In short: Good organisation, great marshalls In full: Second year and just as good except the weather was better. The marshalls are fantastic - always smiling and encouraging. The course is good, so long as you don't mind worms!! Excellent goody bag and the "souvenir" always seems to be an unusual choice. Only got two so far but it was a hat last year and a towel this, so its a nice unpredictable surprise. One minor gripe I would have is the baggage tent for the 20 milers. It is chaotic and slow - same last year but I thought with RRR superb organisation they would have improved it this - not so. Even if it was just a label in the entry details posted out it would help - I know we should all think of this but unfortunately we don't. If it is in the envelope with chip, etc. I know I am more likely to write and attach it the night before when I am getting everything together. Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: Top race, my second year, certainly not my last ! In full: Having run these lanes 20 years ago while training for my first half marathon, coming back to do them in an organised event was speacial. Thought the towel was a nice touch Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: Great marshall support for two rural laps around Hampshire countryside In full: This is a good race - two ten-mile laps of an undulating course around little country lanes in north Hampshire. As the others have said, the runners were joined on the roads by hundreds of long earth worms(!)
The race is combined with a 10-miler, with simultaneous starts for both races. It's tempting to race the 10-mile folk, especially as they up the pace for their sprint to the finish. You need to be cautious - as they're enjoying their Mars bar and massage, you're heading out for that 10 miles all over again!
There was only one serious "hill" which did seem tougher on lap two. Otherwise it's just a few slightly undulating ups and downs.
The outstanding aspects of this race are: (1) Chip timing - with so many runners, this is really welcome (and results were on the website within a couple of hours of the finish!), and (2) the friendly marshalls who seemed to clap and say nice things to every runner - thank you guys!
A couple of words of warning though - make sure you get to the start EARLY. The parking is over a mile from the race HQ, and traffic is quite busy too. Allow at least 30 minutes extra. The toilets were also overwhelmed, so perpare for that. Also, the queue for the baggage store was huge, even a couple of minutes before the start. Maybe baggage tags should be sent out in advance, and a few small baggage tents instead of two big ones?
A nice souvenir towel and a goodie bag stuffed full of things was nice, as was the t-shirts and sweatshirts available at the end. Also a HUGE cup of tea for only fifty pence was a bonus! :-)
Definately recommended, but do make sure you arrive earlier than normal for this one.
In short: As any 20 miler goes - brilliant In full: Very good organisation, can't really fault it and the weather too! Marshalls were great, I'm sure it can't be that fun stuck out in the middle of no where for so long - it really is appreciated. I thought maybe it was just me but I'm glad to see that everyone else noticed the worms! Quilted loo roll in the ladies was a very pleasant suprise and the goody bag was well thought through too, Thanks Reading Road Runners Date of review: February 25, 2007