In full: Chester was a last minute choice after a disappointing season, and I'm so glad I did. The atmosphere is electric, and running through all the sights of Chester and then the picturesque villages was wonderful. Thanks to the marshals and spectators, especially on the riverside when I was slowing down. Not raced here before, but I will be back Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: Perfect day In full: What a friendly group of people; from the welcome at the car park to the marshals on the course and the reception at the finish - everyone enjoying themselves and cheering me on. Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: Good mix of towpath, hills and mud - all against a scenic Autumn backdrop In full: Fitted this one in after missing a run in late Sept because of illness. Really glad I did. The scenery made it a treat and I even enjoyed running up that hill - tho' I could have been fitter. On my list to do again. Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: A race of 2 halfs - very enjoyable! In full: After 5 enjoyable quaint miles running down the Grand Union canal taking in the views of the locks, canal boats and friendly passers by, I was thinking to myself what a pleasant time I was having and whats more I was on for a PB!
Then out of nowhere came a very steep hill then I was hurtled into a forest where banks, puddles, tree branches, ups and downs awaited me. A crazy middle section is then followed by a challenging gaunt through cow fields, over bridges, through kissing gates back to the Grand Union. The legs really beginning to hurt now so thankfully the last couple of miles are back along the canal, a nasty little gladiator style travellator at the end was a little unwelcoming as we turned the corner for the finishing straight.
What a fun race. Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: Much better than the Great South Run! In full: Forget the Great South Run and come to a proper Runner's 10 mile race. This is now a well established race, brilliantly organised by Steve Wyatt and Wimborne AC. Great course, good standard of Club runners, well marshalled, good water stops. Starts with a bang (5 muskets!) and then a race down a tree lined avenue to an out and back road course...Fairly flat but a cheeky hill at 9 miles keeps you honest! The free home made cakes at the end are a brilliant way of refuelling. Really enjoyed this race and not surprised it sold out this year. Having run the Great South 10 miler a few weeks previously, the Wimborne 10 beat it hands down and was sooooo much better value! Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: Fun, varied route. Nice chunky medal. In full: A varied route, with everything from road and tarmacked paths to muddy trails and singletrack, plus a short grassy hill to knock the wind out of you. Good fun, and a nice change from straight road races.
Good organisation, and nice chunky medal memento. Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: A few organisational niggles in its first year, but nothing that can't be fixed. In full: (Half Marathon Review)
This was quite a fast course, flat for the most part. Not the most exciting scenery, but fine. Running the wrong way down the dual carriageway felt novel, at least. Support on the course was very good.
There were a few organisational niggles. For example, numbers could be collected on the day, but only by special arrangement, so some runners went a long way out of their way to collect the day before as instructed, and were a bit disgruntled. It was also a shame that the Half finished in a hotel car park away from the main event. Not overfly excited by the medal either.
So room for improvement, but as a new event that's to be expected. Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: Challenging yet scenic experience In full: This was my first marathon .... I wanted a challenge and I got one :-) It was a really friendly and personal race. I have entered the other Cotswold Running races because of the friendly atmosphere. Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: COVENTRY 10K MCC PROMOTIONS LACK ORGANISATION In full: This is the second year I have ran the Coventry 10k series race organised by MCC Promotions and have to say I can't believe they did a worse job than the 2013 chaos, This is meant to be a fun run but there is a complete lack of organisation by MMC Promotions with what appears to be very little in effort put forth to making this as good atmosphere for beginners and regulars alike. I'm sure most beginners are feeling never again, there no direction to where to register, two different start time stated most thought it to be 10:30 not 10:00, public blocking the finish funnel which was just grass beneath the muddy water, What a complete mess- I would advise avoiding any MCC Promotions run - the t-shirt was just an advertisement for all the upcoming MCC RUNS - Complete Shambles Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: Fantastic Event - will be back! In full: Thanks to the team that organised the Gosport half, it was a really enjoyable race and made for a great day. I am not sure why people have complained about signage or ladies loo's, all seemed fine to me. Queues are to be expected and signs clear. Marshalls were lovely and frequent, plenty of water stations which meant you didn't feel compelled to take water every time you say it. Goodie bags were nice (cake delicious) especially given the cheap entry price. I do agree that the first mile is a bit slow due to the narrowness of the footpath, it would be great to have the road closed. The only other issue and this is entirely independent of the race and not a reflection on the directors, was the overly aggressive EA adjudicator who man handled my friend the second she crossed the line for wearing headphones and told her she was disqualified. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Super tough ,super enjoyable In full: The event itself is tough tough tough..but the whole atmosphere, the organisation, and HQ itself ,,is fab.... Really cant praise this enough really. The location ,and support of the crew is great, and neat medal . Not a race for the faint hearted ,but at the same time so enjoyable...great little techy route, what more could you want? You could always do the 5 in 5 days? ;) Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Loved it - Could not have asked for more In full: As a first time marathon runner I was so scared, but the seminars, free monthly training runs (with drinks stations!) and encouragement really helped calm my nerves, thanks for so many portaloos at start also ;) Everything on race day went like clockwork, the support at the finish was so special, my name was even broadcast as I crossed the line - fame at last! Date of review: November 17, 2014