In short: Very friendly, excellent organisation, good encouragement from the marshalls and a really picturesque setting. Brilliant! In full: If only they could level out one or two of those hills a bit....! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Worth it for the scenery and chance to escape the roads!! In full: Not to keen on first bit of race but this is partly down to severe travel sickness caused by the drive to the venue - yes that was me who threw up one minute into the race!! (sooo embarassed!!) however managed to catch everyone up and enjoyed a nice trot through the countryside, marshalls and support were great and particulary enjoyed the 300m descent towards the end!! Not a PB for me, but the scenery made up for the somewhat dodgy start!! Will be back next year, bring on the hills!! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Surpisingly warm, Some parts not scenic considering what Bath has, very well organised. In full: Enjoyed it, nice start, very good medal, drinks stations superb. Mars bar welcomed. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Great race; really enjoyed this one In full: I really enjoyed this one. Not flat but they warn you about that. Spot on place and great to see the tents and entertainment in a town centre start. Good stuff. Some folks moaned about congestion, I just thought it was part of the overall charm. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Well organised, fast race, good for a PB. Goodies poor - no medal. In full: Plenty of friendly marshalls who did a good job at holding up the traffic and good organisation. Flat course and nice weather meant you could get a good PB. Goodie bag poor - only got a t-shirt, no medal. End of race confusing as no proper finish line. A good atmosphere but would have been nice to have some bands playing along the route. Overall, an enjoyable race that I'd do again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A flat(ish) race in small townsville In full: Was it me or was there no secure baggage store? I spoke to the man giving out the t-shirts and he said there would be someone around all the time but it seemed all a bit adhoc. Apart from that the race was well organised, nice to see estimated finish times at the start line and the km markers seemed as accurate as the lamp posts allow. Good police presence and road closures. I thought the finish was an anticlimax, and narrow, with no medal or goody bag just a handful of entry forms for the next few races! Bit windy today scuppering any thoughts of a PB and with one short 'hill' would of been a bit of an ask anyway. Not much atmoshphere - apart from some heckling from kids and adults in downtown 'beastly' Eastleigh - does n't bother me but might put a few people off. Basically a race to do if there is nothing else on in your calendar. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A solid performer! In full: This race gets so much right.
Parking was easy at the race venue. Collecting the race T-shirt was just like last year, well organised but the sports hall suffers from narrow corridors. The T-shirt is fine, not technical but OK.
The race itself is well organised. Good start position with markers for banding the starters depending upon predicted finish time. Run on good wide roads that are really well marshalled with a strong police presence to keep the car drivers under control. The route is not scenic but to be honest what do you expect around eastleigh town? It is fast with good PB potential and only one little incline to negotiate and as such is excellent for beginers or the less experienced.
All in all this is a great south coast race that deserves its reputation. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: OK, but how can I question a championship race distance? In full: Pleasant race, and I was pleased with my time. BUT, I know the GPS systems are not 100% accurate, but it has never overestimated my race distance before. It measured the race nearly 1/4 mile longer on the way out and the same again on the return. Not only this, I found another GPS user who measured the exact same distance. Could this be genuine? Surely not....but..anyone else have the same experience? Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed today, so don't want to sound as though I am complaining. Too many runners. Very conjested start, no pace pens in evidence, quite dangerous with mingling of runners and traffic. Well organised and scenic though. Date of review: March 19, 2006