In short: Good scenery, poor signage In full: Good scenery, good marshalling, good water stops, problem was the lack of signs at Wilton, ended up doing 27 miles due to poor signage. Other than that, signage was fine. Would like the medals to have differentiated between the distances available. Date of review: August 10, 2015
In short: Yateley 10K still rocks! In full: Well it has been ten years since I did this race, on a whim I entered the final race in the 2015 series. I was not disappointed and so pleased to see many improvements. The organisers are clearly open to feedback and Sanhurst Joggers have done a great job with this race.
The car parking was much better than I remembered from the mid-2000's and very well marshalled. There were plentiful toilets at the start, including Port-a-loos out in the field. Although there was still a big old queue for the toilets by the hall. I didn't use the bag check, but I could see that it was well marshalled and not a free-for-all that it used to be.
Having the chip timing was excellent, although a minor faff to get on in the first place. The course start no longer has a ruddy great bollard in the way to trip over. Even the weather held up :-)
The course itself is fairly flat (ish), with a couple of inclines between 8K and the finish - just as you are getting tired. This is made up for by the nice downhill bit at 3K - 5K where you can really get your speed up. The course was well marshalled and a reasonable amount of support. There were two water stops en route, and a sponge station. I took my own drink so didn't use them, but good to know they were there.
Coming into the finish was good too - a PA announcer calling out peoples names and encouragement and some music.
At the end there was a lovely medal (celebrating 25 years), a small packet of Haribo sweets and a bottle of water which was much needed. Getting out of the car park was easy - although that was probably because I came in at just under an hour by which time most had already finished and left.
What could be improved? Not much, really. Although - you rang out of the "Yateley 10K" mugs at the finish line guys! I really wanted one of those :-)
Picking the race number up on the night is still a bit of a faff and means mucking around with safety pins. Also means you have to arrive extra early to make sure you have enough time to collect.
Better signs to the alternative toilet facilities (by the ones in the hall) - some in the field and also some in the swimming pool changing room. Seemed a bit bonkers having a massive queue for the loo inside when there was lots of alternatives around.
I'll be back to race again in 2016 - thanks for restoring my running mojo, Yateley :-)
In short: SUPERB DAY, VERY WELCOMING In full: I did the half marathon distance with my son. We had a brilliant day the organisation was great, I found the marshalling really good and the encouragement along the route excellent. Great introductory to trail running for anyone that wants to see what its like. A very good mixture of terrain to cover, the hills good not too difficult and then going into Salisbury excellent. My favourite city outside London. The route markers were good, I did not get lost which is a bonus when you are tired the distance markers did not bother us as we had an idea of what pace we were going at ( we did not have a GPS). We were in the shade a lot of the time which helped, but also the cloud cover was good and the extra water I brought along we did not need as the water stations were excellent. It was not as hot as I had prepared for so we had a bonus. A big thank you to everyone that was involved in organising this great event. A lot of work goes into organising such an event and its great to be able to take part. Thanks to everyone that encouraged us around the course we had a great day. Looking forward to coming back.
In short: Dry conditions this year, but a surprising extra half-mile! In full: I really enjoyed the race again. Wonderful atmosphere beforehand and my son really appreciated the chance to climb aboard the fire engines and meet the firemen. It was hot and humid, but there was plenty of tree cover. Putting Christian names on the bibs was a nice touch, resulting in plenty of encouragement at aid stations. I didn't find the signage a problem, apart from the markers at the end. The only major gripe was the inaccurate distance - I did the Half and my Garmin stopped on 13.56 miles. I double-checked the accuracy with a few other people and there was definitely an extra half-mile. However, I will certainly be back next year to support this wonderful event for a great cause. Date of review: August 10, 2015
In short: Challenging! In full: This was my first time doing this run and i was surprised how challenging it was! the fields and uneven surfaces along with the many hills made it a real challenge which i enjoyed. the only downside was one particular track was difficult to overtake on because of the uneven surfaces but this is only my opinion.
I would do this course again :) Date of review: August 10, 2015
In short: Exceptional Value Local 10k In full: Friendly Local race with a generous medal and tech tshirt for a low entry price. Relatively flat course with PB potential but the few short steep bumps give a bit more of a challenge. Good mix of club snd casual runners and friendly atmosphere plus venue at the end good for an afternoon picnic. Really enjoyed this, congrats on well organised race. Date of review: August 10, 2015
In short: Expected more trail and less road in a 'trail' race In full: To be fair, this is many many peoples favourite race, so they must be doing something right. I did the 33k Registration was excellent, toilets at the start were plentiful, atmosphere in and around the start finish was jolly. fire engine tours for small kids. Very nice. Complicated instructions sent, maps, route description, & detailed charts of differing terrain percentage (which I found difficult to read) but no info it seemed about simple stuff like what time the registration desk was open from and to. (turned out to be quite a nice long time, but i had to ask) I wish i had taken more time to decipher the terrain percentages though as I would have known then that the percentage of tarmac like surfaces in a 33k 'trail' race was almost 50%! I know that by definition a trail race (as opposed to a cross country race) is going to have some road in it, but I felt this was pushing the description a little. Somewhere i read it says traffic free, i suppose it depends on your interpretation of this, there were a couple busy road crossings, one over a duel carriageway. A bit too much road for my liking sorry so probably wont be back. was very very Hot & humid (obviously not the organisers fault, as much as they would like to i'm sure, no race organisers can control the weather!) and this likely didnt help my mood, it might have been nicer in cooler weather. running round Old Sarum was nice, and the Old Yew Forest. Some of the aid stations were a little basic, well stocked but the first few only with water (one had run out of cups but given the heat not suprising) the one at halfway had some fruit and a couple of other items. there was flapjack at another. weak squash was available after halfway but this seemed to make me more thirsty, so by about 20k i was craving something like cola! signs were ok to start with but as the races devided and joined it got a little confusing. At one point the distance markers went something like 20km, 22km, 21km, 23km, 22km! Obviously we eventually realised that this was because of the differing races but it was confusing for a while! the route through the town was mostly signed (small signs but they were there) but again there were a couple of confusing sections where you just hoped you had gone the right way. And then there were the signs near the end that said '2km to go' then '3km to go' then again '2km to go' then 'run in' then someone said its just 200 metres, then all of a sudden you were on the finish! after mentioning this confusion we were told 'well we sent you a map' Hmm, might be a good idea to tell people they might actually need to carry it, and anyway i wouldnt take my reading glasses on a run unless I knew i might have to do some self navigating? All in All it was not a poor race, but it was an OK race, but as I say, just my opinion as loads of people love it and come back again and again! Date of review: August 10, 2015
In short: very hot and some organizational problems In full: Extremely hot day. Needed more water stations. Water was hot on stations towards end. Not enough toilets, only public ones which were queuing for 30minsplus. Course was confusing, and loops were frustrating. A longer out and back would have been better Date of review: August 10, 2015
In short: Some disappointing organisational issues on a very hot day In full: The race organisers couldn't do anything about the really hot weather but there were several things they could have done better. c500 runners had to queue for 30+ mins for 4 municipal loos (2 for men + 2 for women). Race organisers should not rely on council provision. And the course had to be adapted due to work on promenade (not organisers fault) but revised route involved several small loops around grassy area + then several loops further along course. Goodie bag with banana, small wafer biscuit and a boiled sweet wasn't brill either. Beach at Clacton look nice though... Date of review: August 10, 2015
In short: A cracking run in the sun. In full: First time for the 10k and really enjoyed it. The weather was hot and the course is hilly in places, but the sun drenched scenery was a joy to behold. Good parking and great race HQ facilities. This could become a very popular race. My score should probably be higher but there's little chance of a PB and could be a tough first time race, but it is a cracking 10k ! Date of review: August 9, 2015
In short: Fantastic run/walk around salisbury In full: Love this race. Have tweaked course, I did the half, so much better. Signage was poor through Salisbury town, but trouble with idiots moving signs. Plenty of water stations and friendly marshals. Nice mix of off road and road running. Shame about registration at start. Despite entering some time ago my number was not there so had to re register, which was a right pain. So no nice number with my name on !! Date of review: August 9, 2015
In short: Wouldn't do it again In full: I don't really like out and back courses but this was even worse as you go out, back and then repeat a stretch again- passing one point 4 times. It was an incredibly hot day and the route doesn't have any shade or trees whatsoever. The hot midday sun was very unforgiving and I got home with heatstroke I'm sure. A half marathon in August on that route would need an earlier start for sure. The marshals were lovely though and overall the race was friendly but sorry Clacton I won't be coming back. Date of review: August 9, 2015
In short: Signage still a shambles In full: Good points: great scenery and almost entirely traffic free, plenty of water stops and most of them have snacks too (gorgeous bread pudding at one of them), showers afterwards in the leisure centre, great atmosphere. Bad points: let down by signage. Where 33k splits from 42/50k route it was just hand scribbled marker pen on some tape. Other reviews have mentioned the poor signage, I don't understand why they don't do something about it. It's just basic stuff - every route sign should show which distance it applies to. With 6 distances in play you can end up running the wrong route & distance. It should be idiot proof - and not require map reading. Date of review: August 9, 2015
In short: Could be excellent if organisation improved In full: This is an event that attracts a large field due to location and beginner friendliness.
Positive - Having completed this in previous years I knew that parking was an issue and therefore was impressed that this year the park and ride opened early. I would fully recommend this option as the buses were punctual and there was loads of car parking and no queues to leave the car park after the race. However it would have been nice if the race organisers had offered a discount on the P&R service.
Negative - Availability of small T-shirts. I ran this event with friends. One of them completed the event under 1 hour and 10 mins and was very disappointed to discover that they had run out of small T-shirts and were offered another larger size which is no use to them. Perhaps the organisers could consider identifying the T-shirt size requested somewhere on the race number to avoid this type of issue in the future? Date of review: August 8, 2015