In short: Great race. Really enjoyed it. A mix of road and cross country running. Fields and tarmac In full: Great race. Really enjoyed it. A mix of road and cross country running. Fields and tarmac. Flat all the way round. Empty roads. Plenty of marshals and signs. Limited parking though, about 100 spaces. Car park full at 10:05 Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: My first time at Malvern and enjoyed it. On the overall is a very nice rice, great organisation and atmosphere. There are only 2 improvements points, give the water in bottles and the graven part by the end of the race is a killer. In full: Uphill on graven road and front wind near the finish was to much for achieve a brilliant time. Surelly will come back next year. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Not an easy course, but fantastic value for money In full: This is a great community event with kids' races as well as the 10k. It cost me about £12 to enter and for that I received a medal, technical ladies-fit t-shirt, watercress (as Alresford is in watercress country and on the Watercress Line steam railway) and a filled plastic water bottle.
The course is an out and back and rather undulating. If you've done your hill training you will be ok. If you haven't (I hadn't due to Achilles problems) you won't. It was the furthest I'd run in two months, but taking it gently worked for me and I ran completely even splits.
I definitely recommend this event. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: My local race. Well organised, very friendly. In full: I really enjoyed this. Well organised, great start-and-finish in the shadow of the castle. The timing pens worked well, too. I'll be returning. Thank you. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Poor marshalling/organisation In full: On arrival all ok. Lovely views and hills. Fun run a bit strange 1km and 2km going off at the same time and the first kids that finished the 2km were not even noticed coming across the finish line and were not guided where to go. Then disaster, the 5 and 10 km. the marshalling was awful, there were not marshalls on the most important parts of the course. I was in the lead for the 5km and was not guided where to come off for the finish line and ended up running 8km like most people in the 10km. Overall very disappointed I was robbed off a trophy. Even the kids that won the fun run just got called their names to stand there and did not get anything, not even a bag of sweets. Incorrect people were awarded for both 5 and 10 km. the only men that got what they deserved were the 1st and 2nd 10 km. Great charity, but the race-never again Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: A really fun and enjoyable race In full: A race of two halves. The first 5k is undulating; the second is a long, straight, gently downward gradient. A real opportunity for a PB. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant In full: Beautiful course, excellently marshalled. Superb starting commentary from two of the funniest announcers ever (not always intentionally). Loads of water stations, having learned lessons from previous year, I understand. I will certainly be back. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Great race In full: Easy parking, great facilities with good club house, tea and coffee and biscuits. Son ran the childrens race and loved his medal. 10k is undulating and would suggest practising hills before, nice route and medal and bag of watercress. Ice cream van was on site. Will be back next year Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Delightful people, but 7.8km does not a 10km course make.. In full: This has all the makings of an excellent run, but something went wrong with the marshaling somewhere - leading to us all running only 7.8km - a great, whopping, enormous part of the course was left out.
The organisers were, I think, as much in the dark as we were over what happened. Lovely people, and all volunteering their time for a great cause, but this was a crashing error of course management.
That said, I will be back next year to do it properly! It is a fiendish course with some really steep climbs and descents. It needs to be tamed! Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: A good run but no water at either of the stations, and no bananas at the end! In full: A pity about the water stations - and thanks to those runners who gave warning and offered the remains of their bottles to us. Otherwise, a very good race and supportive atmosphere. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: A curates egg - good in parts In full: If the race organiser is of a nervous disposition he should look away now ! I've done this race several times, and will probably do it again, but, and there are several buts..... 1) until a few years ago this was run from Huntingdon racecourse, a nice rural setting and a fair course. Now it is run from an industrial wasteland of post-apocalyptic proportions, which also funnels any wind onto the course. 2) as soon as you get out of the car you hear the manic ramblings of the organiser Bob, as commented upon by a previous reviewer. Sorry Bob, but the event is not about you, it's about the runners and the money raised. It's not your fault that your voice is particulalry irritating, but it is your fault that you just don't know when to shut up. Shortly before the start our commentator generously gives the mic over to someone else, but wait - it's worse! The Mr.Motivator-style bloke doesn't realise that an amplifier is attached to the mic so he shouts, overloading said mic into distortion, and then he begins the cliched warm-up routines - sorry mate, but any decent runner knows that these are utterly pointless, far better to jog down the course for a few minutes to raise your heartbeat, instead of all that daft dancing stuff. 3) the start was a fiasco - some of us who know better than to join in with Mr Shouty and his dancing stood away from the start, but NOOO, it's end of music and 3,2,1, GO! What, they've started, who knew? We vaulted the taped off area and managed to join in time, but come on, give us some warning. 4) Despite our Bob being in earshot when I arrived, assuming that he had been going for a while, guess who can be heard well off the airfield on the return leg, you guessed it, 2km from home and there he is. AND, he got my name wrong as I approached the finish! 5) I like pasta, and the shopping bag is great, but after a race what I really want is a banana or energy bar, a cheap one would do. Medals, who needs them, mines in the bin.
So, did I have a good day, yes, but in spite of the above. The first 4km if BORING, the rural part (5km) is of varying quality, and the last 1km seems to never end, but I got a course PB and had a nice lunch later, so it's not all bad, but Bob, give it a rest mate. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Lovely run with a mix of club runners and occaisionsal trotters. Water stations could ahve been better organised and they had run out of bananas at the end so many people didn't get one. However, good community support and would do it again. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Great location, nice people but 10k was only 7.8k. What went wrong? In full: Majority of marshals had no idea of the course which is why a lot of people did not do the full 10k. Something went wrong with directions. Shame as otherwise it's a great location and good potential for future years. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Worth doing In full: Organisation: Excellent. The bib with the chip arrived in the week so there was no need to register in the morning before the race, I find this much more efficient and helpful.
The roads were carefully marshaled at every crossing, there were lots of water stations which made all the difference on a hot day and bottles were given which made it easier to fill out your own bottle if you wanted. Gels were given out at some stations and we were told which brand ahead of the race. There were also lots of toilets. The first time I've seen toilets during the course which was an excellent idea.
The results were published within minutes and were up on the website.
Route/View: You can't go wrong in the South Downs, it was stunning. Also, going from one end to the other was good for me mentally as I felt I was heading somewhere.
Things I'd tweak: Jelly babies PLEASE!!!! Gels were given but sometimes the body craves some simple sugar. I think if you didn't take your own food you might have struggled. Or perhaps this was a sign that it was a bit 'elitey'? This race had a more serious feel than others I've been to so perhaps that's why.
The course was tough with a fair amount of hills but it wasn't murder.
Overall I would do it again. Thank you for great organisation. Great bling and technical tee.
In short: It was hell but I loved it. In full: What a fantastic race very well organised the start line was about 50foot from the car park. The course was extremely well marked and excellently marshalled and a great medal and T-shirt, which had all the runners names on the back which was a great touch. The race is up and down box hill about ten times there was a couple of nice stretches of about a mile down hill, but, just as you start to really enjoy the down hill the dread sets in and the realisation of what goes down must go up hits home. In previous races I have used the up hills as a good excuse to have a bit of a walk/rest but there is no easy ride with these beasts and the steps are relentless, I have never sweated and struggled and felt like giving up so much just walking. The views are breath taking and the sense of achievement at the end of it is well worth all the hard work. Its is a lot tougher than most full marathons I have taken part in. Big thank you to the organisers, Marshalls and everyone else involved. defiantly be back. Date of review: June 20, 2015
In short: Scenic but flat race, great for fast runners and beginners In full: Lovely 10K route around the National Trust property and grounds. You forget you are in London and the scenery is a great distraction if you find the running tough. Really well-organised, runs like clockwork. Big medal and amazing value for money compared to a lot of other 10Ks. Really great race for beginners and there are lots of pacers to get you round at the time you want. Date of review: June 20, 2015