In short: Excellent organisation, stunning scenery which I managed to get brief glimpses of whilst not looking for a firm foothold! In full: Seemed a nightmare at the time and I was only doing the relay! The afterglow has now made me think more of muddy cross country rather than flat road races though. Even thinking of entering Grim 8 now. Will definitely be back to do it again Date of review: October 6, 2004
In short: Fantastic race with great views, good marshalling, great support and a nice t-shirt. In full: I found this race very friendly - both in terms of marshalls and fellow runners. The scenery is also great, especially near the beginning around Farley Mount, and there are a few challenging hills for those that like that sort of thing. Probably not a PB course (although I did knock 15 minutes off my best marathon time), but great fun and worth doing none-the-less. Date of review: October 6, 2004
In short: Only did the half, but what a blast. This was my second race.... ever!! And I thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: The rain came down right on cue, but it didn't stop some serious spectators standing seemingly int the middle of nowhere clapping and shouting encouragement. There were marshalls at every twist and turn, so no chance of getting lost.
I normally run only on roads and therefore attempted this run in a 'normal' pair of trainers but this race has got me scouring round for a set of trails.
I'll be back next year!!! Date of review: October 6, 2004
In short: Marathon running meets cross-country - challenging but spectacular In full: Rather than some 50:50 courses, this race can truly be described as a cross-country course with very little tarmac at all. It follows a route from Winchester to Salisbury, almost exclusively through rural areas and country parks - consequently it has some spectacular views.
The terrain is quite challenging - it has its share of hills, and the going underfoot is in places grassy or hard tracks, and in others upland chalk. In wet conditions (such as 2004!) the grass and hard tracks turn to mud, and the chalk gets nice and slippery!
The run is well organised, and supported by a fantastic group of local helpers who seem happy to sit at track junctions in inclement conditions, just to keep you going in the right direction. Good effort!
So, if you're looking for a run that's out of the ordinary, challenging and very well run, you'll love this one! Date of review: October 4, 2004
In short: Mud, Rain and Wind - though great fun. In full: Well organised event over picturesque countryside with enough hills to really test but not to kill. Definitely be back next year. Date of review: October 4, 2004