In short: This was not a half !!!! In full: The race was supposed to start at 9am and changed with little communication to 11.35 - big difference and too late for a half in July! No headphones and ipods allowed and only mentioned in final notifications. Race not near check in and then further delayed 15 mins to accommodate the triathlon and then in small waves to avoid cyclists! Hard race with tough hills and due to lapping you know whats coming x4 times for the half. THEN the massive issue you hit 13.2 miles half marathon over but no not on this course you still have 1.5 miles to do. This is disgraceful and I am an experienced half marathon runner. There were no course distance markers but you knew to do 4 laps but then to find this equated to nearer 15 miles is not on. Its a tough half and its an even tougher half and then some more miles! Times therefore all screwed so not at all happy. This could have been a good event in such a stunning setting - shame! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: A lovely race whilst getting to see the New Forest In full: Challenging on the gravel tracks but worth it. Everybody friendly and excellent organisation. Glad we had a little rain this year as no shade when it's hot! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: A thoroughly positive experience from start to finish. A true festival of running. In full: Every aspect of this event was positive. As a parent, runner and resident of Ware this festival of running made me proud to be part of this sporting occasion. I'm so looking forward to next year. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Amazing race, one of my favourites. In full: It is a tough route but it makes it all the more rewarding. Great organisation and marshals. The views are incredible and a great venue to start from. Would def recommend. Always enjoy the sing along to start. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: A challenging well planned route! In full: Really enjoyed this race. It was very tough with many challenging hills to tackle. The whole event was organised perfectly and all ran like clockwork a totally stress free enjoyable race! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Al that for a Badger's Bum and a Beer In full: Yesterday morning after the lung busting first three uphill miles, we turned off to start the zig zag up to Norbury Woods, and the guy running by me looked up and saw runners ahead on the helter-skelter that lay ahead and he turned and panted 'I had better say my Hail Mary's now!' But once you have run up you are then in the woods twisting along the trails over a very clever course. At the end there is another helter-skelter down out of the woods on the other side from where you entered. Then back to Denbies for a fantastic finish and rewardewd with revitalising fruit, a t-shirt which this year has rather wittily given us 13 Badgers and a Badger Bum for the .1 and to round off the goodies a bottle of beer. So I ran all that for a bit of a badgers bum and a beer! But heck I had a blast! As ever the marshalls and organisation were outstanding with special mention to the exuberant lady marshall by the exit from the woods, she ra-ra'd us all in style. Well done to Nicky and all the ETL Badger sett another fabulous event executed with aplomb. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: A real family festival atmosphere In full: Really encouraging marshals making it a great event for new runners as well as a challenging run for more experienced. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: What an introduction to XC! In full: This was a really enjoyable race - I was persuaded to enter it by my brother who has raved about it since last year's.
Although the field was small, there was quite a spread of abilities so it was far from intimidating. The organisers were very friendly too. Overall it was just a good laugh. Delicious food in the pub afterwards topped it off.
I've never done a cross country race before and was quite nervous having seen the course profile. The hills were tough but nearly everyone walked up them and the descents were great fun! Nice variety of terrain from road to paths to fields (I wore road shoes and was fine although it was dry).
Nowhere near my 10k PB, but it got this road-runner smiling. Only downside was being pipped on the line when I had plenty left (I was enjoying the novelty of finishing a race and not puking!) Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Warm, friendly, cheerful and fab cake! In full: What a great day - and a really good idea to offer something slightly less challenging than the traditional Ware 10. Lovely part of the world, and the marshals were just terrific. One of the most friendly events I've ever done :) Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Good Race ruined by lack of water at the end! In full: This is a great PB race as it's relatively flat. Starts and ends on the running track which gives a really nice feeling at the end. Sparse support once you leave the athletic track and not the best scenery; but there were enough people around you to keep you motivated!
Biggest disappointment was when I finished and there was no water. I finished around the hour mark and there was no water for anyone after that - absolutely disgraceful and no explanation given despite asking for one!
I'd love to do it again as it's a quick race, but there needs to be better organisation and maybe more photos! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Nice seaside race In full: Good organisation (the marshalling was absolutely brilliant!), being a grey and windy Sunday morning meant that there weren't that many people on the promenade, which was good for us as there were no closures in place. The only downside from being coastal is the wind which was against us for around half of the race, but I guess there's nothing one can do about it! :) Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: One I always look out for every year! In full: This was my second Mo Run and my friend and I always do a little challenge to raise momey for charity. In 2013 it was who would win, the 2014 race was try to get my friend under the 50 minute mark and I'd act as his pacer.
The organisation is top notch, the atmosphere is electric, the MC is brilliant and encouraging to all runners and the course is set in the scenice Greenwich Park.
A really tough race with plenty of hills but it really does fly by and it is such fun. Although the weather wasn't particularly warm, there were plenty of people there braving the cold, cheering everyone along and there was a real buzz from all the other runners. Well organised start so that the faster people were at the front and all the others who came for the fun run side of it too seemed to be having a great time with the Group Warm up too.
My friend got round in just over 50 minutes which although wasn't the target was a massive PB for him and he was over the moon.
One good thing about this race is there is plenty to do in the area afterwards so it's not a case of "Here's your medal and cheerio!" Belgian beer always goes down nicely after this race we've found...
I will continue to do this race as often as I can and a great run for a great charity. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: The online photos didn't match up to the event, but not sure it was Swanley Running Clubs fault In full: My sister wanted to do this and wanted me to sign up to keep her company. I obliged and found it didn't really dent the wallet too much. The pictures on the website looked great fun and I was looking forward to this, but when I arrived to just a gazebo and a parked car pumping out Christmas songs, I felt a little bit under-awed.
Chatting to a member of the running club, they informed me the reason for the toned down atmosphere this year was that the local council were charging outragous prices just to close the roads for a few minutes so therefore they decided to hold it in the park.
The race was good and the course was nice although a touch reptitive doing practically the same loop 4-5 times but the friendliness of everyone and the christmas pudding as a finishing prize was a nice touch.
Not one I'd do again but for under £10 it wasn't too bad. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: As always - lovely race In full: Second time running this race - first time it was 32 degrees and sweltering. This time it was windy and rainy but both times I have massively enjoyed the race. Ten miles of beautiful New Forest countryside - mainly good paths. No need for trail shoes and relatively flat. Nice mix of club runners and non-club runners meaning it's beginner friendly as well as club-friendly.
Varied course with some open fields and views of the famous ponies, and some through more woody areas. Always good support throughout the course and in the start/finish field. Year-specific horse brass at the finish line, oodles of parking and plenty of portaloos - what more could you ask for?! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Fantastic, challenging route in a friendly atmosphere In full: I really enjoyed this race. A low key affair, registration at Dorchester Sports centre was easy and straightforward. A quick warm up before assembling at the start. The course was lovely, scenic, nearly all off-road and a fair few hills! The section around Maiden Castle was very challenging - tough terrain, wind, and "undulating" to say the least! A real test for the legs, but thankfully a downhill section for last 1.5 miles before a short uphill finish. Was very pleased to finish in 11th place and clinch the Men's team trophy. Would've been nice to have received a trophy along with the wine like other winners, but that's the only real feedback point for the organisers. I look forward to next years already Date of review: July 13, 2015