In short: Great introduction into the world of running In full: My first ever race, great atmosphere, beginner friendly although long wait at the loos.The hills aren't too bad although the on at 10 miles went on a bit. Traffic on the road was a pain - I guess you cant have a marshall on every side road.Very hard to resist not running into the pub serving free hog roast to runners 500 yds before the finish!! Will be back next year also had the bonus of getting a bp on a hard course. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Quite hilly. Wouldnt say a PB race, although I did run a PB. Scenic for runners but not for supporters. Dont enjoy being driven off road by abusive car drivers In full: Although this was described as undulating, personally I'd describe as hilly. The race was very friendly. There could have been more advance warnings about the time it would take to get from the car park to the course. It seems a shame that in such a beautiful location, the supporters are left in New Milton, although the presence of a bit of a fair and refreshments helped my supporters I think. I was very disappointed by the traffic control. I've done 7 races this summer and this was the very worst for traffic control. There were long stretches where nobody was controlling the traffic at all and where there were no marshalls. I got driven off the road into a ditch by an abusive driver and spent some time standing still in the road waiting for a bunch of drivers to sort themselves out - one doing a three point turn in the middle of the course. Two other friends doing the race also had similar problems with driver obstruction and abuse. The traffic control has to be sorted out. On a plus note, the number of drink stations on this course was great, particularly in light of the temperature. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere and a challenging course, just get there early to avoid the walkers! In full: Read loads of horror stories about dodging walkers but we got there 2 hours before kick off and RAN across the start line 4 minutes after the gun, plain sailing from then on. Good organisation given the size of the field and a top goody bag. If you're that bothered about getting stuck behind 'plodders'
a) Remember what the race is all about b) Get to the start at a reasonable time
I did and set a new PB of 1:47. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Very friendly, with lots of encouragement from the road side for a first time runner In full: Ran through lovely New Forest countryside. Met lots of others running a marathon for the first time, and some very supportive experienced runners, especially Mike who helped me through the last two miles. Some rather nasty hills at the end.
Roadside support was friendly, and encouraging, especially the boy who offered slices of Mars bar for energy! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Superb offroad event through the attractive S.Beds/Herts countryside. One to be added as a permanent fixture to the racing calendar! In full: A welcomed addition to the racing calendar, and great preparation for an autumn marathon. Well organised race, well stocked feed stations, marked out course for us with no sense of direction, idyillic scenery, a few testing hills to shake things up, a personalised certificate (nice change from a t-shirt), and great post race grub included. Thanks to Dunstable Road Runners and all the volunteers for staging such a great event, and I look forward to returning for an improved time next year! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A good race for all levels of runner or walker. In full: GOOD POINTS: 6k and 10k runs, and 3k walk Nice course (especially with the off road running) Excellent medal (one of the best this year) Excellent goodie bag (banana, pop, water, orange, mars, choccie biscuit bar, pen, flyers and more) Good PA (not irritating and actually rather helpful) Good for all levels of runner and walker
BAD POINTS: Traffic on roads (with the occasional driver advertising their cretinous idiocy with their horn) Few toilets Parking was pram unfriendly But the worst issue for me was having to stop right at the finish line after sprinting half a mile so that my number could be taken down (please improve on this as stopping so suddenly after running so hard is quite dangerous especially if someone behind you is sprints right into the back of you).
OVERALL: Excellent race, would do it again. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: There cannot be a more beautiful trail to run, and the long rolling down is well worth the initial climb. In full: The medal I could manage without - bring back the stew! - but the race was great. You can't beat that scenery, and the course was very well chosen, with a sustained but runnable climb at the start followed by a long rolling descent to the lakeside and a flat final third. Highly recommended. Date of review: September 18, 2005