In short: Glorious scenery, shame about the marshals... In full: Beautiful scenery, welcoming public, but with marshals like the one I encountered from 6miles onwards the race became a disaster for me. To be asked 60% of the way there to stop so they could go home, then no water station after 5.3 miles in the heat of the day, then comments like "come on, sprint" towards the end. One oasis in all this: 2 club ladies named Helga and Barbara who took the bullying marshal away and helped me get to the finish line. Apparently the race has a 2-hour cutoff but "they forgot to put it on the website this year", and "as some of them were up from 6:30 am they wanted to get home". Is that an excuse for treating a fellow runner in this way? I think not. Helga and Barbara embodied the true spirit of running, helping a colleague who was cramping in the heat and had run the entire race on his own to finish. All I can say to the rest of the Warminster Forest 10 miler committee is that they succeeded in making me feel unwelcome and unsupported. If all they want is elite runners then they should say so. Some of us are slow, granted, but our graft and determination is no less than that of the fleet footed runners. To be told at the end "train harder so you'll be faster next year" was very patronising as well. I've been running for 2 years and have completed a 30-miler, 5 marathons and 16 half marathons, plus many shorter races. Never have I felt so belittled as I did today. If all running clubs had this attitude then running for the masses would never take off. Once again, thank you to the people of Warminster, fellow competitors for cheering me at the end, as well as to Helga and Barbara for their amazing, selfless act of support to a fellow runner who was in trouble. I am glad I belong to a running club where such elitist behaviour is neither encouraged nor tolerated. Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: A very enjoyable Sundary trip In full: More scenic and foresty than I expected and very well organised. The climb to Heaven's Gate was a drawn out bump but, after that, it was flat for much of the route home. Shame the last mile was around the streets of Warminster itself but had to be done to reach the 10 mile trip so not a major complaint. Date of review: June 27, 2007
In short: An excellent scenic run In full: This is an excellent scenic run, and as it is also my local race (running no more than 200 yrds from my front door) it was a must do race. Not one for the absolute begginer, as there was no one there running at over 11 minute mile pace, but a good way to spend sunday morning if you're up for it. Date of review: June 26, 2007
In short: Finally the people of Warminster have something to be proud of...a great race and ellent organisation In full: I really enjoyed this one, my hometown race....and a special race...I was debating wehether to compete because of my knee and hip injuries but I don't like to misas any race. Nothing will stop me racing next year, though, I have to do this....More peole need to compete.. Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: A well organised and picturesque race In full: Very well organised and very enjoyable -especially if you take it steady over the first half of the race, as the second half is predominantly downhill.
One minor and curious criticism - Why was so much paper used for this race? My A4 entry form had an additional two pages attached and then the same stuff was mailed out with joining instructions. Perhaps there will be one less tree to run past in the Forest next year:-) Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Good atmosphere, good course, good marshalling. In full: Probably not quite as much forest trail as I would have liked. Seemed a shame to skirt along the edge of the forest on tarmac roads at times, but this did make it fast on the 2nd half. Otherwise, really good race - very well marshalled, brilliant scenery and a medal! (always welcome!) Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Lovely scenic run, round lakes and through forests In full: A long initial climb out of the town but once into the woods, along road and track, it was excellent. A glorious sunny sunday morning, good organisation and friendly people made it a great event. Date of review: June 28, 2006