In short: Great for families In full: The atmosphere at the finish is one of the best things about this race. There are lots of kids about and some great family support. My kids loved the 2K race again and my son joined me for the last 50 yards of the 10K. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: A very well-organised race mainly through woods at a lovely National Trust Estate. In full: An undulating trail course (with a section of concrete path on each lap) through picturesque woods. Very friendly marshalls. Today's weather was warm and conditions underfoot were very dry. It would be interesting running this route after a week of heavy rain! A great first event for Chineham Park Running Club. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Amazing themed/decorated marshal points In full: Considering this was the inaugural RunTheVyne and also inaugural race for CPRC everything was absolutely amazing and ran like clockwork. You could clearly see the amount of time the team and put into the organisation to make the event run smoothly. Really looking forward to coming back and doing it all again next year.
In short: Run the Vyne - Chineham Park RC - 1st Event - Excellent Race! In full: A change of scenery this weekend as I headed off from Coventry to Basingstoke to take part in Chineham Park RC's first organised race which was being held in partnership with the National Trust at The Vyne just outside Sherbourne St John.
Their website described it as: 'Enjoy a friendly stomp around the woods in these beautiful and historic surroundings – it is a 5km course, you can run one lap or for those that want a second chance to enjoy the views, you can opt for a second lap and make it 10km. I opted for the 10km - no point in travelling all that distance and not getting your money's worth!
Having registered early it was time for a wander round the grounds to stretch my legs before the race started (lovely estate if anyone fancies visiting it by the way). I handed my bag in and headed off to the field where the race was starting for a little jog to warm up and with just 15 minutes to go others had the same idea.
We were all called to the 'corral' as the marshal described it - the start line - where we have a bit of a briefing - applauded all the organisers and it was time to set off. Those with white/red numbers would do the 5km (1 lap) and those with green/red numbers would do 10km (2 laps).
So off we set across the field following a human 'hare' who was to show us the route for the first 5km - a little up and down over the field so I knew the way back to the finish could be tough on tired legs. Not long until we turned right and we were into the woods - each turn of the course was manned by a marshal with some of them decorating their stations - one was Halloween themed - another a teddy bears picnic - and one with Scottish flags and a kilted, blue faced Mel Gibson! All had encouraging words as we passed them which added to the enjoyment of the course.
The organisers had thought a lot about safety and had marked most of the tree roots and boulders crossing the paths in the woods with green paint so we didn't trip and any over hanging branches had striped tape dangling down so we didn't catch our heads on them. They even warned us of a very steep downhill coming up (it was steep!).
Having completed one lap of the course the 5km runners were ushered back out on to the field to the finish line and you could hear the cheers as we continued to run our second lap. Most of the course was gently 'undulating' apart from a very steep section around 4km and 8km - having done it once at 4km I thought I would never make it at 8km. I did struggle but managed to run up the hill the second time round although it was at a snails pace ... the steep downhill was welcome the other side though.
I was glad to get back out on to the field and on the way to the finish line but was feeling tired - I'd remembered it was up and down but I had just enough energy for a dash to the line where the marshals tried to call out everyone's number as they finished. A great turn out from spectators at the finish who applauded everyone crossing the line.
We were presented with a lovely wooden medal and a welcome drink of water, a banana and sweets. Time to catch my breath now and watch the other runners coming in.
A very well organised run from Chineham Park RC for their first event and all in all I would recommend this run to anyone wanting to take part in a bit of off road running.
In short: A beauty In full: A lovely trail run, a couple of "undulating" points to challenge you. Top notch organising, with special areas of marshalling to add interest. And that medal - now that is definitely a beauty!! Thank you Chineham Park Runners! Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Super friendly event in gorgeous surroundings In full: I swapped to the 3 mile fun run as I've had a dodgy ankle this summer. I'm glad I made the switch as 3 miles was quite challenging enough! Am new to trail running and the climb out of the village was a bit of a gut-buster! I was put to shame by 8 year olds who galloped up it no sweat. The woods and tracks were stunning and the marshals were friendly and encouraging. Great event, lovely atmosphere - will try to brave the full 9 miles next year! Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Loved it! In full: Did the 5k - very friendly, beautiful course through the woods, challenging enough to make you feel as if you'd earned your medal but not too awful, fabulous marshals. Congratulations Chineham Park Running Club on your first event, please do it again. And the medal was awesome - the best of the year so far! Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Very well organised 10K. Scenic and good surface. Not for PB. In full: Well done to Lichfield Running club a good 10K again. T shirt excellent - I use previous years as my running T shirts. Hills at 4k and 6k preclude it being a PB course, but still quick. Excellent friendly marshals Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Very well organised and very friendly In full: An excellent location, with exceptionally friendly and helpful organisation and marshaling. The course was a bit tight in places, but this is only a minor quibble. Highly recommended. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In full: A small field for a really good race,a bit more up and down than the average park run but no hills. Swanley pk is a nice venue,quiet just a few dog walkers & no bikes. Easy to get to this is worth a look in 2015.. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Hilly course but atmosphere & organisation make it a real pleasure In full: From the briefing pack to the finish line it was flawless! Good warm up which Dame Kelly Holmes joined in with & she then stayed to give out medals to those back under 60 minutes before rushing off to another charity event. Great race & great cause - thank you to the director, marshals & sponsors! If you are thinking about it next year - just do it, you will enjoy it:-) Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: fast flat and you get wine. a winner. In full: Ist time I have done this race but I ought to have signed up before. 2 laps around the park. Fast and flat. Pb potential. Fastest offical 5k I've done this year. Took along my sister in law along too for her first proper race. (I dont count race for life you dont get a proper time) she thoroughly enjoyed herself as did I. First lady and got a bottle of wine for my trouble. Marvellous. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Very well organised by Energised Sports In full: Much improved from a few years ago - The route as ever is a good flat one - the marshalls were aplenty and very encouraging - good medal - good food and drink at the end - started on time - bravo. One minor issue - too few toilets, walked over to costa coffee for my pre race poo. Some runners missed the start I think. Big thanks to the st johns ambulance for attending - you never know when you might need them. Date of review: September 14, 2014