In short: Slayed the demons of two years ago In full: I last ran this race in 2011 and suffered really badly in the heat. This time it wasn't as hot, I paced myself better and came in 30 seconds slower than my PB set at the far flatter Reading.
The race gets great support from the villages on the route which makes it a lot of fun. Date of review: October 6, 2013
In short: Challenging.... But worth it! In full: My first Basingstoke Half. I haven't been able to train properly recently due to injuries so I knew I was going to struggle. And boy did the hills make me suffer! Having said that, it's a great route. Scenic, closed roads, enthusiastic support from the locals and great organisation. Queues were minimal when collecting the timing chip, t-shirt and even for the toilets. Bag drop off/collection was faultless. The hills defeated me this time, but I'll definitely be back to conquer them! Date of review: October 6, 2013
In short: What a great race... If a little hilly! In full: This year the weather was kind to spectators, but a tad warm for running round those hills! Crowds in Cliddesden were fab as ever... With hose pipes at the ready at 11 miles and more jelly babies.than you could eat. Lets face it its unlikely you'll get a PB on this course but the atmosphere and slick organisation makes it more than worth the entry fee. Thanks team :-) Date of review: October 6, 2013
In short: A fantastically beautiful race in the most beautiful countryside!! In full: I have to say that this race today took me by surprise in every way. Weather wise it was near perfect almost too warm but such a beautiful autumn day. The organisation spot on the marshalling great but seriously the supporters win my vote of the day. Villagers came out in their droves to see us and it was well appreciated great vocal support and lots of jelly babies and hose pipes!! The route itself had hills but not killer hills more of a mile or so steady climb than anything nasty. On a personal level I did a half marathon PB today so Im chuffed with that but regardless it was a superb day in the beautiful Hampshire countryside - a must do race from now on! Date of review: October 6, 2013
In short: Beautiful, well supported, challenging race, model of efficiency and fun! In full: My first Basingstoke Half and I'll definitely be back. Well organised, friendly and relaxed race with a lovely family atmosphere, good runners village (cleanest portaloos and no queuing - incredible). Course is beautiful, closed to traffic and dotted with stunning villages full of cheering locals. Not flat, but that just adds to it. No MP3s, but I was never bored, it was so lovely. Made me want to move to Basingstoke. Very well done. Date of review: October 6, 2013