In short: Well done to all the marshalls and folk at the drink stations In full: The field at the start do not have much going on this year and I could not find a programme. They were setting up much later this year. I do not know why the start was delayed and they need to tell the people at the back not just those at the start. Start not so well organised this year and the time markers were late causing some confusion on where to stand. Start seemed more congested this year (have they increased the numbers?). They must get some better organisation at the finish the congestion was quite bad this year and I for one did not hang around. Still enjoyed it though Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: unexpected PB In full: My first time doing this race and really enjoyed it as had a pb lol. Love the sponges,well run very friendly and thanks to all the race marshals. Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: Gorgeous scenery - lovely and sunny (maybe too sunny!!!) In full: love running in the New Forest - a few sneaky hills but nothing too bad. The late start was a pain and you couldn't hear why!? Someone said it was because of people being late to arrive which is crazy when it's chip timed. Other than that it was really well organised and we'll be back next year. Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: My first ever half-marathon, which I enjoyed and to be honest, expected to be more challenging. Very supportive locals and friendly marshalls and great organisation. We got there very early and found parking space. Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: A wonderful race, great course,(not too hilly),well organised, In full: I really enjoyed this half marathon, did my PB time. Only negaive comment I have is at 2 of the water stations there was not any water ready at all. But all else was great. Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: Missed the start due to parking fiasco In full: I spent over 45mins trying to find a parking space and eventually gave up along with quite a number of others. I witnessed many people abandoning their cars in residential roads and running to the start, i can't imagine local residents will have appreciated this situation. I gather from a previous report that the race start was delayed which only confirms the fiasco that i witnessed. I expect more from what is not a cheap race to enter.
In short: A beautiful race in the sunshine In full: This was one of the most enjoyable races I've done, helped by some late summer sun. Thank you to the helpful and friendly marshalls. Bit of a crush when I finished, it took me a while to queue a drink and then even longer to get my bag - they needed more than one collection desk for this - but these are minor quibbles as they had done a really good job. The views from the road were uplifting and the horses were a treat. Will definitely return. Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: Great race once again In full: Conditions near perfect for running, lots of support on the course, and the organisation as ever was excellent. I thought the new course (I didn't run last year) was an improvement in avoiding the worst traffic. The hills always seem tougher than they should, though! Date of review: September 27, 2009