In short: Great event In full: Very well organised event taking runners through the country lanes of Kent. Plenty of hilly parts which made for a good test but nothing too brutal. Overwhelming amounts of free cake at the end made it all worthwhile. Lovely t-shirt and medal too. Big thanks to the friendly marshals as well. Date of review: October 18, 2016
In short: Very well organised, superb marshalling and, in better weather, a picturesque (if rather hilly) course. A shame that it ran about 0.5m too far but all in all an excellent event Date of review: October 17, 2016
In short: Good course, good value for money. In full: At £13 I think this is a bargain. Chip timing and road closures both cost money, so fair play to the organisers for this good price. Good medal too. Not 'the best' 10k I have done, but those I would rank above this all cost more. Good PB potential too. Just like Arnie, I'll be back! Date of review: October 17, 2016
In short: Good race, well organised and well supported. In full: The first couple of miles are tough - all up hill! - but that is actually quite handy for getting the field spread out in what are some quite narrow streets. After that initial climb it is possible to get in to a decent rhythm and enjoy the countryside. It's a decent route, and the atmosphere at the finish was really good. Well done Winchester. Date of review: October 17, 2016
In short: Basingstoke delivers again In full: My third running of this event, and it continues to be one of my favourite road races. Really well organised, a great (and challenging) route, enthusiastic locals who get out on the streets in good numbers to cheer on the runners. Well done, again, to all involved in putting this together. Date of review: October 17, 2016
In short: Good (hard!) route, but no water at the finish?!?! In full: I'm not normally a fan of multi-lap events but this 2-lap route had enough twists and turns and ups and downs to maintain interest all the way around. There must have been a bit less than 100 runners in the half marathon, and it was just as well since some sections were very narrow and steep - with a larger field things might have got tricky. There was a decent atmosphere, with friendly cheerful marshals and the registration process on arrival was a doddle, but the lack of water at the finish was an oversight - I assume the 10k runners had drunk it all before us half marathon plodders got to the finish! If that one niggle could be addressed this would be a really decent event for anyone looking for a small, tough, good value cross country event. Date of review: October 17, 2016
In short: 2nd time round for me. It's a lovely interesting route, not crowded and everyone out on the route spectating is so supportive. Was much better the 2nd time - I recommend getting some familiarity with the route (and the hills) beforehand. Date of review: October 16, 2016
In short: Always a challenge and a thrill to complete - will miss greatly! In full: I have run the GM for the last 5yrs running with only the 1st 3 missed. Got my PB this year by a few minutes but never the less a PB, hard earned. Will greatly miss the GM & will find it hard to fill the gap in my trail marathons in 2017. I always feel with the GM that I have strived & met the challenge of a demanding course with the 3rd 10k homebound always the make or break stage. Hope Dr Rob & Trionium will reconsider and resurrect the GM with a different format that will be more affordable for them to run. I would gladly forgo the apri-run fry (always a favourite if I feel like eating), the showers/changing facilities, etc - all important medal or maybe running top would suffice ( great having name on vest). Always great organisation,marshalling & water station support team who encourage and remain cheerful through out for all runners what ever the conditions/weather. Next year will have a big hole left in it that will be hard to fill! Thank you Trionium - Dr Rob & Team - for providing one of the best Marathons in the UK. Barry Date of review: October 15, 2016
In short: Great marathon! Super organisation and support, plenty of running camaraderie & fab course! In full: Loved this event! Great organisation, super course, great bunch of fellow runners. The out and backs were not an issue, as they were so well supported! Running past the Minster with the bells ringing felt terrific. Wild highly recommend. Grabbed a massive PB as well.....!! ???? Date of review: October 14, 2016
In short: Twisty and hilly but good atmosphere In full: Overall it is a good race. Very well organised, closed road race with a great atmosphere and decent crowds. A couple of words of caution though. For those looking for a PB this is not the ideal race, despite the marketing suggesting it is. Far too many turns and hills. But if you want a closed road run, with good crowds and atmosphere then this is well worth trying Date of review: October 14, 2016
In short: Superb trail run In full: I entered the full marathon having run the half in 2015. 2016 saw perfect conditions for what is a glorious trail run through the beautiful Surrey hills. It is tough in sections, but worth it for the views at various points. It is such a shame it was the final edition of this race as I would definitely be back in 2017 to do it again. Date of review: October 14, 2016
In short: Really well supported, well organised and a good challenge on a country route In full: I really enjoy the Basingstoke half marathon for a number of reasons.
First and foremost is the route, which goes through villages in the Hampshire countryside. Looking at the route you'd imagine that support would be sparse, but there are locals by the roadside in all the villages cheering you on. Ellisfield even moved their scarecrow festival to add to the fun.
Secondly it's well organised. Getting your race number (with safety pins if you need them), checking in a bag, parking... they're all done efficiently and effectively.
I've just signed up to do next year's event. Date of review: October 14, 2016