In short: Hilly but scenic In full: This course was hilly, starts on a down hill stretch and then it's making you're way back up. There's some pretty steep uphills, and there was one downhill patch a mile or so away from home. There's a lovely finishing part coming back into Calke abbey through the driveway through the trees and sheep either side of you waiting for you to sprint passed them, breathtaking finish. a nice mixture of runners. Definitely not a quick pb course. A Nice big medal as always from jackrabbit events, great organisers, friendly and always active on facebook. Date of review: December 2, 2015
In short: Average In full: I did the 10km and generally speaking it was alright. However, be aware that the10km is actually around 10.3km. Although the 2015 race ended up being 11.9km after a marshalling and signage mistake! Date of review: December 1, 2015
In short: Well organised, multi-terrain half marathon (and 10k) In full: I entered the 10k this year, having run the half last year. Overall this was a well organised multi terrain race. Great facilities at the race HQ of the Julie Rose Stadium. The start and finish of the race is on the running track.
The pre-race communication was good from the organisers and we were informed that the course was wet and muddy in places so trail shoes were advisable. This helped as if you expect conditions to be challenging then you can prepare for this.
The off road sections around the Conningbrook lakes probably will always be wet and muddy at the end of November when this race is run. Next year the organisers are introducing a marathon (with choice of half-marathon) in mid September using a similar but longer course which may have better conditions under foot.
The 10k turned into 12k as unfortunately the strong winds on the day blew a unmanned sign around leading to a detour around a field. Nevertheless it is up to runners to know the course (a map of which was displayed inside the Julie Rose Stadium).
Nice touches to this race - a quality medal, generous goodie bag, good on-course and post-course drinks and snacks. Finishing times displayed on an electronic display with good commentary from the announcer.
If you like a challenging course you will love this race. Recommended.
In short: Fantastically friendly half marathon weaving undulating through the countryside. In full: My first non-big-city half marathon and I'm a convert. Small, friendly, low-key. Nice touch with names on all the race number bibs - all the marshals out on the course were calling personalised encouragement as you went passed each and every one. - with many also offering jelly babies. The fact that that morning's weather was atrocious was something that we didn't really notice as the whole event was so friendly and encouraging - and the route was excellent. Yes, it was undulating, but therefore variable and interesting. Great finish line commentating - again, encouraging every runnere. Date of review: December 1, 2015
In short: Watch out for that Pony !!! In full: I fully recommend the Downton Half to anyone. Really good mix of runners and support/spirit during the event was top notch. Marshalls all gave plenty of encouragement and good pockets of support on this lovely rural run through some really scenic parts of the New Forest. Nearly taken out by a couple of Ponies at one point, but it all adds to the experience. The course is certainly a challenge and plenty of hills to mix it up a little. GPS showing 800ft of ascents mostly long drawn out affairs rather than short sharp ones. Sign up - you'll love it :-) Date of review: November 30, 2015
In short: yet again AVR does it! In full: It takes a lot to organize and run (no pun intended!) a good half marathon but to do so on a bad and blustery winters day takes skill and the close co operation of all those involved. Avon Valley Runners kept me smiling and running when at times the wind tried to divert me from my mission. It was a great idea to print our name on the official race number.....it seemed that everybody out there knew me :)) Let's hope next year the weather is kinder. This is everything I love about running, small event, no big city crowds here but still brilliant enthusiasm and support...well done to all! Date of review: November 30, 2015
In short: Well organised, challenging, fun event. In full: Considering this was the first Mapledurham Ten, the event was smooth and superbly staged. Some nice touches such as the red painted smiles at the top of the hills. Plenty of loos too, which is always important pre-race :-) Date of review: November 30, 2015
In short: Great signage In full: What a great event! Loved the combination of the 10k and 10 mile route making figure of eight route and reassuring to have the kilometer and mile markers along the way. It was smooth and slick at registration and the uplifting music and lots of friendly marshals made this a friendly event to be at. Thumbs up for the smiley face drawn on the ground at the top of T hill too- more positive signage like this pls! The bacon and sausage rolls at the food tent were divine! Great medal too. Thanks MST
In short: Part trail, flat, roads not closed In full: Advertised as road race, but part on grass, and a third of race on gravel/ off road, so if it's recently rained will be slippy and damage any pb potential. Originally advertised as shower and changing available but this was taken away with the last info they posted. Nice run round the river!! Date of review: November 29, 2015
In short: Great fun if you like mud, rain and alot of wind to contend with! In full: Lovely local scenic off road run. Plenty of challenges in trying to keep upright during the first half of the course! Marshalls were great especially having to stand around on a very wet and windy day! Would luck to come back next year. Date of review: November 29, 2015
In short: Mud and hills and more mud In full: A tough course in glorious surroundings, the south Oxfordshire countryside. Made tougher by wet weather - in places it was slippy slidey thick cloying mud. Plus some decent hills. Great medal, with free iTab to follow. Apparently the race photos are free to download too. Organization everything it should be - plenty of marshals, course well marked, hot drinks and snacks at the venue. A good if rather dirty day out. I'd do it again. Date of review: November 29, 2015
In short: One of the events of My year In full: Tee shirt excellent goody Bag excellent even the bag is a reusable shopping bag A lot of other races cost more and you don't get as much Well done again this is the 6th time I have done this race Date of review: November 29, 2015
In short: another great bath hilly "HARD AS ALWAYS"WHICH I LIKE!!!! In full: Well done Rob for another fantastic Bath Hilly.(more mud next year hopefully!! Many thanks again to the wonderfull marshalls. See you all on new years knacker cracker!!! Date of review: November 27, 2015