In short: Muddy fun. In full: This was a great morning out over an unusual distance across lovely countryside. My Garmin tracked a little longer than 9 miles, but this could have been all the weaving to dodge puddles and stay upright in the mud. Challenging hills, but worth it for the views on the top and the smooth downhill run after. Loads of excellent cheery marshalls, great facilities at start/finish. All I would ask in future is for separate shower facilities for ladies - only one of the changing rooms was open. Recommend to anybody who wants a tough but rewarding race experience. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: A different kind of race In full: Not often you get to run on a motor circuit. Obviously it will be laps - so that shouldnt be a surprise. I think hiring the track isn't cheap - so that's where our money went to. The water cartons worked well when you knew what to do - maybe they should point that out.
Mile markers should be in place every mile - I can't remember the last race I did without them. Medals are always nice. Surely the tannoy could be used to good effect - after all its set up for it already ? Respect to the marching band and their performance.
Not my favourite race - but the midday start on Sunday was handy. A functional race. No bells and whistles. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: LOOK OUT, HILL!! :) In full: Second time of doing this race and once again very enjoyable, even with the steep hill at the end! The marshalls and organisation are excellent, even in the windy wet weather we had this year they still kept smiling! My one and only (minor) gripe is that it isn't chip timed, but that's only a very small point in what is a fantastic locally run race. I'll definately be back again! Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Very tough race this year with the mud but superbly organised! In full: I always dread this one. My wife, who does the longer races such as Grizzly, Exe to Ax and Meon Valley Plod loves this, but for my poor unfit body I find this as challenging as I ever need. It used to be the Terminator 10, but it now runs over 12 miles, and has an 'extra' hill compared to the original route. It is brutal. The first 5 miles or so lull you into a false sense of security - mostly flat, lots of mud but eminently runable as the route heads out East from Pewsey along the canal, before turning south towards Milton Lilbourne (home of the Rough 'n' Tumble). From here things go down hill, by going uphill... Ascent of the gully this year was wet and muddy and then the lung busty scramble up the slope is just the start. Two descents to the valley floor followed by equally tough climbs back up, often to pretty much were you have just been (or so it seems) and you are still not done. Just when you can see Pewsey calling on a long wind downhill there is a literal sting in the tail - the loop up (again!) and round the White (this year green) horse. Getting down from this was one of the hardest bits - I will admit to sliding down on my bottom... The mud made even the simpler bits of the course harder than normal (thats my excuse). As ever this was brilliantly organised and marshalled. No problems, a great T-shirt at the end that actually fits my larger than average frame (see almost all of my other reviews for races where this doesn't happen!) Well done guys. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Lovely Lincolnshire countryside, well-organised - very windy on the day. In full: I liked the feel of this small event (just under 600 runners on the day). The communication beforehand was good - even going so far as to post "state of the course" pictures the day before on Facebook. It was my third half marathon and I found it tough going but this was mainly due to the very windy conditions which probably affected about half of the course. Lots of friendly support from volunteers and three water stations. I appreciated the free cup of tea and the technical t-shirt as they had the right size for me (not always the case at other races where the shirt has been too big). Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: A nice rural route, but definitely an undulating one, not flat as claimed. In full: Would be good to send out race-numbers in the post, to avoid the busy registration. Also it would make sense to exploit the potential bonus of a train-station and start later eg. 9:45 - first trains from London, Tonbridge etc. don't arrive till 9:20. Would be good to get a UKA license too. Overall a nice up-and-down route down quiet lanes, really well marshalled and very friendly. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Flat Airfeild although wind and weather can be a challenge In full: Very well organised in a fairly pleasant location. I suspect that the wind blows regularly as it did this year. Very impressed with the timing and speed of results considering no chips. Will be back next year. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Not bad - flatish course, nice medal and friendly runners! In full: I think it felt hillier second half of the race due to the wind in your face and it did have some long inclines (2nd half of race) but not tough hills. Flat in comparison to where I live/train! My sister knocked 6 mins off her PB! Most marshals friendly and encouraging, nice medal, drink and plenty of jaffa cakes at the end. Lots of friendly banter during and after the race from other runners. Had no problem getting my number or toilet facilities. You can't expect organisers to get Rent a Crowd along the route. The support was quiet/lacking but then again it is a rural village run!
In short: Schame about the gale force wind In full: Great start venue at the Hilton Hotel. Well done marshalls who were all cheerful and supportive despite the aweful conditions. Only one complaint:no-one handing out water at the north pier end when the back markers went through - I had to break into a large pack and hand bottles out to those around me. Good medal as usual for this part of the world. Well done everybody in the dire conditions - it was an achievement just to finish! Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Excellent event again In full: Great location, great organisation. Continues to be an excellent event. Good for newcomers to off-road events as no really muddy soft-under-foot areas. Good hard-packed paths. Decent challenging hills but also numerous fast sections. Plenty of parking, toilets and showers. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Expensive, not enough loos but at least they put the race on In full: Whilst I'm grateful that the organisers endeavoured to get this race on rather than just cancel due to the floods it still isn't great. Even for a UKA runner the price seems steep for a cheap medal and bottle of water post-race. There aren't enough toilets - just a few inside the leisure centre - and the race briefing (which we missed most of due to the loo queue which we joined at 10am) needed a megaphone as I assume they were talking about the course changes.
I've done this race before when the start field was a dangerous mudbath so thankful it was much firmer this year. The new course was fine, it was very hilly but I quite enjoyed it. The marshalls were super in the main but could have done with the ones near the garden centre stopping the cars from turning in on the runners - I saw two near-misses as the driver just didn't want to wait any longer and my club mate was also nearly taken out in the same spot.
Chip timing to start and finish is a plus but isn't enough get me back a third time. A good hilly workout if you are fairly local but I wouldn't recommend travelling too far for this one. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Bit windy out In full: Evil start to this run, the start is up hill. Still it was a prelude of things to come. the initial road section is flat, after that you are generally going up hill or down hill.
Conditions underfoot were good, a few puddles here and there but the course was never congested so everyone could avoid the puddles.
The wind was the main factor, very strong on the ridge, occasionally it was behind, giving you a push, but mainly it was to the side or in your face.
Not usually a fan of looped races, but for a Feb race this was fine - it was good to see the speedier runners zip by.
Great value for £22, drinks were always available and easy to get. Yes no food - but this was clear in the joining instructions - bring your own food or add an extra few quid to the entry fee. These days it is getting harder to find reasonably priced marathon entry - the organisers should be applauded for this! (compare it to the New Forest Running Festival 50 Km entry is £48)
Be back next year Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: NO MEDAL!!!! and I didn't like the lap element. In full: I am not even sure I would do another Asics run for £22 I would expect more in a goody bag than a protein bar, milkshake and some wellwoman vitabiotics?? It states on here there would be a medal and quite frankly I don't do many runs and like to have a memento of the ones I complete. What was the money spent on? Or was this just shameless profit gaining with advertisments for the great manchester run (which I won't be attending after this run). The lap idea was tough to handle (especially seeing the faster runners finishing as I start to do my last two laps :)) In all it was a fairly enjoyable day but there are many far better runs out there. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Great race. In full: some people need to get a grip. This was a great village event not a big city half. Everyone was very helpful. Ran a PB. And for the GPS Moths "learn how to run on pace, stop clock watching and check out the scenery. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: What running events SHOULD be like In full: Summed up by the goody bag - none of this corporate, rubbish advertising stuff, just a good quality running t shirt, some chocolate, a drink and some much needed love hearts! This is what running events should be like: friendly, challenging, great support and wonderful countryside. A running event ran by runners. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Beginner friendly and lovely flat course. In full: A lovely run along the river path mixed with the streets of Richmond. Marshall's were great and crossing roads was no problem. Will be back and would consider other events by the same organizer. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Race description better than the actual day! In full: In a word - disappointing! Registration in a pub which is too small to house people - therefore queuing in cold for 20mins before race! No signs for toilets in the capark so massive queue for one pub toilet!
The race - well if that's flat (as billed in the description) then I'm Mo Farah! Granted it wasn't really hilly but you cant sell the race as flat and then have hills like the one at 8-9miles! Crossed the line - handed a medal by a child (no problem with that) but never saw any water, Jaffa cakes, bananas etc! During the race - not many people cheering you on. Allegedly ran through numerous villages but it just felt like one long continuos country lane (very monotonous). Water stations poorly prepared - never understand why they are frantically pooring water into cups as you run past! Did they not expect 400 odd runners to be passing through between given times? All in all it could have been so much better, or maybe journalistic licence made the pre-race description more interesting than it could manifest! Would I come back next year? Probably but mainly due to location not due to the organisation! PS - 18hrs later - no finish times released. This is computer operated and the information is available to upload as soon as the final runner crossed the line! I'd much rather know my time that afternoon/evening than a day or two later! Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: WHERE THE HELL WAS THE MEDAL???? In full: Absolutely disgusting,clearly states a medal and when i asked they said winners of age groups got medals! £22 for a bag full of bumpf!!! never seen anything like it,just hope everyone will follow me in making a huge complaint to the organisers who clearly ripped us off!!! Date of review: February 23, 2014