In short: Ran this race today, I think they need to change the description from undulating to hilly. Two 1 in 6 climbs and a 1 in 7 descent, and yes where was the water at halfway. See you next year. Date of review: April 24, 2005
In short: A really great day out for all the family In full: The race is pretty horrible - hilly. Not a PB course. The scenery is great though. Marwell Zoo is fantastic. I remeber going as a kid but that was 25+ years ago. Its improved out of all recognition - apart from the giraffes being one of the main features.
Great setting for a race though. How may races feature a Rhino at the final 20 metres to the finnish!!
The real highlight for me as a Dad with 2 youngs boys was being able to take them to the day out. My eldest did the fun run, which he enjoyed and I used it as a warm up, as did quite a few parents.
After the run we spent the afternoon in the zoo. The promised discount for non-runners was only 50p person, so my advice is for the whole family to register for the run as its cheaper (adults £12, Children £8.50).
All in all, the ost enjoyable race I've done. Not becuase of the race itself, which was pretty horrible really due to the hills (but very pretty - Hampshire villages and narrow roads), but becuase my family could come along and really enjoy the whole day out.
This race was recommended to me but someone in my club. I would say to anyone with a young family who runs that this is MUST do race as your whole family will enjoy it. Date of review: April 24, 2005
In short: Amazing again! confirmed what I thought last year In full: What a fantastic day! From the start in Greenwich park to the end, an amazing emotional rollercoaster. In the heat of this year the marathon was a different beast to overcome from 2004. The crowds en-route were fantastic and the runners were brilliant in the conditions. When you think that you do all your training is done in the cold months of winter, the heat of the day was something else! I have never "hit the wall" but this year we came face to face and what an introduction that was!!! Respect the wall! Still beat my time from last year by 26 mins to complete in 4h14h20s and will be back agian next year for round 3. Congratulations to all who took part this year. Date of review: April 24, 2005
In short: Good scenic route, felt really hot at times. Would have liked a bit more than a bottle of water, banana and a cheap looking medal for my money but that wouldn't stop me doing it again Date of review: April 24, 2005
In short: Good race. Well organised. Challenging hills!! In full: Only my 2nd 10Km so difficult to make comparisons. The hills were challenging, very steep in places and forced some runners to walk. Despite training on hills I found it hard work in places. A bit crowded at the start but otherwise a good event and all being well I'll be there again next year. Date of review: April 24, 2005