In short: Hilly but nice In full: Nice having the (efficient) baggage drop under cover in the warm up area on a chilly morning. The course starts in the athletics stadium, plenty of room for both runners and spectators, and didn't have to queue for a toilet.
It's two laps around Crystal Palace park, a fairly hilly course, with some good views. Quite a good atmosphere with a choir and a brass band, all in all a very nice morning out. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: One of my favourite runs In full: What a great event. The scenery up through the Ashridge Estate is great - gorgeous forest, Ashridge House and superb views over the hills. I'm going to do this one again even when not training for a marathon. Also, as mentioned above, for £5 the organisation is superb and there's free cake at the end. The fact that it's not chip timed is a positive as it changes the atmosphere from a race to a more relaxed event. Well done Gade Valley Harriers. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Great organisation In full: I really enjoyed this race. Not as quick as I had hoped but that's not the race's fault! Although I had seen that some water stations would have the water pouches and looked at the instructions to open I really struggled with them on the move. Definitely prefer cups. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: The undulating course with a mix of hiils and fast down sections is what makes this a wonderfully challenging half marathon .Absolutely fantastic crowds almost along most of the course . I Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Undulating In full: It's a tricky race to pace as there are some significant ascents and descents. Definitely the hilliest road race I have done but there is a good fast flat finish along the prom. Hastings folk provided great support. Not sure yet if I would do it again but if I did I would include more hill training, including fast descending as most people were flying past me. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: A fairly challenging off-roader with loving support! In full: First time running a White Star event and it won't be the last. This was genuinely organised around giving runners' the best experience. A well marshalled, scenic route with great aid stations, some hilarious touches along the way, and a delicious and very welcome hot meal at the end. Great communication and support from the organisers throughout. Highly recommended. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Another very well organised and successful event In full: Although it is advertised as a training run, it feels like a real racing event with the marshals, water stations, mile marks and the wonderful Jelly babies stop. Plus the post run refreshments - cakes, muffins, pastries, tea, coffee, cordial drinks. For £5 entry fee, it is a fantastic value. It will be very unfair for me to ask for timechip recording, finisher's t-shirt or medal :-)
In short: Hilly and hot with an excellent finish In full: This was my first Tavy 13. The course was tough up to 8 miles, especially the last hill up to 8 miles and a much needed drink stop, on this hot sunny day. Then it was flat or downhill all the way to the end. Finishing on a 400m sports track was great as was the organisation and support. 10 mins outside my half marathon PB but that was not a surprise! The value was excellent as was the choice to buy a shirt or not. Good Idea. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Great race Advised for beginners to Club members In full: Competed in the 19 Annual Lincoln 10k and have raced it before, Felt this year under new owners lacked something compared to other years, I found the start very squashed given the fact the whole road is closed we were only given half of it. At the start of the race we were very bunch and took around the 1K mark to actually get going despite getting a PB. Also heard there were some incidents on the first bend of the race where people had fallen because of no warning of the dipped kerb (Surely this a safety hazard). Other points id like to pick on No engraving of medals, Medals not as brightly coloured as other years, pointless warm up and trouble with the clock on the lead car also no clock at the end at the finish line. Would really like to do next year especially with it being the 20th Annual 10K- More work needs doing, Had a good performance very disappointed with the way the Lincoln 10k was run this year (2015). Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Great half marathon for the first timer In full: Not my first HM, but would be a great one to start with. Nice course, pleasant mostly flat route and friendly atmosphere. Parking was a bit chaotic if you arrived less than an hour before the start as spaces limited at the sports centre, although in fairness this was mentioned in the pre-race info. Nice medal, t-shirt and water bottle as goodies at the end - more than a lot of more established events! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Terrific value, super organised and friendly, the perfect pre-marathon warm-up run! In full: One of the most enjoyable runs I've ever done, and the longest in prep for my first marathon. Brilliant, encouraging marshalls, great scenery, undulating, but more down than up. I travelled 54 miles for this and it was well worth it. Thanks to the people I chatted with all the way round for making it so enjoyable! Massive cakes at the finish and unlimited tea. This is how runs should be!! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: An excellent race - so well organised and hugely enjoyable. In full: This was great preparation for my first London Marathon. Such great support around the course and so incredibly well organized! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Usual brilliantly organized event. In full: Always know when you enter this one it will tick all the boxes; UKA event, plentiful easy parking, well marshalled and great value. A good example of running clubs organizing running events best. Very minor gripes were the new water pouches seemed difficult to get much out of on the go and an easier last mile please? Congrats Fleet & Church Crookham though on another success. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: No community spirit - Poor organisation. In full: I couldn't enjoy any of this race this year as I picked up an injury. I have run this race many times and always enjoyed it as a local participant. NO MORE. I contacted the organisers to hopefully defer my place to next year having damaged a ligament. I was promptly informed that I can defer my place to next year....but I would need to pay again! When I questioned this, I was merely quoted Terms & Regs, meaning that my £30-00 has been eaten up and another £30-00 (at least) would be required again before I even set foot on the track. I was withdrawn from the race, then sent my number; then I was contacted to wish me 'all the best' for race day! Poor. I used to enjoy the Lincoln race, but this does not really reflect a community based spirit to me, I will not be going back. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Brilliant but brutal race In full: This is undoubtedly one of my favourite races of all time. Amazing scenery, brilliant value for money and a great, yet relaxed atmosphere.
Be warned, however, it is hard! Very hilly - exceptionally steep in places, and some scree-like descents. There are long downhill sections where you can really get some speed up. The conditions were perfect, with hard packed trails enabling far speedier times then when very snowy in the past.
At the end you get a 'Cleevewold' beer and water bottle, and the top ten get more beers! A fantastic race, and well worth putting in the training in order to complete it. Date of review: March 23, 2015