In short: Epic In full: One of the event highlights of my year. Really tough hills, don't mistake this for an easy little jog, but magnificent scenery, good marshall support, food/drink at aid stations is something to look forward to the whole way round, excellent organisation and attitude of the guys and gals at White Star is spot on - won't fail to make you laugh despite the pain of getting through one of these events! The medal is epic, good t-shirt, venue spot on, camp site huge and no stupid rules - just go and have fun, that's the only requirement. Date of review: June 13, 2015
In short: Did the Half Marathon last year - conquered the 10 km this year !! In full: I signed up last year, 2014, to do the Wind Up Half Marathon and found it very demanding as I had poor hill fitness. This year I came back and did the ten k after including long inclines into my pre race training. I really enjoyed the race this year, good atmosphere, better organised (I was fitter) and this time there was a tee shirt for finishers (I made a remark about no momento for completing the race last year). I ran the ten k and personally found it a far more enjoyable run. My hill fitness was much better and this added to the enjoyment and personal achievement of completing the ten k in a decent time for me over that particular terrain. If you want a scenic route that will test your stamina (as this run is similar to a trail ten k) then sign up for next years race. The half marathon is two laps of the ten k course and so you know what to expect the second time around. Well worth doing. Date of review: June 13, 2015
In short: Great race,great atmosphere,great organisation, great people and a very special race in the local calendar but well worth travelling for In full: This is the third time I have done this race, which is rare for me as I like to try new ones, but this one draws me back! From the e-mail telling you to ignore the sat nav to the marshalls' saying thank you and good bye the whole event is brilliantly organised. Because it is in a small village parking is made very easy in a large field which you get to via a well sign posted route then a short walk to collect your number and tag, this is on the village green which has portaloos and a unique gents urinal !!!! The course is part road and part trail with plenty of support along the way and two drinks stations, the finish is back on the green where a beer tent and plenty of food is available. The medal is a very practicable bottle opener. All in all a lovely afternoon out with a nice 5 mile run included, will be back next year
In short: Fantastic Marathon In full: I ran 2015 and signed up for 2016 the day after, I've never done that before. Everything was so easy, access, toilets, baggage drop, showers, little or no queues for anything. It probably helps being a smallish field but I suspect the organisation behind the event is the real driver of the reputation this marathon has developed. Looking forward to 2016. Date of review: June 12, 2015
In short: Lovely scenic race In full: Very enjoyable run, organisation was brilliant as were the traffic on the roads. Only gripe was nowhere to go to walk through a couple of water stations, siting of the second station should be on a quieter road as runner went into the back of me as I slowed to drink from the cup even though I was almost in by the hedge. At £12 for a 10 mile race it offers a nice tech t-shirt as opposed to a medal which is far more practical. A useful tune up race. DMVAC made great hosts too. Date of review: June 12, 2015
In short: Pretty, friendly, humorous, well organised, great course. In full: Having jealously watched my husband run this two years in a row whilst I was pregnant and relegated to joining the queue for the ice cream van with my toddler, I declared in 2014 that I was definitely doing Harvel next year. Despite not being very fit I'm glad I showed up, it's as inclusive and welcoming to the competitor as it is to the spectator. Beats other more impersonal events into Henry VIII's cocked hat. Date of review: June 12, 2015
In short: My joint fave race, can't wait for next year In full: One of only two races I've run three times, try it & I'm confident you'll be a returner, too. Flawless organisation, friendly atmosphere, encouraging marshals, superb medal... What more do you want? Read my blog review here: http://wp.me/p5BGTH-5o Date of review: June 12, 2015
In short: First race ever run and it was fantastic. The atmosphere and those organising the event were great, well done. Loved it and hope to be back next year. Good race for newbies like me. Thank you Date of review: June 12, 2015
In short: Beer and burgers on the green what more could you want. In full: 4th year in a row for me at Harvel and will keep coming back for more. Great atmosphere with a good mix of fast, club and first time runners. Date of review: June 12, 2015
In short: Bad organisation, poorly run, expensive - but the wind wasn't their fault! In full: I signed up to do this race as I wanted to nail my London good for age, and I knew it was quite flat. It is indeed fairly flat - but this year the headwind over the final 7 miles was criminal. That wasn't their fault. The rest of it was.
1. the shuttle buses. Firstly, it isn't the runners fault that the race finishes no where near Edinburgh. We didn't chose this. So, whey the charge £5 on top of an already inflated entry fee for a bus back to where you started, and that bus turns out to be a 2 mile walk up a hill, I'm not very happy. Especially when there were other buses charging £1 lurking just outside the finish area. Not impressed.
2. T-shirts, goody bags etc. The shirts were awful. Despite the already mentioned high entry price, they couldn't be bothered to buy specific shirts that differentiated between Half marathon, marathon and 10k. So we all got the same. They also didn't bother with women's sizes. So they didn't fit. The goody bag contained nothing of use for recovering from a marathon. Considering we finished in the middle of no where with a long trek back into town, something would have been welcome.
3. water/aid stations. Little water bottles with the lids taken off, handed out by kids. Ok, but I had three poured over me and managed maybe four gulps in all. Too cheap for sports caps? They were handing out gels at two places and apparently two days after the race the gel wrappers had not yet been cleaned up. Not acceptable.
4. the course. Yes, it is flat (ish). But it is a gruelling out and back along the coast, with not much support, and a great risk of encountering a headwind (as we did) as there is no cover at all. It is tougher than it seems, with not a lot to look at, and sparse support for many miles. I didn't mind the start (I was in the London road start which seemed to work ok, the Regent road start was apparently quite chaotic). The finish was fine if not very inspiring.
Oh, and it took them well over a week to process the results, with many club details still missing. Not good enough. Date of review: June 12, 2015
In short: flat and fast In full: They needed an extra marshal for the little "out and back" turn as some runners missed it on the first lap.a great race if your looking for a PB. I smashed mine. Date of review: June 12, 2015