In short: Fantastic scenery, excellent organisation, very friendly. In full: A tough but very rewarding race. I was expecting great views, and it did not disappoint. Very well organised, excellent goodie bag, tee shirt and medal. If you're up for a challenge, you'll love this race. One of my favourite races of all time. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Oh so pretty In full: I cannot praise this enough. Starting with the scenery, I don't usually notice the surroundings to a race that much, but this is a special one. It is so pretty that it probably is shown on a calendar somewhere. A challenging course too, made easier in the dry than with mud so the September date makes a lot of sense. Very welcoming feel to this event. I certainly prefer it to the Whitchurch 10k which isn't far away geographically but a much harder run in my opinion. My time today backed that up. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: The only way is up ....... after 7 miles! In full: A great trail race, with two water stops, wonderful Sussex Downs, views to die for; 3 different races; downhill finish; clif bar at the end with a medal; great marshals & well sign posted. Will be back. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Great scenery super hills! In full: Very good organisation, fabulous views, amazing hills! Shame goodie bags had run out by the time the back runners got in. Definitely do it again. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Great scenic route, if a little hilly In full: Really nice course, although not one for a PB. Well organised and marshalled. Wasn't too keen on the U-turn section of the course - would be nice if someone can find a better way to make the distance up to the full 10k. Otherwise great race! Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Great event at lovely surroundings In full: Loved this race. Takes place in the grounds of a very picturesque stately home. The organisers were very enthusiastic and friendly as they guided me to the race village on the lawns of the house.
The race itself was very enjoyable although two hills that were tackled twice on the 10k injected a challenging element to the course. The marshal points were decorated with various themes which added to the enjoyment and broke up the race nicely as I found myself looking forward to the next station. Not just for the themes though. The encouragement given by each and every marshal was exceptional and really spurred you one. Chineham Park Running Club should be very proud of this event and I look forward to taking part next year. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Great organisation, fabulous marshals, lovely atmosphere! In full: I don't like trail races, but I really loved this race! http://mrsbridgewater.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/run-vyne.html Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Mainly flat, beautiful route but little support around the course In full: Very well organised, beautiful views , mainly flat course. Little spectator support around the course and not even that many marshals to cheer you on as route is pretty straight forward. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Wonderful event, a party atmosphere In full: Great party atmosphere, quite a challenging run, a nice massage at the end, a bun and hog roast, and glass of rose. All in all a brilliant race. Well done Alan and team. However what was Alan thinking with the Wonder woman outfit? Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Great for families In full: The atmosphere at the finish is one of the best things about this race. There are lots of kids about and some great family support. My kids loved the 2K race again and my son joined me for the last 50 yards of the 10K. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: A very well-organised race mainly through woods at a lovely National Trust Estate. In full: An undulating trail course (with a section of concrete path on each lap) through picturesque woods. Very friendly marshalls. Today's weather was warm and conditions underfoot were very dry. It would be interesting running this route after a week of heavy rain! A great first event for Chineham Park Running Club. Date of review: September 14, 2014
In short: Amazing themed/decorated marshal points In full: Considering this was the inaugural RunTheVyne and also inaugural race for CPRC everything was absolutely amazing and ran like clockwork. You could clearly see the amount of time the team and put into the organisation to make the event run smoothly. Really looking forward to coming back and doing it all again next year.
In short: Run the Vyne - Chineham Park RC - 1st Event - Excellent Race! In full: A change of scenery this weekend as I headed off from Coventry to Basingstoke to take part in Chineham Park RC's first organised race which was being held in partnership with the National Trust at The Vyne just outside Sherbourne St John.
Their website described it as: 'Enjoy a friendly stomp around the woods in these beautiful and historic surroundings – it is a 5km course, you can run one lap or for those that want a second chance to enjoy the views, you can opt for a second lap and make it 10km. I opted for the 10km - no point in travelling all that distance and not getting your money's worth!
Having registered early it was time for a wander round the grounds to stretch my legs before the race started (lovely estate if anyone fancies visiting it by the way). I handed my bag in and headed off to the field where the race was starting for a little jog to warm up and with just 15 minutes to go others had the same idea.
We were all called to the 'corral' as the marshal described it - the start line - where we have a bit of a briefing - applauded all the organisers and it was time to set off. Those with white/red numbers would do the 5km (1 lap) and those with green/red numbers would do 10km (2 laps).
So off we set across the field following a human 'hare' who was to show us the route for the first 5km - a little up and down over the field so I knew the way back to the finish could be tough on tired legs. Not long until we turned right and we were into the woods - each turn of the course was manned by a marshal with some of them decorating their stations - one was Halloween themed - another a teddy bears picnic - and one with Scottish flags and a kilted, blue faced Mel Gibson! All had encouraging words as we passed them which added to the enjoyment of the course.
The organisers had thought a lot about safety and had marked most of the tree roots and boulders crossing the paths in the woods with green paint so we didn't trip and any over hanging branches had striped tape dangling down so we didn't catch our heads on them. They even warned us of a very steep downhill coming up (it was steep!).
Having completed one lap of the course the 5km runners were ushered back out on to the field to the finish line and you could hear the cheers as we continued to run our second lap. Most of the course was gently 'undulating' apart from a very steep section around 4km and 8km - having done it once at 4km I thought I would never make it at 8km. I did struggle but managed to run up the hill the second time round although it was at a snails pace ... the steep downhill was welcome the other side though.
I was glad to get back out on to the field and on the way to the finish line but was feeling tired - I'd remembered it was up and down but I had just enough energy for a dash to the line where the marshals tried to call out everyone's number as they finished. A great turn out from spectators at the finish who applauded everyone crossing the line.
We were presented with a lovely wooden medal and a welcome drink of water, a banana and sweets. Time to catch my breath now and watch the other runners coming in.
A very well organised run from Chineham Park RC for their first event and all in all I would recommend this run to anyone wanting to take part in a bit of off road running.
In short: A beauty In full: A lovely trail run, a couple of "undulating" points to challenge you. Top notch organising, with special areas of marshalling to add interest. And that medal - now that is definitely a beauty!! Thank you Chineham Park Runners! Date of review: September 14, 2014