In short: My first trail race and a great experience :-) In full: Really enjoyed my first trail race, good value entry price with a great goody bag at the end. Everyone was really friendly, especially the last runner marshall when i groaned at him realising he was the only person behind me. The only thing that would've improved it in my opinion would've been to get a medal at the end but i guess that would've made the entry more expensive. Overall a great experience that i'd like to repeat :-) Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Well organised, flat course, definitely recommend it In full: A well organised race, running past all Gloucester's tourist sites: the cathedral, the docks, the high street. If you want to run a 10k race without hills and get a fast time, this is the race for you! Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Hard to imagine a more beautiful setting than Compton Verney. Add to that efficient organisation and a really friendly atmosphere. It's easy to forgive that final hill! Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Challenging hilly and offload course and a very warm day! But N. Oxfordshire looking wonderful and friendly efficient organisation at all levels. A memorable race and very worthwhile! Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: My club is based in Essex and i normally wouldn't commute far to a race but this was well worth the travel. Organised perfectly and the course was great, I felt like I could have ran some more! Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Scenic, interesting course with some killer hills and tough surfaces, but great fun In full: Organisation was good. Directions to car park from marshals very clear and easy to park close to the start of the race.
Registering on the day was very straightforward.
Lack of toilets was very frustrating. Quite a few runners having to run into the bushes just before the start. Aside from this organisation was very good.
Marshalls were all very encouraging and gave clear directions. Signage was good in general, but there were one or two places where it was pretty obvious, but just not 100% clear (for a paranoid runner who has taken a wrong turn in the past) which direction to turn.
Plenty of water stops along the way and gels being given out.
Very few non-runners out on the course, who all seemed very friendly and made an effort to make way.
The course was scenic and hilly, with some steep bits in places and some long downhill sections. As a guide pace dropped to 10min/mile+ on some uphills and down to 5min/mile on some downhill sections.
Lots of tree roots and gravel in places which was fun rather than annoying. A nice long downhill section on a good surface for the second-to-last mile and the last mile pretty much flat so a good course for a fast finish.
There was plenty of water and orange and blackcurrant squash at the finish. Also sliced oranges, pineapples and watermelons which were lovely. Decent technical t-shirt and a bottle of beer.
Friendly atmosphere and I plan to do it again next year. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: new organisers did a great job - nice route, pretty quick course In full: At £16 it wasn't the cheapest 10k - but I think it was value for money. The route took in city centre roads, Gloucester Quay shopping centre, the canal and the park. The majority of the course was flat with a few small inclines. The organisers were let down by cowboys who delivered the portaloos late - but that was out of their control. Overall the organisation and marshalling was top notch. There were plenty of water stops available with (not sparkling thankfully) water in bottles. Goody bag was adequate - tech t-shirt and respectable medal included. Thank you for organising a very good race Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Perfect PB potential In full: My local race but the first time I have done it and I loved it. I am 49 and got my fastest time in 10 years and the home made cake at the end was delicious so a definite like from me. It poured with rain but was mild, so probably better for us runners than the marshals, but they did a good job and stayed smiling. It was more expensive than some races I've entered locally, and no goody bag, but the medal is engraved and it is a charity organisation so I didn't really mind. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Couldn't get better for a scenic run In full: Mainly off road with some tough uphill sections but all comes good with a downhill/flat last 2 miles. Great scenery and a privilege to be running in one of the best half marathons. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: My 2nd year confirmed this to me as one of the best races on the calendar! In full: Events To Live put on fantastic races, it must be said. Yes, they are helped by the lovely scenery around the Box Hill area, but they seem to do everything right to make you have a good race/day.
This years (2014) Surrey Badger Half was my 2nd and every bit as enjoyable as the previous year. It's a challenging 'lumpy' course through some scenic trails in the Dorking countryside. But the difficulty of the running adds to, rather than detracts from, your feeling of happiness.
Great course, brilliant organisation, lovely marshals and overall a fantastic atmoshphere make this an event you should definitely do!!
Thumbs-Up to ETL for another great day in my running life :-D Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Scenic, hilly, firendly event In full: This is not the easiest of half-marathons but one of my favourites. If you like a fun atmosphere, scenic off road middle section, with a few hills/ undulations thrown in and a great wicking t-shirt plus berr, then this is for you! Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Superbly marshalled and resourced throughout the event. I left absolutely buzzing despite running 15 miles!! In full: The course we as beautiful although the weather had been poor beforehand. We were kept updated prior to the event. During the event, we were fuelled with water (in a bottle for a change), energy drinks and my absolute favourite, the cold sponge! People were dishing out jelly babies and orange to keep us going, an my goodness it helped !!
I don't race for goodies but accounting for the fact that the race was inexpensive, we were provided with a goody bag, t-shirt and various refreshments including a home made cake stool!! I really felt as though Wadhurst Runners did themselves proud; it was my greatest running achievement so far and one of the most enjoyable races I've run! Certainly recommended!!!! Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Great supporters In full: What makes this race is the encouraging marshals and the supporters that take the time to lean out of their windows or come to their garden gate to provide encouragement as runners go past.
A tad hilly but counterbalanced by some great downhill sections.
In short: Very friendly and help full, from the start all around the hilly course and right up to the finish. In full: The warm up was a bit suspect, not usual for a lot of seasoned runners but the beginners enjoyed it.
The course was muddy though out the woods given the rain we had the night before unusual for mid July, but the course was well marked out and the briefing at the start was very good.
I was number 13 and had brought two children with me and my wife, Lewis was off doing things while I was running but his sister Phoebe 11 was a bit bored as there were no groups for her to join. Reminded me more of cross country thank a normal 10k but in saying that I did post my fastest time of the year as I had to work my MUSCLES to get up the small but wet hills around the course. The Sun was shinning which is not ideal weather for running but the spectators were a welcome sight as they cheered all the runners on to the finish.
All in all a great day out for the family and a great charity to support. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Very hilly, very muddy, good fun In full: Weirdly, I found the first 2k (plodding round the edge of the racecourse) the hardest bit just because it was the least interesting - just a steady slog. But once we broke away from the racecourse and got onto the tracks, hills and paths it was much more fun. Lots and lots of steep slopes (both up and down hill) to challenge you, and lots of gates and stiles to climb and negotiate, so you'll never get bored. Beautiful views all round, and a nice medal at the end. The ice lollies at the end were very, very welcome!! Very friendly bunch to run with, lots of mid-race support from other runners, and well organised. It was certainly tough, but I'd definitely do it again to try and beat my time. Date of review: July 13, 2014