In short: Well organised, lovely scenery and very friendly In full: First time for this run, very enjoyable especially the 7th mile where you snake downhill through the forest - brilliant. Date of review: June 27, 2008
In short: Great race (again) In full: 3rd time for me here and I'll keep coming back, the course is great, weather was perfect and the marshalls & water people were excellent. Not much support around the course, but thats only to be expected with the area covered. Really good feel to this race, lots of hand shaking at the finish etc.
In short: Recomended In full: Third time I've run this one. Keep forgetting about the hilly first half. Its an excellent course with a rewarding mixture of road and trail. There is a glorious trail bit in the middle which makes up for all the hills that went before. Well organised and a very fiendly and casual atmosphere. All thats right about racing ! P.S. A T shirt might be nice though ! Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Well organised and a nice route In full: The noticeable differance fron previous years was the reduced number of marshals. The course was well sign posted but there were several points I thought the course would have benefitted from a marshall being present. Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Undulating first half but a faster second half In full: Second time I`ve run this race nice scenic course with refreshments at the club house. The only suggestion I can make is that it could do with a baggage storage area. Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Easy parking, slick registration, nice cup of tea in the club house, challenging first 5m followed by pb inducing 5m down hill towards the the finish, and a nice medal. If your looking for a good 10m, look no further! Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Glorious scenery, shame about the marshals... In full: Beautiful scenery, welcoming public, but with marshals like the one I encountered from 6miles onwards the race became a disaster for me. To be asked 60% of the way there to stop so they could go home, then no water station after 5.3 miles in the heat of the day, then comments like "come on, sprint" towards the end. One oasis in all this: 2 club ladies named Helga and Barbara who took the bullying marshal away and helped me get to the finish line. Apparently the race has a 2-hour cutoff but "they forgot to put it on the website this year", and "as some of them were up from 6:30 am they wanted to get home". Is that an excuse for treating a fellow runner in this way? I think not. Helga and Barbara embodied the true spirit of running, helping a colleague who was cramping in the heat and had run the entire race on his own to finish. All I can say to the rest of the Warminster Forest 10 miler committee is that they succeeded in making me feel unwelcome and unsupported. If all they want is elite runners then they should say so. Some of us are slow, granted, but our graft and determination is no less than that of the fleet footed runners. To be told at the end "train harder so you'll be faster next year" was very patronising as well. I've been running for 2 years and have completed a 30-miler, 5 marathons and 16 half marathons, plus many shorter races. Never have I felt so belittled as I did today. If all running clubs had this attitude then running for the masses would never take off. Once again, thank you to the people of Warminster, fellow competitors for cheering me at the end, as well as to Helga and Barbara for their amazing, selfless act of support to a fellow runner who was in trouble. I am glad I belong to a running club where such elitist behaviour is neither encouraged nor tolerated. Date of review: June 22, 2008