In short: One of my favourite races In full: Only criticism of this year's race was the finish, where I found myself dodging small children and mothers doing the fun run. A little dangerous i thought. Plus the end funnel was too much of a bottleneck and slow. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Enjoyable event. In full: Rain had been forcast for the day, but the sun shone for most of the event. Strong wind on the return leg spoiling any chance of a good finish time. Then down to Mum and Dad's for Sunday roast. (They live in Dorset). Back next year? Oh yes. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: The Good more than makes up for the Bad In full: Only my 2nd ever race, the first being the London Marathon 5 years ago! First up the Bad: The organisation at the start. And the months before the start as well actually. The organisation at the end as well. 3500 people squeezing out the same entrance as all the spectators coming in? not clever. Nor was hiding the space-blanket handing-out-person tucked away in a corner. Or numerous other little things. But the Good: Quick course. OK, so it was my first 10k, but I finished 9 minutes quicker than I'd hoped, in at 45.58. A few very minor gradients, the slight downhill towards the end certainly helped! The crowds are another big plus. they are thin on the ground for some parts, but must be 5-deep nearer the middle of the city. Definately felt like a big occasion, not just for super-fast athletes. plenty of people in fancy dress. The timing Chip worked for me, though I understand they didnt work for plenty of people. A great event, just in need of some decent organisation. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Lovely scenic run in the sunshine! In full: First time in Bournmouth and felt the organisation was fine, nice to see Frank Bruno starting the race. Great on the seafront with the wind behind us, the final 4 miles into the wind was tough. Only downside was the final mile when the 5k fun runners converge with the half marathon runners, felt this was a little disorganised. On the whole much enjoyed, will be back next year Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Good friendly race in lovely surroundings In full: (2006 race) Race run almost entirely on country lanes with a mile or two of canal at the end. Very well organised out in the field with good encouraging marshalls. A wide spread of abilities makes this an excellent race for the beginner.
Undulating course is a bit of a challenge - the first 3 miles are up a slight incline which can certainly take it out of you, but a fast second half.
An excellent start for this new race. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great scenery and very undulating In full: I am pleased I entered this race - it was nice to have a run with some nice views to take your mind off the miles and miles ahead.
My only criticism is the last 1/2 mile. The area around the front of the school was chaotic - with spectators and others standing on the route. Also having to run through a housing estate with lots of turns is the last thing you need. Please make the finish a straight run. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Flat, fast -and friendly In full: Well organised with friendly marshalls and generous support on a long race with a less than spectaclar route. If only it could start half an hour later it would be much more accessible for people coming from Sussex by train.
Running alongside cars on narrower roads and a roundabouts made me a little nervy!
Great FLM build up and a confidence boost for the full 26.2 - still a bit of gas left at the end due to the flat course and the conditions were perfect. Good value for money. Thank you Worthing. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: It is what you make of it. In full: Flat course with good pb potential, however narrow streets at the start and no attempt to organise the runners so the slower runners were at the back detracts from this. A complete free for all at the baggage drop where some vacuous looking helpers had clearly given up, despite the extra charge they had extracted. I would only run again because I live near by. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: my 1st 10k so got PB of 51:20,great finish In full: PB potential, big race feel, always have company around you, spectators excellent,a definate do every year race and because of that this race will get "BIGGER" each year without a doubt, championchips are a great tool used in this so no hold up at the finish, anyone planning to do a 10k this is a must Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: better luck next year In full: Ok there were more runners than they expected but it's the first time I've had to queue to get over a finish line. Everybody else has already said it all, but I hope that doean't put the organisers off doing it all again next year. A flat half that I can get to by local bus has to be good. Seriously heavy medal! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: poor in all ways apart from medal! In full: had to pick up number despite entering in february, parking at the info centre was a nightmare to get in and out of, start was delayed(no fault of organisers). slow runners at front of start made it frustrating for me and in the end give up overtaking, discarded oversized drinks bottles at stations provided steeplechase entertainment, the finish lacked any info or organisation, crowded finish, all in all a disappointing experience which I will not repeat. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Very well organised and marshalled. Something to eat in a goody bag would have been nice. Love to do it again but can the organisers arrange for a less windy day! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Fast flat course but watch out for the weather! In full: Definate PB potential but the weather has a bearing on that! I was 1.15 up on my best time after 5 miles then turned into a very strong wind. PB gone. Well organised and friendly atmosphere and very good value for money. (£9 unaffiliated). A selection of cakes and tea at the end was a nice touch. I'll be back next year. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: We had wind, we had sun, we had rain, and did I mention the wind? In full: Well organised event and an absolute bargain for £7. Marshalls were very helpful and the atmosphere was good. Only real down side was that the changing and loo facilities at race HQ were on the limited side. The weather definitely affected my time, but was pleased with the result. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: A cracking race, the muddy hills were a killer, mind. In full: I really enjoyed the course, my trainers were really heavy after the river crossing, combined with the muddy hills at the end made it hard work for the last two miles or so. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: nice course can't say too many bad things as got a PB In full: I think that the organisers need to look at the toilet situation at the start i don't come from the area so had no idea where to go. Bit choatic at the end and no clear signs where to go to get medal and water or give in champion chip and saw plenty of people going home with them on. Also i thought that you may get a goody bag or T shirt or perhaps that is being greedy anyway achieved a PB so that was nice but perhaps more signs to say that you are coming to the end Date of review: April 2, 2006