In short: Beautiful countryside, and a challenging but satisfying race In full: Great race and I will definitely be back next year. I had no idea the Chilterns are so beautiful. And no idea that I was going to come across a huge hill (Ivinghoe Beacon) at about 7 miles :-) This was *not* a PB race but fantastically friendly, enjoyable and picturesque. The varied terrain made it even more interesting. Great friendly marshals and good organisation all round Date of review: June 10, 2015
In short: Badly Organised In full: Not what I expected...
Cracking location for a race although little attention to detail from organisers - not sure where the £16 entry fee was spent.
Main issues: Race advertises UKA Affiliation but does not have it. Name on trophy spelt incorrectly "PLTSFORD"! Although available there was no-one handing out water at the finish line, it was on the path in large bottles you had to pour yourself - never had this before at even the smallest of races.
..And still awaiting results to be published 3 days after the race.
In short: My first trail half, hard work but very rewarding! In full: Having completed a few road-based half marathons I thought that I'd take the plunge and give a trail a go, and I'm delighted with the results!
The route is very varied, going through forests, over hills, through fields and along paths, a real pleasure to follow. To say that the course was challenging in many places would be an underestimate. There are a number of very long, steep climbs, but at the top of most of them you are rewarded by some magnificent vistas, with Ivinghoe Beacon being a genuine highlight. I must make special mention of the 120+ stairs climb at around mile 10, which gave a sense of satisfaction!
As well as the hills' contribution, this is not going to be fast race since there are a number of gates and even one stile to navigate (the latter causing a traffic jam/break early on). Having said this most people were along for the atmosphere rather than to get a PB, so there wasn't any impatience on show.
All the marshals were really welcoming and cheerful and it was a pleasure to have them around.
There weren't too many water stations, just about enough. Onsite registration worked fine. Nice warm-up session at the start plus ample parking at the start was a bonus. Personal welcome at the finish from the lady with the megaphone was sweet. No medal this year but a technical t-shirt, albeit with a slightly unimaginative design.
Since the initial path was quite narrow everyone was forced to run at the same pace, some perhaps in the future they can split the start into more waves.
After having taken the dip into trail runs, I'll definitely be back again next year and will be looking for some more trails too, but I doubt that many can match the stunning scenery on this route! Well done and many thanks to the organisers!!! Date of review: June 10, 2015
In short: A great motivating race, extremely well organised by a great club In full: As this was my first race, found everyone involved so encouraging and helpful. It was extremley well organised with great marshals cheering you along. A very picturesque run with varied terrain. Well done to a great race club full of character. Date of review: June 9, 2015
In short: Fast and flat In full: Easy parking, toilets and cafe nearby. Really nice medal for the kids race, adult race straight after which was nice and flat. Mix of all abilities and great for people new to running Date of review: June 9, 2015
In short: Prepare for those hills :) In full: My first run (after many years) in England and I've really enjoyed! Friendly environment, nice trail. Good fun! Want to do again next year! Recommended! Thank you! Date of review: June 9, 2015
In short: best race by a country mile In full: Brilliant from ease of parking, pre race atmosphere, to a fast challenging race for club runners or a lovely gentle run for beginners through country lanes and woodland with the best and loudest of supporters all along the route. True village atmosphere with an 800 strong field. Plus the village pub next to the finish serving local ales is a great place to gather after. Date of review: June 9, 2015
In short: Another great race! In full: Despite the wind it was a first rate race again, well organised and well marshalled. The support from the locals perked me up along the way, as well as the thought of the Danish pastry at the end. Always a super weekend, with the children's races on Saturday and the ceilidh on Sunday night. Date of review: June 9, 2015
In short: still undulating, challenging but enjoyable. In full: Having done the first 2 years of this race, was a pleasant surprise to see a change of route to maximise the local area. a few marshalling hiccups, but all in all 100% better than previous years, glad nice work and Medway council managed to re-route, with full lap of track at start and finish. will be back next year. Date of review: June 9, 2015
In short: Spectacular views, encouraging companions and great weather... In full: Travelling to the IW via Lymington/ Yarmouth ferry - was collected by minibus and taken to the start, 2 miles from the harbour - very efficient. I could have got a lift back to the ferry after the run too had I wanted to. The course consists of a variety of rural and coastal terrain, starts undulating on treelined narrow paths, moving to beach, grassy common, and then (for me) very tough hills up and up to Headon Warren, and then steeply down and down again. The compensation was the beautiful (slightly warm) weather, and spectacular views of Alum Bay, The Needles and across the sea to distant miles of the English South Coast. From Alum Bay, up and up again (steps!) onto Tennyson Down and then an undulating (ok hilly) run towards Freshwater Bay, returning to the sports centre start through a nature reserve. The marshals were endlessly encouraging, as were fellow runners, the sports centre had showers which was very welcome. Liked the lighthouse medal, supply of fruit and drinks at the end too. I hope to do this again but will definitely need to do a LOT more hill training! Date of review: June 9, 2015
In short: Ramathon Delivers Again! In full: This is my second running of the Ramathon, and it was even better than the first. The route was as flat as a pancake (my Garmin said 40m of elevation across the whole 13 miles). The numbers of runners was perfect, always someone to chase, never too many people getting in your way. T-Shirt & Medal were both nice, and although a finish inside the iPro stadium would have been lovely, finishing just outside it was still quite nice. I really am considering the 2hr+ drive to do it again next year as well! Date of review: June 9, 2015
In short: Brilliant event. In full: Enjoyed every moment of this great little 10km. Good location, nice route, plenty of support, good mix of club runners and first timers. Had the bonus of giving plenty of time to enjoy a walk along the pier and relax on the beach. A feelgood run. Date of review: June 9, 2015