In short: Another wonderful Leith Hill Half In full: I am starting to run out of superlatives for Dr Rob's wonderful races. The weather made the race even more glorious. Tough no doubt but brilliantly organised, wonderfully marshalled and supported. Everyone who takes part are great to run with. This remains my favourite half. It would have to be some race to surpass it!!! Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Miss this race and miss out In full: I would hate to ever miss this race, it is the highlight of my running year. In fact, I once ran it when I entire body ached with a dreadful flu. Still ran 1.34.
This year's race did not disappoint: great scenery, route, organisation and marshals. And Rob manages, as ever, to create such a friendly, supportive, welcoming atmosphere.
In short: Highlight of the racing year! In full: This is a favourite of mine. Amazing scenery, fantastic organisation and an amazing positive atmosphere between all the runners. This will be a reminder in my calendar every year Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Absolutely superb, great course, great weather, great organisation In full: First time I've done this one of Dr Rob's races. I have to say it's not as hard as the Munro and maybe not the knacker kracker. But it does have a long, long hill that is the first half of the run then a long downhill on the way back - great for a negative split. Although that last climb back up to the band stand is just vicious. Well done for finding that one! As for the cooked breakfast at the end - that was great! I'll be back!
In short: Excellent HM around the Wiltshire countryside In full: This is a good race - small and friendly with a good mix of standards. A medal, tech t-shirt and water bottle plus a few other bits at the end make it good value. Quite a queue at the toilet could be easily sorted with a mens urinal - as pointed out.
The main hill on the course is at 2 miles, so plenty of time to recover from it. A few other mild undulations (nothing too taxing) and some great views. Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Nice race. In full: Pretty good ultra around scenic wiltshire. A few hills to start but very runnable later on (when you need it!). One or two more signs after Tilshead would have been good. But not to take anything away from a good event. Very nice hand made mug. Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Poor organisation. In full: it started with Poor organisation and nobody directing the cars trying to park. Then a after a conversation with a rather brusk marshal we managed to find a parking spot. Runners were not aware where the start was, after being asked to make our way there quite late, lots of confused people shuffled slowly in the same direction. It was then you realised you were on the wrong side of the start line and people had to shuffle down the sides of the road to get out of the faster runners way. Not much communication from race director. I didn't even know we had started! Very congested at the start but that's normal. Some marshals gave encouragement but to be honest most looked like they'd rather be somewhere else! On the way back one of the water stations ran out of water! The Brownies helping out on the stations were fab though and all credit should be given to them! They could show the other marshals a thing or two! Then the finish, where was it? Not great direction in this area. A decent medal but no goodie bag. The technical tshirt I paid extra for was possibly the most boring, badly (no) designed one I have ever got. met some lovely runners on the course and some very encouraging members of public and the sun shone....so not all bad! Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Fantastic race, great atmosphere, loads of lovely hills & one to recommend!! In full: Love this race having run it last year as well. Another of the Trionium races that does not disappoint. The sun was shining, the organisation was faultless & everyone was made welcome. It's a tough course, but the beautiful scenery & smiling marshalls gets you round. Lovely medal, individually sized t-shirts, gorgeous race memento & cooked brekkie thrown in! What's not to love!! Oh, and the hilarious 'wife-carrying' race at the start too. All in all, a great way to spend a Sunday! Thanks, Dr Rob & his crew! Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Very enjoyable In full: First timer. Loved the variety of terrain and the challenge. First water station at 3k. Jelly babies and carrots?! available near the top (cricket ground). Excellent memento. Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Good race with PB potential, though there are more scenic races in MK In full: Well organised race with definite PB potential. The course is mostly flat with a few gentle hills for the first 11 miles, but the last 2 miles are challenging! Gentle but long hill followed by a short steep hill from 11.5 to 12.5 mile may scupper a PB attempt, but I still managed it despite this!
Atmosphere is generally good but quite quiet in parts, though plenty of support around most of the course. There are some very nice parts of the routes, but also a few miles of running alongside main roads that were a bit dull - the MK Winter Half Marathon in December certainly showed off a lot more of the scenery MK has to offer!
Value was generally okay, though t-shirts are extra, and unless I missed it I didn't see any food at the end - a banana or energy bar would have been nice. Good medal though.
Overall will do this again! Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Woud benefit from better organisation. In full: First time I've done this race; won't be doing it again. The atmosphere wasn't great (dull), organisation seemed a bit hap-hazard, motivational speaker was annoying, start was delayed maybe 10 mins (was getting cold), limited facilities, limited access to park after event and queuing for maybe 30-40 mins to exit the carpark. Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Good solid race that needs a few tweaks to make it super... In full: This race covers a scenic course on the outskirts of Salisbury, with pretty views through the undulating countryside. Overall it was a good race but organisers need to sort several pinch points early in the race (within the first 1/2 mile) and beef up the number of toilets available for runners (might be limited this year due to building work at near by leisure centre). Delighted with the technical T-sheet and they still had smalls at the end, which was fab! Goody bag was disappointing - a small bottle of water and a couple of leaflets. Would be great to see a bigger bottle of water and a small snack next time... Date of review: March 8, 2015