In short: Back for the third time - wouldn't miss this blinder of a race! In full: Hard going but such a rewarding race. Well done Purbeck - organisation, support, goody-bag, route, finish all superb. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In full: It's a good race with quite a fast field, I did 2hrs10 and was pretty much at the back so clearly good for fast times if you need someone quick to pace you. Only small criticism is that the marshalling around Richmond Green wasn't great, when I came up from the River, both times I wasn't sure if I was looking for a gap in the traffic or if the marshall was going to stop the traffic, I think I ended up dashing over in a gap whilst the marshalls were cheering and clapping - I think marshalls are there for both encouragement (which they were excellent for!) but also to ensure everyone crosses the roads safely. Not knowing for certain if they were looking for cars, or if I was, has to potential to be dangerous. I grew up in Richmond so I know my way round the Green but if you've never run in Richmond before those junctions can be a bit confusing. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: |Fantastic race In full: This was my first half-marathon and I really enjoyed it. The organisation was great thanks to ETL and their team, plus lots of friendly volunteers giving encouragement during the run. There was a great atmosphere with lots of runners in fancy dress, live music en route and wine-tasting and treats at the 'water' stations. We were rewarded with a medal, tech T-shirt, hog roast and wine at the end. I'd thoroughly recommend this event to runners and walkers. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Absurd, great fun and uplifting vibe In full: This is a truly unique event. I was happy to forget about the running and the pb for once, with my usual sub-2 sacrificed for a very post 3! ;-). It was psychologically interesting to just don some fancy dress, drink the wine, spend time all the way round lightly jogging and chatting with friends. Now you can run it 'properly' but to be honest I think you probably miss out a bit if you do (this is probably a traitorous comment for runners). The organisation is bang on and the marshalling excellent and friendly. Also in addition to the medal and tech t-shirt we were treated to an amazing array of fruit at the end... and then the hog roast .. and more wine :-) Excellent fun, excellent views. Go play .. enjoy.
In short: best half I've ever done In full: Ran this on my 50th birthday, thought I'd make it my last half. But now I'm hooked, already looking forward to next year.Marshals and runners very friendly, course fabulous, challenging but with a long downhill finish.Equally suitable for serious runners and first-timers who want to take it easy and enjoy scenery and very generous water stations along the way.Post-race bbq delicious,and a very nice touch having a massage after the race! Thanks to the organisers and landowners. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Well organised race in lovely countryside In full: This was a very good event; not only was there water and wine at the drinks stations but lots of nibbles as well, and it's the first time at a UK race that I've seen such a selection of food just after the finish line - fruit, cakes, etc. The views from the top were magnificent, well worth the climb, which was less steep than I'd feared (most of it, anyway). Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Loved this race. Really unique and lots and lots of fun. In full: Definitely one of the best events I've ever done. The venue is fantastic (Denbies Estate) and they make you feel very welcome (I guess the runners do bring in lots of trade - we certainly bought wine and lots at the farm shop!). The atmosphere is electric with so many great costume wearers in action. The course was surprisingly flat overall - just one decent hill in it. I loved it. Thank you to all the marshalls/helpers/organisers. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Outstanding! In full: Incredible privilege to run in such a beautiful and special area of Dorset- very frequent water stations, perfectly placed marshals all with smiles, fantastic route, friendly, superb start and finish, even handed an ice cream on the finish line! THIS IS A MUST FOR EVERY RUNNER!!! Thanks to the organisers and volunteers. Simply superb. Thank you. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Hils, views, then more hills In full: They said hills, and I'd thought I'd trained for them - but they were tough. Especially the ploughed field hill after 8 miles. Nice 'small' run - no queues, no prolonged start. Very well marshaled, very friendly. Great views. But about 1 min /mile slower than I thought- but that was the hills and a few energy sapping fields. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: What a BEAST of a hill to run up at the start! In full: Not terribly long (1k approx.) but just SO steep! Then a 7k-ish gently undulating loop, with a few "slopes" in each direction, before a fast downhill finish nearly 2k in length. Course was clear but marshals a bit subdued! Nice run in to the finish funnel, and welcoming more marshals at the end. Nice little canvas goody bag to go with the medal. Very pleasant morning's run. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Absolutely brilliant :-) In full: Second time I've done this event and it was once again magnificent, unbelievable amount of fancy dressers of all types, so funny. Drink, food, great medal & tech t shirt, plus excellent organization and fabulous marshals, what more could you want from an event? In my opinion, nothing :-) Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Excellent series In full: I have done this series for a few years now. Nice Work's races are always brilliantly organised and I really enjoy them. the only issue with this series is the Ashford Youth shouting the occasional 'funny' comment (and they were nicking the signs this time!) but apart from that love it! Will be back next year, and the year after and the year after....! Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Some nice views hard hills challenging run In full: Would definitely run again, it's a challenge but worth the effort, need some good shoes as it gets a bit rough and don't run it if you don't like cows. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Poor course, middling organisation, great local support In full: At one level I can't complain. 3:36 gave me a PB in my post 60 year old racing career. Despite the unadvertised hills!
But I was less than impressed with having to pick up a race number by 5pm the previous day forcing the expense of an overnight stay (not mentioned when I registered). Race parking was not evident to those of us not from the local area.The course was terrible - in particular the second half of the marathon which seemed entirely based in either housing or industrial estates.And, as I write this over 24 hours after my race ended no results have been uploaded on to the race web site.
The key redeeming feature was the warmth of the spectator's support - it really helped on those hills. But I doubt I'll be back Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Fabulour, friendly, well organised, well supported in a beautiful location! What more could you ask for?? In full: This event was ran in a very professional and organised manner with every single person involved in the event ticking all boxes for what they were responsible for on the day-even beyond the call of duty! I had been wished luck and told to enjoy the day at least half a dozen times by CPRC volunteers and that was just on the way to the registration tent! This being my first race I was very apprehensive and not sure what to respect but within minutes I had been made to feel at ease by all at the club. All around the course, at every corner there were different themes marshal stations and this really broke the race up as you really looked forward to what fancy dress/theme was literally around the next corner!! A couple of challenging hills which, as a beginner, I had to walk half of but this is all part of the fun of the countryside and beautiful National Trust Grounds! Even members of public were cheering you as you raced and felt the applause and cheers pushing me all the way around the course and I eventually finished 5 minutes faster than my previous 5k PB thanks to all @ CPRC!! I look forward to the event next year, and you never know, I may be in a position to enter the 10k next time around! Again, cant thank everyone involved enough, BRAVO CPRC!!!! 10/10!!!!! P.S The beautiful carved wooden medal is very fitting to the location and takes pride of place on my mantel piece!! Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: A well-organised race around the best of Cheltenham In full: - Well organised - Great support around the majority of the course - Loved the water pouches - Didn't mind the challenge of the racecourse. Wasn't as bad as expected but more support there would be good - Very happy with a 3 min PB
In short: Beautiful setting, organised like clockwork. I love trail running In full: Very well organised event by the Chineham Park Running Club. By the looks of it a huge effort was put in by many members to make this a very memorable and enjoyable day. Great for both beginners and experienced a like. Would highly recommend it.