In short: Great atmosphere, great organisation, great scenery...best HM in the South!! In full: This is the fourth time that I have run this race and it gets better every year and I love it!! The organisational improvements at the beginning really helped as there was no surge to the start as in previous years...thank you. Would recommend this race for levels of runner. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: A suberb event . In full: Second time at this event . I love this race . Very well organised . I honestly can't think of a negative. I'd recommend this race to anyone , novice to elite . I'll be back for a third next year . Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Great HM In full: Very good race. Support, course and organisation was top in all areas. Crowds were great, full of support the whole way round. Really uplifting and generous with their encouragement. The course is tough, you think you've gone over the last hill, then just round the next corner is another one. Still, the last four miles downhill gives you a happy ending anyway. Will be back next year for sure. Loved it! Highly recommended to all. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Races don't get better than this! In full: Superb trail race. Tough but worth it. Have done all the different lengths and all as good as each other. Thank you JJ and Rotary. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: New Forest running at its best! In full: Love this race and will be back again next year. Lovely route, lots of marshals and drink stations. The race village is awesome. Loved sitting in the sun and having a cold beer to celebrate the marathon. Car parking was much better this year than in the past and the pre race warm up was good fun! Considering it's a multi terrain race its actually quite fast! Managed a PB myself :) Order a T-shirt a size larger though, tiny! Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Mud, sweat & hills! In full: This was my first proper venture into Trial marathons. All i can say is that this is a different league.. the mud & hills were really challenging but the views are stunning. The bus service was excellent and number collection was seamless. The marshal's were EVERYWHERE and the drink stations were awesome. The organisation of this event is spot on, you would struggle to get better. This marathon is not for the feint hearted, it will hurt but that's the whole point right?! Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Hilly 10k leaves me with a smile every time In full: Challenging route but charming. Well organised and you can tell the organisers have experience. All are welcome, though being a county race it's pretty clubby. What you give in uphill it does return with downhill and not too steeply. Recommended. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: A surprisingly hilly half which benefits from good organisation In full: The half has a good feel to it at beginning and end. Scenery varies so that's good. It's surprisingly hilly for London and needs respect in preparation. Marshaling, water stations, and signage are great as is the welcome and commentary at end. Support is a bit patchy but it's good for quite a relatively new race. The end was a bit too twisty and the run in the park seemed never ending after all the work on the rest of the course, again treat with respect and it wouldn't be too big a problem. I would not have wanted this to be my first half as it is definitely on the harder side of things. Glad I did it. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: possibly a good training run In full: quite sensible organised in terms of making sure there is room for people but letting off in waves. The organisers cannot help that the route is a point to point that could be done by anyone anytime and that it's quite possible to see no one on the route for most of it, but that makes it dull unless you never run along canals. What also doesn't help it feeling like a training run is that it's not ranked, maybe not surprising for a canalside half marathon with the various possible risks. The organisers could make sure that at the end of the race on arrival runners are at least pointed to goody bags etc cos it's not apparent that there are any at the end, having these at the end of the run would improve the sense of value for money. I wouldn't pay that much again for what is basically a training run along the canal. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Challenging half marathon requiring bit more work at water stations In full: This was quite a local half which was a positive for me. The attractive prom route was made more challenging by the strong headwind for over half the race. Most water stations were managed quite well, though a bit more development would be useful particularly for hot weather .. some stewards were a bit too sedate for a half. The runners were friendly and a good mix of paces. Instructions about route were managed strategically well. I would do this again. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Perfect local race In full: Everything about this race is tip-top: scenery, organisation, marshaling, medal and t shirt, and cake at the finish. The very definition of the perfect local race. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Great organisation and a fun event In full: Everything was pretty easy upon arrival, registration and number collection was right by the car park and only took a few minutes as did setting up in transition, again right by the car park. The race briefing was to the point with care taken to ensure that the no-drafting rules were very clear, I would assume because they have to be rigidly enforced as the race is an ETU qualifier.
The course is in no way flat, I was very surprised how undulating it was, this made first run pretty hard work. Plus, the quality of the field was extremely high so it was a little intimidating for a newcomer like me, especially as I was being passed constantly despite doing a reasonable pace. After the run the cycle was just brilliant fun, no cars or traffic lights, a lovely smooth surface, it was a blast. There were a couple of steep hills to endure but overall it was cracking fun. The drafting issue was really a non-issue as the track was so wide you could simply move over to the left or right instead of having to drop back. The final run was extremely hard work but didn't feel like too much of a slog, it was much quieter by then anyway as lots had finished.
Once over the finish line there were trays of jaffa cakes, wine gums, bananas and Cliff bars to dig into plus a pint of 0% Erdinger, that was nice to finish on. The goody bag was ok, you could also go over and collect your timings straight away. The results were posted really quickly and the day after all the official photos were posted so, assuming you'd been snapped you could download free pictures, a nice touch.
Overall it was a great day. The weather did help as it was sunny and dry but in addition the staff and marshals were cheery and encouraging, the venue was brilliant, the price reasonable. I'll be definitely looking at doing the next one. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Hills, jelly babies and scarecrows In full: Slick organisation, no loo queues, lovely scenery and support out in the villages.. it's my local race so I may be biased but it is a challenging but fun run. Glorious scenery, locals out with jelly babies etc to cheer you on and the Ellisfield scarecrow competition to make you chuckle en route. Yes there are hills, long dragging ones but the last 5k is almost all downhill to compensate. Date of review: October 3, 2016