In short: An ok challenging 10 mile race.. In full: Challenging hills which were nice, not very nice if you were tailing at the back like I was (9 minute mile) the field was very spread out...dissapointed at the lack of medal too. Date of review: February 3, 2008
In short: Well organised, pretty course, somewhat hilly. I love this race, now a regular in my calendar In full: Well organised, pretty course, somewhat hilly, traffic in the first 3 miles, shower at the end, charming atmosphere, a nice day out on the island. I love this race, now a regular Date of review: February 3, 2007
In short: Isle of Wight 10 mile race (NOT Marathon) but might aswell be!! In full: Just come back from a 3 week injury feeling like I could pick up from where I left off! Not a chance. Got into my stride from the off. Good first half mile at about 5 30 pace then an almighty hill. Negotiated that then undulating till about mile 7. Downhill, think you've made it as your running at sea level, turn a corner at mile 8 and WHAM, a trawl of a hill that even a couple of the top 20 guys ahead were walking! Don;'t see that too often! Helped shake off some of those injury blues though and am still aching 3 days later, but great prep for the faster flat HM's I've got coming up. One gripe though, a guy came past at mile 6 and at a sharp right hand bend went round the corner on the right hand side of the road! What a complete and utter idiot. A 4 x 4 was approaching him, and another guy that decided to follow his line, had to swerve on to my side of the road and there could have been a very nasty situation. I watched the guy pull exactly the same trick about a mile further on. No wonder locals complain and road races are having to pay a hefty premium if they can go ahead. Aside from that though, a nice race but not one of the greats.
In short: Enjoyable but hard 10k with three testing climbs In full: Race has only been going two years and this year it was in the Hampshire Road Race League with triple the competitors. This showed up some shotcomings especially in miles 1 -3 when the race was down the main Brading Road. Heavy traffic, few marshalls and no police is not a good combination. After mile 3 a very scenic and well organised race, though the hill at Mile 8 saps the last out of you. Nice facilities and I'd definitely do it again. Date of review: January 29, 2007