In short: Organisation poor compared to other years but scenery still wonderful In full: They've previously set their standards high but I found the organisation a bit of a mess. Arrived an hour from the start queued for about 1/2 mile on the main road to find the car park was closed as it was 'full'. It was, but due to the style of parking rather than the number of cars. They moved everybody to the start but with a few minutes to go all the pace markers were being held by one person. I'm not sure if there were any water station signs but I didn't see any and missed the first two. One was water and sponges, I didn't realise and ran towards the end of the station to find there were only sponges. On the plus side, a lovely day and a challenging race. Still one of my favourites. Hopefully back to it's best next year. Date of review: September 21, 2008
In short: It was my first half marathon, everyone was friendly and encouraging. The hills were challenging, but the New Forest is stunning. Just a shame some drivers lacked patience. Overall a great run for me :-) Date of review: September 21, 2008
In short: Lovely scenery, lovely weather, a bit too hilly but another PB In full: I really enjoyed the day. Quite well organised and the route was safe and picturesque. After doing my last 2 HM's as undulating I wasn't really ready for another challenging one so I adopted an aggressive pace on the flat and down hill and simply walked the up hill stretches. Despite this I still got another PB (3rd in a row) by 5 minutes. The marshalling and water/sponge stations were very good and efficient and there was quite a lot of support. The last 2-3 miles are flat/down hill which makes it a nice finish. Date of review: September 21, 2008
In short: Disappointing In full: This race has been going for some time now but the finisher’s medal never changes. Just the ribbon date. Traffic at times was bad, got stuck behind a car polluting unfortunate runners. I know we can’t keep all roads clear but I do believe the race has gone downhill. I’ve been running this race for the past 6 years now so must have some good points but it's a 'maybe' if I run it in 2008.
In short: Disappointing In full: My chip didn't work so had no finishing time; no photos and NO APOLOGY. I was blamed for not checking my chip matched my bib number (it did match). No sports drinks on the route for either the half or full marathon. Traffic at times was awful, got stuck behind a caravan. Can't understand how this race gets a gold standard. Date of review: September 23, 2007
In short: A real challenge amongst beautiful scenery and the animals of the forest. In full: This was my third New Forest (2 marathons before), it's my favourite race. The earlier start worked for me and the family, leaving the afternoon free for a trip to Bournemouth. The traffic seemed less inconvenienced than in previous years with the later start. The course isn't easy and certainty isn't flat, but I can't of anywhere I would have rather of been on Sunday morning. Even 4 mins outside my PB I felt the achievement in finishing. No goody bag but the brochure was excellent. I note that there was some doubt that this years race was going to take place - I am very glad that it did. Many thanks to all the marshalls and organisers.
In short: Still smiling - loved it, great race even with the hills! In full: Was quite worried about the hills but the scenery/course really does keep you going - great race! Even had horses cheering us on at one point, glorious. LOADS of water/sponge stations. Only one near miss with a car. Missed the Hog Roast :o( ...but my new PB more than made up for it!! see ya nxt yr :o) Date of review: September 18, 2007