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.