In short: Enjoyed the event. I have to agree with most people in saying that the event could have done with more water stations. Thanks to all that turned out to support. Date of review: September 27, 2011
In short: Thank goodness for the scenery! In full: So I had to park nearly a mile from the start, queue half an hour for the toilet and the race started uphill! Disappointed with the lack of water stations especially as it was a hot day, but once we entered the park it was stunning. I had 4 horses on my tail getting me up what felt like Mount Everest, but the supporters with Jelly Babies at the bottom were angels!
I have to say - what annoyed me the most - we were originally told that those people caught with iPods would be disqualified and yet people were running with them and nothing was done and I really missed running with my music! Sorry to moan but disappointing. Date of review: September 27, 2011
In short: The scenery was reminiscent of last week's Great North Run - alright I'm telling porkies! Very picturesque and reminded me of how much training I'd lost in August due to work In full: As a first timer to this event, it was an eye opener - travel from the Surrey/Kent border was a doddle until I hit the A roads at the top end of the New Forest - suggestion to all particpants, it's worthwile staying locally overnight.
Car parking - very good but a few more signs would be useful on the way in to town.
The next one is partly my fault having not read the brochure, on arriving at the sportscentre i.e admin hq and not realising it, I asked a steard who pointed me in the direction of the field close to the start and had to be sent back from whence I came.
Ergo, a late start, having had to change from full to half and starting with the marathon runners.
Very well marshalled, scenery excellent including the ponies who treated runners as unwanted vsiitors, totally ignoring us as they went on their way.
I'll have to have another go but not next year as I cannot get any leave during the Olympics and the length of shifts will generally mean work, bed, work, bed etc for the duration.
In short: Great event! Fabulous support and marshalling made the hills seem almost possible! In full: My 3rd attempt at this event and found it much harder? was it the reverse route making the hills seem steeper? Nightmare queues for the loo almost made me miss the start of a race, first time ever!Did the organisers not order enough portaloos? Luckily I didn't need to join the queue for baggage pick up, as my supporters carried mine, but it looked pretty lengthy....but overall, this was still a great event, cheerily supported at all the main points and a big thank you to the jelly baby station. Not a goody bag worth having but a nice medal. I will always try my vest to race in the New Forest, it's always worth the trip! Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Loved it!!! In full: My first half and I'll definitely be back next year! Everyone was so friendly and the course was in beautiful surroundings. Friendly and encouraging marshals with plenty of water stations in just the right places! Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Well organised with friendly encouraging marshals In full: The route was OK and the Race brochure explained why the route had been changed - to avoid traffic congestion, which is necessary to keep a good rapport withthe local population. As usual too few toilets and the "goody bag" wasn't. But the marshals were also friendly and encouraging, there were plenty of signs to the parking. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Great race and atmosphere. Some lovely scenery. Largely traffic free. Some challenging hills. Lots of water stations. Truly fantastic (best ever) support from on course marshals and public alike - THANK YOU. In full: Well organised local event with a large field and a great atmosphere. Sure there were a couple of glitches with runners waiting in a queue for some time to retrieve your bag at the end - not ideal. But on the whole, a great race on a challenging course, in a lovely setting. Special mention and thanks must go to the marshals and public alike who really were the most encouraging (vocal) and supportive ever - a BIG thank you. The signs of encouragement on the hill at 8+ miles were a great touch. Back for more next year. Date of review: September 26, 2011