In short: For Spitfire read Hurricane but Tempest is about right In full: Well done everyone for making this race happen. The weather was pretty bad, but fortunately not quite as bad as forecast. The airfield section was extremely exposed (nice with the wind behind though) although there was plenty of cover along the wooded road sections. Not the most scenic of the RTL runs I've done, but certainly the flatest and fastest. The number of cheerful marshals was incredible given the weather. Think they were kept busy chasing the water cups! Excellent organisation as always, enjoyable even in the weather - except maybe for the finishing straight into the driving rain. :-( Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Very gradual uphill start 1st few miles. Low key & very poor marshalling. Hardly any happy folk on route to cheer you on. Poor, dull finish, not even a banana. Has potential but needs to improve. Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Nice half marathon - shame about the weather! In full: Despite the early start - 9am on the day the clocks went forward - there was still a good crowd of people turn out to cheer on the race. The course is undulating throughout, and the 500m "King of the Hill" section at half way tells you this is not a flat course. Despite this, I ran a good time (in horrible winds) and the views were pleasant enough, taking in the town centre & park en route. Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: love this challenging yet good course In full: second time doing this.. great touches and despite awful weather worth it.. nice that the organiser shakes hand at end and even offered a cuddle! I was very confused by mile markers as they appeared to be well out in places and although garmin just ended up a little short. 19.85....trees? would do again and again as good race for marathon prep.. wonderful medal this year.. better than previous.. thanks Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Tough, but a real gem In full: Wow! They described this race as undulating and they weren't lying. A tough course and not especially scenic, although there were one or two nice stretches. This was a race and run foremost, an event second. Horrible weather, but the marshals were cheerful and encouraging throughout. Excellent organisation and I can't praise the marshals enough - the race was around residential areas and main roads, yet they made sure no one got lost. Great goody bag with socks and shotbloks and a lovely clubhouse to recover with a drink and get changed. Not for the faint hearted, but all abilities welcomed! I'll be back next year, fighting fit. Thank you, a real gem of a race. Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Challenging but well organised In full: I've wanted to do this race ever since my husband did it in 2011 (in the days when there was an autumn Tempest as well). The medal was fabulous and I like my bling. Well the medal has got even better and is a lovely bespoke medal designed by Laurie King. You also get a chocolate bar at the end and plenty to drink. I also liked the fact that the race director shakes your hand at the finish and thanked people for their support.
I only drank water on the way round but there were gels and jelly babies as well. It's a great race if you are marathon training (although I am not sure I'd want to do two laps, it must be quite mentally challenging to go through the finish and go round again) and the 10 mile variant is a good test in its own right, or as preparation for a half marathon.
I would have liked a slightly faster time, but it is quite undulating and I still came in as 9th lady, so happy with the position.
Thank you to everyone involved in putting on the race in windy, rainy conditions, not so bad for running in but horrible to be standing around marshalling, at drinks stations etc. Thank you again if you are reading this, your efforts were very much appreciated. Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Brilliant atmosphere, apart from perhaps a few city marathons, I cant imagine a better supported race event In full: Great organisation, brilliantly supported by Hastings public, music, refreshments and jelly babies galore! Bravo! Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Great place to hold an event fab tshirt and medal In full: Baggage:was allowed to get my own bag.water:it needs to be evenly distributed start:spectators were in with the runners and marshalling needs to be better the marshals that were around were good but there were none out on the course itself which could have been a problem as the path was shared with bikes and walkers not in the race
In short: A good race. Great support. Interesting course. In full: Despite the early start (clock change!!), this is a good race. Yeovil is not really the most picturesque town, but you go down by the river and out to Odcombe which is nice. Undulating all the way really and then there's a big hill in the middle, so maybe only pb potential if hills are your forte. Having said that i had a good race and enjoyed the course. Organisation is good. Thanks to all the Marshalls and helpers and the bands were great too. Date of review: March 31, 2015
In short: Great woodland event In full: Well organised event. This was my first half and I was very grateful for the numerous water stations, free gels and banana. Marshalls were great and very encouraging. Will be back again next year. Date of review: March 31, 2015
In short: Friendly and potentially a good one In full: Loved all the marshals at the event village. So helpful. The weather could of ruined it but their energy seemed to fix most issues. They had all the essentials right at the event and with some more planning of the start area and a little more guidance on toilets they will be fine.
Loved my henry shaped cookie!! Date of review: March 31, 2015
In short: Great venue, friendly staff and outstanding medal In full: Took a friends place at this event, gave the event organisers enough time to sort it out and they came back promptly. Glad I did.
A few minor things like portaloos & water stops but they can be sorted for next time. Loved the medal, chunkiest thing I have ever got at the end of a race and lots of little treats. Nice to see an event not plastered with sponsorship for once. Date of review: March 31, 2015
In short: Great, well organised, friendly, good number of water stops race! In full: Very friendly and welcoming, well organised, excellent number of water stations, good marshalling, nice scenery, moderate hills, good medal and facilities, (great on loos!!)lots of photos, - would definitely do again. Date of review: March 31, 2015
In short: Amazing location to race In full: Can only reiterate what has already be said by many. Fantastic medal, T Shirt Flapjacks, etc at end, but during water should have been more evenly distributed along route, timing pens, better lay out at finish line - all very congested. We were very fortunate to be staying at hotel opposite, so had no worries regarding toilets and baggage, but this could be different next year! Also thought route map could have been more detailed for the spectators, so many lovely places they could have congregated within the grounds had they known - also missed opportunity for more mobile tea/food units. Will be a shame if it goes to a ballot next year Date of review: March 31, 2015
In full: 1st time at this race and it was fantastic. Great marshals along route all cheering you on, Lots of parking and only a small queue for the loos with a great finishing straight in scenic surroundings. Free Jelly babies, water and chocolate milk at the end, along with the medal was great. Only slight downside was lack of signage around the school but always plenty of helpful marshals about to direct when asked and a few loud speaker issues at start. Date of review: March 31, 2015
In short: Good for a first running, hopefully better next year! In full: Several comments have mentioned lack of toilets, I didn't find that a problem, the Palace toilets I used didn't have any queue and were fairly close to the start. The start certainly could have been better organised - some grading by times would have helped a lot, and the announcements weren't loud enough - I wasn't a long way back and I couldn't hear them at all. The route itself was very good - I found the crowded start thinned out in the first mile, but I didn't really have any trouble keeping my pace. The worst bit for me for surface was the gravel in the gardens at the back of the palace, but it was all OK in road shoes. There didn't seem to be any water available at the finish either, which I would have liked. Hopefully these things will be sorted out for the next one! Date of review: March 31, 2015