In short: Always enjoyed this mixed terrain race In full: My local race, which isn't massive but is competitive and fun. Well organised and quite smooth, but wish there was more after the finish. Date of review: October 20, 2015
In short: Challenging route, well organised. In full: A well organised mass participation event. Around 20,000 runners reported to have taken place this year. Route has a few inclines most notably the climb up from 10.5 to 12 miles, I would say not many pb's would be done here. Well marshalled , baggage storage buses worked well. Good feed stations. Overall a very good event. . Date of review: October 20, 2015
In short: Very hilly and very scenic In full: Absolutely super organisation....amazing scenery, great support. If you like hills, this is the race for you, they have both types aplenty, uphills and downhills.
Another great race, well done to everyone. Date of review: October 20, 2015
In short: Lovely run on quite lanes In full: Great work Tadley runners...another fab event. Really appreciated the support of all your marshals. Lovely running on quite lanes with a super finishers momento. Date of review: October 20, 2015
In short: Great little race, beautiful scenery round the palace grounds especially with glorious autumn colour this year In full: Lovely place to run on a Sunday morning though a few hills (the big one is at 5K) so not great for a PB. As a local this is my favourite of the 10K races at Blenheim palace - small and friendly race which I prefer compared to the larger more commercial BHF races a few weeks earlier. Free entry to grounds for spectators (vs BHF races for which spectators pay to get to start/finish area). Normally starts a few minutes late because stragglers haven't reached start line but no major organisational issues and all marshalls very cheery. Will definitely run again. Date of review: October 20, 2015
In short: Brilliant Race with clockwork organisation. In full: A fantastic race which also happens to have a theme. This is a race for the serious speedsters and fun first timers...the course is fast & flat (although mostly trail) and the Reapers add an interesting twist (and plenty of encouragement on the 2nd lap). Good medal and a technical t-shirt (& lots of sweets) at the finish! Date of review: October 19, 2015
In short: Brilliant race, great organisation, fab medal and goodie bag, lovely route and fab marshals In full: New PB for me ....it was worth the pain during the last 4 miles! First time of doing this race and loved it - already looking to book your Spring one for a sub 1:55! Brilliant race, great organisation, fab medal and goodie bag, lovely route and fab marshals...thank you for a fun morning! Date of review: October 19, 2015
In short: well organised first time race In full: Travelled down from SE London run this. Well organised first time race. Closed roads were a big bonus and the course itself is quite quick just a couple of inclines nothing to steep or long. Mile markers were posted every mile just high up on lampposts presumably to stop people tampering with them, water given out in 250ml sports bottles. Race started in a pen system by times and worked well enough no bottlenecks and plenty of room to pass, having said that they were licenced for 10,000 runners and just under 2000 started. Well marshalled and friendly, passing all the usual Brighton landmarks, would definitely do this again and think it has the potential to become another major race in the Brighton running calendar. Date of review: October 19, 2015
In short: Hard as nails New Year wake up call In full: This is a review of the half marathon. I knew it would be tough and it was. Loads of mud, very hilly and awful weather (well, January weather!). Definitely a good run to blow the Christmas cobwebs away. Well-organised (we got given a map but the marshals were excellent, especially when considering the weather), this is a race to get through with gritted teeth. Forget the pb, you'll get just as much pleasure from finishing this one.... Date of review: October 19, 2015
In short: Really fun day. Great race In full: This is one of the best organised races I've done. From number collection through to the speed of the results everything went smoothly. The marshals were really encouraging and the reapers added an extra special feature. I would highly recommend it to everyone from beginners to pros Date of review: October 19, 2015
In short: Well organised and definitely one my calendar in 2016 In full: The run was well organised, closed roads are a real bonus and the course is largely flat with a gentle hill at about 6 miles. The organisation was good, Unlike the other reviewers I saw each mile marker. Water in sports caps bottles at each station was great. A good alternative to the Great South Run. This year wasn't too crowded but I predict it'll be more popular when it comes back for its second year. Date of review: October 19, 2015
In short: Nice Country Run In full: Quite a small field so it spreads out quickly which is good but can also feel a bit lonely as there are no spectators. Not quite as hilly as I expected - more like long inclines rather than steep hills. Last mile is quite tough but the finish is good. Lovely finishers momento. Interesting course with lots of winding roads rather than long drawn out drags. Not very much traffic but was a little annoying but it isn't advertised as traffic free roads so can't complain! I thought there could have been a few more marshals on the course but I know it can be very difficult to get volunteers. Overall, I good run with plenty of camaraderie. Will probably give it another go next year! Date of review: October 19, 2015
In short: Races used to be like this in the 80's In full: What potential? Cracking scenery, historic town, PB course. Lucky that I was recovering from a cold and not targeting said PB because having run an 11.5km long 10km I would have been livid.
How is it actually possible to run 3 races (5k, 10k, Half)on an out and back course and have the distance so far wrong? Thats a truly special talent, but only serves to confirm the perverse nature of the event! No objection to running a 7 miler but just tell me before I run!
Much has been said about the marshalling and clearly there were some marshals that had better places to be but no one has as yet mentioned the water stop. Now those two girls were bubbly enthusiasm personified but someone needs to let them know that they have to come out from behind the table. Of course, citing the table in the corner of a car park at a barrier choke point where runners are navigating past Sunday morning walkers and cars trying to park didnt help as by the time I'd been spotted by the girls, they ended up jumping up and down, shouting "Water here!, Water here!" at my disappearing derriere!
Markers, lots are good but putting 3 on the same post pointing in different directions is really not helpful. Then again, when theres two possible straight on paths, putting an arrow on a post between the two takes things to another level. A big thank you to the lovely couple sat on the nearby bench for pointing me in the right direction. Good spot for a marshal, maybe? You think!
Why have an immediate (and I mean immediate) 90% degree turn at the start and finish when theres a perfectly fine short and sharp finish across the field? It worked for the fun run!
For £16, I dont expect a T-shirt these days or even a packed goody bag but the lack of anything at the end except a generic Run Dorset medal left a final bitter taste in the mouth.
Would I run it again? Yes, for the course but only on the basis of the organisers doing the decent thing and offering each runner the choice of a full refund or free entry to next year. Date of review: October 19, 2015