In short: Perfect organisation and stunning scenery makes torrential rain incidental! In full: For a first time event to be able to cope with such a wet day was amazing. Friendly marshalls, beautiful location and an AMAZING beer tent - Bring on 2012! Date of review: June 22, 2011
In short: despite torrential rain the warmest welcome and a wonderful track. Next year in the sun it will be hard to beat In full: I loved the atmosphere, and was made to feel very very welcome. I will be back in spades next year and hope to beat my time if the ground is drier. Some of the views even with low cloud were spectacular Date of review: June 22, 2011
In short: Everybody loves jumping in muddy puddles! In full: A run round a fantastic part of rural Dorset. Fantastically organised and despite the terrible conditions the marshalls were plentiful and friendly. Definitely will do it again and will persuade friends and family to either enter or bring a picnic. Weather can't be as bad next year... surely! Date of review: June 15, 2011
In short: this newbie is sold In full: My first half-marathon and how else can one have a glorious day in driving rain. The fact that a lot of the trail is in woodland keeps the worst of the weather off (and would keep me cool if it were a blazing hot day).
Really friendly for a newbie like myself. Date of review: June 14, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable, despite the rain; on a good day it could be fantastic In full: My first event for over 10 years, so not a lot to judge it against at the moment; if anything I marked it low just in case there are better events out there somewhere.
I heard a few minor organisational points made at the end, which the organisers were keen to make note of for next year - as this was the first running. Nothing that should spoil your day though.
The weather - constant rain and cold - clearly didn't help. Naturally that made most of the trails rather muddy, however, they all seemed quite well-drained and I don't recall any thick, deep mud. The rain was probably more of an issue for the spectators and, I suspect, caused most runners to leave soon after finishing. On a good day - even just a dry one - it would have been great to sit around on the grass afterwards to enjoy the day for an hour or two.
With most of the route in shady woodland I think it could be quite pleasant running even on a hot day. Maybe the weather will be better next year, as I hope to do this one again. Date of review: June 13, 2011
In short: You will not find a better half marathon anywhere. In full: I've done a few halfs and in my opinion if you want the best organisation , scenery that is gorgeous with minimal roads, and a real fun spirit this is the one. Which other half has musical entertainments as you go around? It was very wet this year, but some protection was offered by the woods and if it was dry it would have been the best run ever. Free Red Bull (sponsors) a proper smart medal, easy access, great food offered for afterwards and funds go to several charities. What more can you ask for? I can't wait for next year! Date of review: June 12, 2011
In short: A wonderful trail 1/2 marathon course In full: This was the first year of running the the Great Shaftesbury Run. I thought it was a sensational event - 13.1 miles of beautiful trails, mostly through woodland with some not too challenging hills thrown in. The people were friendly and the whole event had a really villagey feel about it. I would say it was one of my favourite runs of all time. Date of review: June 12, 2011