In short: another great day In full: tenth gnr completed, 30 mins faster than last year, 1.52 so very pleasing, could have been better but for the walkers. great crowds on the whole condolences for those families who lost loved ones Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Beautiful few miles from 3-7, lovely sunny day and great support! In full: Great organisation, loads of water and sponge stops, and a baggage store which worked really well with a little help from the military! Lovely views across the New Forest. Thanks to all the supporters, and the boy doing a much appreciated job with the water hose in the late stages. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: glad I did it and can tick the race off and I had a nice day but I wouldn't be desperate to do it again.My thoughts are with the families of those who died yesterday. In full: Given this race is as old as famous and more expensive than London it could learn a few lessons from it I think. Too many runners jam packed in at start. No problem with plodders/walkers as I am no speedy gonzalez but people should have done the training required and it appeared many hadn't.
In short: Great atmosphere, not enough water & too many walkers! In full: Did a 600 mile round trip for my first ever GNR, a thoroughly enjoyable race on a challenging course but please please please put the 1st water station before 4.5 miles and provide more of them! Organisation at the start was very poor, orange section was packed with 'fun' runners, white numbers and walkers. If you have a section for designated runners, make sure they can get into it!
Supporters and atmosphere were excellent, congratualtions to the Geordies for their enthusiasm and for putting on a great day! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Great day out for all abilities, great run if you get there early. In full: Great race. |Well organsed from start to finish. You do need to arrive early if you intend to run the whole way ( I was in the first wave and still saw three people walking after 4 mins!?) Great support from public along the route and a decent goody bag afterwards. Would recommend staying to watch the red arrows afterwards / however if you do you get stuck in the car park for and hour. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A bit hillier than I was expecting! In full: The organisation was amazing, and I've never seen so many water/sponge stations on a half course, which considering the heat yesterday were much appreciated!
The course was slightly tougher than I was expecting, but managed to finish pretty much on my predicted time, which meant a PB for me on an undulating course. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Well organised, small friendly marathon In full: My first marathon and "enjoyable?" it was.
However the course is definitely undulating with the, albeit small, hills between 18 & 23 miles being very energy sapping.
Loads of water and sponge stations and excellent marshalling and policing that cannot be faulted.
Having the half go 30 minutes before means that at the end the marathon runners are on their own for prize giving, massage etc which allows a convivial atmosphere to develop. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Horrible hills. Ankle breaking terrain. Not for the beginner. In full: Having taken up running last year doing my first 10K at Castle Howard I looked forward to another run at a stately home for charity. This was not quite as enjoyable. The hills and the terrain were enough to slow many people down to a walk. The distance markers seemed out as well. As a charity event that attracts many first time runners a slightly more forgiving course would be a good idea next time. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Couldn't believe the weather! In full: Last ran this in 1984 so was looking forward to it. Got there early, waited 90 minutes at the start - was worth it as I got into a good rhythm after a couple of miles. Only bad point was trying to find my bag on the bus afterwards. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: well marked out course , friendly marshalls, car parking at the start/finish was "find somewhere" would have been nice to have had someone directing you to available spots as its the last thing you need when its your 1st visit Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A hilly race, very well organised In full: It was my first HM and I found the hills went on a bit especially at the end when based on the race profile, I was expecting a downhill. Found the markers at the end a bit elusive : could there be a countdown on the last mile: as I had never run the course before and had missed the last marker, I wasn't sure when to start pushing for the finish. Agree that 1st water station should be twice the size (didn't even bother to stop on that one as too crowded) and that New Milton is not the best the New Forest has to offer (to put it mildly). A great big thank you to all the organisers, marshalls, water/sponge handlers and encouraging spectators. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: More hills than expected but great views to take the mind off the pain. In full: Well organised and very scenic, a few hills to worry about but flattens out towards the end. Plenty of drinks and marshalls. An enjoyable experience, I'll be back. Date of review: September 19, 2005
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