In short: Was very well organised and the support by the city was brilliant on the route. Could have allocated pens at the startling based on runner's expected finish times; Was very busy at the start and struggled to get past the slower runners for 3 mi Date of review: May 17, 2016
In short: Great city centre run, very well organised In full: Takes in lots of city centre sites as well as the picturesque river. Great support, very well organised. Highly recommended Date of review: May 17, 2016
In short: Not a lot for your money In full: No atmosphere, lack of crowd. Poor quality t-shirt and average medal. Course is not flat, undulating over the 2nd half of each lap. If you have a reasonable pb already, this is not a pb course. Despite winning the race I left feeling slightly let down by the event. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Wonderful location and excellent event In full: Really well organised event. Not many marshals on the course but great signage means you are always sure of the route. Lovely people on the water stations ?? It's a fantastic course. Miles 0-6 and 9-13 are lakeside paths and superb fun. Miles 6-9 are on lanes and are extremely tough and hilly. Bewl water is a great Race HQ with a smashing cafe. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Beautiful run on a very hot day In full: Very beautiful road route on country lanes outside Alton. Not closed roads but very few cars on the route. Lots of cyclists though! It was a very hot day (26degC) Very club oriented event as its part of Hants League but it's very well organised and very friendly so no reason why beginners shouldn't have a lovely day. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Hard yes, but the scenery more than makes up for it In full: My first time at this and will be back next year, not sure why i haven't done it before. A glorious sunny spring morning running round the coastal path of Portland. Yes there's a couple of tough climbs but for the stunning views over Weymouth bay and the Fleet it's worth it. Sufficient water stations with fruit and jelly babies. A low key, friendly trail race with a nice medal. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Great no-frills race In full: Plenty of parking, registration was very quick, safety pins provided, bag drop and toilet queues were not very large even quite close to start time.
The only downside for me was no chip timing, this wasn't a huge thing for me but I had thought there would be, can imagine if you were going for a PB it might be important.
Plenty of marshals and the odd pocket of very enthusiastic supporters where there was space.
There was nothing too steep on the course although a lot of it seemed to be either slightly uphill or slightly down - the kind of gradient that you don't really notice going down but you do on the way up. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Mad fun! In full: This is one of my all time favourite races. Its hilly, muddy, and wet, so don't wear the shiny new trainers you got for Christmas! At about 1 mile, you have the option of running through the ford or across the narrow bridge - I did the bridge last time, and the ford this time - my advice - DO THE FORD! Your feet will be wet by the end anyway, so just enjoy it! Great scenery, fantastic atmosphere, imaginative medal with an itab included and mince pies and mulled wine! What's not to like? Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Fun and a little hilly In full: Not an amazingly scenic run, but it is Bracknell... The hills were more challenging that I expected, but that makes it a little more interesting! Loads of water stations with sponges, which was great. Most officials are volunteers from different organisations, so some understand running, some don't! My only criticism would be that some of the marshals needed to be more observant of traffic and runners, and more confident to give instructions to drivers. There were a number of road crossings and intersections where runners can't see if there is traffic coming, and assume the marshal will stop any vehicles, but they didn't. That said, some marshals were excellent at it. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Well marshalled, friendly, scenic In full: A lovely, local race, small enough to feel personal, large enough to be professional. Marshalling is great - very positive and encouraging. Organisation is good, and its a nice country run without being far out of town. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Fast, Flat, Fun In full: This is one of my favourite 10k races - you'll find PB chasers because of the flat course and complete beginners because it is such a well supported local race. Closed roads all the way, excellent marshals, enthusiastic pacers. You can tell its put on by runners for runners. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Friendly race with some challenges! In full: Yesterday was the 5th or 6th time I have run this race as it is just up the road from my house. It was sunny and pleasantly warm (if you were spectating!); hot if you were running. A long drag up an incline, a couple of short sharp hills but a lovely long downhill to compensate. Reasonably priced and plenty of support around the course. Chip to chip timing which is a winner for me. But yes, a 10am start please!! Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Challenging but brilliant run In full: Loved this event. Only my second marathon and completely underestimated the impact the hills and terrain would have on my time (even though I've run it as a half before) so struggled a lot in the second half but even that didn't dampen my enjoyment of the event. Superbly organised, wonderful scenery, great camaraderie from fellow runners and a cracking medal at the finish. Will definitely be back next year and am already harbouring ambitions for the ultra... Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Always well organised and good value In full: I've run this race a few times as its my local one and the organisation is always brilliant - the marshalls are excellent. Receiving a medal again definitely better than the mug! But please start at 10 instead of 11! Not just because it could be hot (as it was yesterday) but also because it feels like its a lot of hanging around on a Sunday. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Fab, slick race by Hermes Running, lovely medal too In full: Great race, plenty of facilities at HQ, slick organisation as you'd expect from David and Mel Ross at Hermes Running. I brought 3 club mates this year and they loved it too. Thanks and well done Date of review: May 16, 2016