In short: loved it, tough enough to challenge, whilst being enjoyable enough to have fun In full: Second time doing this one, the organisation was excellent, everyone was very helpful, friendly & welcoming, particularly as I did this on my own. Enjoyed the challenge, the scenery & the whole atmosphere of the day. Great cakes afterwards, yum!! Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: Great Race - First Experience of this type of event and loved it In full: This is the first time I'd ever done a small club event but after previous reviews I thought I'd give it to go. I arrived early and was a little apprehensive; I need not have worried, from the moment I arrived at Overton I felt welcome.
The coaches to the start were part of the preparation; not having done the event before hints and exaggerations were given to me by veterans young and hold. Shoe choice seemed to be the main conversation, would it be a muddy or dry year - consensus was dry. Lucky as I hadn't packed anything hardcore!
We arrived at the Combe Gibbet to stunning views over what must have been most of the South East.
The race started a few minutes late (to the previous commenter - seriously did you really mind that the event was started four minutes late - did you have a train to catch at Overton!) and we charged downhill and followed the ridge line for the next mile or two with Red Kites soaring on the thermals around us.
The first few miles undulated before a fast downhill few miles to the half way mark.
Then the hill that had been talked about in the coach to the start. It's a tough hill in that it goes on and on and on with no visible finish. I got there eventually and was rewarded with great views from the top.
The next few miles were through hedgerows until suddenly we got to a short road section, bliss smooth tarmac. Then it was back onto farm tracks; marshal shouted three miles to go but I was flagging by now but I was told the last few miles were all downhill.
Gritted teeth and sheer determination got me through the next few miles, then suddenly I was in Overton, steep downhill finish and then that was it all over.
Home made cakes and a cup of coffee then the presentations; unfortunately I didn't win anything but the trophies were amazing, miniature replicas of the "Gibbet".
This is truly a unique event, brilliantly organised and for the effort involved cheap as chips. Thanks to Overton for a great event. I’ll be back. Date of review: April 8, 2011
In short: Extraordinary. A race for the runner who likes to think differently. In full: I love this race. It is all I am bad at in running: hills, distance, terrain. And that's why I love it. It's a different challenge. I've done it 8 times now and still haven't worked out how you cover the last 4 downhill miles at anything other than a pain-filled, grimacing plod. It has a fantastic atmosphere, really amazing views, is organised damn near perfectly and is different every year (well, except for the pain, that's been consistent). The coach journey to the start, police escort (to the earlier poster who complained about this, are you saying that you would prefer NOT to have police support for races? If so, you are George Osbourne and I claim my £10) and cakes all add to the main event: you and 16 miles across the Hampshire countryside. Date of review: April 7, 2011
In short: A great race along the N. Hants Downs taking in some of the most scenic countryside in southern England. Great organisation and stewarding creating a truly unique combination of professionalism and friendliness. Not to be missed for 2012. In full: This is the 4th time I have run this race, and it gets better each time- the race that is, but unfortunately not my time. Nothing you can do about getting old!
The route follows the Wayfarers Way for the most part, is extremely well marked and the marshalling is first class. Even the police, protecting the runners from the odd numty motorist out on a Sunday, seemed to get a kick out of being part of it.
The terrain is challenging, but is largely downhill for the last 4 miles so you can always fall back on gravity to get you home.
Overall, a unique race which challenges you, but rewards you with a great atmosphere and great scenery and countryside. I will definately be back next year.
In short: simply the best In full: Slightly biased as this is my local run but can anyone honestly fault it. Big well done for the police for the escort, I had my most enjoyable run in years even though age means running a PB is only a dream. The marshalls were as superb as usual and thanks to those who urged me on (that's all of them). Roll on 2012 & finish number 34. Date of review: April 6, 2011
In short: Great views, great marshalls and sore legs In full: My second go, loved it more this time round - great effort by the police and coach drivers winding the convoy of coaches up to Combe Gibbet where the view is pretty stunning. If you're not too busy watching your feet there are great views to be had along much of the course, so much so that the last mile back into Overton feels like a bit of a let down.
Marshalls did a sterling job, all very friendly and encouraging - thank you.
Chalky paths can be a bit hard on the feet, and the slog up the other side of the A34 seems to go on for ever, but this is a race where you will feel a sense of achievement crossing the line.
A bit of a hidden gem really. Date of review: April 5, 2011
In short: Another excellent Gibbet race In full: Great marshalling and organisation as ever. Some comments previously that the coach journey was tedious but it is part of what makes this event different and entertaining - getting round those narrow lanes. Alternative might be a chinook?! Will definitely be back! Date of review: April 5, 2011
In short: The Best Race Anywhere In full: This is always the first race in my diary for so many reasons; wonderful camaraderie on the buses to the start, relaxed atmosphere, fantastic marshals, breath-taking views, incredible organisation, the fact it is one of so few point-to-point races, chatting to other runners during the race and the cake at the end.
Thank you Overton Harriers for yet another wonderful edition of this amazing race.