In short: Worth of just to start and finish in the zoo grounds In full: Very tough hills. Not many 'slow ones' but the marshalls continued to spur us on. Great scenery and had a lovely picnic and stroll round the zoo afterwards. Definately a good race to do if you have children and need something to keep them amused! Date of review: March 24, 2010
In short: Challenging but rewarding 10k In full: I thought this was an excellent 10k. It was nice running in the zoo and then the surrounding village also made it a pleasant run. Organisation was great, some challenging hills along the way which was good, and then a nice medal at the end. I thought the finish at the top of a hill was a good finishing touch - make people work just that little bit more to cross the line - I like it!! Date of review: April 6, 2009
In short: Uphill 5k, dwnhill 5K In full: Great race - that opening 5k is challenging in places but nothing to get real aches from. However combined illness (dizziness and sick feeling in places) and lack of running in the previous 2 weeks led to some walking. Thankfully it is well organised, the kids pictures on route and the views keep your mind occupied and the jelly sweet at 7K was a lovely touch. I will be back next year to complete without walking and break my current (shocking!) time Date of review: April 3, 2009
In short: A fantastic day out for all the family In full: Although I have ran seriously for a few years now, this was my first ever race as an adult and I enjoyed it immensely! Took the family along as well and what with the group rate discount to the zoo and relatively cheap race entry, this proved very good value for money and was enjoyed by all for sure.
Organization was spot on with timing marker at the start so you could get roughly into the right pace from the off. As a few others have said, my Garmin FR305 was a little early on the KM markers despite starting at the start line so that maybe could be improved (or indeed the watch is wrong of course!) and had previously thought the water stations were at 4km/7km whereas they turned out to be 5k/7km. But these are only ridiculously small points which didn't spoil the race at all for me.
Being my first race, I decided to go out 'slow' and work up the pace gradually as I didn't want to die on those infamous hills!! I had done a fair amount of hill training prior to the event which definitely helped. Managed a respectable negative split too, but this was kind of expected due to my slow-out-fast-in 'strategy' (and of course being mostly down hill in the last 5km).
If you've not raced before I would wholeheartedly recommend you give this a go, the atmos and the marshals were fantastic - it's definitely given me the train-to-race bug. Just do a few hills as part of your training and you'll fly up them as well as down!
Next up, The Torbay Half in June '09! :) Date of review: March 31, 2009
In short: The hills, the hills! Hard but rewarding. In full: Great to go out with the kids looking round the zoo and get back for a picnic with the penguins. Highly recommended. Date of review: March 27, 2009
In short: Friendliest Marshalls ever In full: Lovely race, great atmosphere, really friendly marshalls and very well organised. Loved the pictures at the school half way through - really lifted the spirits after some challenging hills ! Date of review: March 25, 2009
In short: cheeky little hills "soon be at the top" ha ha In full: helpful happy marshalls ,the best organized event i've been to, ticked all the boxes exept pb WELL DONE EASTLEIGH Date of review: March 24, 2009
In short: what a fantastic place to visit In full: fantastic venue lots of hills so a few ups and downs. well marshalled. 2 good drink stations on route more than enougth for a 10k. and free entry into zoo what a bargin. let me know when its on next year i will be back.. Date of review: March 24, 2009