In short: Fantastic race, well organized, one of the best half marathons in the country In full: I've done this run several times, and it never fails to impress. One of the best organized half marathons in the country: early start time, ample parking, well managed start arrangements, numerous water and sponge stations, encouraging and knowledgable marshals, great course and well set out finish area. Caters for full range of running abilities from beginners through to semi pros. I'll be back Date of review: April 27, 2015
In short: Worth doing, but not as great as I thought it was going to be In full: There were some things about London Marathon that were excellent - the atmosphere, the organisation and parts of the route. However, I was a little disappointed. I have been trying for many years to get a place, was lucky to get a club place this year. The organisation from start to finish was very good (although, toilet facilities at the start and on the route could be improved). The crowds, in general, were great, even for slower runners - as a lot did stay for a long time, so the atmosphere was great. However, I found parts of it were a bit intimidating eg outside the busier pubs. I was also disappointed with the route - yes, there's the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and some of the West End/City sites. However, most of the miles are run through residential areas that could be in any British city. I'd recommend running the London Marathon if you get a chance, but I doubt if I'll be running it again. Date of review: April 27, 2015
In short: Picturesque, friendly atmosphere, not as hilly as you might fear In full: Beautiful rural scenery takes the edge off the fact that you do a couple of laps for the marathon (and even then they work in some variation, so it's only 9 miles or so that you see again second time round). There are a couple of hills, but nothing ridiculous, and it's generally pretty flat apart from those. Lots of half-marathoners on the course give you plenty of reason to keep the pace up on lap one, and a sense of camaraderie sets in among those who continue beyond the half-marathon mark. It does get a little lonely later on, but there's a picturesque park finish and free sports massage waiting. You don't get much at the end (medal, water, banana, cup of tea), so it's well worth having a friend sort out a goody bag for you in town while they're waiting. Date of review: April 27, 2015
In short: Good but no stopping please In full: Although I live in Liverpool now, this is my hometown and the last time I ran was at school in the dreaded cross country,30 years ago,so I wanted to really enjoy this race, on the plus side, it a well organised race, good parking,Marshalls and overall experiance on the negative we had to stop at a bridge and queue and lack of toliets Would I race again, possibly for £12 you got a decent T-Shirt and a decent run, my two children 5 + 1.5 enjoyed the fun run ..just re-think the course ..possibly Date of review: April 27, 2015
In short: Its all in the name In full: Excellent low key race. Great organisation. Well marshalled. Great course with good views and 3 hills in the right place. Good goody bag and plenty of food at the finish. Date of review: April 27, 2015
In short: well organised, good value for money In full: Ran the 10K, really enjoyed it and am very likely to do it again next year. Course isn't particularly challenging although it's not exactly flat either.
Good value for money considering you get a technical t-shirt and a decent medal. Date of review: April 26, 2015
In short: Couple of adjustments to be made but good event In full: First half marathon in Southampton and there are obviously a few adjustments that need to be made... I was running 2hr 10 pace so the below may not have applied to the faster runners
Bottleneck in Ocean Village reduced briefly to walking Water run out at Soton Uni water station at the top of Burgess Road just when I needed it Finish funnel narrow to pick up medals etc Baggage collection a bit of a scrum
BUT really enjoyed it and otherwise well organised, decent crowds and perfect weather for running.
I was ready for the bridge (and enjoyed it), I was ready for Burgess Rd hill (and didn't enjoy it) but I wasn't ready for the undulations from the Uni through to the top of the common. I'll know for next time.
Great fun and now I've got a time to beat for next year. Date of review: April 26, 2015
In short: Route could be better In full: The route contains some single file steps which ensure all runners stop dead for upwards of a minute while the queue goes down. Worth stopping your watch at this point and resuming once you start again. Lengthly flat roads and two decent hills. PB potential without the hills but a good race. Date of review: April 26, 2015
In short: Brilliant course,organisation and atmosphere In full: A last minute decision to do a race this weekend so took two of my club mates along. A great mildly undulating forest course with some fast stretches. Pork baps and cakes at the finish ,what more do you need ? Never knew that Blackwood forest existed. So glad we experienced it, fantastic area. Hope it's on next year. Many thanks to the organisers and marshals. Date of review: April 26, 2015
In short: Disappointing event. Organisation was below par and not what I would have expected. In full: This event was sour from the start when I queued for 60 minutes on the Monday to collect my race pack. This was quick as others took even longer!
I was in the last wave of runners to start this event and we started 20 minutes after the first wave. On a warm day this might not have been an issue but on the cold and overcast day any warm up was just a waste as you had cooled down by the time you started. They chap on the mic did nothing to motivate the runners in the last groups other than telling everyone that they could be over by the burger van eating a greasy burger on top of announcing the male and female competitors who were having to take toilet breaks in the neighbouring bushes because of the long delay to start.
The race was well marshalled but was hugely let down at the 5k water station for those later runners to arrive and find the was no water available. Most of the runners in these groups are the ones who would have really required the drink. Thankfully it was not as hot as the previous day. As I went by, desperate for a drink, I saw the scouts (through no fault of their own) picking up half drunk bottles to hand out. Very disappointing when they claim there was 10000 bottles. In hindsight I would now always carry some money so I could stop at a shop.
On completing the event you have to complete pretty much a full lap of the football stadium before you got a drink. There were no goodie bags with the usual energy bars etc just a load of promoters trying to stuff other events in your hand. There wasn't event a medal just a cheap polyester t shirt which was handed out before the event which the majority didn't even wear.
Overall very very disappointing for an event costing £20. My 5k fun run cost less and gave more. Come on Sporting Futures you can do better than this. Date of review: April 25, 2015
In short: Brilliant! In full: Very nice run, mainly on trail/grass with a bit of road in the middle. Unlikely to get PB's if you do 10k's frequently. Very beginner friendly. Definitely recommend, will be doing again! Date of review: April 24, 2015
In short: Well organised but I wouldn't want to do it when it was muddy In full: I entered the 5 mile race (10 miles is two laps) on the day, so it was quite expensive, but as I'd been injured in the lead-up I had to take a view on the day and actually I'd rather pay a bit more to enter on the day than have to enter in advance and then lose the money when I can't run.
The course is pretty flat and was very dry. I don't think I would have enjoyed the course after a prolonged wet spell. That said, I found the ground very uneven even in trail shoes, so although the course was flat I didn't find it very fast.
It was quite exciting at the beginning, as we all set off, only to come to a grinding halt as a horse had got onto the course! So back we went and started again. I think that's the first time I've ever done a race that had to be restarted! There was water and a banana at the end, and a decent medal. I finished in the top ten ladies, so despite the slower time than I wanted, was happy with the result. Well done to Ellie and her team and I've entered most of the Dinton Pastures series for this summer now. Date of review: April 24, 2015