In short: Lovely countryside fun run with full village support In full: Well organised event. Course is a bit hilly but goes through nice countryside. Medal and t-shirt for finishers. Nice touch that the pub at the finish were cooking burgers etc. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Brilliant event - superb organisation and atmosphere - great fun! In full: This is a must for all half marathoners. Enough hills to be a tad challenging but the support from locals and marshals completely takes your mind off it. The roads are closed too so the whole run is completely hassle free - well done Basingstoke!! Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Nice race bling In full: Course was very congested in parts, with a few pinch points. First part of the course was pretty uninspiring, but the second half and last few miles were much nicer and much better supported! Some of the water stations were poorly marshalled for such a warm day. You do get an incredibly nice medal for this race though! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Fast 10k through the streets of Ashford In full: Personally I didn't have any problems and found the organisation of the race was pretty smooth in terms of parking and picking up the race pack but perhaps this was because I arrived quite early and avoided the rush.
I hope the issues that some of the slower runners had to endure will be resolved for next year's event and they will be given as good an experience as the people towards the front of the race.
Overall though I thoroughly enjoyed the race. The conditions on the day were perfect to run a fast time and I am looking forward hopefully to return next year. Many thanks to the organisers, marshals and also the people of Ashford who cheered on the runners. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Super race In full: I really enjoyed the 'Chi half'. Great organisation and good atmosphere at the start/finish zone. Great to run through the town centre. Excellent mix of road, path, trail, grass and woodlands. Hard work getting up the Trundle, but you are rewarded with brilliant views from the top. It was nice to briefly pass slower/faster runners at the top.
Fast finish along the cycle path and great support. Really recommend this race for clubby types and beginners alike. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Highly recommended! In full: I did this last year and was very impressed by the organisation, considering it was the first time the race was run. The organisers didn't have to change much, so didn't. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! It's a fast course, but not as flat as Manchester (where I ran a PB) What makes the race is the atmosphere. The route isn't lined with spectators, but those in the villages and those travelling supporters on the roads (there are a couple of out and back sections which are good for spectating) make a lot of noise and are really encouraging. The first 20 plus miles this year were run in fog, which suited me as there's an awkward gradual climb about 15/16 miles that I didn't notice as I couldn't see an incline! From having run the route last year I wouldn't describe it as particularly scenic after the first couple of miles through York, but it's nearly all open country side. The only real climb comes after 25 miles, and it's not that long anyway. Besides, the last few hundred yards are definitely downhill so you can have a flying finish! There were ample drinks stations, and loads of sweets on offer from the locals. I really enjoyed the race and plan to run it again next year. Thanks to all who helped organise, volunteered and supported. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: perfectly organised challenging race In full: Organisation perfect as usual in the run up and on the day. You know everything and that everything is in its place you only have to worry about your race. Well supported and brilliant marshals encouraging everyone. This is a race that reminds you why you do it and makes you want to keep doing it.challenging course much improved on last year. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Lovely downhill course - with great support In full: This was a great race to do. The course is lovely: felt like most of the route was slightly downhill (always a bonus); fab support all the way round; plentiful water stations; and loads of runners so had lots of company all the way round though I was towards the back.
Did tire in the last 3 miles - but considering I had done a marathon two weeks earlier - probably not that surprising.
Will definitely be back - though next time I probably won't have done a marathon 2 weeks beforehand, so I can make more of the course.
In short: Better than anticpated event In full: Reasonably good organisation, nothing special but they managed to cope with the large number of runners, there was no need to rush to do all the usaul post run things, loo, baggage etc before the start. Contrary to comment below there were plenty of toilets in various sections of the Embankment start area including two male specific urinals. The first few miles were on wide roads which gave room to pass slower runners but although the event had a no headphone policy, it would have been good if this had been enforced especially for those runners who decided to veer off to the right and cutting up those behind at the water stations despite shouts that there was water on both sides of the road. There was plenty of encouragement and support along the route building up to a wonderful atmosphere along the final kilometre to the finish. It would have been great if more had been made of the finish area - the local running retailer had aready packed up before half of the runners had finished, making this into more of an expo village would have given a better post run experience. Definitely an event to enter again in the future.