In short: Superb half marathon! Lovely scenery, great street support and definitely a challenge with those hills. 100% satisfying though. In full: Brilliant race once again! The route is hard but that just makes you more satisfied once you've completed it! This was my 3rd time running the BHM and I think this year was by far the best! Not just because I achieved a new PB :-D But because the support out there along the roads is just fantastic and the whole set up of the race makes it a brilliant half marathon to run. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Brilliant race, challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable with fantastic organisation In full: This was my first year running the Basingstoke half marathon and I wasn't disappointed! Brilliant organisation from start to finish, including name called out as crossing the line (uplifting especially as I achieved a PB).
There are challenging hills but what goes up must come down and there is some nice relief from the long uphill sections given by long downhill sections to pick up speed again. Support from the local people was great and enjoyed the hose pipe showers and jelly babies!!
In short: Super atmosphere, challenging course and a PB! In full: Organisation was excellent, free parking and helpful volunteers made it very enjoyable. The smaller field made it much less frantic in the first few miles as Reading Half for instance. Hills were tough but manageable and I even managed to break my pb that I set on a flat course. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Scenic, hilly, not too busy In full: This is a hilly race as most have said but I found this relieved boredom and made it challenging. Organisation was really good better than other halfs I've done. I liked the fact that it isn't hugely popular yet so you don't get a lot of jostling for position. The only thing that could have improved the race would be to have pacer runners. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In full: This was my first half marathon, which I found very well organised. The stewards and supporters were an asset. The course is hilly which was something I was not prepared for ! Here's to next year. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: An excellent race that I look forward to every year. The organisation is faultless, marshall are fabulous and the street support is generous. If you want a challenge then this is one for you. It's diarised for next year already. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Superb as always In full: The best half marathon of the year. Superb, traffic-free, challenging course, great support, brilliant atmosphere in the running village and the usual seamless organisation. Outstanding. Date of review: October 7, 2013