In short: Excellent local race on a nice scenic course In full: Very well organised event and great value for money. Stewards very friendly and motivating. The steel brass band at the headquarters were super too and their music kept everyone entertained. Will definitely do this again! Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Fun Run not Fast Run In full: I had hoped to get PB on a fast attractive route , with staggered starts it was clear from the start that this would be too hard to achieve . I spent the 1st 5k swerving all over the place trying to keep a pace .At 5k I decided to abort the PB and jogged along with family members who's started before me crowds are great its a bit like a mini London marathon and well worth doing if youre thinking of trying the marathon , The organisers need to take some tips from the London marathon , baggage reclaim was chaos and could have spoilt the event , Either reduce the numbers or increase the volunteers Do it if you are just starting running and want to enjoy a big event, it will enhance your bug for running , Once you've got the bug go to Silverstone for a PB Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Fantastic 5k series In full: Thanks to Fred, Stephanie, and the entire crew for another successful LP 5k Series. The course doesn't seem to get any easier, but the series does seem to be growing in numbers, deservedly so. A very pretty run on a mildly challenging course, and a lovely atmosphere at the start and finish. Good stuff. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: I'm voting again as I've run all 3 in the series so far and they have been consistantly good each time! In full: Very welcoming, very friendly, very well-organised. Deserves to have as many ladies running in the final race (14-08-14) as have done all 3 in total so far! Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Tough - but fun! In full: I ran the Ashridge Half 3 weeks before the Badger Half and would say that they are very similar in terms of terrain, hills, and scenery. I’m hoping that even next week’s Wycombe Half, with its one notorious hill, will feel easy compared to these two!!
Badger HQ (Denbies Wine Estate) was easy to find from the A24 and well-equipped in terms of parking. On-the-day entry was available (for £25) and smoothly handled. There were minimal queues for toilets. The route itself starts with a lap of the Estate - running on grass or earth, and I thought (hoped!) that THAT might be the tough bit of the course!! A brief respite with a mile or 2 on flat pavements, then we started to climb uphill on a wide road with faster runners visible as tiny dots way above us in the distance! Varied terrain included plenty of tree roots waiting to trip you up if you didn't keep an eye out for them. We had a bit of everything with the weather – hot sun, bit of a breeze, even a shower of rain, but the woods provided shelter and cover. Directions were clear (yellow signs and orange arrows on the ground), though the mile-markers seemed a little erratically-spaced to me; starting out by being more than a mile each time and getting closer together towards the end of the race. The marshals on the course were incredibly vocal and encouraging, and realistic rather than optimistic about the challenges that we had still to face! The undulations didn't really let up until about 11.5 (?) miles in, at which point I realised that we were basically heading for home. The last mile or so can be covered fairly quickly if you've any energy left! The finish-area crew were *all* very congratulatory to *every* runner coming through the finish funnel, which I've not come across before to that extent! They made it sound as if they were pleased that every single runner had finished their race, and they really were keen to know that everyone had enjoyed themselves.
Slices of melon, pineapple and orange were very welcome at the finish, as a change to the usual bananas or Mars bars; and a lovely "Badger" t-shirt to wear at the next race! It is easy to see why this race has the excellent reputation it has. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: A well organised family friendly race around the woods of Claygate. In full: Once again a marvellous race which was meticulously well organised and a credit to the Claygate community. I have run this race now for many years and have seen the numbers participating grow and grow and yesterday we almost had four hundred finishers. Parts of the course, especially the first mile are becoming quite congested. I would suggest in some way that the start is staggered, perhaps with junior runners starting five or ten minutes behind the main group.
There were a fair number of runners with headphones. As part of the course is alongside the busy A244, which is dangerous at times due the volumes of traffic, runners really need to be fully aware of their surroundings. I would suggest, in common with most other races, headphones are banned on the grounds of safety
Anyway a most enjoyable Sunday morning. Thank you very much. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: It tempted me back for a second go In full: I rarely visit the same place twice, or run the same race over and over again. There are however exceptions, special places I think about and long to return to. Over the past month the Badgers Half had added itself to that short list. I ran the very hot 2013 version of this race and wilted even before the hills started getting too hard. Despite finishing last year in 2hr 8, deep down I wanted revenge and over the last two weeks I talked myself into running it again, so entered on the day. This year I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The course, the setting, the marshalling, the up hills, the long down hills, the guy dressed as a chilli that kept me sane in the last four miles, the t-shirt, the beer, the hand shake at the end. From the moment I pulled off the A24 into Denbies to the moment I set off again wearing my Badgers t-shirt I was in my element. If you fancy a bit of a challenge give this a go. I can see me lining up for this one again next year. Fantastic work.
In short: One of my favourite races in 16 years running - very well organised, great scenery, great atmosphere, events organised for the kids whilst you are running. Free beer and cakes at the finish. What more do you want? Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Outstanding views on a challenging but rewarding course. In full: This is a really scenic course along the stunning Jurassic coastline. 2 steep climbs including the dreaded Thorncombe Beacon mean it's a tough race for beginner runners, but the sea views make it all worthwhile. The sense of achievement on reaching the top is epic, and in turn leads to some fast downhill segments. Excellent stewarding from the friendly race marshals, lots of jelly babies and conveniently placed water stations. Not PB potential by any means, but do this race for the scenery and challenge of the hills. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Hard Work but worth it In full: Who knew that lakesides could be so hilly, or that styles could cause so many delays? The finish is a killer but the drinks / jelly baby stands were the best I've ever come across. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Very well organized and challenging yet fun race In full: A great race, very well organised, loads of friendly marshalls and cheering. My wife and kids said it was the best race they'd been to with me and glad they came. They loved the fact that they didn't have to wait long after the off to see us again, apparently they just finished their lovely sausage burgers off as I came running up through the town again! and then they didn't have to wait long again to see me arrive at the finish!
Personally I loved the downhill at the start and the 'Sting' at the end, I love hills and that made the difference from all the other 10k's i've been to. Goodie bag was good value for money too! :) Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Great feedback from runners at the finish In full: As a injured runner at the moment after ankle surgery, my wife and I decided we would help out at his event. We helped at registration, marshalling, handing out chocolate bars for the junior race and then cutting up fruit for the main race. We were thanked by everyone, everyone had a smile on their face, and hearing runners say how good/tough/hilly etc the course was they did seem to think they will be back next year......so we think we will have to run next year instead of helping out? Well done all runners, marshalls etc a great day had! :0) Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Excellent race, Well organised In full: I have done a couple of 10ks since I started running and they have always fell short of the distance. The Timberhonger 10k was a bang on with distance, so I now know what to aim for. Also, I must say what an excellent and well organsied race it was. It had road closures, plenty of signage, marshalls along the route and along with two water stations. The finsih was excellent, you got your medal, a chocolate bar, a bottle of water and of course your voucher for the bottle of beer which you collect from the beer tent. There was a great atmosphere around the park because of the carnival being held that weekend. I cannot fault. Excellent work, I will be back next year. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Dartford - The Home of the Rolling Stones and the Rolling Hills In full: I decided last minute to enter the HM (Saturday night) and there was something about running in Dartford that didn't really excite me (sorry Dartford people).........I was wrong though. This is a lovely scenic course through country fields, which is great when you live in Central London.
The Hills - well they are hills and they do sneak on you , especially the last hill on 16km. A very nice race, well organised and a special mention to the marshals who helped out and gave encouragement throughout the course.
In short: Great 10k In full: Thankfully cooler this year than last. Route largely unchanged from last year so up the hill to the town twice which some did moan about. Don't mind it myself as its only a small hill and means the last k is all downhill! Chip timing and a nice memento too. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: A well organised event and fun course In full: This was a well organised event that was well marshalled. The course was picturesque in places with good support in the sections that went through the town. Overall a very enjoyable event - thank you to those involved with the organisation of it. Date of review: July 14, 2014