In short: Very enjoyable but not perfect In full: This review is for the 2016 Isle of Wight HALF MARATHON!
The race itself was very enjoyable. I have never ran this before, I read some reviews saying the old route was very hilly, the new route definitely isn't, there are maybe 2 slightly challenging uphill parts but nothing even a beginner couldn't handle. I would definitely say it has PB potential. For the most part it's flat or downhill road running. The route is well signed and marshalled in my opinion, I was never unsure where to go.
The scenery is a bit of a let down, you go through 2 nice sleepy little towns and mostly on roads surrounded by forests, but as on the Isle of Wight there are countless areas with beautiful views, unfortunately this race doesn't take in many, but it's nothing depressing or terrible either.
The atmosphere overall was very positive, the marshalls were extremely friendly, helpful and motivating, there was also plenty of support from others watching the race along the route. Other runners were very pleasant too so no issues on this front. I do think given the size of the Isle of Wight and the somewhat secluded nature of the place the event should be made bigger and more popular on the island itself.
As for organisation, the start was a bit confounding. I followed everyone else to what I assumed was the start line, most people lined up facing one way just to find out 2 minutes before the start they have to line up facing the complete opposite way. Whilst people were walking around parked cars trying to line themselves up the starting siren suddenly blasted out and before I knew it I was running. I think this could most definitely have been better signed and organised. Otherwise no issues, regular drinks and sponges stations, clear signage, easy and quick race registration.
I kind of hoped for at least a goody bag (and a t-shirt wouldn't go amiss) alongside the medal (Which is nothing special but is also nice and simple), unfortunately it was just the medal for completing the race (though the winners got awards of course), but that's not the point of the event anyway, especially given that entry was very cheap so the value is good.
Overall this is a very good event with a nice route for running so I would recommend it. Date of review: August 21, 2016
In short: Fabulous York In full: My first York 10k, my 4th overall, York is a great city with plenty to see along the route. Fairly flat with a little uphill downhill work at some points on the course, overall i would do this race again. Date of review: August 20, 2016
In short: 3rd time in 2016 3rd PB In full: This is the 3rd Leeds 10k i have competed in and each time i have recorded a Personal Best, being my home city i will be competing in this each year for years to come. The route is simple and considerably flat apart from the final stretch where there is a little hill. A change in route could be good for the challenge though. Date of review: August 20, 2016
In short: Fabulous Day In full: i did the 50k. organisation was great. 50k was well marked for a ultra event. marshalls and stations were plentiful , cheerful and very welcoming. atmosphere from other runners and walkers was great. scenery was out of this world. overall a brill event will definitely do this again. Date of review: August 20, 2016
In short: Freindly, weel organised event with excellent medal and t shirt In full: Really enjoyable and noticeably revamped following a one year break. Excellent pre event communication and friendly and well organized on the day. Measured slightly short for me and more toilets would have been welcome, but highly recommended overall Date of review: August 19, 2016
In short: Race is just part of enjoyable event In full: I find myself partial to 10m races for some reason and this has a lot more going for it in that it's just part of the Heckington Show. £10 race entry got me entry to the show (£10) and a technical t-shirt. We spent a couple of enoyable hours looking around the show after the race. Course is like a dog bone (loops at each end of a long straight) and is flat except for the road bridge that you cross 4 times. If weather is not too warm it could be a PBer. Date of review: August 19, 2016
In short: great fun and very well organised In full: A brilliant first event, well organised and very friendly. Bring your family, dogs, gazebo and picnic and enjoy a picturesque 4k trail with your running mates (teams of 4). The trail route is a little challenging in places but still suitable for any level of runner, even those at their first relay or trail event. Will definitely be back, already looking forwards to next year's event. Date of review: August 19, 2016
In short: A very well organised Trail run In full: My second running in the 33k and the signage was much improved. I didn't get lost like last year.
The organisation was excellent, with ample parking, efficient number collection, men's urinal to ease queues for the portaloos and efficient and encouraging marshalls.
The feed stations were at regular intervals, some with orange slices, bananas, cake and bread and butter pudding.
I was never out of sight of other runners which was reassuring, as there is nothing worse than being on your own, and not sure whether you are on the right road. I will be back again next year, all being well. Date of review: August 18, 2016
In short: Scenic, hilly and fun In full: Did the 21k route, it was very scenic and enjoyable. The water stations frequency was great on a relatively hot day. The start was a little messy with walkers in the way early on and a bit of a queue formed at Old Sarum. The only other niggle was some poor signage at the Harnham gate to the Cathedral resulting in some runners going off in the wrong direction. I'll go again next year I hope. Date of review: August 17, 2016
In short: Best marathon I've completed In full: I was fortunate enough to be in the good for age section so had no difficulties with crowds. It was an incredible atmosphere and obviously encompassed some iconic landmarks. Definitely worth the money, especially if you can get near the front. Date of review: August 17, 2016
In short: Friendly inclusive picturesque and incredibly well organised. A MUST for next year. In full: For an inaugural event this was a resounding success. The relay format of four members running 4K laps in four hours gives you time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the day whilst continual being involved in the event. Food and children's entertainment were supplied and there was a warm up routine which was really popular. I can see his event becoming more popular year after year. Date of review: August 17, 2016