In short: Very pleased to have made this my second marathon got a PB as well In full: From the moment I turned up at the school to park the car and get my number it could not have been easier. I then put my own drink in the box and knew that it would be waiting for me at the 30km mark. We then all made our way to start and we were off, from start to finish the marshals were great support. A few hills along the way and the sun came out this is a race that you should do, Hog roast as well could not ask for more Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Simply brilliant In full: Absolutely loved this 60 mile 2 day ultra. 140 entrants, runners and walkers, with an overnight stay in a school hall. The New Forest is full of gravel trails - so be prepared to run on a hard gravelly surface, but there was heathland and woodland trails as well. The weather was pretty good, although we did get a good soaking at the start of the second day. And got pretty wet wading through a knee deep ford (great fun!). Neil Thubron, director of X-NRG events was the guest speaker on Saturday night - very inspirational and motivational. Great checkpoint feed stations, well marked route (barely looked at map or GPS), brilliant camaraderie, excellent organisation. Cannot recommend this ultra more! Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: A Run Of Two Parts In full: The organisation on the day was fairly seemless. I had no problem colecting my race pack and had plenty of time to change and get to the start. The starting procedure (releasing each pen with a two minute gap)was well intentioned but really needed some separation of the differing pens in the starting enclosure in order to work properly. Not the end of the world though. Personally I preferred the first few miles which were run on the roads through Central MK. There was more space and it was easier to stick to a pace and keep a good rhythm. Once the route entered the redways, it was not easy to run with any consistency. The ups/downs/bends of the underpasses were quite frustrating and tiring; there were no real stretches during which you could run at a constant pace. Ok, the weather was a bit warm as well which probably contributed towards fatigue but a decent straight, flat open run in to the stadium would have been great! The stadium finsish was fantastic as were the bag collection and other post run "formailities". I could not whole-heartedly recommend this a first marathon but will probably give it another go if only to lay the ghosts of those underpasses! Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: A great race as always! In full: I've ran this 3 times now, what I love is that there's no bunching and you can crack on with your own race, not getting frustrated in the hold up. Great marshalling, nice 'village fate' atmosphere post run. Always a decent turn out along the railway path to cheer you along at the end. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Poorly organised, lack of signeage/marshals caused mayhem In full: Around the last mile, many runners went the wrong way, causing a diversion onto main roads. Organiser said signs went missing. Personally, I thought not enough marshals were used for the race. Also, the medals were terrible - cheap medals with poorly (cheaply) made cut out, printed pieces of paper stuck onto them. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: outstanding event, exceptional organisation, an event really looks after everyone In full: Outstanding event, extraordinary friendliness and value for money, excellent organisation (including the Race Director re-allocating hundreds of numbers when people withdrew through injury). Every runner should experience this event. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: outstanding organisation, friendliness, attention to detail, value for money In full: Best-organised, most friendly marathon of the 150 completed so far. Outstanding on every front. ANY runner should do this event. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: challenging course, incredible organisation, brilliant ! In full: I had only done major maras and a few other big ones before and did not know what to expect on a 300 entry event, thinking it may be low key and I would be running remotely - what an incredible surprise from beforehand with what was excellent pre-race information and communications, to the day with the perfect and friendly organisation, a great atmosphere between all runners (I ran and chatted with so many), the marshalling and course signage was amazing, there were so many refreshment (water/orange/coke/food !) stops, great support from all of the villages on route, and a free hog roast and beer afterwards. The course was a bit more hilly than I expected so maybe not PB potential for softies like me but was very scenic every step of the way. This is a 'must-do' event and I would mark it 100% plus on all counts. Thank you Gillingham Trotters, you are an example for all other clubs to learn from. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: amazing race , I'll be back In full: Even though I picked up a hamstring pull on mile 19 it didn't deter from the fact that this was the most enjoyable and well organised event I've done , super friendly and just the right amount of runners , definitely on my list of events for next year Date of review: May 6, 2015
In full: Firstly to say that I had a reasonable run, but this is not a review reliant upon some PB afterglow.
I returned to this race because it has a near perfect combination of low key atmosphere with excellent organisation and attention to detail. A beautiful country lanes course with enough undulation to keep it interesting, very efficient and encouraging marshals, well run drinks stations, a surprising amount of support on the course and just an all pervading friendly feel. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Amazing. Tough. Sign me up for next year! In full: A wonderful marathon with amazing views and great organisation. The weather was beautiful which helped this year, but I am sure this would still be great on a dull day. The views from Portland are amazing and would be hard to be beaten from anywhere else. The trails were good and I didn't have any problems with footing, and I was only wearing my normal racing flats, not trail shoes. The course is very tough, but very rewarding. I enjoy hills, so this was a great challenge. I liked having a flat 6 miles in the middle of the course to calm down, although I know that others did not enjoy this as much. Cramp kicked in very early and made the second half extremely challenging, but that helps to make the achievement of finishing even greater. Not a marathon to beat your PB, but certainly one that you will not forget in a hurry! Looking forward to beating my time in 2016. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Brilliant marathon with superb organisation In full: A wonderful marathon that was thoroughly enoyed. Thank you to all of the marshalls and staff for putting on such a great race. The organisation was top notch. The water stops were well placed and frequent, supplies (jelly babies, coke, jelly beans, raisins, etc.) were great and readily available. Being able to have a drink placed at 20km and 30km was a great touch, and something I would love to see at other races. A really professional element, that help separate this from other marathons. I thought that the course would be hillier than it was, so I was pleasantly surprised. There are only two "main" hills in the race, at mile 8 and mile 20. Other than that it was rolling hills throughout, which were fine to deal with, though it can cause some issues with pacing (going slower up the hill and faster down the other), most of the course can be considered flat, and paced accordingly.
A great event. Thank you. Date of review: May 6, 2015