In short: So well organised you don't even notice it In full: One of those races whose potential to have a giant cock-up is enormous, and its a testament to Istead that it goes so smoothly - Well Done to all concerned.
A beautiful run through stunning scenery, but brutal is an apt description as well as scenic, those hills are tough.
I've run this race for years now, starting when it was from the old HQ and its gone through various course alterations and have got slower over the years and its now a struggle to finish, so please organisers, make an old man happy and put the finish back to where it was, those last 400M on top of the 30K just knacker me.
In short: Amazingly well organised and marshals were the nicest / most helpful I have come across. Hard going but well worth it for the views and atmosphere. Loved the t-shirt too Date of review: July 1, 2016
In short: Challenging but rewarding In full: I was a bit disappointed by the number of fellow runners who were dropping litter, mainly used gel packs along the route. Please don't litter the beautiful countryside, just put it in your pocket. Date of review: June 30, 2016
In short: A good mix In full: First time on this course hilly but nothing to severe get past the hill around 5k and go for it, downhill and a flat run in .great support on route and very well run.Only gripe 2 really tight turns 400m /200m so can slow you down if looking to sprint finish. Tip wear the timing chip on ankle as can effect your result. Overall very enjoyable will def go back. Date of review: June 30, 2016
In short: More Scenic than Snowdon Marathon and 6 Miles Shorter :-) In full: What is not to like about this, ups, downs, spectacular views, variable weather, expertly organised. It is the highlight of my year.
In short: Good value, nice to have a midweek, midsummer race. In full: A good addition to the running calendar. Well organised, no frills (manual timing, cheap medal), good value for money. Plenty of marshals on the course - who had obviously been well briefed to give clear instructions about sharp turns, upcoming mud etc. Surprisingly challenging run for an almost flat 10k, with various slippery mud patches after recent rain. No queues for the loos, which is always a plus. Date of review: June 30, 2016
In short: Challenging and scenic In full: First time I've done this race as it's challenging because of the hills but great organisation and friendly so hope to do it again next year. Date of review: June 29, 2016
In short: Just...WOW! In full: OK, so my race didn't go as well as I hoped, but it's not just about the race, it's about the whole experience.
We camped in the athletes' village which offered a decent field, enough loos and a short walk to the village green and village hall.
Yes the route is hard but the support is amazing. I would say the first half is by far easier than the second half. So many friendly runners and enough well-stocked aid stations to keep you going. We enjoyed the Cranborne Chase Cider and Bucks Fizz at the Lovestation...then more cider at the last station around mile 26ish. The scenery is incredible and you'll get a glimpse of the Cerne Abbas Giant. It really is a beautiful part of Dorset.
I've done every WSR event so far this year; they're now a permanent fixture in my calendar and I'll be back for another go at GH next year without a doubt.
The medal, T-shirt and muff all amazing and a wonderful memento of the day. I actually felt really sad when it all came to an end.
There was plenty of lovely food put on by the local WI and SHARP - we missed the Friday night fare as we visited the Greyhound, but Saturday's chilli was delicious. I can say that the cider on offer was some of the best I've ever had! The barn dance looked like much fun!
The bell race on Sunday morning seemed a right laugh - I was out of it due to injury but my husband did it and really enjoyed it. The cow bell medal has been jingled to within an inch of it's life by our small child.
Highly recommended. If you do only one marathon in your life, make it this one!
And a huge thanks to the people of Sydling St. Nicholas who made everyone feel very welcome. Date of review: June 29, 2016
In short: Hampshire's Finest In full: Absolutely loved it. Hilly at start and finish. Need to go out fast to avoid initial crush. Middle 20 very runnable. Will do again, and again, and ... Date of review: June 29, 2016
In short: Excellent event! In full: This was my first half-marathon and while I could easily have found easier routes it would have been hard to find a more scenic one! Challenging hill at the beginning but great views as a reward. Organisation was fantastic and I would definitely do it again!! Date of review: June 29, 2016
In short: Just brilliant In full: Before, during and after the team led bu Tim look after you excellently. Updates by email and on Facebook. This was only my second marathon and I absolutely loved it. The start hill is iconic and should stay along with the run in to the finish. Brilliant beer glass and beer reward.
Only thing to change? It came up as lightly short of the 26.2 miles,so if you could add a little in somewhere so it's definitely over but that's it! Everything else the same please! Oh and a special number for those runners who have done it every year from the start? Because I think most of us are coming back!!
In short: So good, nothing needs to change. Grand job Tim and team. In full: I won't write war and peace on this or even a half decent race report, but I didn't think it could be any better than it was.
For goodness sake don't change the start, that first hill will become the race signature, it's USP. As for the styles, it's a hilly race probably not one for a pb, so a little hold up was never going to hurt. Signage great, water and feed stations regular and great, Marshals and helpers AMAZING. Car park was a little walk, but hey we all consider ourselves athletes, so that just helped as a warm up and cool down.
Actually ok I will ask one thing......any chance of adding an extra 8km and having a 50km ultra class next year?? Date of review: June 28, 2016