In short: Best race in Britain, without doubt! In full: Another stunning event from Events to Live - 10/10, 100% all round. It is not just a race, it is an event - great facilities at Denbies vineyard mean that everything beforehand is smooth (the ladies do queue a bit for the lavs though, it's true), with a rousing warm up and a smooth and on-time start. The course is stunning, through proper farmlands (with real farm smells), along rustic trails, bands playing at the water stations, and finally mounting the escarpment of Ranmore before the final excellent 1 mile downhill run to the finish, with some of the finest views in southern England. Oh, did I mention the wine? Wine is available at all the feed stations with sparkling at the last one (yes, I did avail, at the last one anyway), while the food on offer at the feed stations is superb. The finish is perfectly well organised, and the goodies on offer - tea/coffee, cake (6 kinds), four kinds of fruit, the chunky medal and nice t-shirt - make this a race finish to savour. Oh yes, and a free hog roast and another free drink at the end. Perfect. Just don't become 'over-refreshed' and drive home - it's designated driver time!
Oh, and did I mention the fancy dress? I would say that 90% of the runners turn up in fancy dress, with a lot of care taken (particularly by the ladies, I think). However, my favourite was a guy running with a little backpack with Yoda peeking out of it, while carrying a light sabre. Luke Skywalker, of course. Good effort by all of the fancy dressers. I had only my Union Jack Shorts on, alas.
The camaraderie around the course was brilliant - apart from the runners wearing headphones. DQ!
It's not flat, and every race will have a few logistical problems with this number of runners, but overall, this is still my favourite race, and it is a worthy contender, yet again, for the title of 'Best Race in Britain.' Thank you very much to all the other friendly runners, and to the organisers - good job and well done! Date of review: September 13, 2015
In short: Best Half for sure - Always the highlight of the year - A must do for everyone In full: Yet again, the best race of the season, where to start? The fantastic organisational skills of www.eventstolive.co.uk of course, thank you! What a brilliant party atmosphere, hilarious fancy dress and comradery of the participants. Magnificent array of wine, water, juice, sweets, crisps, chocolates at each food station. The pipers, the steel-band and the pirates at some of the stations. The fact that Alan (the organiser dressed as wonder woman who'd shaved his legs to raise even more money for the chosen charity - Princess Alice Hospice) was there to shake every finishers hand. The slick finish, with medal, tech t-shirt, further cakes, fruit, tea and coffee before the awesome www.finefettle.org massages and the hog roast and beer/wine. Pre and post race activities included DJ David Dodd (who helped me find my lost boys),face painting, hook a duck, space hopper races, tombola and even an al fresco spin studio! Guess I should mention the run itself, the stunning scenery, tough (some say brutal) hills, fantastic views. It really is that good, the only downside being that it is becoming so popular there are a few bottlenecks along the route where we came to a complete standstill, not so good for the serious runners. I have been reliably informed that the organisers have the in hand and are looking at penning the runners at the start splitting according to anticipated finishing times. Thank you one and all, see you next year. Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: fantastic party atmosphere, In full: I have never seen so many smiling faces, a race to appreciate your PW and be proud of making the most of the social atmosphere. Feed stations were amazing, great selection of food and wine. Huge thanks to all the Event Support Crew who made the day such a wonderful event. Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: If you want to run a 1/2 marathon this is the best one to run In full: My favourite run of the year done this run 3 times now and enjoyed every one. Big thanks to organisers, marshals and fellow runners for making it a very enjoyable day. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: The most fun you can have running 13.1 miles In full: Brilliant, brilliant day!
I managed to beat my marathon PB by 30 seconds... over a half marathon distance! This was entirely due to the 15-20 minute wine stops and being so drunk by the time I finished, that I couldnt even walk straight, nevermind run!
See you next year! Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Absolutely marvellous. Great Atmos. Awesome Venue. Incredible Race In full: Brilliant atmosphere and great organisation made this race perfect. So nice to have great water stations, friendly faces everywhere and loads of support. Great food at the end, not to mention the delicious wines to taste on the way round. Date of review: September 15, 2014