In short: Good value, friendly volunteers, beautiful terrain, forgiving yet tough hills In full: Loved how the you have the option to pay separately for t-shirt, medal, mug, etc. Not everyone wants a full goody bag at the end and it definitely keeps costs down if you don't. (No point paying for a t-shirt that may or may not fit you or yet another waterbottle to add to the back of the cupboard!). The results and photos were also available relatively soon after the event. All in all a well organised no frills event on beautiful trails. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Train hard and pace yourself for the secnod half! Memorable and challenging trails. In full: 1.54 for the first half and 2.30 for the second perhaps says it all. Definitely a 'game of two halves', which is unfortunate for the half-marathoners who only got the challenging part. Having trained on the trails for several months, I thought I was ready, but the hills from mile 18 onwards still took me by surprise and it became a significant psychological challenge. Brilliant organization and marshalling with plenty of water stations, but please remember to take plenty of gels and isotonics with you. I'll be back next year, even if my screaming quads are disagreeing! Date of review: October 12, 2013
In short: A really great event with top notch marshals In full: Completed this a number of times and keep coming back for more. Lovely route (may say differently in pouring rain!) and great smiles and support from the many marshals. Only negative was the promise of bananas at water stops after half way but they all seemed to be kept at the finish line. Great idea to run the relay at the same time and meet the half marathon runners at Broughton - I kept taking a sly look at the number colours when I passed anyone! Date of review: October 9, 2013
In short: great way to enjoy the hampshire and wiltshire countryside In full: Great route with lots offroad trails and hills, drink stations and supporters. Nice villages too. Must train more and eat more before next years event! Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: challenging but lovely cross country run In full: loved that we could enter a relay team...none of us quite up to such a challenging half or full marathon but lovely to take part as a team. beautiful scenery, first class organisation fabulous day out. would have been nice to have a portaloo at each transition...not just for relay runners. and a bit of warning that transition coming up but these are minor gripes. thanks to all the marshalls who helped make such a fun day Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: Extremely challenging but well-worth doing. Excellent organisation. In full: First 'cross-country' marathon and a major struggle but well-worth doing. Not for the faint-hearted. Amazingly well organised and a big THANK YOU to the marshalls and organisers. Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: Be prepared... In full: This is impeccably organised with lots of friendly marshals, beautiful scenery and strong support en route. The buses out from the park and ride and back from the finish worked as advertised.
But it is hard - not much steep but not much flat either. It was my poor choice of first marathon but on a hot day I was an hour over predicted pace based on a recent road HM. Even experienced marathoners were walking from 20 - 21 onwards. There were a lot of guys with finisher T-shirts from big ultras including several from UTMB and a lot of obviously military as well - these guys had well practiced nutrition strategies and ultra-type kit. If you are used to flat road races, give this the respect it deserves, plan to be out there for a long time and take the first half slowly - basically treat it like an ultra and you'll have a great time. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Good fun. A challenge, but not crazy. In full: I enjoyed this. The buses to and from the various start points and car parks seemed to run really smoothly, registration was effortless and there were more marshals than you could shake a stick at.
The scenery and general setting was certainly picturesque and spectators in the villages we passed looked happy to see us and get their kids to offer jelly babies.