In short: Really enjoyed the run, what a wonderful setting ! In full: Great run with friendly people, wonderful views, the weather was awful but hey that's life. Great run will be back next year.Thank you to all the marshalls.....great job. Date of review: December 3, 2009
In short: As I have said before, the best scenery I've seen in a race In full: As per previous reviews, one of my favourite half marathons, probably second only to the Hogweed Hilly Half. The latter pips it for being held in the spring when the weather is kinder.
My fifth time at Downton and I never seem to have a good run here, this year being no exception. A very disappointing time but more than made up for it by the glorious scenery, replete with wild cattle and New Forest Ponies.
Organisation like clockwork as always, but a tad disappointed not to get a t-shirt this year?
A friendly bunch of runners, and an even friendlier group of marshals. Top marks to the organisers for always putting a nice young lady at mile 10 to cheer us up!
One slight quibble is that the last mile needs some thought, having to run along roads that are not traffic-free is far from ideal especially if you are looking for a fast finish.
Looking forward to my sixth appearance at Downton in 2010. Date of review: December 1, 2009
In short: Good race, despite the weather! In full: I was on for a 1:26 but turned my ankle on a downhill at about half way so jogged the rest for a 1.40. Didn't diminish my positive feelings, this is a great race in lovely setting. Date of review: November 30, 2009
In short: My half marathon cherry gone..... In full: This will always hold a special place for me as was my first half (1hr 46), thoroughly enjoyed although was hillier than expected. Amazing scenery, brilliant marshalls and general organisation, medal, yay, but nowt else....? Shocking weather added to the fun, see you next year!! Date of review: November 30, 2009
In short: Cold, Wet, Windy but lovely course with plenty of challenging hills. In full: Bless the Marshalls for standing around in the cold. I'd rather be running, even in those conditions :-) Very well organised and a clearly marked course. Great location and the scenery in the New Forest was a definite highlight. My first time in this race, but I'll be back next year with some other victims/friends !! If you liked this run, try the Marlow Half. Date of review: November 30, 2009
In short: Very well organised, enjoyable and challenging half matathon In full: Easy parking, well organised and marshalled. Undulating and interesting course coupled with poor weather made this a challenging half. Very social group of runners on the day. Well done to the marshalls and the canteen ladies, loved the hot drink and bun. Date of review: November 30, 2009