In short: Tough climbs but view from the top by the Roaches is well worth the climb. Good quality t-shirt and makes a change from the usual white one! Excellent organisation - thanks to all involved at SMAC! Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Great course; challenging hills! In full: Very friendly run. Lots of plus points - good drinks stations, good signage, efficient car park. Plenty of marshalls but the traffic is a bit hairy and you wonder when you might get hit! Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Good for a weekend run about but not one to plan your annual running calander around. In full: On the whole an enjoyable race. Perhaps not one that you would look forward too for weeks in advance but certainly worth turning up for if you have no other races that weekend. Very mild uphill for the first 6-7K that tested the condition of your calfs but the reward of a pleasant view at the highest point. My main critisism that I felt could have been better assessed was the start/finish being 500m down a dog poop infested lane. Not the best for several pairs of expensive training shoes. Also, as a more latter finisher, I felt the narrow lane, crowded with already finished runners & families, prevented any form of fast finish. As a runner who likes to pick up the pace for the final 2K I found that upon entering the lane I had to put on the brakes to avoid collisions. Other than that I enjoyed the experience. Well enough organised and reasonably friendly. An excellent practise event for next weeks Moray Half marathon or 10K runners. Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Organisation not great - course was OK In full: To be hgonest understand race was sold as a fun run but i like to think that if a race is advertised as 10k it should be 10k long - chap I talked to at end said race was 6.75 miles long plus there was no 10k sign at the final turn or a 9k mark - all a bit conusing
Apart from that course was OK - part accross field was a bit ropey
Some confusion at start - i think most thought that beacause they had registered up front and had race number they wouldnt have to register - this wasnt however the case, i think some might have fallen foul of this
Momento would have been nice - most expensive run ive entered, on the plus side it was for a good cause Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: sad to get know medal and a bit confusing when races branched off but people were friendly, lots of water stations, lovely views, miles well marked and challenging! Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Very bad Organisation. Three Races Starting together recipe for disaster In full: Marshalls were hopeless not a single one said anything all day. The mail out and map showing the course didn't mention numerous off road sections with fairly long grass, luck not to turn our ankles.
Water stations were manned by people that had no idea how to give a runner water, mainly kids, and towards the end they were obviously getting bored and were more content to play with the cups than give out the water.
The runners world entry site says, certificate and medal we received neither. £10 was very expensive considering no momento, not a lot of water, what did they spend the money on!!
I will not be going back! Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Superb!! In full: Was deffinetely worth the 2 hour drive from Southampton!! Positives, lovely scenery, well organised, cheering marshalls, a t-shirt and a medal, only one negative, I think the KM markers werent strictly correct, but hey what a lovely race, well done to the organisers and marshalls. I will definetely be back. Date of review: August 28, 2005