In short: A good race with good PB potential, although I didn't manage a PB this year! In full: Don't really see the point of running a Hampshire Championship 5 mile race alongside a 10k fun run with both races starting at the same time in the same place on 4 lanes of a track! Other than that I enjoyed this race and will do it again. Date of review: September 26, 2012
In short: Fast course, always a strong field. In full: A fast course with a good quality field, definitely PB potential if the wind along the shore isn't too strong. Improvements to this race for next year would be to sort out the mile markers (1 and 4 were inaccurate by about 300 metres), however the rest seemed about right. The start was also a little crowded with only 4 lanes of the track used. Date of review: September 19, 2012
In short: small things like the MILE MARKERS 1 and 4 so out by a full .2m - unacceptable for a race of this quality - tried reporting it to RD who siad well done on a sub 5mm and siad garmins are always out.... Im not capable of a sub 5mm In full: Apert from this with the mile markers, this is an exceptional race with good PB potential, the memento was unique this year in a golden shoe, nice I like that.
Not sure about the compact start this year, but the finish area much better and less congested than previous years. As usual the marshall were excellent. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Well organised; good atmosphere; fats and flat, with good prospects for a PB In full: Overall, well organised and well marshalled. Straightforward registration. Great course for a personal PB. Liked the golden shoe as a memento - certainly novel and made an interesting alternative to a medal! Thanks to everyone who made it happen.
In short: It's the little things that make all the difference In full: Yes, it's a fast flat course with PB potential (if the wind stays away), but some things about this race I just can't really forgive. The start, for instance, was a bit of a shambles - why start the race on a running track and then cram the start line into HALF its width? Ruined several people's PB ambitions right there. Then the positions of the mile markers was frankly laughable. I'll take my Garmin if there's a next time.
I could make other criticisms regarding the "value" of the race and post-race memento relative to the entry fee, and the laborious registration procedure, but I'd like to keep it quite constructive. As it's a HRRL race, I'll probably end up doing it again, but I'd like a significantly improved experience next time. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In full: Good organisation, I like starting on the athletics track, will be the only time I ever get to run on one! Nice flat route, lots of off road running. I loved the shoe momento. I think there are a mixture of abilities so it caters for everyone one. I will be back next year Date of review: September 16, 2012