In short: Fantastic Trail Marathon In full: Let me get this out there the hill sucks but after the second lap you respect it lol love this race, mostly as im lazy and its very local but love the atmosphere and people who do it, this year the leader was shouting encouragement as he blitzed past, awesome day out and the final straight directly into the heavy rain was memorable! defintiely one to do again. Date of review: October 27, 2015
In short: Bit windy out In full: Evil start to this run, the start is up hill. Still it was a prelude of things to come. the initial road section is flat, after that you are generally going up hill or down hill.
Conditions underfoot were good, a few puddles here and there but the course was never congested so everyone could avoid the puddles.
The wind was the main factor, very strong on the ridge, occasionally it was behind, giving you a push, but mainly it was to the side or in your face.
Not usually a fan of looped races, but for a Feb race this was fine - it was good to see the speedier runners zip by.
Great value for £22, drinks were always available and easy to get. Yes no food - but this was clear in the joining instructions - bring your own food or add an extra few quid to the entry fee. These days it is getting harder to find reasonably priced marathon entry - the organisers should be applauded for this! (compare it to the New Forest Running Festival 50 Km entry is £48)
Be back next year Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: A good marathon to run in February In full: My first Heartbreaker marathon, which I finished in 3:58. Ran it all until 24 miles then ran out of puff till the road. Always enjoy off-road races in preferences, though don't like loops. The 3 loops seemed to work as during the second loop the half marathoners joined us. The terrain was surprisingly good & dry - just the occasional puddle, but very windy in places as the main out & back path was on the ridge.
Didn't like the banning of headphones - there was no need for the ban. Nearly the whole route was off road. Also, the one drink station which we passed on numerous occasions, did not supply any nourishment or gels - not good for a marathon. With only a cheap medal at the end, was it value for money form£21/£23? I was too tired to grab a cup of soup afterwards.
For a low key winter marathon, you can't go wrong. With a little more bang for our buck, the numbers will increase dramatically, I'm sure. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: Scenic location, testing hills and friendly. In full: The New Forest is a great location for a race. A few testing hills so not a race for a PB. Having the use of the facilities at holiday park was great particularly as it was so cold. Welcome hot soup at the finish. Good spirit, everyone was friendly and encouraging. Would be nice to have the year on the medal. Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: Great thanks! In full: A testing undulating T shaped course through the New Forest on well surfaced stony tracks - road shoes were a good choice for extra padding! Testing with a couple of hills at the begining of each lap. T shaped so you run out to the a six mile loop which you do three times. Nice set up as you can see the leaders and how many people are in front of you. There is a 14 mile option which starts an hour after the full marathon so you get an injection of pace around the 8 mile mark. Good race, well organised, High 5 energy drinks at the aid station. Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: Fairly tough trail run on good surfaces. Good intro to trail marathons and well worth a look in any case In full: Nice friendly race in very cold conditions. Good scenery and not over-crowed, though being out in the New Forest does mean close to zero spectators. I'd suggest two improvements: include some distance markers for those of us that aren't garmin-addicts, and put a bin for plastic cups 100 yards after the drinks station so we have a chance to drink while running and not litter the place. This was my first trail marathon (3rd in total) and definitely the hardest. Nice event, decent medal, tasty soup and bread afterwards :) No goody bag but that's not normally a big loss anyway. Not many fun runners but if you want to try an off-road marathon this one's well worth a look: it's on fairly good trails so unless very wet road shoes will do. Not sure if it'll convert me to the muddier side of running, but I've no regrets about having ran it (was only 20mins off my flat road course PB so maybe it wasn't a tough as I thought at the time too!) Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: Lovely New Forest tracks to run on, lots going on, great atmosphere. In full: Well-organized, friendly run. Laps race means always runners coming at you to keep you motivated and interested. Other track users: dogs, people, ponies, bikes, keep you on your toes! Good scenery, great running surface. Great facilities at start and finish - warm, roomy, comfortable. Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: New Forest is lovely - if you like that sort of thing In full: Off-road but firm underfoot and fairly level ground - when dry (like today) I would use road shoes. Marshals encouraging - I enjoyed being called 'sir' rather than mate, chum.... whatever, well done that man! The great thing about this run are the more than adequate parking and toilet/shower facilities...mmmmm luxury. Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: luv the new forest In full: beautiful landscape, loverly weather, good fat burn, well done. Could say a bit boring with three loops, but in a way it helps remember training methods. The 1/2 marathon runners made a good distraction and made the second loop more enjoyeble. Great run. No complaints from me. Date of review: February 29, 2012
In short: Heart warming, not heartbreaking! In full: Agree with other comments. Friendly race with great atmosphere,marshalls and scenery. Challenging route, but enjoyable. Lovely facilities at the race venue. See you next year! Thanks to all involved. Date of review: February 27, 2012