In short: Well organised event in scenic location In full: This was the first time that the event had been staged, and it seemed to go like clockwork. My only suggestion would be to try and publish the positions of the lead teams more frequently (say, every 30 mins) so they can make tactical substitutions if necessary. Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Smooth operation, well signed and great marshals with an amazing finish area In full: Ok I'm biased as I live in Salisbury :) But this is the first time I've been able to run this event, yes it's not flat but the hills are all runnable the route takes you into private estates normally closed to the public, really well run, great marshals, numerous water stations and a party atmosphere at the finish line. Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Fantastic new event! In full: Fantastic organisation especially for a new event! Pre event info was best I've seen, goody bags and medals really good, atmosphere friendly and relaxed, fantastic marshalling - highly recommend this event and will be back next year :-) well done Hart Runners!! Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Not like one of the big runs but very good In full: Excellent marshalling on the course, nice route well organised. Nice to be able to have shower afterwards and a free beer!!! Wouldnt mark it as a favourite only as I had done the great north and a few other big runs but for a local run can't be faulted. Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Well organised and well run. Great marshals! In full: As an organiser of the Gosport Half Marathon (shameless plug!) I know how much hard work goes into putting on an event. From the moment we pulled into Minley Manor to the moment we left (good idea making it left-turn only BTW) the whole day seemed to run smoothly. The signage was effective, there was encouraging marshals where they were needed and the general feedback from our club members was that it was a great event enjoyed by all. You nailed it, well done! Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Scenic trail route ideal for a jaunt in the woods !! In full: The only issue I had was finding the place with my Tom Tom, it wanted me to turn into a cul de sac about 400 metres from the entrance to the Golf Club. The organisation was fine, the start great and the route very nice. The course followed the golf course boundary and was slightly undulating and very enjoyable to run over grass, some track and woods. One nasty little incline at the 6.5 km point through the woods but a thoroughly enjoyable race. Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, well-organised, excellent In full: This race has really developed into something special for serious and non-serious runners. Well-organised, friendly and competitive with a nice goodie bag and a fabulous afterparty in the local pub with singers, dj and raffle. A must-do event. Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Fabulous location for a race on a warm summer evening. In full: Definitely one of my favourite races. Running on a good surface through the desolate beauty of shingle and saltmarshes on a balmy summer evening just before sunset - it;s difficult to beat that. If you're also a wildlife enthusiast then there are bonus ratings for the curlews and other waders flying to and fro!
The course is flat - so it's definite PB material (I got my 10k PB by one second) but costal location does mean there's likelihood of running into some stiff a breeze at some stage of the run. Date of review: August 13, 2016
In short: Mad to miss it! In full: A great race, nice flat course & bands/singers along the way. Yes, the wind can be brutal but what do you expect on a coastal run in February!? This year we were lucky and the sun shone. Organisation is excellent and considering the number of people they deal with everything runs smoothly. The start at the school is great as there is plenty of space for everyone to get out of the weather until the race start. Park and Ride is included in the entry fee, T shirts (and often some extra's) can be collected before the race. Chip time, great goody bag and medal. I really don't know what more the organiser could do - barr run the race for you!! Date of review: August 10, 2016
In short: Tough but enjoyable day In full: I have completed 18 marathons and this was my 3rd slowest so that should give you an indication on how tough I personally found the race. Hot time of the year, so to be expected. The course is not the flattest but apart from one swift nasty climb I would not describe it as hilly. I would do it again, well marshalled with the marshals being friendly and helpful. Plenty of water stations. Plenty of miles out in the country with just other runners for company. Not many spectators but very supportive in the last quarter of a mile. Good event and if you are looking for a low key marathon in the summer, which is well organised this would do the job. Date of review: August 9, 2016
In short: Decent race but miserable marshalls In full: Mostly run on grass and quite narrow so pretty difficult to overtake. 1 out of 8/9 marshalls cheered, don't think 1 even broke a smile. Considering there are few spectators you really need the buzz from the marshalls. You really didn't get it!
Wouldn't run again purely for this reason. Would consider the mini mile for the kids instead. Date of review: August 9, 2016
In short: Lovely trail run with Wombles In full: Really enjoyed this race. Didn't know the area that well and was pleasantly surprised that it was very wooded and shaded. The dry ground made it a little tricky in places but it was a lot of fun and not as hot as I feared. The organisation was great and high fiving a Womble is always a bonus. With 500 plus people in the race there was plenty of runners of all abilities, meaning it was good for both beginners and experienced runners. Date of review: August 8, 2016