In short: Wet, muddy, hilly, brilliant, this is what you train for! In full: An off-road race with everything. Wet open parts, hard compact trails, deep slippery mud, river crossings, technical descents, if you like off-road, this is a brilliant course. Only my 3rd off road race, but difficult to see how a course can offer more. Great, friendly organisation as well. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: Challenging run, glorious countryside, friendliest marshals In full: An excellent trail race in the New Forest with some extremely challenging hilly bits to make things interesting.
Very enthusiastic marshals, most of whom take the time when possible to look up your number and give you a name check. I was also impressed with the effort made to advise runners of how best to get to the start after a road was closed in the area.
A pretty good goody bag as well that puts some of the more expensive "bigger" races to shame!
In short: Challenging run in great scenery In full: A varied and at times challenging course. Dry weather in the preceding two months meant the tracks were hard and no issues with mud. I wanted to particularly thank the organising club Totton RC for the superb marshaling, no chance of getting lost here! The marshals were amongst the best I have seen in races, all offering cheery encouragement. A nice touch was marhsals using lists of entrants to call out people's names as they went past. Overall, well organised, great scenery (I am very local but had never run some of the tracks used) and definitely a stinger! Date of review: October 25, 2011
In short: what a great off-road race In full: well done totton, great off road race with enough hills to make it a real challenge in this part of the world. Please pass on my thanks to the marshalls - lots of smiles (or where they laughing at us struggling up those hills) and encouragement and plenty of them all round the course. All topped of by an impressive 'race village' and goody bag. Looking forward to next year Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: A great race In full: A fantastic race. Great organisation, nice goody bag at the end, plenty of water stops and encouragement along the route. Beautiful day for it too: lack of rain recently meant that there wasn't too much mud, which I can't say I was sorry about when heading up those hills towards the end of the race. Thanks to the organisers - really impressive - will be back next year. Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Very well organised race - a great start to the day In full: Congratulations to the organisers on a superb race. Plenty of marshals, good parking and mini race village (including burger van), a good goody bag, excellent and challenging route (I disagree about the hills, by the last one I was tuckered in, but that's just me!). No mile markers would be seen as a problem for some, but its an off road race so that's what you get (and I'd rather have none, than some, but not all...) If you need to know how far you've gone invest in a GPS. Cracking event, and could cope with many more runners so spread the word for next time. Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: what a find in the New Forest In full: The run was organised like clockwork. Nice runners village which made you feel very welcome. Loved the route, all off road and on forest trails and reasonably hard for a run in the south of the country.Great bunch of marshalls, they even went to the trouble to shout your name out as you went past. For a small event I thought the goodie bag was tops........lots of other events could learn from the nice little touches. Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: Lovely course, excellent marshalling, great event In full: This is must-do race for any runner of whatever capacity. All off-road on easy tracks and only a few mildly challenging climbs. Very well marked and with lots of encouragement from very friendly marshalls, this is a race not to be missed on the calendar! Nice mini 'race village' adds to the sense of great organisation and thought. A nice goodie bag adds to the overall enjoyment of this race. I'll certainly be recommending it and will do it again. A very nice touch was that several marshalls had a list of entrants names and called these out as they passed by en-route. Very encouraging.
The only addition to complete this race would be some distance markers on the course. Not a major problem though as the course map is displayed at race HQ and is available on the website.
Many thanks to all those involved in the organisation for making this a wonderful morning out in a lovely part of the country. Long may this event continue. Date of review: October 23, 2011