In short: Well organised, pretty course, somewhat hilly. I love this race, now a regular in my calendar In full: Well organised, pretty course, somewhat hilly, traffic in the first 3 miles, shower at the end, charming atmosphere, a nice day out on the island. I love this race, now a regular Date of review: February 3, 2007
In short: Isle of Wight 10 mile race (NOT Marathon) but might aswell be!! In full: Just come back from a 3 week injury feeling like I could pick up from where I left off! Not a chance. Got into my stride from the off. Good first half mile at about 5 30 pace then an almighty hill. Negotiated that then undulating till about mile 7. Downhill, think you've made it as your running at sea level, turn a corner at mile 8 and WHAM, a trawl of a hill that even a couple of the top 20 guys ahead were walking! Don;'t see that too often! Helped shake off some of those injury blues though and am still aching 3 days later, but great prep for the faster flat HM's I've got coming up. One gripe though, a guy came past at mile 6 and at a sharp right hand bend went round the corner on the right hand side of the road! What a complete and utter idiot. A 4 x 4 was approaching him, and another guy that decided to follow his line, had to swerve on to my side of the road and there could have been a very nasty situation. I watched the guy pull exactly the same trick about a mile further on. No wonder locals complain and road races are having to pay a hefty premium if they can go ahead. Aside from that though, a nice race but not one of the greats.
In short: Enjoyable but hard 10k with three testing climbs In full: Race has only been going two years and this year it was in the Hampshire Road Race League with triple the competitors. This showed up some shotcomings especially in miles 1 -3 when the race was down the main Brading Road. Heavy traffic, few marshalls and no police is not a good combination. After mile 3 a very scenic and well organised race, though the hill at Mile 8 saps the last out of you. Nice facilities and I'd definitely do it again. Date of review: January 29, 2007
In short: Brilliant thanks In full: A brilliant well manned race lovely course. Thanks to the man who ran with me to 8K no idea who you were but kep the traffic away and stopped to let me through every single time. One little moan running up the finishing straight a car was cutting me up and did not even appear to see me.Thanks to all the marshals the race organisers etc Date of review: January 28, 2007
In short: Very well organised race - good course In full: Did this race last year did a PB. Forgot about the hill at 8-9 miles - very challenging. Well organised - friendly marshalls. Shame about slow runners starting at front and causing problems - again!. All in all a good race - another PB. Would recommend. Will definately do it again. Date of review: January 28, 2007
In short: Splendid run over some hills on the L'Isle d'Blanc In full: To say this race is "undulating" would be like calling Osama Bin Laden a little troublesome! This is a serious course which starts as it means to go on - starting at sea level, you climb 50m to the first mile-marker, then back to sea level when you see "Mile 2". Mile 3 is up to 40m, Mile 4 back down again, etc etc. The hills aren't huge, but your cumulative vertical climb for the race is well over 200m.
I found the hills to actually be a nice challenge though - just the right distance to push hard without being too tiresome. Just watch for that climb after the 8 mile mark - that's the one you really notice! You're rewarded with a fast charge back to the finish, with terrific views of the Solent, sandy beaches and the South Downs on the mainland.
This is a great race which I'd highly recommend. And how many other people can say they've travelled to their race on a hovercraft?
PS These comments relate to the Ryde 10 miles race, despite the title! Date of review: January 28, 2007