In short: Well organised, friendly race with a bit of everything. In full: A challenging 12 miler with lots of different surfaces and a few small climbs towards the end. Fairly boggy and slippy in places, but also some good trails, canal tow paths and short road sections. Great organisation and friendly marshalling. Much needed water stations along the way and at the finish. Only small gripe is lack of distance markers. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: I keep coming back; why? In full: Every time I do this it gets longer, literally, fine tuning they call it, sadistic is nearer! Great race, the cold is compensated by the warm glow of completion. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Not as hilly as expected, easy course to follow. In full: Maybe a different start point is needed for this race, perhaps closer to the finish? The hike from the start to the finish point was hard work for my partner, she was lumbered with my bag and just about every piece of gear I own.
Starting on the major road through town without shutting it until 5 mins before the race began is asking for trouble. This is where the Marshalls displayed their annoyance with people. The cue cards for expected finish times were a great idea.
Comments above about lack of marshals may be justified, but then the course was so simple it would be hard to see where else they were needed.
From previous comments on this site about this race I expected a hilly course!! It wasn’t as bad as I expected, which was a bonus for me, but it is definitely ‘undulating’
The finish area was well organised, and I spent a great 40 mins watching everyone else finish. I especially liked watching a guy cross the finish in about 1hr 5mins with a great big grin on his face and punching the air. Well done!!
In short: Very disappointing. Bad organisation. Where were the marshalls? In full: A race with lots of potential but was let down by its lack of marshalls and disorganised beginning. The traffic was awful and where were the marshalls directing the runners and shouting encouragement? One poor man on the only water station. Sort it out Winchester!!! Very bad! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Fab picturesque race with lots of smiley marshals In full: Thanks to the organisers & marshals for making this such an enjoyable event. A little confused with having to get into lanes on the last couple of circuits round the village (I can't think & run at the same time!) but delighted to get a pb. Thoroughly worthwhile altho my other half thought I was mad! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Great place to run, well organised In full: Enjoyable race and Bushy Park a superb place to run. Encouraging marshalls kept smiling in spite of chilly conditions! Was a bit confused by entry on RW Events - seemed to relate to the Junior race, but didn't think this was made clear. Good time anyway. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Good friendly well organised race on a fast course. In full: Was worried at the beginning that I was out of my depth in this race. Positioned myself near the front for the start, and despite being dragged to my fastest time of 6:30 for the first mile found everyone flying past me like I was sat down. Soon settled down and found my level and enjoyed the race, finishing a satisfying 11th out of the non-club runners. Well organised and frendly. Good PB potential. Had read the comments about the hill at 4 miles before hand but it wasn't that bad at all. Good T-shirt as well. Clash with the footie caused no problems for me whatsoever. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Sticky EARTH, Howling WIND & Legs on FIRE In full: Like a lot of runners there I was using this as a warmup for a marathon later in the season - it certainly hit the mark. The off-road section made life very interesting - it's a shame the local Quad bikers seem to use the area for drag racing. Excellent organisation, great marshalling & scenic course made for a fantastic half. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Who said Lincolnshire was flat!!?! In full: First time at this race this year. Thought the route was a bit boring, too many straight lines, but the marshals and organisation was fab and the route was challenging, expecially with the off road bit. Very good. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Chaotic start, little support, terrible organisation In full: The route from the race HQ to the start was awful as all runners had to squeeze through a gap wide enough for one person at a time. I only heard one announcement that the race was starting in 10 minutes, but a lot of people obviously didn't as there were a lot of late starters. There were no time boards at the start which was chaotic and amongst parked cars. Not enough portaloos (8 between 1300 runners?)and hardly any support for the back markers, so not a race for the first timer. Would probably look for a better organised event next year. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: third time participant,I WILL BE BACK (2007) In full: this run is a must,if you live within a reasonable distance,WHY havent YOU done it yet ???????? windy,cold,tough climbs and mud.what else do you want?,jam on it? Date of review: February 26, 2006