In short: Lovely race on closed roads. In full: I really enjoyed this race. Lovely run on closed roads. Lots of local support. Really nice finish running into the park. And the band at the beginning and end were excellent. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: This is a most wonderful friendly local race In full: Well, it seems I am now officially the only person to have run very edition of this race. There's a reason for that. It's a lovely challenging course but the main thing is it's so sociable and for the whole family. Thanks to Rianna's fund again for providing marshalls. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: 20 laps In full: This was a training run for me, so not a target race to do a good time. If you're looking to do a marathon but are unsure whether you can complete one then this might work for you. Definitely not for people who dont like laps. The organisation and venue were fine. No vehicle access to the track obviously helps. I don't mind laps but I was getting a bit bored towards the end. The marshals were very good and encouraging. The medal was the biggest and heaviest I've seen or received at a running event. Thank you to the organisers and the helpers for putting on a hassle free event. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Great countryside 10k In full: Nice scenery with a couple of inclines which could catch you out as it si given as a flat course. Definitely worth doing. Plenty of carparking. Date of review: September 16, 2016
In short: A well organised multi terrain race In full: The second running of the NF Forest Marathon at its new venue. I collected my race pack and parking ticket the Friday before, which obviated the need to arrive ridiculously early on the day.
The Organisers had listened to last years constructive comments and changed the course to include more off road, and improved the signage, which was a bit iffy, or non existent in place last year. Energy drinks were an improvement over messy gels which are difficult to open, sticky, and get thrown on the ground, spoiling the forest. The Marshalls were helpful and encouraging and the water stations were well staffed by enthusiastic helpers. There was lots of encouragement from spectators enjoying the sunshine, which helped to keep us all going.
I will definitely do the marathon again next year, all being well. Date of review: September 15, 2016
In short: Hard going but fantastic scenery In full: Yes there are Hills but fortunately not all the way. Lovely course, very well signposted. Excellent fuel stops along the way. Would definitely recommend. Date of review: September 15, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, well organised In full: This was the best organised and supported race I have done this year. The course has some gentle hills but is generally quick. The levels of support from the marshals and the locals was very impressive. There was constantly marshals on bikes running the course to check for issues, plenty of drinks/snack stops and a great finish on the sports field. I also found the goody bag to be rather generous with numerous treats/samples and a rather good t shirt. Well done to all those involved. Date of review: September 14, 2016
In short: Ironed out the logistics from last year to make a fantastic race In full: My third time at the New Forest Half - last year the traffic gridlock beforehand was a problem, but all the issues had been ironed out this year. The course was also tweaked to add more forest trails and the atmosphere was wonderful. Definitely one of the best events on the regional calendar now. Date of review: September 14, 2016
In short: A gem In full: My first trail marathon and only really entered as it was local to me and I needed a long training run. Turns out I found a gem of a race. Agree with all other comments. Particular stand-out was the frequency and friendliness of the marshals and feed stations. You always came across one before you needed it which was a great encouragement. See you next year. Date of review: September 14, 2016
In short: Beautifully organised scenic marathon In full: This was my first marathon in over two years. My fitness levels were not great. I chose this one because I have wanted to do it since it started. There is an eight hour cut off, so walking it is also an option. Fancy dress is encouraged as the organisers want this to become the 'fun' event to do. This is also reflected in the fifteen feed stations where all but two of the feed stations provide wine to taste as well as having live music playing at a number of them. So there is no pressure to run fast. The start and finish is at Denbies Wine Estate just outside Dorking in Surrey, the biggest in England. The majority of runners were in fancy dress. We were started by the countdown from thunderbirds by the DJ. The marathon is two laps, there is also a half marathon and fun run, these are set off 30 and 45 minutes later. The course is undulating with one hill that lasts for just over a mile, but the views are worth it. Some of the feed stations were in fancy dress and the marshals etc were fantastic and very encouraging, all helping towards the great atmosphere. The last mike and a half was all down hill and if you had any energy left you could have one of your fastest miles! At the finish my name was broadcasted over the tanoy and my hand was shakedown as well as a hug from one or two ladies. A glorious medal was hung round my neck and a tach top given to me. I had tea, fruit and cake, followed by a ten minute massage and then received a becks beer and hog roast BBQ. All in all a great marathon to do. My thanks to ETL team and all the helpers. Date of review: September 14, 2016
In short: Love love loved it!! In full: A beautiful route with such a variety of scenery from canal locks to llamas to churches. The marshals were the friendliest I've come across and the aid stations a-plenty. Great bespoke medal and t shirt too. I will definitely be back again! Date of review: September 14, 2016