In short: Brilliantly organised race with great atmosphere. In full: Brilliant race - I've done this a few times and always enjoy it. Slightly tough second half being a very mild incline for most of the way but overall a really good race. Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: Great run well organised In full: Great friendly run. Personally I would miss out some of the Common and the lap of the field at the end and make it the Harey 7! But a great run not to be missed Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: I'll be back in 2016 In full: Second year of doing this event (missed the very first one due to manflu). Very good value for money.
Parking was a bit chaotic this year, ended up leaving my car in a residential area, and I saw some poor runner getting an earful from an unhappy resident (the type of idiot who thinks she owns the road in front of her house).
The water situation wasn't great either - the first stop wasn't sign-posted, and by the time us slow runners got there it was virtually empty (experience has taught me to bring my own though!). I speeded up a bit later on in the race, so there seemed to be more water at the 2nd station, but again slower runners seemed to have missed out - it was a warm day, so this was dangerous.
One thing about races I never understand is why they handout such large bottles anyway? Most runners seem to take a moutful and throw the rest away - why can't they hand out mini bottles?!
Don't let these two gripes put you off though - this is a good race, and I recommend you give it a go! Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: 1Km shy of a full half! In full: Oh dear. Pre event error meant competitors having to pay an additional charge of £1.11 from Royal Mail for the entry pack due to an under payment in postage. First half through the town centre was hilly in places, although good crowd support through the town. Second half takes you out of the town centre where crowd support was less but much easier due to fewer climbs. The final stretch was mainly down hill and dare i say quite pleasurable. The second half of the route was incorrectly marked compared to the pre event map which meant it ended a full 1Km short of the full half marathon distance which was very disappointing.
In short: Was not a half marathon In full: Was really looking forward to this race. Start went well (after driving through a few road closed signs to get round Shrewsbury despite being easily on time). Couldn't find the 100 toilets advertised but didn't have to wait very long for the ones I did find.
Variety of course was great; almost like two races. Great half around town and great half in the country. Hilly, but I expected that.
BUT, the course was about half a mile too short. Looks like we took a short cut around mile 10 and also a slightly different finish. Very disappointed as was running well. Never done a race before where this has happened. Such a shame.
Many thanks to the water station staff, marshals and all supporters out on the course. Plus the friendly runners I talked to around the course. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Deceptively hilly .... and about a half mile too short? In full: Despite being fairly local this was the first year (of the three that it has been running) that I have entered this race. The first two had significant planning and logistical issues.
The first half was really interesting, and took in a lot of the town's sights, but at a price - a lot of hills to manage! The second half was a complete contrast, with long rural roads and a nice downhill stretch to finish. The final half mile or so was particularly pleasant. But this wasn't a half marathon - my Garmin said 12.51 and if the previous review is anything to go by then there may be a problem here.
Parking, start/finish area, water stations, marshalling all excellent. One potential hazard were the 'road closed' signs across the route near the start where the volume and density of runner meant that some did not see the hazards until the last minute. Could have been a really nasty fall for someone, and the marshals at the point may no effort to warn people.
Good crowd support and the town section was certainly memorable. This is never a PB course and perhaps the organisers should have made more reference to the hills - one chap in a wheelchair was really struggling with it.
All in all an enjoyable race with very good organisation, but I'm not convinced it was long enough? Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Wonderful run! In full: Thank you for putting on such a brilliant race.It was obvious that a lot of care and attention goes into ensuring that everything is spot on for the runners.Even down to painting the raised tree roots!Great course,just enough inclines to challenge the runner though plenty of faster sections and the marshals were so friendly and encouraging.The hand painted cup is a lovely memento!See you next year! Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Not accurately measured. In full: Like Shrewsbury and route. Parking, water etc all fine and plenty of toilets. BUT my Garmin measured 12.57 and a guy who finished next to us had 12.58! Very disappointing as I could have been on for a PB but now the time means nothing as the race was not a half marathon. ALSO cock up with organiser/PO underpaid postage meant we had to go to sorting office the day before the race to pay extra and collect numbers! Bit cross as the race price was a bit on the expensive side anyway. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Excellent race mucho enjoyable In full: Much enjoyed today's race. Good off road and 8 miles is a good distance. Pity that some of the car drivers on the common don't respect runners (nearly got splatted on mile 7) Cup is a unusual and useful memento. Would definitely do it again. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Great race. Really enjoyed it. A mix of road and cross country running. Fields and tarmac In full: Great race. Really enjoyed it. A mix of road and cross country running. Fields and tarmac. Flat all the way round. Empty roads. Plenty of marshals and signs. Limited parking though, about 100 spaces. Car park full at 10:05 Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: My first time at Malvern and enjoyed it. On the overall is a very nice rice, great organisation and atmosphere. There are only 2 improvements points, give the water in bottles and the graven part by the end of the race is a killer. In full: Uphill on graven road and front wind near the finish was to much for achieve a brilliant time. Surelly will come back next year. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Not an easy course, but fantastic value for money In full: This is a great community event with kids' races as well as the 10k. It cost me about £12 to enter and for that I received a medal, technical ladies-fit t-shirt, watercress (as Alresford is in watercress country and on the Watercress Line steam railway) and a filled plastic water bottle.
The course is an out and back and rather undulating. If you've done your hill training you will be ok. If you haven't (I hadn't due to Achilles problems) you won't. It was the furthest I'd run in two months, but taking it gently worked for me and I ran completely even splits.
I definitely recommend this event. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: My local race. Well organised, very friendly. In full: I really enjoyed this. Well organised, great start-and-finish in the shadow of the castle. The timing pens worked well, too. I'll be returning. Thank you. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Poor marshalling/organisation In full: On arrival all ok. Lovely views and hills. Fun run a bit strange 1km and 2km going off at the same time and the first kids that finished the 2km were not even noticed coming across the finish line and were not guided where to go. Then disaster, the 5 and 10 km. the marshalling was awful, there were not marshalls on the most important parts of the course. I was in the lead for the 5km and was not guided where to come off for the finish line and ended up running 8km like most people in the 10km. Overall very disappointed I was robbed off a trophy. Even the kids that won the fun run just got called their names to stand there and did not get anything, not even a bag of sweets. Incorrect people were awarded for both 5 and 10 km. the only men that got what they deserved were the 1st and 2nd 10 km. Great charity, but the race-never again Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: A really fun and enjoyable race In full: A race of two halves. The first 5k is undulating; the second is a long, straight, gently downward gradient. A real opportunity for a PB. Date of review: June 21, 2015