In short: Great 10 miler with beautiful scenery In full: Only issue I had with the race was the finish line - finishing outside the busy pier on a sunny Sunday lunchtime meant the actual finish line was not very visible and I saw quite a few finishers unsure of where they were aiming for. Either a more obvious finish line/signage is needed for next year or the use of a funnel (or to be honest, just a handful of marshals pointing it out would work). Otherwise I loved this race - beautiful scenery, very friendly marshals and plenty of water stations. Thanks Bournemouth AC. Date of review: March 4, 2016
In short: Great race, lovely marshalls In full: The finish wasn't clear which was the one thing really letting it down. I was quite slow and there were a lot of people and I actually couldn't see a funnel or a stop point. Date of review: March 4, 2016
In short: Well organised and great to run In full: Well marshalled with regular drinks. Friendly, efficient marshals who were mostly supportive. Nice medal, not just a goody bag full of leaflets at the end. There was chocolate! Date of review: March 3, 2016
In short: Wonderful race as ever In full: The 2016 race was as good as ever. Great organisation, atmosphere, bands en-route, marshals, technical t-shirt and medal. I'll definitely be back! Date of review: March 3, 2016
In short: A fantastic atmosphere - immensely friendly and supportive In full: Great atmosphere - very encouraging for a beginner. The hills make it challenging - not overly so, but enough to help toughen you up and bring you along to the next level. Date of review: March 3, 2016
In short: Flat but I did not like the course In full: Well organised, no problems at all. The only negative I have for this half is the course. Although flat, which is a nice positive, the course is thin and twisty. There is an element of running up and down on curbs with some obstructions on the course. I noticed one gentleman go flying over a fixed bollard which he did not see until the last second. I am sure the organisers made the best with what they had in regards to the course, but as someone who has a history of ankle injuries, and who likes to start slow and make his way through the field, this race is definitely not for me. A wider and more organised start area would be an improvement.
Positives: well organised, good marshalling and great goodie bag/medal. Date of review: March 2, 2016
In short: Glorious setting for a race In full: A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning. Weather was perfect with a slight head-wind on the outward stretch. A lovely route, with fantastic views, which went along the promenade from Bournemouth pier towards Hengistbury Head, followed by a couple of miles around residential streets before making its way back along the cliff-top and finishing with the last couple of miles back along the prom. Nice medal but the goody bag was a bit disappointing as it only contained a creme egg! For anyone that likes a coastal run then I really do recommend this race
In short: Thank you Gade Valley for an excellent run - again! In full: A lovely atmosphere, great marshals, well organised, beautiful scenery, quiet country roads, water and jelly babies along the way, cake & coffee at the end. Great value for £5. Brilliant run for marathon training. well done, Gade Valley & thank you (much better then running a 17 miler by myself) Date of review: March 2, 2016
In short: challenging but enjoyable In full: The course was challenging but extremely enjoyable. There were lots of hills but there were also lots of down hills soon after giving you time recover before the next. Although challenging it still offered PB potential (which i was on for before i pulled my calf at mile 10) i soldiered on for the last 3 miles and crossed the line 1 min slower than my best! The event was well organised and the Marshall's were superb. I will definitely be going back next year! Date of review: March 2, 2016
In short: Great to have a half marathon in Kingston - but very twisty In full: This race was pretty good - I'm used to the breakfast run so it was nice to have a different event on offer and to challenge the half marathon distance. Parking, toilets, getting to the start, baggage drop etc was surprisingly easy (didn't feel like a massive event). The course itself, apart from being very flat, felt very twisty and turny, and my GPS made it 13.5 miles which was a bit of a shock at the end! We did have chip timing which is always welcome. Got lapped by the winner during loop 2 which was a bit offputting with the lead bike racing past us so early in the race! Water stops were fine, the course was very town centre but the odd bits along the river were more scenic (and better for the lungs). Excellent photography by Sussex Sport photography, and the best medal and goodie bag I've had in a long time (Bounce energy balls, crisps, marshmallow chocolate etc :) ). Speedy results, very encouraging friendly marshalls and all in all a nice satisfying half, thank you. Date of review: March 1, 2016
In short: It is what it says: road and farm track, a few undulations and well organised In full: Some scenic bits and some where you're too busy picking a footfall to look up or just trying to get out of the wind. Great marshals and a friendly feel. Date of review: March 1, 2016
In short: Off road, track and trail through Harewood House grounds, very hilly In full: Fantastic course with great scenery through the grounds of Harewood House. Starts off with some fast but round underfoot down hills but soon tests the legs with some severe short steep uphills. You get 3 decent tests before the half way stage and the 2nd half is more prolonged ups and downs which were very wet underfoot. Overall a testing 1/2 with little chance of a PB but a stunning course, trail shoes essential would be less fun if the weather wasnt so gorgeous as it was this year. A couple of changes from the previous year due to feedback so the course actually ran just under 13 miles Date of review: March 1, 2016
In short: Demanding cross country through picturesque woodland. In full: One small followed by four longer laps through some beautiful woodland. Mostly good trails, but a few hills and some mud - It was proper cross country! The course was marked out with flour arrows and had a few marshals, which worked fine. It was a club run so no momentos, drink stations etc but still a real bargain for £3. Refreshments were available back at the club house for a small fee - one of the most welcome cups of tea and bacon rolls I've had in a long time. Needless to say that this was a bit more demanding than your usual Saturday morning parkrun, but well worth it. Thanks Cambridge Harriers for opening this to non-club members, I hope to do it again. Date of review: March 1, 2016
In short: Freezing Morning Running in Open Fields In full: Standing at the start line in freezing temperatures was not a ideal start to the day but once the starting gun went off, this was a nice undulating run through country fields and country lanes.
This feels like the first 10km is mostly uphill and final 10kms is somewhat downhill (except for the 16km mark - which nearly killed me).
The organisation of picking up numbers at a local hotel was great and very relaxing. The lift to the start line was a nice touch (thanks to the driver).
Overall a nice run and well organised. The free massages was a nice touch.
Medal was pretty average but Tshirt was nice Date of review: February 29, 2016