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
In short: Fast and flat In full: All the makings of a good race. A fast and flat course, well marshalled, easy parking. Aside of being on the Top Gear course, its pretty scenic too. Jelly babies and bananas at the end as well as water, a medal and curly wurly. Whats not to like! Just a note to the organisers - stick 10K within your race title, and race description. It'll attract a lot more runners, especially when they see the pb potential ratings from other runners.
In short: Superbly Organised Multi Terrain Half Marathon (very muddy in places this year) In full: Lets me start with the positives Great on the day organisation, welcoming volunteers in the Julie Rose stadium Race clock for both Half and 10.5km races Good pre race day communications (three emails), though a further one closer to the day with a report on the state of the course could have been useful. The fuel stations of the course were superb, you rarely have such choice in local races - water, sports drink, bananas. Marshalls were friendly and helpful. Though you are running on rural roads for most of the race there is some traffic present. The medal was of high quality and you have the option of purchasing an technical event shirt for those that want to (and thus keeping the price down for those that don't). The only negative comment is concerning the muddy parts of the course which spoilt the race for me, but in part because my trail shoes kept coming off. This could be a really great race on a potentially lovely multi terrain course but it is just held at the wrong time of year when the off road sections are on ground that is too soft and cut up too easily. Consider moving it to late spring or early autumn when there is likely to be less mud and you would have a race I would come back to year after year. Overall though I enjoyed it and would recommend others experience it too.
In short: Tough course but rewarding event In full: Great organisation and enthusiast marshalls got you up the mega-hill on both laps The ford crossing was a concern but managed well by marshalls Great signposts and school facilities we all opened up so no queues at all Well done Crowborough! Date of review: December 1, 2014
In short: nice flat scenic race In full: thanks so much to friendly, supportive marshalls who made this a nice race.Lovely to have tour of Hayling Island.Disappointed with only one water stop, wasteful bottles and no sweeties!As a tailend runner wouldn't even have had water at the end had it not been for my brotherinlaw bringing another pack over!! Squash would have been lovely.Sorry won't be back. Date of review: December 1, 2014
In short: well organised and welcoming In full: Well ran and excellent value! A few ups but nothing too demanding- I actually managed to run a PB; despite previous halfs being flatter. Friendly marshals. Only criticism would be the choice of water stations at miles (roughly 2, 4 8...and another one I forgot towards the end due to fatigue- 12?). Would have been good for the first two to be a little later/further apart for a more even spread. I will be back again. Date of review: November 30, 2014
In short: a one off, can't wait for the next one In full: only thing like it I've found, navigation counts as well as speed, amazing mix of terrain - running down a road one min, crawling under trees the next, and all in complete darkness, unbelievable Date of review: November 30, 2014
In short: Very friendly and well organised. Challenging undulations! In full: Great club run event. Really well organised and well marshalled. Friendly competitors. Great event. Date of review: November 30, 2014
In short: Cracking evemt In full: Really enjoyed this event. The course was a nice mix of trail and road and pretty much flat. Well marshalled and excellent organisation. Nice medal and fantastic value. Hard to fault this event Date of review: November 30, 2014