In short: Well done, Hastings. Just as good as ever. In full: As ever, all good. Atmosphere, crowds, course, water stations, bagpipers, hot teas, staff and so on. A happy day. Date of review: March 26, 2015
In short: All the the great things you'd expect In full: On the same day as Reading Half, and if this happens again I'd always stick to Fleet. For runners, by runners and you can tell. Date of review: March 26, 2015
In short: Lovely medal & t-shirt, quiet closed roads In full: Bit soul-destroying in the last 2 miles going round and round the track with the finish line moving backwards & forwards. Rest of the course great on closed roads although could make better use of the Thames Path for scenic value rather than running along Walton Lane. Lovely medal & t shirt, would do again. Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Nobody does it better!! In full: Faultless organisation.
Fleet has always been great event, but credit to the organisers that they constantly strive to improve - e.g. pouches this year and straight run to finish. Super atmosphere too.
And great value for money - there are so many events springing up where you're left with the feeling that organiser was only in it for quick buck - Fleet couldn't be further from this as you know that they put event on for the right reasons. Well done Penny and all her crew. Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Great race, weather and a bar at the end!!! In full: Great atmosphere in Fleet town, quiet scenic country roads, through lovely welcoming villages and a bar at the end! After rehydrating properly a chilled vino was brilliant. Fast course bar that cruel incline at mile 12 but great race all round. See you next year Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Well Organised In full: I had an absolute mare running this race and it was my worst performance ever! However, none of this was due to the organisation of the race and the course. It was well organised and I will be back next year to make amends for my abysmal performance. Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Great local race In full: Undulating course, with friendly marshals and lovely tea & cakes afterwards. Race HQ was agricultural building with no showers/ changing facilities but definitely an event I will return to. Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Brilliant (but pricey) half marathon In full: Been to Mercedes World before and knew the track would be a quick start. Wasn't as flat as i'd thought which slowed me down a little but definite PB course if you are ready for a few inclines. Baggage drop, car parking and closed roads made this pretty flawless. My kids want me to race it again so that they can be abandoned with the cars! Lol Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Lovely course, very good event In full: Overall this was a very good race, and I would happily do it again.
The start was well organised - different pens depending on the finishing time and pacers provided for various different times. The course itself was very good, passing through some very pleasant bits of Richmond and Kew and following the Thames for a lot of the route which ensured some excellent scenery as well as flat route. It was a mix of road, trail and grass which made things a little more challenging, and if I had one quibble it would be to try to change the balance of the off road/road sections so that there was more off road in the first half when the legs are fresher! The trail sections in the last quarter especially were more tricky, but it's only a minor point and the course is definitely one the best I've done.
There was a good number of marshals who were pretty good at encouraging the runners, the signposting was clear, but there were a couple of mile markers missing which would be good to remedy in the future.
Though there were no labels at the baggage area, it seemed to work fine as it was split into sections and overseen by marshals, so it ran quite smoothly. The post-race details were good - volunteers were very friendly, decent t-shirt and goody bag, and a good number of loos so you didn't have to wait too long. All in all, a jolly good way to spend a morning. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: A 20miler well worth a try In full: Nice flat course along very quiet roads - no offroad or pavement sections. Water in bottles (with the sports cap thing) Marshalls quiet, but not unfriendly Nice emphasis on not littering the pleasant countryside Tea and cakes at finish - along with a medal and rather nice tee -shirt Warm HQ. Toilets just adequate for 200 or so. Changing and showers for males and females. I emailed Rogue Runs after the event to tell them the race had been removed from Runners' World and I wished to add feedback - they were straight back to me and put the race details back on the site ASAP. Good work. A good experience and I would certainly consider this run again. Date of review: March 24, 2015