In short: Not worth the trip for a plastic water bottle. In full: Normally and without exception I have nothing but praise for any organisation that manages these events but to get to the finish line after a gruelling, continually undulating/hilly 10 miles in 28 degrees and be offered a plastic water bottle for my efforts when I was already carrying one in my right hand was a bit of an insult. A milk bottle top with a piece of string through it and letters cut out of an old newpaper spelling the two words Alton 10 would been a more appropriate reminder of my achievement. It is a tough run on a cool day, come on Alton Runners, reward participants with something better than a water bottle. Date of review: May 12, 2008
In short: Hilly and Hot In full: Well organised, very hilly race through pleasant country lanes. Given the weather today a sponge station or an additional drink station, or bottles of water instead of cups would have been great. Thank you to the lady who gave me some of her extra water at 8/9 miles, it was much appreciated. I was feeling the effects of the heat and there were many runners out in the sun for longer than me who must have suffered more. Drinks bottle as a memento was a good idea, though the nozzle does not work properly and drenches you - which was very nice to cool you down straight after the race, but not so practical for future use! Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: Hot, hilly and err even hotter. In full: Well marshalled, but considering the conditions a very serious lack of water at second water station. The water bottle at the finish was a little disappointing although very useful.
With the exception of the water stations the event was very well organised - a thank you to the marshals for all their work, I suspect they weren't much cooler than the runners! Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: Oh boy it was hot In full: A very good event, far too hot and hilly to even think about a PB. A real achievement just to finish this one, "undulating" doesn't really do it justice. An extra water station at 5 miles would have been fantastic, but in normal weather I guess it wouldn't have been so necessary. Thanks to all the marshalls & organisers. Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: challenging race for all levels of runners, do NOT underestimate the term undulating, an extra water station would have been useful for the heat today In full: Have done this about four times and definitely the hottest for me this year. It's popular with our club being localish so another draw for me. Gorgeous countrysite, not too much traffic and well managed where there was. Could have done with another water station (I know logistics might not allow) for this year alone as many runners were coming in beyond sweating!! Hope the guy who passed out big-time at the end is now OK. One for levels of runners, pacing essential, and 'undulating' has a degree of understatement about it. I will be back tho', as ever. Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: Who put those hill's there and turned the sun to hot ? In full: Hadn't realised quite how hilly it would be. The climb around 6.5 miles almost encouraged me to give up running for ever. Didn't help having a bruised achilles. Well organised and marshalled but not to many spectators. Bit dissapointing with just a water bottle as a goody. Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: Hot & Hilly In full: Organisation good, another drink station might have been a good idea with the heat.
Traffic was a bit of a pain at times with some crazy car drivers NOT slowing down. A bit more, or even any encouragement from the majority of the Lions Marshals on the course would have been nice. The drinks bottle is rubbish....the logo has started to come off already...and the drinking valve just leaks all over you when you take a drink.... bit.... Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: Hot...very hot. In full: The weather made this a very demanding course, congratulations to all those who completed the course. Only gripe was 2nd water station, which was low on water (completely due to weather).
Will deninitely be back next year. Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: My first race and without a doubt my hottest!! In full: The even had a nice relaxed feel and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The marshalls were almost always clapping and smiling and it helped!!
The shade was sparse for most of the race so it was seriously hot and I saw a number of people looking seriously worse for wear, some even collapsed, the St. Johns Ambulance were ready and waiting to help which was very reasuring and i seriously hope all that felt the heat are all ok!!
I seriously enjoyed myself and hope to run it next year.
In short: Challenging even without the heat, but still well worth doing In full: Don't let the fact that this is a Hampshire League Race, it still had something for everyone.
Once away from the start you enter some truly beautiful countryside. The heat this year was quite punishing, especially on some of the bigger hills on the course. The course is described as ‘undulating’, and this it certainly is, so any thoughts of a PB are probably better left at home.
The start and finish area is within the grounds of a college, and you get use of the facilities there. It is also a nice area to relax and see the rest of the athletes finish their race.
Marshalling was generally very good and there were plenty of them, always a sore point for any organiser. They used the PA to good effect to shout out as many names of finishers as possible, which is always good when you’re flagging a bit.
Not much of a souvenir (a plastic water bottle) I much prefer a medal. With one or two improvements ie souvenir, perhaps having a burger bar on site, this race could be special.
This year on the course entertainment was provided by two female members of the same club having a cat fight whilst coming down a fairly steep hill, as a runner next to me pointed out this was ‘a dashed poor show’, especially for the club.
I only entered this race to pace my old training partner, but I’m glad I did because it was a thoroughly enjoyable event.