In short: well organised and friendlh In full: Parking good - a minibus takes you to the start rand drops you back post race. Good facilities - changing, toilets and showers Very friendly and enthusiastic support from those manning the 5 water stations (water in cups/jelly babies)
The course follows the Imber Range path - approx. 33miles. There are few marshals on course, but runners are supplied with maps and written detailed instructions...the course is not as complicated as these suggest! Undulating best describes the course - not 'silly hilly' but enough to make you know it is not flat.There is a good mixture of grass and nud, rutted paths and good quality concrete (and ashphalt) roads - I wore road shoes which were perfect.
Overall a challenging and more than worthwhile run to do....particularly on a balmy day such as today. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Quickish scenic and well organised :-) In full: First time I've done this one. Great scenery and lovely start on the bridge. Great organisation just a shame to have to pay for parking. Not dead flat but quick enough despite the wind. Managed a pb probably helped by marathon training. Some quality runners inc welsh & English internationals but also very beginner friendly. Will be back again. Well worth the trip Date of review: March 9, 2014
In full: I am not in a running club and was running by myself slowly at the back but I didnt feel daunted. The marshalls were plentiful and very friendly and observant. Its a really beautiful course. The marshalls managed the traffic really well and I didnt experience any sunday-driver anger :-) It was well organised with a really friendly vibe despite the fact its quite a fast race-club style run. As a local I hate to be critical about the water and I hate whingers but I have to agree - I was hot and I was dried out and was looking for it at the end and there was none to be found but maybe we were just all unprepared for the fact it was HOT for the first time this year - I think it took us all by surprise! A lovely lovely run with great support - I will definitely be back next year Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Tough but rewarding challenge. In full: I was under the impression that this was a flattish race and entered for the distance. My heart sank when I was driving in. The clue was in the race name really as it was 14.2 miles up and down dale with a flatter stretch between miles 4-7. Glorious scenery on a beautiful day, with good facilities and afternoon tea on finishing. The two hills in the last two miles were hard and the sharp left turn onto a cobbled stretch just at the end destroyed my attempted sprint finish! Low key race with a good heart. Would have liked a medal. Felt I had earned it after that! Thanks to all the marshalls and everyone involved. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Nice weather, a nice course and a nice race In full: First time running this and enjoyed it. Shaved nearly 2 minutes of my PB. Organization was fine, if a little basic. More than one water stop would also have been appreciated. Otherwise good fun, and worth doing next year. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: A welcome addition to the spring half calendar In full: I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this race and hope to be back next year, bringing more of my club with me. Loved the course, great to see the winners flash by, wonderful support en route and the marshals were all magnificent, too. Good race village, fun track finish, good organisation all round. Well done on the lack of goodie bag, too. The world is full of enough unwanted leaflets and carrier bags as it is! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Cake at the finish, which you'll deserve after all the hills In full: A friendly local run. Mostly club runners, lots of people in matching vests. There aren't loads of crowds, a lot of the route is ran along a quiet road. However the views are amazing, the course is beautiful. At the end there is cake in the village hall and everyone hangs around for the prizes. A classroom is made available for changing in, and there are showers nearby. There aren't massive queues for the toilets, and you can park right near the start. I've finished at the back both years, the safety car stays with you and there is a nice crowd to meet you at the finish. Finally, the cake! At the end there is no medal or t-shirt. Instead you get a bag with a sandwich, scone, and cake all served with a mug of tea. A great day out with a seriously hard run in the middle. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Track marathon worth doing In full: A good day that was let down by the technical problems of the lap counting. Doing 105 laps of a track sounds mad however it was quite unique and enjoyable. The one water station, available after every lap, was one of the best I have encounted in 30 odd years of running. The race organisers were great, but were let down by the people doing the lap counting, something that I am sure will be sorted for next year. Family and friends were able to stay in one location and watch you do the whole marathon, no big city marathons can say that. This run will be on my list to do next year. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In full: Fantastic da here. Richard made sure that everyone had a fantastic day here - not least because all the money was going to charity despite the course fees sing very reasonable. Some of the wildest (and weirdest with 'the German Village) terrain covered. Mega. Sign up for2015. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Great start In full: Echo all the earlier comments. Well organised, cheerful and fun. A good course although not sure it could cope with many more entrants. Special shout out for St.Johns Ambulance guys who had several incidents on such a hot day and were absolutely brilliant. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Well organised, enjoyable course but a tad pricey if it's a marathon build-up race, rather than an A race In full: Echoing many of the comments made already, this was a well-run event (as you'd expect from AAT) that bodes well for the future.
Positives: - well laid out course, pretty flat so good for those wanting a PB and / or first timers - water stations and first aid points at regular intervals - despite there being 5,000 people there were short queues for the toilets at the start (despite the rumours of a shortage) - good finish in the stadium making for a memorable finish for runners and a great vantage point for spectators
Things to improve: - a tad congested at the start and there didn't seem to be anyone checking whether people were in the right pens for their predicted time the first half mile or so was spent dodging in between slower runners - the cost WAS steep, especially if you're using it as a warm up race for a spring marathon (as I was). There are other runs at half the price and whilst I understand that there's a cost of road closures it seemed a trifle excessive. - no goody bag / refreshments afterwards other than a bottle of water. Given the price, I would have expected at least a banana and a Mars Bar.
In a nutshell, a slick event with only a few things that need to be sorted out. I doubt I'll be running it again next year but it should definitely appeal to people who have got it as an A race and I hope that the proposed route starting in Woking next time has as good a finish as this year's did.
Thanks to Toby and the team, especially all the volunteers. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: got this in the diary for next year In full: a highly enjoyable day, wonderfully organised with a well laid-out race village, great marshalls and water stations, backed up with superb support from the locals. The entry cost is a bit high but becomes worth that cost for a superb event. Congratulations to everyone for their hard for in making this event happen. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Great course and organisation In full: Lovely race, communication leading up to the event was spot on. The locals definitely backed the race which always makes it special with the support in the villages and in the towns. It did say clearly on the website what was included and the goody bag was not listed and the list was quite specific. Route congested in places which was always going to be the case with an out and back along a small local road. I only entered this race as I was fed up with the emails about another race a week earlier and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the race and a nice mildly undulating course. Secured a sizeable PB with crap training too. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Great race, marshalling and organisation In full: Start and finish area on the school field which was great. No queues for toilets which is a bonus.Lovely scenic route with lots of support from Marshall's and people on route. Nice to see your time on a computer at the end. Well done to all involved. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Brutal trail marathon, glorious scenery In full: This was my FIRST marathon. A tough brutal 26.2 miles of hills and mud. But, being a local boy and lucky enough to have a good chunk of the course on my doorstep, I thought I'd train up and give it a go. Previous to Bolton Hill, I'd only ever ran Half's on the roads, so this was a BIG leap forward. I only mention this, because I wouldn't want any beginner runners in the future to be put off entering this race. Hill Runner, and it's director Philip Eccleston, were welcoming and encouraging from the first moment I enquired about entering. Bolton Hill has a generous 8 hour time limit, is organised like clockwork, and the Marshall's art the food/water stations were brilliant, offering water, gels, jelly babies and flapjacks,... And more importantly, applause and support and cheer on the runners passed by. Make no mistake, the word HILL is in this race title for a reason. It is hilly, and has patches of mud, and fallen trees, and will ache your body during the run, and after it! But WOW! If you want to run a marathon across open moorland, along thin stone trails, past streams and waterfalls, and woodlands, with stunning viewpoints...then this is the marathon for you! For the hardened experienced trail runner - this will still be a worthy challenge for you. But for the beginner, train up and give it a go! "Brutal" seems to be a key adjective for this run, and rightly so! I shall be back in 2015, loved it!! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Brilliant!!! In full: I absolutely loved this race today - I've been running for years and this was the friendliest race ever! The marshals, other runners, the supporters....all brilliant! The course was nice - seemed hillier in the second half (of course!) but I ran much faster than I had anticipated so clearly has pb potential! The water stations were great with fantastic marshals, loads of water & frequent enough, and the hoodie and cob at the end are ace - really nice hoodie that I'll actually use, and the cob was the best thing I have ever eaten! I also got a £5 spot prize when I crossed the line - happy days! I would definitely recommend this race, I loved every minute (except the hill in the last mile!) and will be back again. Date of review: March 9, 2014