In short: Great community event, but organisation could be better In full: I ran for this race for the first time this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. The course is well planned and marshaled, with water (in cups, grr!) at three points on the course. The views of the Isle of Wight are great, although it was quite hot and hazy in 2016. I actually ran a PB in this race, but times are very dependent on wind direction as there is a 4.5 km exposed stretch along the sea wall. With the wind behind you a PB is very possible, however running into it was tough!
The real plus point to this event is the community feel; most runners are local to Lymington, and there is lots of friendly chatter throughout, especially at the start line and following the race. The junior races are another big plus (my son ran the 0.5 km under 5s race). The event 'village' also has a great feel, with many clubs and charities represented, and local ice cream on sale (a big bonus for my kids in the heat!). The start and finish are situated in a large park, which helped keep my kids entertained while I ran, and results were posted at the finish within minutes of crossing the line - no waiting for the ominous text message or checking the website.
Unfortunately, the difference between a big race and this charity event are evident. Some of the organisation is a little haphazard and the Tannoy system is ineffectual, leading to some confusion, especially for the junior events. The goody bags are limited to a medal, a Mars bar and a bottle of water, which feels a little scant in comparison to may other events at a similar price.
That all being said, I (and my son) thoroughly enjoyed a pleasant morning in Lymington and so I would not hesitate to run this race again. Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Seaside day out. In full: Third time for me. A good local race,in support of a great cause. Nice medal,Mars bar and water post race. This race gets bigger every year. Anyone choosing to arrive by train,be advised the Start must be 2 miles from Lymington Station. Parking available at Pennington School and in Leisure Centre (but the latter is payable). Overall a fun day out - despite my poor showing! Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: All good In full: As the previous reviewer said, all races should start on time. It didn't start drastically late but a pain when it happens. Good scenery, good support from marshals and public. Quite a lot of shingle track but I managed a PB by 2 minutes. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Good but not great In full: Enjoyable scenic 10k. It has all the right elements to be a great 10k but its missing a little something....
The start point was very busy which you would expect but i dont think anyone could hear a word being said over the tanoy, i total waste of time.
Toilet facitlities were also fairly limited for almost 1000 runners.
I read that in previous years the marshalls were seriously depressing, far from it this time out - they have obviously been well briefed. It looked like they had signed up local cadets (sorry if you werent but i was in the middle of dying) who gave superb support when out on the off-road beach front, more remote stretch. The crowd support was also superb in and around woodside park... impressive for a smaller race.
I set a PB as the wind really helped you along coming back towards the finish. Equally, if the wind was in the other direction it would literally be a hell'ish run and a very difficult 10k due to the openness on the sea front.
A great mix of club runners and charity fun runners which made for a good race. Some sensible time banding at the start point made sure those out to set a fast time werent held up.
The goodie bag however was very poor. A bottle of water, medal and a mars bar. I have done a lot of small races and they have really put a lot more thought, time and care into this part. Its not an essential but its one part that really falls short compared to other races. I think this is where its very apparent this is for the RNLI rather than a race so to speak.
I would do it again as i really enjoyed it. Just a little more effort and it could be a race thats first in the diary every year.
In short: Flat,coastal... round the egrets one mo' time ? In full: My first time at the race, and aprt from not receiving a race number/chip before the day, I'd give it another go. On a sunny South Coast day it would be lovely...and supporters waiting at The Chequers with a cold Guinness afterwards would make it even better. But beware of the traffic en route - Lyndhurst is a pain! Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Deceptively Challenging In full: A very flat course, which probably makes it tougher. Mixed terrain is fun, views great. Organisation good. Can't say I noticed the marshals were that miserable (seemed fine to me). Lots of support all the way round. Lovely morning run followed by a pasty at the harbour - heaven! Date of review: May 18, 2012
In short: Very scenic 10k In full: Really well attended and the organisation was first class. A tad warm along the sea front but a cracking day for a race. The crowds were very encouraging along the way.
1 slight issue was the idiot runner with the pushchair. The course does not lend itself to such items and with narrow secions made it impossible to pass. Next time time least the family at home Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Good course - did you make the marshals watch Bambi's mum die? In full: PB, nice course, happy with the goody bag .....so can't complain too much.... BUT did you make everyone who was marshalling watch a sad film at 9am today? seriously, it makes a HUGE difference to the tail-end charlies (60mins +) who may have raised sponsorship (like me for example :-) to have the marshals say an encouraging word as one passes.
Kudos to the locals (? or random friends of other runners) round the course, you were the only ones clapping and cheering - thank you!!!!
Well organised kids 1k fun run. Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: 1st time for Lymington 10k, will not be the last In full: Fantastic race, views of the Solent, running through country lanes, great atmosphere, marshalls positive. Good price and with a chip! I would say its got to be my top 10k. Not an easy PB race as the paths are rather barrow at points, but still a lovely race! Date of review: May 13, 2012