such a well-organised trip to Chicago. – Garry Cribbin, Co Kildare.

Thanks to Chris and everyone for the memories. – Donna Owens, Co Tyrone

Just a quick thank you to Chris for all the help this weekend and well done to everyone on a great achievement. – Aisling O’Connor, Dublin


Thanks for organizing a great trip and a place for me at the Berlin marathon. I really enjoyed it as my first and ONLY Marathon. It was a great experience thanks to you and all your staff for all the info and precise info on getting to and around Berlin. – J & L Cahill, Co Kildare

Just wanted to take the opportunity to thank yourself, Barry, Jennie and Martin for all your help with planning and getting through the Marathon. We had a wonderful trip and it was made so easy by you and your team. Looking forward to seeing you for another trip soon.  C & M Gorman, Dublin

Thanks for a really great experience in Berlin.  K O’Kelly, Dublin

Really enjoyable well organised trip. Can’t wait for New York now.  I Clements, Enniskillen

Many thanks for a fantastic time in Berlin . The organization and attention to detail was superb .  Also the location of the hotel was excellent with lots of lovely restaurants around.  S Murray, Dublin

Had a wonderful trip to the Berlin marathon – thanks to Barry, Jenny and Colette!! So well organised and so helpful. Thanks a million!  O Cosgrove, Mullingar

Just wanted to drop an email to say thanks a mill for the great package to Berlin. Both Mark and I were very impressed with everything and felt very reassured and no stress whatsoever. Always a bonus coming into a marathon. A & M Gilleran, Co Roscommon

Just a note to again express my thanks to you for all your wonderful facilitating of Berlin Marathon 2017 for us. Your care for us and attention to detail, especially amid the Ryanair issue, is hugely appreciated. You may not have been running but I dare say you’re probably more exhausted than any of us!!! Thanks a million.  M English, Navan

Many thanks again for a great trip to Berlin. R Dempsey, Roscrea

Many thanks for everything in Berlin. Ye did a super job. Good call in relation to the ponchos. Hope to see ye in NY next year.  J Coleman, Co Galway

Well done again on the impeccable way that the recent trip to Berlin was organized. J Duggan, Clonakilty

Many thanks for a great trip to Berlin.  It was a great marathon and trip in general, and everything was really well organised. R Ward, Dublin

I just wanted to say thanks a million for all that yourself and the team did to organise the Berlin trip for us. As usual everything was excellent in terms of arrangements, instructions and help. F McGinley, Dublin


I just wanted to thank Martin and the entire team for an extremely well organized London marathon trip last weekend. Everyone I met was very friendly and I really enjoyed the personal touch when I joined Martin and Barry on a run around Hyde Park on Saturday morning. I have to say the highlight after running the marathon was the use of the showers afterwards in time for my flight home – most welcome and so re-vitalizing.   Overall, it was top notch and I’ll definitely be recommending Sports Travel International to all runners that I meet. Declan O’Leary, Co Galway

Thanks for all the help over the weekend. Really well organised. Ye couldn’t have done more other than run it for us.  Adrian & Suzie Mc Walter, Co Galway

Just a short note to thank you for organising such a wonderful trip to the London marathon. The detail in all correspondence was excellent and unique. Super! Many thanks to all concerned. Michael Hunt, Rathmines, Dublin

Thanks to you guys for organizing such a fantastic weekend. We had a great time at the London Marathon.  We are aiming to get the 6 major marathon medal. The plan is to do Chicago, Tokyo & Boston.  Thanks again for a fantastic weekend, still buzzing.  – Natasha & Veronica, Dublin

Just a note to thank-you very much for all your help and hard work for London – as always it was so well organised from start to finish. All our runners had a great experience and very much enjoyed the weekend. Anne Mac Oscar, SAHS group


Thank you so much for the perfectly organised Boston Marathon tour. Everything was superb and went without a flaw. Barry was an excellent Guide who was always on hand to offer advice and help to runners and non-runners. Already thinking about another marathon with sports travel next year. Again thank you so much for all your behind the scenes work. Declan Larkin, Co Antrim

Just back from trip to the Boston Marathon. From initial query on the trip through the booking process, to the trip itself, a fantastic, professional and friendly service. And an amazing trip it was. If you only ever do one Marathon in your life, it should be Boston. Thanks to Colette and Martin and especially Barry who was our guide on the tour. 100% recommend. Conor Cusack, Tralee, Co Kerry

I would like to thank Barry and Sports Travel for organising an amazing trip. My family and I had a brilliant time in Boston. It was a pleasure meeting everyone on tour and I enjoyed running with them all. Hope to meet you again. John Quinn, Holycross, Co Tipperary

Just a quick thank you to yourselves and Barry for organising such a great trip. Every aspect was superb, start to finish. We will be booking another trip at some point, I hope. Donal O’Driscoll, Waterford

Just a quick note to say a massive thank-you to all at Sports Travel for organising a fantastic trip to Boston. The organisation around the whole event was fantastic.  I had a lot of catching up to do with some old friends in Boston so was away from the group a bit, yet still managed to meet some lovely people on the trip and this was due to the atmosphere created by you guys (simple things like the Whats App group). Please pass on my regards to Barry who was a brilliant guide. Thanks again. Eoin Kellett, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

I’ve just returned from Boston and wanted to say a big thank you for the most enjoyable marathon yet. I had an amazing experience and finished in 3.30 in the heat of 25/ 26 degrees. Didn’t get a PB but considering the conditions I did well and enjoyed it. A special thank you to Barry for his excellent organisational and social skills! He (and his wife Jenny) really made us all feel so relaxed and comfortable, it was a pleasure. Tommy Crampton, Dublin


I had a great trip!  This  was my first marathon and I could not fault the process. The tips and information provided were very useful. I reverted to the information supplied constantly throughout the trip. The Odawara trip was great fun. It was relaxing and easygoing. The spa was a nice treat following on from the Marathon. Sarah O’Keeffe, Charleville, Co Cork

This was a memorable trip and my thanks to STI for a well run tour. There was great peace of mind having everything organised for a race so far from home. Superb hotel. Good package with Friendship Run and Odawara trip well organised. Great flat course. Super spectators. Organisation was brilliant. Volunteers were amazing. Possibly my favourite major. Only downside was the long walk between the finish line and recovery area. The After Run Party was first class and far above anything I have attended at other races. Brian Feherty,  St Helen’s Bay 

The marathon was very well organised with good support en route. Plenty of volunteers who spoke English during and after the race. Excellent medical facilities available.  The Odawara day trip was really enjoyable, interesting venues, good fun, good food …highlight of the trip. Brian Smith, Dalkey Co Dublin

It was an excellent tour from start to finish! Very well organised and everything made simple to follow. The continuous contact with information in the lead-up to the tour ensured everything was clear before we ever left home! Registration was brilliant straight through and well laid out. Expo wasn’t as good as the other majors that I’ve been at. Language may be a factor for some of this but in general the expo wasn’t as good as London, Berlin or NYC. I enjoyed the marathon very much. Great crowds and well organised. Plenty of water stops and km markers! I enjoyed the part where we ran opposite the elite athletes on the other side of the road. The After Run Party was a brilliant experience, lovely venue with great food and entertainment. Even though I am not a six star finisher yet I felt a great buzz on the night. Highly recommend it!  Odawara was probably the best day of the trip. Absolutely brilliant day from the start on the bullet train, temples were class and spa was pure relaxation. Food was good also. Great day!  Hotel was lovely and staff couldn’t have been nicer, ideal location with metro station beside us. The whole group seemed to gel so well it made it so much more enjoyable. The Friendship Run was my first time doing one of them and will def be doing them again!  Colm Meaney, Drumcollogher, Co Limerick

Overall it was enjoyable, in terms of the cultural differences, etc.  It was good to have other people’s company over the few days there. The WhatsApp group was helpful for people to arrange things together. Registration was very efficient and the people were lovely. It was quite quick getting everything. Brian Hand, Swords, Co Dublin

Great trip, Tokyo is a fascinating place. It is an expensive destination but is a city everyone should visit. Sile Dinneen, Glasnevin, Dublin

Just a quick note to say thank you for organising a very enjoyable trip.  I look forward to booking future adventures with you.  I have arranged my hotel for Boston with you twice  as I had my own entry, but this time for Tokyo arranged the race entry also. On all occasions the group has been great and the tour organisation absolutely fantastic. I liked the way both the start and finish were very central. The support was also great along the course. Garrett Quigley, Templeogue, Dublin

Gerald Boyle was very impressed with the organisation of Tokyo. Thanks again for looking after my runners, I know they are always in safe hands. Emma McArdle, Challenge Events Manager, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland


I just want to extend a note of thanks to you all after my recent trip to the New York marathon with ye. It was my third trip in total with Sports Travel and as usual everything was perfect. I could fault nothing in each trip and this gives great peace of mind on the build up to such occasions and during the event as well.  Keep up the good work. – John Duggan, Co Cork

I would like to thank yourself and Martin and all the staff in New York for organising such a perfect time at the weekend.  We all really enjoyed it all.  Hotel was perfect and the buses that were laid on to and from the Airport and to the start of the Marathon were much appreciated.  Life was much easier with everything sorted.  Please pass on our thanks to everyone. – Sandra Cross, Co Kildare

I hope this email finds you well. I ran the marathon on Sunday and loved every minute. The whole package was perfect and it was really nice to be a part of it. Thank you for your help with all the arrangements. – Breda Lynch, Dublin

Just a little email to say thank you for the organising of our brilliant trip to New York for the Marathon. The organisation was 110% both prior and during the trip. – Moira & Billy Horgan, Co Kerry

I just wanted to email and say tell you that Sports Travel were excellent on my recent trip to New York. Doing a marathon is stressful enough without having to worry about all the logistics that go with it. The staff were brilliant leaving nothing for me to think about except the job in hand. The hotel was a great choice.  Will you pass this on to the guys who were there and hopefully I’ll see them at the Great North Run next year! – Emma McCann, Co Derry

I am just emailing you to say thanks for a great few days in New York. My family and I had a really enjoyable time and all was very well organised by your tour group as usual. Unfortunately we missed the celebration dinner as my daughter saw the skating rink at the Rockefeller centre and that took priority over the dinner !  –   Patrick Moore, Dublin

I’m still on a high after completing the NYC marathon last weekend. I would like to thank you for getting me in to that marathon at the last minute. All worked out better than expected after my disappointment at not been able to make Berlin. I would also like to thank the whole Sports Travel team in organising the trip really professionally.   Denis O’Donnell, Co Donegal


Quick note to say “Thank You” for a well-organized tour. A great choice of hotel and having knowledgeable and friendly people on the ground made things so much easier!  – Ultan O Broin, Co Dublin 

It was great to see you again and the weekend was so well organised by the team. Made it very easy for the participants.  – Robert Bourke, Co Limerick

Just a quick note to say thank you very much for the support and hospitality we received from you and the company over last weekend. We would definitely use your service again and thanks for everything. – Tony Brennan, Co Galway

Just a brief note to say thank you for all your help at the weekend and making our stay in Berlin a stress free time. I didn’t know what to expect from my first marathon trip but your level of care and attention to detail was great and really added to the experience. I am thinking about next trip (have to tidy up that time) already so will be in touch. Thanks so much again and talk soon. – Fran Walsh, Co Cork

Just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for our Berlin trip, it was amazing and so well organised. Please pass my thanks onto Barry and your colleagues.  Hopefully I will book another trip with yourselves soon. – Claire Oliphant, Co Antrim

Thanks for a great trip guys. Another successful one under our belts. Chicago next year.  Ian Kinsella, Dublin


I just wanted to drop a quick note to say thanks for the great trip to the London Marathon. The whole experience was very professional and friendly and I would definitely recommend you in the future, thanks once again. – Brian Booth, Dublin 

We recently travelled with you to the London marathon and we wish to thank you for the excellent organisation of the event. We had a fantastic few days in London and a great experience. Over a week later the body is starting to recover and plans are being made for the next challenge. – Paul Ryan, Co Kildare

Just want to say thanks very much for everything for the London Marathon, the service we got was brilliant. The marathon itself is something I will never forget, it will have to be done again. Fingers crossed the running will stay going good and I will be fit and ready for next year. Thanks again and hopefully see ye again soon! – Anthony O’Callaghan, Co Cork

Once again thanks so much for the great and well organised trips in London and Boston. – Enda Kennedy, Irish Heart Foundation

Just to let you know our runners  had a great time in London and Paris and were very complimentary of Sports Travel – Peter Minchin, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Just a note to say thank you very much for a great weekend, it was so well organised from start to finish. All your hard work is much appreciated. All our runners enjoyed their experience – the feedback has been great. – Anne Mac Oscar, Southern Area Hospice Services 

Just a line to say thanks for all your help with organising London – we had a wonderful weekend. The hotel, its location and the general organisation of everything was just great! I will be recommending your company to others thinking of traveling to London or to other marathons throughout the world – who knows, I may be in touch again! Many thanks again and best wishes for the future. – Colette Maguire, Belfast


Great event again in Boston, thanks to all for making it so enjoyable!  Thanks as always. – Carmel Malone, Galway

To you all at the office, just to say a big Thanks for a wonderful trip to Boston.
Myself and Emer had an unforgettable trip to the Boston marathon. Everything, from the booking stage to the flight home was so professionally organised with a relaxed friendly tone. Of course the Boston Marathon is legendary, but Sports Travel International’s partnership make for a truly great, enjoyable sporting experience. Eugene’s  morning runs, his warm friendly words and local expertise were much appreciated. I will look forward to another running adventure with you guys!! – Maire Buckley, Co Limerick

I just wanted to say Thank You for a fantastic tour. I have run a lot of marathons and Boston was one of the best despite the weather. Please pass on my thanks to Eugene who looked after us so well. He is an absolute gentleman. I know demand is high for Boston every year but I would appreciate it if you would keep me in mind when the tour opens next year. Warm regards – Valerie Fogarty, Co Galway
I had a great time in Boston and managed to get around the course safely. It was a bit hot but the atmosphere was amazing. I was very impressed with the trip and would gladly recommend you to anyone. Your guide Eugene was very nice and very helpful with any requests. – Patrick Moore, Dublin

Thank you for an incredible trip yet again to Boston. We had a wonderful time as always, with great friends and company. They were all great craic.  – Maria & Bob, Co Cork


Thank you so much for a fabulous weekend. It truly was the best organised trip I was ever on. The usual stress of travelling was eliminated thanks to you. The location could not have been better and the advice given throughout the trip was superb. Thanks again and I look forward to travelling with you again. –  Sean McNamara, Co Clare


We had a wonderful time at the New York Half Marathon. The hotel was fantastic, weather was just perfect for the race and we met lovely people on the day. I hope we can build on this event and maybe even have a bigger team for 2017. I would like to thank you for all your help in organizing this event. – M Coghlan, Dublin


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View of Mt Fuji from hotel

It was a privilege to run Tokyo. It is the most dignified and cleanest marathon I ever ran. The supporters were wonderfully kind and supportive and the volunteers the friendliest I’ve ever come across. It is an amazing marathon which also enables you to see and pass the elites. That’s special!  Congratulations on a job well done, Martin and Colette.
 – S Byrne,  Dublin

Martin, what a trip – I wouldn’t know where to start if someone said to summarise it! Thank you for making my first major one of the most memorable experiences.  Best feature for me was the finish, baggage people actually stood and all applauded me like I’d won. Needless to say I bawled like a baby! I loved the day trip out of Tokyo to Odawara. Slightly out of my comfort zone – but isn’t that what life’s about?! Food in the spa was fantastic, plentiful and just what we needed!   – J Vincent,  Co Wexford

I got injured two months before I went so training was poor, however I ran with a fellow Irelander and had a ball (time is not my thing), really enjoyed the race and 5.30hrs is a slow but fun time. Crowd was very energetic and lively (not what I expected), lots of water stops and very well-organised.  The hotel breakfast room was worth the trip on its own for the view of Mount Fuji, and food for breakfast was top quality, staff always attentive, rooms very nice and clean. Odawara was the best part of the trip after the marathon, especially the spa.  – J. Walshe,  Dublin

Tokyo warrants being one of the Six World Marathon Majors, it was a great experience. I would recommend the Tokyo Marathon to other runners unreservedly. I appreciated your personal involvement and attention and also wish to thank Colette.   – B Metcalfe,  Co Down

Tokyo was superb and I am just about getting back to normal. Thank you to yourself and Martin for organising a truly once in a lifetime trip.  – T Sheridan, Enniskillen

A beautiful experience. Narrow start area and because of the crowd a slow beginning. Good atmosphere on the course. A lot of friendly volunteers and surprisingly little garbage on the course. Very well organised tour and we liked your personal touch and relaxed atmosphere. The Irish people were friendly and fun as always and made us feel welcome.  – Beno & Ines, Slovenia

Well-organised, perfect choice of hotel. I had a fantastic experience. Comparable to all other big marathons over the world. Odawara was a great trip too, definitely worth seeing.  Kaja, Slovenia

Very well organised tour, great crowd, great fun. The Expo was very good, glad we ordered jackets in advance. On the day it was hotter than I expected, a bit disappointed I could not carry my own water bottles, first time this has happened in a marathon. But it was very well-organised, well-supported, the Japanese are very nice and helpful and I liked the T-shirt, medal and towel.  – Liz, Sandymount, Dublin

Tokyo was perfect, we loved the organisation, the hotel, lovely tours and exploring Japan. The marathon was nice, although a bit different from those in the West. I did it just as I expected – 3 hrs 25 hrs was a nice result as I was carrying an injury. The temples in Odawara were beautiful, exquisite nature, very special experience in the spa and nice food.  – Urska and Mic, Slovenia

I considered it more of an overall experience than just a marathon. The event was well-organised and I loved the support and how clean it was – rubbish bags along the way, boxes for empty cups, loads of water stations. A bit too hot compared to what we trained in, but that’s life. Music along the route was good with different cultural/folk groups. The Odawara trip was really great – amazing what we could do in one day. Great location for hotel, close to shops and restaurants. The breakfast room has fabulous views! Lovely hotel garden too. – S O’Neill, Dublin

This was my 13th marathon and I would rate it in the top two marathons so far, London still taking top place. Tokyo was not far off however. I believe a lot of this was due to your organizational skills and having a small group, making it easier to bond with each other. We really enjoyed the whole itinerary and the marathon which was very well organized. The atmosphere on the course was electrifying and was a real joy to run.

The Odawara day trip was really enjoyable and loosening up the muscles at the hot spring centre was great. Loved the opportunity to travel on the bullet train and visiting the Daiyuzan temples. The hotel was an experience in itself – we managed to eat at a different restaurant each day. Thank you for a memorable experience which I will treasure for years to come. – John Quinn, Tipperary

The whole experience was brilliant, it was so different from anything else we have done. Booking with Sports Travel meant you had peace of mind, everything was sorted that you needed. The marathon course was very flat which was great. I was able to see more of our group at different parts of the race. The hotel was first class and service was great. Odawara is a must-do item. We recommend Tokyo Marathon to other runners as long as you don’t mind the long flights!   – G & P Fox, Drogheda, Co Louth


Many thanks for a fantastic marathon tour to NYC. Both myself and Ritzy had a wonderful time. Top marks to Jenny and Barry – you are absolutely fab … The attention and care you gave everybody was constant, thank you. So now on to business. Could you please forward me the information for the Boston and Wall of China marathons. Many thanks. – Sarah, Dublin

Before I get busy with other stuff I wanted to send you a short note to thank you for all the hard work which was obviously put in by you and your team in relation to the above. Out of our group four were first ( and maybe last!)  time marathon runners. The level of expertise, advice and organisation displayed by you made the whole experience a happy and stress free one. From the moment we arrived everything seemed to work like clockwork and the day of the race was made to seem all well prepared and that left us more relaxed knowing that we were in good hands. We are good in this country sending letters of complaint, so I thought it would be no harm to give credit where it is due. I have already recommended your company to several people in the full and certain knowledge that they will be well looked after. Thanks again for everything. – Martin, Co Cavan

We have just arrived back from the NYC marathon this morning.  I believe a significant word of thanks is due to you and your wider team.  The planning around the logistics for the group was brilliant. I would thoroughly recommend your agency to friends and colleagues – Philip, Co Kildare

We had a wonderful time in New York!  May we please put our names on the Tokyo marathon list for 2017 –  Fiona, Donegal


I would like to thank everyone for their organisation of the Berlin marathon weekend. I could not have asked for a better organised trip / event. Thank you to everyone involved in putting it all together. I appreciate how much must have gone into making sure everything worked so smoothly in Berlin. Also my apologies for not writing sooner, I took the opportunity to visit some friends in Germany and then have some holiday in sunny Ireland so am only just getting organised again! I hope I will have the opportunity again in the future to travel with you guys. Otherwise, see you sometime, somewhere around the world at a marathon no doubt! – Best wishes, Des, Belfast

Firstly a belated thank you for such a marvellous experience in Berlin. We really enjoyed the tour and everything was so well organised, from the information pre-marathon, to choice of hote,l etc etc.  I’m not ready to hang up my shoes yet! I realise that Boston is booked out but please keep me in mind for a cancellation. I will definitely be running a marathon next Spring but am not sure which is for me. I’d really like to get another major under my belt.  I would also like to express early interest in booking Tokyo 2017, I am hoping to run this with another Sports Travel client.  I look forward to hearing from you with any suggestions. All the best.   – Carmel, Galway

Fantastic weekend in Berlin and our whole club is buzzing about it. Onwards we go indeed! Our Ballydrain ‘Major Six Marathons’ club is expanding every week!  Please thank all of the Sports Travel International team for all their help and assistance in making Berlin so special and we will certainly spread the word on how successfully managed our trip was by STI.   – Phil Gilmore, Secretary, Ballydrain Harriers & AC

Just a quick email to say I really enjoyed the Berlin Marathon experience. Sports Travel made the whole weekend so easy and enjoyable. I just had to turn up in the lobby and either you or Barry were there to answer all questions. And give us tips! Hope you all got home safely.  – Patricia, Carrigaline


I travelled with you to the London Marathon last month and I am sorry that it has taken me so long to email you to say that yet again I found travelling with Sports Travel International to an overseas marathon to be a fantastic experience.  Martin and the guys were brilliant – from sending us off to the run, to welcoming us back from the run.  So thank you to all involved.  – Fiona, Dublin 

Just want to say a huge thank you to you and your team for making last weekend an absolutely amazing experience for me as I took on my first marathon.  Everything was top class, from the excellent travel details to the super organised hotel experience.  I’ve ranted and raved so much about it I’ve had loads of people asking about how to go about doing it next year!  Thanks a million again. – Sinead, Ratoath, Co Meath

I have received nothing but amazing feedback from all of the runners about how well organised the trip was. Thank you so much. – Siobhan, Concern Worldwide Challenges

I would like to thank Sports Travel International for an experience of a lifetime. I did express my appreciation and thanks to Martin in London but would also like to do so by email. Everybody I have dealt with has been so professional and the organisation and efficiency were second to none. I could not find one thing that I would change or improve on. I was very apprehensive about going to run a marathon in a country where I didn’t know anybody and also running on my own and the friendliness and welcoming behaviour of everyone I met was fantastic and put me at ease instantly.  I really hope my appreciation comes across in this email. I look forward to travelling again with your company to New York. I will contact Tony at Billy’s World and will fundraise for this charity. – Siobhán, Cavan

I booked my first marathon event with yourselves for London 2015 & would like to commend you on your organization, professionalism, staff & your choice of hotel. I really had a super time & would certainly recommend your company to anyone contemplating an overseas marathon. If I can gather the energy for London 2016, then count me in. Many thanks again. – Pat, Templeogue, Dublin

I’m just back from London and a fantastic experience running VLM. Myself, my sister Emma and friend Susan all really enjoyed the experience and it was fantastically well organised. – Alison, Belfast

First of all I just want to say a big thank you for looking after our runners in London. From the feedback I’m hearing, they all had an amazing time!  – Sinead, Irish Cancer Society

Thanks for a great London tour. It was fantastically organized. – Sarah, Dartry, Dublin 

Great work in London and look fwd to booken with you again. You are the best ! – Colm, Co Roscommon

Many thanks for a wonderful trip to the London marathon. – David, Co Louth


Thank you for sorting me out for Boston and a big thank you to our guides Eugene and Gina. I really enjoyed the Boston Marathon experience and will definitely have to return sometime. – Margaret, Galway

Just also would like to say what a wonderful guide Eugene was in Boston. – Barbara, Co Down


We really enjoyed the trip. Hotel was super, great location with an excellent diner next door, and all went well with race number pick up etc. Its a great run, and all going well, we’ll be back next year! Would highly recommend it.  – Orla, Galway

Thanks so much for organising NY half for me, I had an amazing day & not a bad time either, really much appreciated, the highlight of my NY holiday. – Gary, Co Meath

Thanks for everything. We had a wonderful time.  – Polibio, Dominican Republic


The tour experience was first class and not to be missed. It is totally different from Berlin, Paris or New York. It was great to be able to participate in the marathon and also do some sightseeing in Tokyo and Kyoto. I also found the various e-mails from Colette very informative. All the arrangements were made very clear in advance. – M McGowan, Foxford, Co Mayo

The co-ordination by Sports Travel was excellent. Without going too much into details – having a detailed itinerary in advance really took the pressure off when traveling in an unfamiliar country.

The day trip to Odawara was a highlight of the trip. It really was unexpected. I had read the details but I wasn’t sure what to expect here. I had an excellent day and it literally was an unforgettable experience. Relaxing in a day spa in Japan, eating great food, meeting really nice people – I couldn’t have asked for more. I highly recommend you keep the trip for future visits to Tokyo. –  B Fitzsimons, Galway

Great trip, I thoroughly enjoyed it. – M McCann, Knocknacarra, Galway

A most enjoyable experience – even for a non-marathon runner! Everything ran smoothly; transfers to and from the airport; organised schedule and it was really beneficial to have yourself, Martin, there at our beck and call. The personal touch went a long way in a country that was not familiar to me.

It was good to have the group but there was also enough space that we did not live in each other’s pockets.  – A Flynn, Straffan, Co Kildare

Sports Travel removed all the hassle and stress of organising what is essentially a long-haul trip. The day in Odawara is an absolute must, not to be missed, and those hot springs were just what the legs needed the day after the marathon.  – S Toal, Armagh

2014 NYC Marathon

I just wanted to email all at Sports Travel International to say thank you very much for a fantastic experience at the NYC marathon. From beginning to end I was hugely impressed by the professionalism and support given to us by all in Sports Travel International.

I particularly want to say thank you to Jenny, Martin and Barry for their help and support while in NY – it was lovely to come back to the hotel and be greeted with a smile and congratulations on finishing.

The itinerary and helpful hints provided by the team were brilliant – and a massive thank you again to Jenny, Barry and Martin for managing to organise the later bus time for us – especially with the windy conditions on the Sunday.

I run with a running group and will be recommending Sports Travel International to the group because it really was a very well organised trip – so much so that I think our group (Corinna, Mike, Irene and myself) hope to do it again in 2015 – along with some buddies.

Thanks again for making the whole event very special – I have taken wonderful memories back from the event.   Fiona, Dublin

We would like to thank you and all the team for making our marathon weekend in New York easy and hassle free.  Everything went perfectly and we enjoyed every second of it.  The team in NYC were fantastic.  I would appreciate if you could pass on our thanks.  – Laura & Tim Fitzgerald

We had a wonderful experience in New York, James really enjoyed the Marathon. I would like to thank you and the team at Sports Travel International for all your help in getting us there.  I can only praise your professionalism, and the whole trip was amazing. Thank you so much. Margaret and James, Waterford

I hope you are well and recovering from New York, our runners had an amazing time. Thank you for looking after them so well.  Emma McArdle, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

2014 Berlin Marathon

Thank u for a wonderful marathon in Berlin, a fantastic service 100%…I would highly recommend your tour to everyone as the service u offer is fantastic… well done!  Thank u ever so much. Geraldine, Ballina

Thank you to you and your team for a fantastic trip and organised like clockwork. As this was my 10th marathon I have a pretty well refined routine but what I like about your system is that it gives me the security of good organisation and yet it still allows me to maintain my pre marathon routine.  Will pass on my views to the running population of Cork.  Looking forward to project London!!   – Liam, Cork

Now that all of the hoopla has died down, I really want to say ‘thank you’.

Even though I felt I was sort of heading to Berlin solo, it wasn’t like that at all – and thank goodness! It was relaxing to find myself in the company of lots of others doing exactly as I was, and with guidance from you and Barry, we really did have a seamless trip.

You were generous with your time and your expertise which meant I always felt I had a reliable person to turn to – and in actual fact – coming back into the hotel lobby after the marathon and being told ‘congratulations you did a great time’ was a highlight in a way.

The service you provide is totally efficient, but with a lovely bit of Irish mammy thrown in.

Many, many thanks,  – Angela, Drogheda

Just a quick mail to say thank you so much for a great trip. Your travel notes were excellent and the Italian restaurant around the corner was fab. Looking forward to the next trip. – Tara & Tom, Dublin

Guten Tag Colette !!!!  I would just like to thank yourself and Barry for a lovely weekend in Berlin.  I really enjoyed it.  The Marathon was amazing and I can’t recommend it highly enough to my other runner friends.

However I would like to thank yourself and Barry for organising everything for the group and removing a lot of stress for us.  All we had to “worry” about was running and running is what we love.  You had everything so well organised and were extremely helpful.  We followed your food receommendations and ate in the little Italian restaurant and myself and James are still raving about this place, gorgeous food and excellent value for money.

Thanks again and I look forward to travelling with you again. Danke (Thank you),  – Lynda & James, Carlow

2014 Boston Marathon

“It has been a good 6 weeks since the Boston Marathon, but I just wanted to get in touch and say thanks again for everything.

Everything was excellent, and it proved to be a fantastic day to be a part of. You had every detail organised perfectly.””  – David, Dublin

“Back in West Cork safe and sound and we are reflecting on all the happenings over the week. It has been the most memorable trip so far … Boston Strong indeed!”   Bob and Ia, Clonakilty

“Thanks for sending over the Boston team photo and organising such a memorable trip on all fronts! It was simply mighty from start to finish.”  – Russell, Dublin

“Thank you very much, you made a very tough marathon a very enjoyable experience. I have never been on a trip that has been so well organised and your communication all the way through from booking onwards has been excellent. I look forward to travelling with your company again in the near future.”  Stuart, Belfast

“We are glad of the opportunity to pass on our thanks to you for what was a very memorable tour.  Having you there proved to be invaluable and we are very grateful to all at Sports Travel International for providing us with a once in a lifetime experience. Looking forward to availing of another tour sometime in the future.”   Dan & Eileen, Belfast

2014 London Marathon

“London was another great weekend and well organised by yourself and your team, Barry and Alex.”   Noel McMonagle, Foyle Hospice

“Our team had a great trip again, and considering the heat I am very glad that we all got through it without any incidents. Well done!”   Barry McCann, Croi

“I have spoken to most of our runners and as usual they have nothing but praise for London. They were all very impressed with how smooth everything went. I had one lady who commented that if I had met her on the finish line I could have got her to sign up for anything.
Thank you once again for a fantastically organised tour – roll on the next one.”  – Sarah Atcheson, Cancer Focus

2014 Tokyo Marathon

“I had an absolute ball in Tokyo and thoroughly enjoyed the trip and you looked after us all so well and in such a professional manner that it was a real pleasure to travel with Sports Travel and I certainly have been recommending you to anybody that I’ve spoken to about the trip.”
–  Ruth, Dublin

“I had a fantastic time in Tokyo and very much appreciate the work you and your team carried out in making it such a memorable experience. I am seriously considering going back for next year’s event.

The hotel was excellent and I was delighted to get the free upgrade. I would rate the whole Tokyo tour experience 9 out of 10.”
– David, Dublin

“Marathon Registration and Expo were first class, very quick, well-organised and no language barriers. Well laid out and lots at it, as good as London 2013!”
– Alan, Co Tyrone

“Thanks for a great Tokyo tour and a fabulous experience overall. I really enjoyed the trip and made some great new friends.”
Michael McLaughlin, Co Donegal

“This was my most unusual and best marathon experience. It is very hard to define why, you just have to do it to find out for yourself”
– Declan, Armagh

“Martin, out of all the tours I’ve ever done, Tokyo has to be number one. The people of Tokyo were the friendliest I’ve ever met. The flights were so smooth, on time and very comfortable, the accommodation was second to none with a fantastic breakfast. The run for friendship was amazing and very highly recommend that everyone should do this!!

Overall it was a trip of a lifetime and I def give it 10 out of 10 all round. Fair play to you and Colette for your work behind the scenes. This tour is very exciting, lots more to do and see etc, loved every minute and hope to do this one in particular again sometime. Thanks again for the amazing memories.”
– Sean, Newry

“The marathon was brilliant, one of the best I’ve done. The best feature was the people, the crowds were great. Also the route is very good, you get to see a lot of Tokyo. I just wish I could have stayed in Japan a little longer!”
– Linda, Dunboyne