In short: Ran this years race for the first time, after watching my wife run this race the last two years. Had a fantastic time made to feel really welcome, good atmosphere and well organised. Date of review: October 15, 2014
In short: Potentially great but marred by very poor organisation In full: The organisers arranged a park and ride two miles away from the start and finish location. They did nothing else to help people get there - no extra public transport, no trains at all. Inevitably huge queues for the P&R created delays of up to 90 minutes and there were a lot of disgruntled runners, including myself. Date of review: October 15, 2014
In short: Flat and fast race,well organised In full: Good technical t-shirt and medal for finishing. Quite enjoyed he course even though it was all through town. Didn't have a problem with toilets at start; despite what others have said,there were male urinals at start area with very little queues. Funnel system at start seemed to work well and wide roads meant no problems passing . Will probably be back next year. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Well organised, great local support in the villages, one for the diary next year In full: A well organised event with really good facilities. Local support in the villages was excellent. Really chuffed to win a spot prize of a bottle of wine. One for the diary next year. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Lovely course, fantastic local support and very well organised In full: My first time running Basingstoke Half. A very well organised race, lovely challenging course and fantastic support through the villages and at the finish. Will be signing up for next year. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Great event, great atmosphere. Definitely give it a go! In full: A very tough but rewarding 13 mile cross country run. Everyone was very welcoming and the nutty bar about half way round was a great addition.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: The event village, coach travel, aid stations, gift bag, shower facilities and post-race meal were all outstanding, possibly the best run event I have attended this far. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: It is Tuesday and it has been bucketing down with rain....but.. In full: I am still smiling remembering Sunday and one of my favourite races of the year. This is a fantastic 10m course with a bit of everything and always lashings of mud somewhere on the course. A real test, but so rewarding with varied terrain and views, and the race has my favourite finish. Firstly the panoramic views as you run along the ridge and then helter-skelter down through the woods and then opens out so you run down the path through the vines and always a treat to be greeted by the race director on the finish line - fab! Thanks to all at ETL, your events are consistently professional and slick and always with a twinkly of a sense of fun. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Enjoyable race, well organised In full: The course- (for me the most important aspect) Amazing, exactly what it said on the tin. Scenic, flat, couldn’t have asked for more. The marshals- clear early signals. All very helpful.The medal- double up as a bottle opener Brilliant. Would I do it again??? Yes most definitely. I can’t imagine anyone saying different. A great day out, a perfect location with great potential for a PB. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Flat and fast but not very scenic in parts In full: Disappointed to be standing around at the start for an extra 20 mins due to problems with the park & ride, I later found out (could not hear announcements as speaker was too far away!). Overall a good race but route narrow in parts so difficult to get past runners. It's getting better so will probably come back next year. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Best experience of my life In full: Partook in my first marathon race in 2014 at Loch Ness. Had an amazing experience, the race day organisation was incredible. Quite a challenging yet not overly difficult course with breath taking scenary. Hospitality is incredible from pre race to post race food, teas and coffees at the start were an added touch. Everyone I spoke to throughout the two day festival were very friendly and have me some last minute race tips. If you only ever run one marathon, the Loch Ness is the one to do. Addicted to the marathon feeling and can't wait to partake in more during my lifetime.