In short: Rain, wind, hail & storms - bring it on! What a race! What a day! Fab! In full: Just had a great time. The organisation and marshalling were fabulous. Special thanks to the starter [for taking my kit back to the school when I arrived with bag 2 mins before the start]; the two ladies on one water station for their enthusiasm [already mentioned in dispatches]; and the ladies serving tea and buns. I would also thank all at the school and leisure centre, and the few brave residents of Downton who came out to cheer us on. What a lovely village - such a welcome change from Central London.
Yes, it was wet (I thought I was going to drown at one stage, I was breathing so much rain)but it wasn't too hot or too cold and I managed a really satisfactory time [1'42"].
The scenery was lovely, particularly the lovely hills and streams and rivers!
Organisers, you did a wonderful job - thank you. I can't wait to come back for another go next year. One of the highlights of my running year in 2005. What a way to get over the rubbish served up at Twickenham yesterday. Worth every minute of the 4 hour round trip.
Well done everbody. Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: Would have been lovely if not for rain, wind, hail, floods...... In full: Hilly, but not suicidally so. This year, there was thunder, lightning, hail, torrential rain and roads flooded to ankle-deep, but that isn't the organisers fault! Somewhat took the shine off the scenery though.
Great value, with a decent T-shirt and a medal, bun, biscuit and tea! Low-key (300ish runners), but good, friendly organisation.
Slight lack of marshalling at the end when coming back through the village, where the traffic is heaviest.
Would do it again, but maybe not in these conditions! Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: Cracking duathalon for the price of a single event! In full: My first 1/2 and I will never forget it. Quite challenging course but what really made it was the weather and in particular the marshalls. They were absolutley fantastic the whole race. Special thanks go to the well placed marshall at the first (totally flooded) cattle grid directing us through the gate instead. If he wasn't there we would have just thought it was another ankle deep puddle and run through it like all the others. Free bun, coffee, t-shirt and a friendly face at the end finished it off nicely. Thanks Downton!! :-) Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: Lightning, monsoon, flood- well done everybody! In full: Considering conditions I thought this was a fantastic race. Marshalls were great, general atmosphere was terrific. Well outside PB but I enjoyed the race and think everybody can be proud of themselves-organisers and runners alike. Good value and great countryside. Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: A good half marathon in extremely bad conditions In full: The marshal's were brilliant, stuck there standing in monsoon weather. The roads were ankle deep in water - runners were drenched, but spirit's were extremely high. This was a mldly challenging half marathon on a good day, but today it was made hard with the rain, wind, hail and strength it came down on us. Well done everyone who did it. Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: It hurt, was very wet, but lovely marshals made it. Thank you In full: It was very hard work due to the weather, and the waterlogged roads but i loved it. Marshals were encouraging,exspecialy the young ladies at one of the water station made me smile, also tea and bun served by some very nice people too Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: Very good run and well organised In full: Many thanks to all the organisers and helpers. From the start to the finish, very well organised which makes for a better run, even the weather couldn’t spoil it. Well done Downton Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: Do this for the glorious scenery - not for a PB! In full: Hilly? Yes. Monsoon weather conditions. Undoubtedly. But who cares - even the ankle-deep streams we were splashing through couldn't spoil the enjoyment. This a gem of a half: a very small field and run through glorious countryside with just a few cars in 13 miles. Terrific support from the hardy marshals. And incredible value too - a medal and a t-shirt included in a very modest entry fee. Thank you, Downton! Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: The best 1/2 I've done this year. In full: Hard work but wonderful half. Realised at about mile 3 that this race was all about pleasure not pace! About 5 mins outside usual 1/2 marathon pace. Lovely scenery - the cows looked bemused but the horses a bit disinterested in the spectacle. Friendly helpful marshalls. A medal and a T shirt a nice surprise and good value. Completed 13 halves in 2006 and this was the highlight. Date of review: December 12, 2005