In short: Great race but not-so-great weather! In full: Much better than I expected (though no idea why I didn't expect much!). Good course, which was a mixture of Fleet and nice countryside. Support was brilliant and it seemed like all the residents of Fleet and the villages had turned out to cheer, despite the awful weather - wasn't expecting that! Plenty of friendly marshals and good organisation all round. I live in Reading and couldn't decide between that or Fleet (I find Reading too chaotic, too expensive and lacking in scenery, despite the fantastic support) - definitely made the right decision and will be back next year. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Dancing on mud!.. In full: Can't predict or even order the weather for the day, so had to make do with a wet run. It did not dampen the spirits though one little bit, even with the hills thrown in (this is not a flat run by any means) and the constant drizzle. Marshals were excellent and crowd support on such a horrid day was lovely, really kept me going.
The 'not-so-much' fun was as we entered the finish area, the ground was a total quagmire, but the organisers had put out mats at the worst spot for us to run on. Just after finishing, however, it really was a case of 'dancing on mud'as we slithered to the 'de-chipping area' and beyond. Then it was the obligatory medal and 'goody bag', which wasn't too bad. Also bottles of water and sports drinks for all finishers. Dry next year please!.. ;-) Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: big race feel round the little town of fleet In full: I enjoyed this race despite the bad weather. Hillier than expected. bad points - Water station on a hill at the 11 mile mark and difficult to drop of my bag due to the luggage tents full of people sheltering from the weather. Good points Marshalls were tops given the horrid rain. Good route not too crowded and after the first 5 to 10 minutes overtaking was not a problem. Also the people of Fleet and surrounding villages were very supportive too especially around Crookham. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: first half marathon and a 5 min walk home In full: Well this was my first half marathon and it was good fun. Good route, lots of support and only 1 or 2 hills lol. The one at the end was just to much!! Great organisation and directions were easy to follow. If I'm mad enough to consider a half marathon again I'll defo do this one Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Fab local event In full: I ran this for the first time in 2011 and took about 10 minutes off my time this year to get a PB. Well organised, friendly marshals, great support, bespoke medal, and 5 minutes' walk from my house. What more do you need? Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Terrific event, my 2nd half marathon, took 7 minutes off my PB, very friendly locals, excellent and encouraging marshalls, will def. do this one again as great prep for the VLM Date of review: April 7, 2011