In short: 2013 race review In full: Unable to review races beyond 2012 anywhere which seems strange! Done it 2yrs on the trot 2012/2013 and I will be back next year. Once you've run this race it becomes addictive. Some serious hills in the marathon and normally strong winds. Great marshalls and amazing feed stations. The only major issue is the lack of toilets. Please, please, please put more portaloos outside around the marque instead of just 2! In 2013 they ran a 10km as well, so the toilet situation became even more acute. The final gripe is that now there is a marathon and 10km being run on the same day the parking is starting to get tricky. I love this race and I will be back every year if possible. Sort out the toilet situation and this is the perfect race. Seems to get more popular each year. Date of review: December 6, 2013
In short: PB Opportunity! In full: Hidden gem: flat, manageable field (about 400 this year, but limit is only 600) make this a nail-on PB course. 28th running so all the organisation (parking, registration, marshalling etc) is down to a fine art. Accurate overall distance (despite change to normal route due to road closure!) with Mile markers (not km). Date of review: December 5, 2013
In short: A chance of a last pb of the year. In full: My first NVH10. The course was nothing special. Fast but you had to keep you whits about you. Loads of bollards/posts to bump into and curbs to trip over. The two laps were fine as I like to have it clear what's left. The results came out on the Tuesday which is acceptable without chip timing. Race HQ was very busy with so many entering on the day. But at £11 on the day I can't be too critical. I'll be back next year, which says it all really. Date of review: December 5, 2013
In full: i couldn't fault any part of the 5 days whatsoever i have done many many races over the past 20 years and this race tops them all even though i picked up an injury. i will be back next year if they will have me Date of review: December 4, 2013
In short: This race is a fake In full: These comments are in relation to the South London 10k. Not the Wimbledon Half Marathon. This Wimbledon Half Marathon has never been run before and they are using other peoples comments to legitimise a race. Date of review: December 4, 2013
In short: A challenge physically and being a circuit with off road, if wet, could be very tough. In full: A very respectable 1st event for Ashford and I am chuffed I did it. Despite recovering from and injury, I was most happy to come in just under 2hrs given that the course was part off-road and with a couple of testing hills.
I did love the start / finish on track, as it lended itself to a real race atmosphere, with supporters and timing clocks.
I do enjoy off road and was happy with the mix here. I imagine it would have been carnage if it had been raining.
The marshals were plentiful and happy in their role. The route was generally light in traffic. The water / refreshment stations were well stocked will all sorts of goodies.
The goodie bag was perhaps a light, but the medal was quality. Parking more than adequate, bag storage was very secure. Facilities champion. Staff top draw.
My only niggle was the bottle-neck at the narrow bridge and it being slippy. I did witness a woman falling over there and she did appear shocked but thankfully not injured. I appreciate that this route is perhaps a club runners 10k which has been made official for the events and apart from getting some sort of temporary bridge structure in place for next year (perhaps approach the local TA / cadets to provide something and help marshal), I can think of no other solution.
Overall - A quality event that I am sure will grow in popularity. Date of review: December 4, 2013
In short: If *only* it were *only* 13.1m... In full: ...then it'd be perfect! All the ingredients are there - flat course, room for spectators, the venue feels like something from a 1970s Burt Reynolds movie!, unique medal, a distance for everyone, helpful organisers & marshals, loads of on-site parking, plenty of loos - the only thing left is that the distance has to be right! I've no complaints about this year's - I'd read comments from previous years' events so wasn't surprised to find myself running further than I might have liked! - but it does seem to be a common theme, and the organisers do appear to be interested in what participants have to say, so my guess is that this race will only improve :-) If so, their marathon in the spring will be a damn good PB target! Date of review: December 3, 2013
In short: A tough course. Very well organised. In full: A tough course. Very well organised. Signs everywhere to help navigate around the school, etc, which was very helpful. Well attended race. Date of review: December 3, 2013
In short: Great day out but course route slightly spoilt In full: First time at an inaugural event so I don't know how others match up but the on-the-day arrangements were first class. A bit disappointed with the pre-event comms - particularly about entry (I wanted to swop in from a friend who dropped out). Although 500 signed up, less than 400 ran.
I enjoyed 90% of the course (marshalls were excellent). The 10% was very poor. Three aspects - starting off on track and then straight on to a boggy, slippery field and then onto a ploughed field meant I picked up a slight calf strain - then all 50 runners went over a single width bridge (all in about the first 2k) - doing 2 laps sounded fine but to have to repeat the above (over the bridge four times, stopping on every occasion)
I think we were lucky that the muddy part was relatively dry.
But, it was a great day out and I will sign up for next year. Date of review: December 3, 2013
In short: Well-organized fast race In full: A really good event. Organization was excellent, plenty of cheerful marshals, goody bag, water and fruit at the end. Hot drinks and cakes to buy at very reasonable prices. Some very fast runners, but plenty of slower ones at the back. A first-class event Date of review: December 3, 2013
In short: Absolute credit to the organisers In full: As a Triathlete, my first welcome into a run specific race, this half marathon event was extremely well organised, very friendly, the marshalls were spot on and full of encouragement. Wish there was one a month, would do them all!!!! Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Up a lot, down a lot, wet a lot, cold a lot! In full: Really enjoyed this - first time running this event. I especially enjoyed the challenge of wading through thigh and sometimes waist high ice-cold water. So cold that you couldn't feel your feet for a minute or so after making it through the water - as a good a reason as any to get back running as hard as possible!
Race was brilliantly organised - lots of encouraging and well placed marshalls. Friendly crowd and plenty of places to get a coffee beforehand and a bacon sarnie afterwards.
Car park can be slow to empty but it's on Army ground so can't really expect multiple entrance and exits.
Will probably do again but may do it on the Sunday instead so it's a bit muddier! Being in the front 5% meant the mud didn't get really churned up until more had run on it apparently.