In short: Challenging,hilly and well organised..... In full: Tough course with plenty of hills,unusual but nice start going round the zoo...Well supported,very hot..Hardest part was walking round the zoo after with the kids..... Date of review: May 25, 2010
In short: Never again but... again and again In full: This is the third time I do this race and to be honest every time I say "never those hills again" but in the end I always come back. A must-do at least once for any runner. This year it was very hot and I took it particularly easy, but in the end the FINISH line was the happiest moment of this year! Date of review: May 24, 2010
In short: Good Fun to Run by the Animals before the Hills Bite Back In full: What is a testing hilly course was made tougher by the searing heat on the hottest day of the year. But the organisation was good and the marshalls and two drinks stations were excellent.
This made for a nice end of season run to enjoy with friends and family, where my daughter enjoyed the fun run and we all enjoyed a relaxed day in the park, with a picnic and lashings of icecream. Date of review: May 24, 2010
In short: A lovely, if hot, run out for a good cause In full: Marwell is a great day out for the family, support opportunities at the beginning and end. And then of course all day entry to the park itself. Start was a little confused, and a little late but no serious problems. I did feel for the families that had turned up for a day at the zoo with no idea that the run was on. The first 6k is hilly - you could call it undulating, but I'd call it hilly. This leaves a nice cruise back down for the final 4. If you have a young(ish) family I'd recommend this event just for the discounted entry, though the nice girl in the ticket kiosk tried to foist a family ticket on us, claiming to know nothing about the discounted entry. Nice try. Date of review: May 23, 2010
In short: very tough due to the heat but great race with great scenery In full: Had a lovely day out, a race through the country followed by a day at the zoo! The hills in the first half were tough and made so much harder because it was so hot! The people with hoses were greatly appreciated! Date of review: May 23, 2010
In short: Beautiful location; and hot In full: Well organised, and beautiful scenery - running past rhinos and ostriches on the way out of the park. The discount for race spectators to get into the park was not particularly generous, so it is quite expensive for the family unless you plan to spend the whole day there. It was really hot and a lot of the course is up moderate hills, so I doubt there would be many PBs.
All in all a good race - and next year, if the weather is up to it again, we'll budget to stay longer after the event to see if we can spot the elusive leopards. Date of review: May 23, 2010
In short: Stunning location, and nice challenging course In full: Strange to start a race passing ostriches and tapirs! Lovely rural course with plenty of hills in the first half. Excellent marshalling, and a real feeling of occasion. Very hot day made this harder than I'd expected. Date of review: May 23, 2010