In short: Great fun for a long race. In full: My first marathon and despite a meltdown after mile 16, one of my favourite races. The support from the other runners was great, especially when those around me started to walk and jog too. Some great views and the locals were brilliant. Some of them must have been there for hours! Thanks to the marshals. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Great challenge - nice scenery, energy sapping hills In full: Thoroughly enjoyed a challenging course - Save something for the energy sapping hills at around 18 miles and 23 miles that make the last few miles quite challenging. Extremely nice scenery, well organised, would really appreciate water bottles at the water stations if at all possible. Overall excellent event and a superb venue for a race, ideal to mix with a weekend away - worth the trip. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In full: Great scenery and a very friendly run. Was nice to get running within a few yards of the start. A big thank you to all the marshalls and drink station helpers - much appreciated by us all. Some comments on here ref lack of facilities - they obviously didn't read the race instructions!! plenty of toilets towards the start, didn't have any problems with parking, baggage drop off/pick up or facilities. Very happy with a new PB on a very tricky course. Not sure if I'll do it again but would still recommend it to others after a challenge. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Better than prozac In full: A good half marathon all round. The organisers warned to leave early, and despite the autumnal start, with the road closures we still managed to miss the start, due to heavy traffic.
Based in the New Forest, the road winds through tree covered canopies to the open scrub of the Forest, skirting through small villages in a 1-lap course. There are 2 main hills, which are easily accessible, one at 6 miles and the other at around 9ish with an otherwise a fairly flat route. Of the finishes in our car, all achieved PB's. Drink stations (more than advertised) + lots of support despite the rural area made this a fabulous day out. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Killer hills In full: Beautiful scenery, well marshalled, good facilities at the recreation ground meeting point, helpful volunteers at water stations, friendly supportive locals but killer hills! Going well and comfortably until 16-17 miles when 1st killer hill struck - long and very steep and my legs had gone before reaching the top, leading to severe backache afterwards. Too stiff to benefit from downhill stretches afterwards and with more steep climbs to come made it a very painful final third. Much tougher than the hills on my long training runs! If you're not good with hills, beware!
Massages for £5 at the end (10 minutes) were excellent - I had a double session which worked wonders.
Didn't realise until too late that if you stopped at a water station, they had a jug to fill up bottles - open plastic cups aren't that much use if you want to keep running. Although I took a cup at every stop and drank what I could while running, I still became dehydrated. The bottle refils later on helped but by then it was too late! Sports bottles at drink stops would really help and it would be worth paying extra for the race. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: A superbly organised race, I loved it. In full: Had a great day - my first marathon - and just felt so happy to be out there in glorious countryside and able to run - what a blessing! The organisation was top-class, with friendly and polite marshals and helpers. And the hills were hardly noticeable - don't be put off by the hill profile. Car parking was fine too. Get your entries in as soon as you can, you'll have a great day. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Beautiful course, excellent organisation, great weather. In full: If you've had enough of big city races, and want a bit of space to run, this is the race for you. Very good marshalls, friendly atmosphere, beautiful scenery to run through, and great support from the public all the way around. Highly recommended. Date of review: September 27, 2010