In short: A great race in beautiful countryside. The organisation was very good, witth plenty of water and sponge stations. In full: This was really well organised, with good support and the benefit of lots of water and sponge stations. These were especially welcome as it turned in to quite a warm morning. I like the 9.30 start as that really does leave time to do other things on the day.
The course strikes a good balance of having a few challenging hills, without being a killer route.
This is an excellent race and I will definitely do it again. Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: Nice scenic marathon on a beautiful late summer Sunday In full: I did the half last year and enjoyed it so went for the full marathon this time. I really enjoyed the course - especially the trails along the disused railway line and the track a few miles on. Fantastic weather made it all the more enjoyable. Marshalling was excellent and plenty of water stations - but I would've liked the orange squash at the finish line to be available at some of them. I would definitely run this one again. My only criticism would be parking provision - many of us marathon runners arrived to find the free parking field full; fortunately there was parking on the main road verges to avoid too much stressing. Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: A good race on a nice day, but could have been better. In full: This was our first time at the New Forest Half, and it wasn't a bad day out. It seemed well organised on the whole hovever I have some serious gripes. I was told at about 8 miles that the nest water station was just round the corner - it wasn't. The next stop (a mile on) was sponges only and they told me, wrongly, that there were no more water stops. The mile markers were wrong where they double up with the marathon ones. Surely for a race that costs this much two sets of marker signs could be used? This really upset me at the end as I am used to how far the .1 mile is to the finish from 13 miles, except today it was .2. There was not goody bag, so no food after. Today is the first I've heard of hog roasts. Much better to just give out mars bars or something. For the price I think a T-shirt for each runner would also be good. Top marks for the super medal though, one of the best I've seen. So overall a good race that could be a lot better without too much effort. Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: really good race, just at the right time of year after the summer training In full: My second time. I liked: Parking and access to sports centre and start area - very good, scenery - stunning, toilets - brilliant(use the ones at the sports centre, the town centre/rec ground have long queues), baggage pick up - very regimented, showers - no problems. I didn't like: The hills I'd forgotten about from last year and trying to drive to the start cross country. TOP TIP for 2009 - follow the directions from NE down A35. Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: Great scenery, great marshalls, great support, great race In full: First running of this and a massive 30mins PB - even with the hills! Was very hot, but water stations came round quickly, and the sponges were a godsend. Could have done with a few more of them. Great crowd support considering the rural nature of the course, and the marshalls did a great job. No problems with the traffic either. Munchies at the finish would have been nice for anyone not wanting to eat or wait for free pub grub, but overall a fantastic day. Date of review: September 21, 2008
In short: Beautiful scenery, organisation could be better In full: Beautiful scenery and very friendly local people doing their best to make it a great day. Not enough water stations on a hot day and they were too small to easily get water. I wondered why so many half marathoners were carrying their own water - now I know why!Often it was necessary to run in the gutter on narrow roads for several miles alongside slow moving traffic - leading to leg strains and inhaling more exhaust fumes than I get running through central London at rush hour! Hog Roast is definitely worth missing.