In short: Done the marathon twice before but in the dry - the mud and rain added a new (not entirely pleasant) dimension - and another 20 mins on my previous time. Thanks to the organisers. Look forward to a more scenic finish in Winchester next year. Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: Grate Race - Shame about the new finish In full: Once again, great organisation – must be a big logistical challenge to organise two start venues, the finish, plus all the people and baggage transport in between. Agree a couple of signs at the finish saying where to claim T shirts and baggage would help.
What a shame the finish venue has changed though. What was a glorious rural approach over the last mile to the college in Laverstock is now a dreary urban plod through underpasses and cyclelanes around Churchill Way. I understand the college couldn’t accommodate the bigger numbers – though in truth they probably meant the thoughtless idiots from previous years who left the place a mud-bath.
Oh, and to the five or six twits who came barging past all elbows on a downhill stretch at about six miles proclaiming ‘we’ll make some time up now!’ (hint: do the math!) only to become wheezing wrecks on the next climb 300 yards later – maybe the Flora Flora Flora London Flora Marathon (TM) would be more your cup of tea?
In short: Up-hill, very muddy and an impromptu ice bath near the end !! In full: Nice scenic run, I thought! Well it would've been if it hadn't been raining for the last few days which turned it into a mud bath / slide. Running down the muddy hills was for the brave or people with spikes. Running up them was for the people who were really fit...not like me. Any thoughts there were of being clean went out of the window after about 1st mile.
Overall it was well organised even if the miles counting down did confuse for a part. Will be interesting to do it in reverse next year !!
In short: Can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday... In full: Very close to my idea of the ideal race - wind, rain, mud, hills, out in the countryside and a bath at the end... that and the great organisation and marshalling left me very happy yesterday and pleasantly tender today... Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: Great race, great organisation - thanks to everyone involved In full: Loved it. A very friendly atmosphere. The amount of work that had gone into sign posting the route was stupendous - thank you everyone involved. The landscape was tremendous, and the route a good one, although slippery in places due to the showers. It will be fun to run the other way next year! Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed this even with the mud and water, will be very itresting next year when they run it in reverse. In full: Very good turn out this year always runners around you. Well marked and marshalled excellent facilities, will be back next year. Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: The Cross-Country season has started early!! In full: This event seems to go from strength to strength covering marathon/marathon relay (4 stages)/half marathon disciplines over a point-to-point course.
Idyllic but challenging course over mainly offroad terrain although the heavy rain made it v.muddy and slippery esp on the chalk.
Good pre/post race facilities at the leisure centre, and efficient transportation by bus to Winchester for the start. Numerous marshals, clear signage and no chance of getting lost; Great support from marshals, locals,walkers, tourists and other runners;
The word of mouth resulting in a record field does the event justice, but care needs to be taken to avoid being a victim of it's own success - lots of queueing for t-shirts/medals post-race, although I'm not sure why these can't be given out as runners finish. Receiving a medal this year for the marathon cheered me after not being offered last year. Also, where was the first drink station? signposted but not there! No water until 7 or 8 miles caused concern but availability improved as the race progressed. I was shocked at having to run through the flooded subway near the end but quite enjoyed it despite the smell!
Thanks to Paul and all the people who gave up their Sunday for the benefit of us runners! Well Done!
In short: Fantastic race! Definately be doing it again. In full: Great race, lovely scenery, a bit challenging at times (due to hills and terrain) but great fun. Organisation was a bit confusing at the end as it wasn't clear where to get t shirts/medals from and I nearly went home without mine, but otherwise great! Will def be back next year. Date of review: October 1, 2006
In short: Great run, cute baby piglets distracted me from the pain of the last steep hill ! In full: Did relay last year & decided then I'd do the Half next time. Was a bit worried about the weather but apart from getting blown away & hailed on while on the top stretch it was fine - good rainbow though. Marshalls were great, organisation better than last year as new finish venue coped well BUT that meant running through that F****** underpass ! Some may have thought it was a shoe wash :-) but I'm not very tall, so it was more of a thigh wash ! Obviously the organisers can't be held responsible for it & it'll make a great talking point at work in the morning !