In short: Good race but needs to be a bit cheaper for half marathon runners In full: Did this today and have done the race once before. I live in Milton Keynes, so a nice local race. Organised, with doughnut stand, bacon rolls stand and ice cream van (which was great for finishers). Overall a good race, with a good atmosphere. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: I would not make a long drive for this, but if you are in the area... In full: This is a village 10K, complete with lovely tea stall with the Scouts, funfair etc. The route is nice and some pretty lanes and views - undulating, but you can pick up speed on the downhills. The challenge really is the traffic. None of the roads are closed and at times all of the pavement is blocked by pedestrians. So you are dodging your way through - and there are not so many marshals to help you. So be very alert! This took the edge off y enjoyment, I have to say. It is also a shame that there are no team prizes - just the fast individuals. But to be fair, this went to very age group including the V70's and both the male and female winners here were in great shape!
In short: tough In full: i have done this race twice before 2013/14 so decided to have another go at it very muddy in parts and a bottleneck in the woods due to the mud great support from the marshalls helping you on i am not use to trail racing well done to stainland lions and love the T- shirt Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Loved it In full: I cant fault any aspect of this beautiful new race. Everysingle person was so encouraging. I do not find running easy, no one does, but running with a disability is certainly no easy task. The marshalls here today did everything they possibly could to make it easier for me, including being carried down the steps on to the main road. Hope to be back next year . A massive well deserved thankyou to Hatch Warren Runners and all the other people who helped this race take place Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Fab 10km event In full: My 1st Trail race. Didn't know what to expect but knew it was going to be hard in fact expected it to be harder than it was but only because of all the encouragement received along the way from all the Marshall a plus the scenery was brilliant. This was my 1st medal and what a lovely medal it is. I felt so happy to have taken part in this race. I will definitely take part again. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: I've run it twice & I am determined to run it again. Challenging scenic hilly course In full: Great experience. I love this course & the atmosphere, facilities & organisation are all excellent. This is a must do calender event for me. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Nice race with great support, ruined by a complete shambles of organisation In full: Others have commented on the traffic management so I won't go through it all again other than to say I abandoned my wife in the car 1.5 miles out due to gridlock and she spent the rest of a frustrating morning trying to get out of the mess missing both the start and the Finnish.
Add to that a complete lack of information & signage at the event start if you did make it, uniformed stewards who didn't know where the toilets were it was indeed a marathon just to get to the start.
I feel a little bad about being so negative as the run itself was great and the Cheltenham public turned up in force and gave great support. However at the finish my improved mood was punctured by more shambles, lack of information and stewards who were just rude on more that one occasion.
In summary you will see better organised things running around farm yards with their heads cut off. I'm not planing to rejoin the chaos next year. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Easy 10 out of 10 race In full: Fab course, bit of a beast too. Great route, great cake, great Marshalls, great medal, great organisation. I will definitely be back for more next year. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Changing scenery challenging terrain. Loved it. In full: Well done HRC this was a really good event. A great mix of terrain, the rocky Start certainly got my senses alerted and ready for what was ahead. A wise runner knows that running downhill only means what goes down must go back up again. A bit like enjoying a nice slice of cake knowing you'll have to do a workout later ;-). Even enjoyed the muddy field near the end. The climb out of Bedlam Bottom to finish off an already tough run was awesome.
In short: Beautiful off road run In full: This is a lovely area to run in. Car park was only about 5 minutes' walk from race hq, where we collected numbers and left our bags. There was no queue for anything. A fairly wide start for the number of runners meant it was easy to find your pace. Enthusiastic and encouraging marshals all around the course made it an absolute pleasure to run. Knowing there would be hills and uneven ground meant I wasn't concerned about time and was happy to run for the pleasure of running. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Well organised race, on a great course. In full: Really enjoyed this race, nice run along the coast, shame about the hill at the end. Organisation cannot be faulted, big thank you to the Marshalls who did a great job. I really liked the medal with the idea of putting race time on it yourself. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Just brilliant! In full: I received entry as a gift... Had been warned that the route was tough but the amazing marshals made it a great course. The prize giving raffle was a nice touch for those who won't ever be on the podium and the team behind it showed huge passion for what they were doing. Can't believe this is only the first year... I'll be back next year, thank you Hatch Warren Runners! Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Superb race - organisers take great care In full: This is now the best half marathon I've done. It won't be the fastest but for scenery and organisation it wins hands down. Ran like clockwork and had everything a quality race needs. In fact I cannot fault it. From beginning to end the organisers nailed it. It's also the first half marathon I've done where the scenery was such that you couldn't but help notice it. The course is undulating but never hilly. I'll be doing this one again. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere on the race, but poor organisation at the start. In full: Pros: A very friendly atmosphere around the course, many locals came out to support runners, some with jelly babies, water or home-made banners. I enjoyed the bands and choirs too, just what you need when the going gets tough. Plenty of water stations with bottles with sports tops, ideal. I didn't receive any notification of my finish time, but the results were posted on the website quite soon after the race. Cons: the worst bit for me was the shambles at race pack pick up. I stood in a line for 25 mins to collect my pack - for some reason packs had been sorted into number order, but none of the runners knew their number, and there seemed to be only one copy of the list of names and numbers. The consequence was that one person looked up the runner's name, shouted it out to six people standing behind boxes of race packs, and they all looked for the right race pack. This sort of thing is so basic, it really frustrates me when race organisers can't get it right. Then all the portaloos were a five minute walk away, by the start, whereas the bag drop was at the other end of the park. Why not have loos in more than one place? Once we got going it was fine, although congested for the first mile. The course was more undulating than I'd been expecting. I might do this again but I'll enter in time to get my pack in the post! Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Getting to the start line was a marathon in itself In full: thought it would be beyond man to so completely mismanage a event for 5000 runners at a venue that holds 67500 spectators , but Achieve events did. Back to Bristol Half next year. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Challenging with great support In full: Glad to have been part of this day. Hard work but lots of downs to reward the ups. Great support nearly all the way round. Organisation was superb, all very easy. Winchester a lovely place to then have a wander after a hard mornings work! Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: A major balls up of monumental proportions by the organisers In full: The organisation was appalling my comments as a sp creator rather than competitor this year mirror JohnCCMay's fortunately the people of Cheltenham supporting the race were awesome Date of review: September 25, 2016