In short: Pleasant Run with Really Great Marshals! In full: A nice enough run along the Thames for the most part. Only criticism would be the toilet situation - two toilets for the entire event. Other than that it was a great race with a great atmosphere.
The reason I'm writing this review (I don't usually bother) is to comment on how excellent the marshals all were!!!! Never before have I been to a race with such enthusiastic and motivational marshals! I understand that they're volunteers and would like to personally thank them for how great they all were. A large part of this race's success goes to them. Thank You! Date of review: December 4, 2014
In short: Tough, Adventurous, Dark and... Muddy In full: Always a tough challenge, even when the weather is fair like this year there are other 'challenges' to test you... muddy, slippery tracks from logging vehicles; hard, rocky terrain or misty bogs. It has it all! Date of review: December 3, 2014
In short: Excellent on/off road race, well organized and great atmosphere In full: The Julie Rose Stadium is always a good place to host a race from, and the organization was superb. As the previous review mentioned the off road sections were muddy, especially on the second lap. I was lucky and my shoes stayed on my feet, so I must admit I enjoyed the challenge and variety of surfaces this race provided. Looking forward to next year already, thank you to all involved for a great race. Date of review: December 2, 2014
In short: Hard but fun In full: Seemed more up than down. Excellent marshals and bearing in mind fact that it was rural good support. Great idea to have list of runners given to marshals as they called your name as you went past. Many thanks for all involved. Highly recommended - after you've finished but he'll at the time. Mile markers seemed inch perfect even though everyone at the top of a hill. Date of review: December 2, 2014
In short: very enjoyable I would do it again In full: enjoyable and very scenic run. The organisation was smooth and at the end the was a Christmas pud and very attractive medal. I will be back next year. Date of review: December 2, 2014
In short: Great event for beginners and well organised! In full: We really enjoyed this event. The marshalls were great and really friendly, and had extra water and jelly babies for when you needed it! Really well organised and we loved getting a curly wurly in our goody bag! Date of review: December 1, 2014
In short: Enjoyable trail run in a senic location. In full: I had a lovely race, enjoyed the flatish off road route, especially the steam train to wave at as we passed the station. The goodies at the end were welcome and impressive. We'll be back at Easter! Date of review: December 1, 2014
In full: My only concern was the queue for number collection, which was snaking out the door when I joined it - if the weather had been harsher there would have been some cold bedraggled runners before the race started! (Or maybe the queue would have found some room for itself indoors if this had been the case). Apparently there was a greater number of entrants than in previous years, which contributed to this, so at least it means that the race is successful!
With reference to a review from 2012, I was also comparing the course to others I've run recently ...I'd say it's not as tough as Marlow, but on a par with Burnham Beeches. I noticed the downhills as much as the ups, including a lovely long descent in the middle.
Marshals and runners alike were very friendly. Directions to the race venue were clear, as were the arrows on the course.
The medal wasn't the fanciest, but the soup and roll at the finish were a nice touch, and very welcome on a chilly day.
Oh, another small disappointment is that the results give only gun time, not chip time. I can't honestly recall what was promised, but obviously hoped that I'd get a chip time that was slightly faster than what my watch said.
These are minor gripes only, though! This was a lovely race and I am glad I did it! Date of review: December 1, 2014
In short: One of the friendliest, inclusive races going In full: The guys who organise this run each year clearly put heart and soul into it and it shows! A relatively small team cover all the resources required very well. It just gets better each year. You can enjoy the race as a superstar in lycra at the front (not that I'll ever experience that personally!), as a following competitive running club member, a regular average parkrunner, or as a complete novice. The route is a great mix of tarmac paths, woodland paths and grass fields. It was dry yesterday which helped. The atmosphere amongst all the participants was warm and supportive and the emphasis was on having fun. Nice medal, Christmas pud and mince pie. Very convenient water station if you needed it on the way round and at the end. Nice work, Nice Work!! Date of review: December 1, 2014
In short: A nice scenic and fast course, however the organisation wasn't good. At the start there was no warning it was imminent just the claxon and we were off. The course was well marked and marshalled which for me was the high point so thanks for that. In full: At the finish there wasn't enough water available and the poor marshals were carrying one crate of water bottles a time all the way over from the social club, surely a pallet truck would have been useful? Every other race I've taken part in has had a goody bag, even if you only got banana that would have been good given the fee. The refreshments in the social club were ok but given that my family and I got up at 06.00 to drive 1 hour and 45 minutes to Hayling, being able to buy a bacon sandwich at the finish would have been welcome. I've read some reviews from previous years saying pretty much the same. Date of review: December 1, 2014
In short: A great event with only a few minor issues In full: Once again Race New Forest staged a great event. However, I have two small gripes: 1) The first water station needs more organisation or more people. Runners in front of me were stopping and waiting to get their cups of water. I don't like to stop so ran straight through. 2) The sign for the second water station was too far away from the actual station! However, neither of these issues really affected me as I completed the race in my first ever sub 2 hour even though I wouldn't consider this a PB event! Date of review: December 1, 2014