In short: Hilly, but fun In full: Wasn't expecting quite as many hills! Don't really remember going downhill at any point either. Still, a well organised race, and a good turnout from all abilities. Beautiful weather for it too! Date of review: May 2, 2007
In short: hilly hot and fun my son enjoyed the fun run , i enjoyed the 10k and my wife paid a fortune to watch us !!!! In full: I would echo earlier comments that entering the Zoo was more expensive than entering the races... but the race was worth it Date of review: April 30, 2007
In short: Scenic run and a trip to the zoo. Super! In full: Yes, it's true, this is quite a hilly 10k! The website and the pre-race leaflet omit a route-map, now I know why! :-)
Having said that, I enjoyed it immensely. There is a few inclines, but the real work is done from 2k to 5k - a climb of around 250 feet. After all that work you get a couple of well-staffed water stations, and a blast downhill all the way back to the zoo.
I chipped another couple of minutes off my PB, down to 43 minutes, and many finished faster than me, so it's by no means a slow course.
Despite the big entry there was no shortage of toilets, marshalls, medals or encouragement. The morning's fun-run for kids was a nice idea, and the afternoon spent in the sunshine at the zoo was brilliant.
It does seem a little odd that the price of running is lower than the price of admitting each supporter, but the zoo has to bring in money to look after all those animals. I didn't begrudge them a penny.
My own version of the course map can be seen here: http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-kingdom/marwell/365427922
In short: Challenging but fun race ! In full: Wasn't looking forward to this one too much after tackling the hills for the first time last year however I knew what to expect this time and actually found myself enjoying it ! Lovely weather (as last year) and well organised. Date of review: April 30, 2007