In short: Would do it again in a heart-beat In full: Superbly well organised, especially for a first event. Splendid location, excellent and challenging course. Superb marshals and plentiful food and drinks on offer. The goody bag was great and the beer in a finishers' glass was the icing on the cake. Excellent all round. Date of review: June 20, 2016
In short: Hop to it In full: Awesome race for a a first time. Great Route - yes hilly but all runnable (except the first one). Well marshalled, roads we cover. Pint at the end - Thanks to organisers awesome effort. Date of review: June 20, 2016
In short: Excellent In full: Excellent, loved it, well organised, friendly, a mix of hard core half marathoners/marathoners and beginners. Everyone made welcome and part of the team. Great support from marshalls along the course and at drink stations. I will defo be back next year and hope to bring along more friends. Thanks so much for a great event. Date of review: June 20, 2016
In short: Amazingly welcoming community event In full: This is a small community running event (~350 people) that seems to be widening its catchment every year. The course itself is tough (undulating does not really do it justice!) and so a PB is a tough ask, and hill training is a must. However, it was everything around the edges that really made this a special race.
The organisation of small races can often be something that lets them down. Not in this case. Registration (both online and on the day) was smooth; I pre-registered for the 10k, but my son joined the 500m dash on the day. Car parking and direction was simple and completely painless (an often overlooked problem!). The start and finish area had a real feel of a race village, with an ice cream van, access to the pavilion for refreshments and great views of the first and last 300m of the races. Marshaling on the course worked really well, with encouragement from every single one. The roads are quiet, but open, in this race, and the marshals seemed to take great care in informing both runners and drivers where to take care. Bottled water was available on the course, with the fair request that the bins provided were used to dispose of (you get 2 chances at this, as it is on the out-and-back section).
The real star of this race is the value for money. I have been at other charity races (including Rotary Club organised events) where the focus appears to be on making money not community awareness and letting people leave with a smile on their face. I felt fully welcomed by New Alresford, and came away with a medal, a technical T-shirt, a refillable water bottle, a banana and about as much watercress as I could ask for - which I got the impression is the real force behind this event.
I came away with aching legs from the challenging country roads, but I would fully recommend this run for anyone looking for a small, friendly event. Date of review: June 20, 2016
In short: Tougher than Clarendon? Maybe, but wonderful scenery and organization win out. In full: My first South Downs Half, but not my last. Heavy rain over the previous week made the ground slippery and I was grateful for my decision to opt for trail shoes. The route is really varied - woodland path, open field, quiet lanes - with some spectacular views. One really tough hill around mile 6 (quicker to walk) was the main challenge, but overall a couple of months of solid off-road hill work paid off. As the announcer pointed out before the start, this was not a PB race, but the reward for all the effort was a fantastic finish, great t-shirt and the most generously-filled goody bag I have received all year. I would put this race up with the Clarendon Way for challenge, perfect organization and warm, friendly atmosphere. Date of review: June 20, 2016
In short: Amazing race In full: What a race! Very well organized. Amazing course, great goody bag and beer. If this race is happening next year and you want to make it successful, just don't change anything. Congratulations for a great event! Date of review: June 20, 2016
In short: Loved it! In full: A very well organized race from beginning to end. Plenty of loos, music playing, lots of cakes and refreshments, goodie bag and glass and ale at the end. Enjoyed the first mile which was a bit stop/start but helped warm me up for the rest of the run which was varied and scenic. Friendly marshalls, plenty of water stations/nibbles. Really enjoyed the whole event but legs paying for it today. Note to self:- will put in more training for 2017. We will be back to run the Hampshire Hoppit again. Date of review: June 20, 2016
In short: Cannot recommend this race highly enough - brilliant! In full: The scenery and atmosphere of this event made it incredibly special. That started from the Facebook page banter and joining instructions, but went into every aspect of the day. Everyone was SOOO enthusiastic and helpful. The arrival was well-signposted, parking was easy, enough loos, easy baggage drop and great announcements and music. The run itself was a stunning route - really beautiful. I chose trainers for extra support vs trail shoes for grip (even though it has been a wet week) and was pleased with the choice as lots of flinty paths. The run itself was multi-terrain and had lots of hilly sections with a killer hill within the first mile! (That's why the views were so breath-taking!) The organisers and marshals were all so enthusiastic, and the finish was great - local real ale in your finisher's glass, nice medal, great goody bag, home made cakes, burger van, massage tent, ice cream van, music... a really good vibe - if I had not had to rush home I would have hung out for a good few hours more to see all of the marathon finishers come back in. I'll be back, for sure! Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: Really well organised friendly event In full: Superb event, really well organised and marshaled with the course covering some fantastic British countryside. Beer provided at the finish, spot on! Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: loved the new route and much better starting at Townley Park In full: my first 10k in 2 years having been treated for prostate cancer. very special comeback in my home town of Burnley :-) Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: Friendly, well organised, perfectly signed, scenic, good value In full: No concerns about getting lost, loads of supportive marshals including stopping the traffic for us, some great views, 98%+ runnable (ie. only a few evil hills), sufficient water and feed stations, lovely engraved pint glass for finishing, a decent bag of goodies at the end, free parking, lots of toilets, a couple of bits of mud to skirt around but not a problem, some photos taken en route shared free on flickr. Not flat out cheap but great value for money. They need to do something about the stile at 1.5km that caused queues. I was quite near the front and waited about a minute, others waited several. But given it arrived after the worst hill of the day by far a chance to catch our breath was welcome. Great event, do it! Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: Easily one of my favourite events and fab chocolate brownie too! In full: I have run this race twice, so many reasons why I came back, marshalls are wonderful, organisation is fab, a lovely quiet run through the countryside and a few bumps so its not fat, such a friendly race, I will be back next year :) Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: Lack of water and too many u turns In full: Having run this last year was looking forward tooo it. Warmish day and putting the water at 7k was suicidal. Uneven surfaces, looping back on yourself and uturns to squeeze in the route was awful. Not so sure this was 10k. Gps had it 200m short as did most of my running club. May need to take that tape measure out again. Only plus was the first aiders who once called up acted v quickly. One to forget it think Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: One of the first races I've returned from elated In full: The weather was kind which meant light trail shoes were perfect. A challenging yet rewarding course with fab marshals and water stations placed not too sparsely. An unexpected bonus was the energy burst stop which entailed flapjacks and other homemade goodies at around mile 8. All the things runners like to take on board to get them through a race. What better than to be running through the Hampshire countryside listening to the birdsong and taking in the views. Oh, forgot to mention there were plenty of loos at the start (always a good thing). A decent goody bag provided at the end and not only did you receive a medal but an engraved glass filled with local (Hoppit) beer which went down a treat. What is there not to like? Very well thought out and organised for a first event, would definitely do it again. Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: An outstanding, scenic trail marathon In full: First time this event has been held over the scenic paths and trails of North Hampshire. Several playful ups and downs and top notch organisation, marshals and post race refreshments. Date of review: June 19, 2016