In short: Glad to have chip timing this year In full: It's not a bad race, but not one I'd travel to. Winchester is a beautiful city surrounded by lovely countryside, but sadly you see none of this in the race. A technical t shirt would be much appreciated. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Expensive, not enough loos but at least they put the race on In full: Whilst I'm grateful that the organisers endeavoured to get this race on rather than just cancel due to the floods it still isn't great. Even for a UKA runner the price seems steep for a cheap medal and bottle of water post-race. There aren't enough toilets - just a few inside the leisure centre - and the race briefing (which we missed most of due to the loo queue which we joined at 10am) needed a megaphone as I assume they were talking about the course changes.
I've done this race before when the start field was a dangerous mudbath so thankful it was much firmer this year. The new course was fine, it was very hilly but I quite enjoyed it. The marshalls were super in the main but could have done with the ones near the garden centre stopping the cars from turning in on the runners - I saw two near-misses as the driver just didn't want to wait any longer and my club mate was also nearly taken out in the same spot.
Chip timing to start and finish is a plus but isn't enough get me back a third time. A good hilly workout if you are fairly local but I wouldn't recommend travelling too far for this one. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Poorly organised, tedious course, poor value In full: Not the best 10K I have completed: course was dull and involved too much running on paths so became congested, though I appreciate that it was changed at short notice due to the floods; start was a bit of a shambles and not well organised; and the medal was plastic & very poor quality - for £16 I would have expected at least a goody bag. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: No chipped start, Hilly, disappointing medal, no goody bag In full: Bit misleading to state the race is chipped and then omit a chip sensor at the start - makes the chip a waste of time for anyone not on the front line IMHO. The timing company was less than helpful when I questioned them about this and the organisers didn't reply at all. Pretty hilly from start to finish but good numbers helped keep the pace up. Medal truly poor (paper sticker on blank medal jobby) and nothing more (unless a cup of water counts). Feels like the organisers skimped on cost. Still, managed a PB so all's well on that front - looking forward to trying a flatter route. Also agree with comments that this was a real missed opportunity to create a truly special race round one of our most historic cities - the route starts on the outskirts and heads away from the city so you don't see any of the sights at all. Date of review: February 26, 2013
In short: A pleasant 10k around the northern fringes of Winchester In full: Having read reviews from previous years, I arrived with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised with the organisation. The route has enough mild ups and downs to keep it interesting and although not traffic free, I didn't encounter any problems. The start and finish areas all ran smoothly and there was good pockets of support despite the bitter conditions. I was very happy with my time and will be back in future. Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: OK, but not many frills! In full: I had a good run, and enjoyed the support of the pockets of wellwishers cheering you on, and the other runners who were friendly and welcoming, however I did feel that the organisers have scrimped on costs. Given that there were over 600 entrants, and most of these will have friends and family coming along too, the toilet facilities were woeful. 8 leisure centre toilets for such a big race is not enough, and resulted in long queues and flushes giving up, many smaller races have a bank of portaloos near the start, and there was plenty of room for this. There was no warm-up to get runners in the mood, and given how bitter it was this would have helped people avoid injury and help to create a good atmosphere. The announcer had no megaphone or tannoy so we couldn't hear his announcements. There was a lot of congestion at the start of the race which affected times and made it a jostle for space on a poor surface. You do also get cars whizzing past as the roads aren't closed, which at times does affect your enjoyment of it. Overall it's not a bad race, however please get some portaloos, everyone will want to go before a 10k run, and when its 2 degrees help us warm up a bit! Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: Winchester???? New route needed In full: Having moved to Winchester a year ago I really love this city, what a missed chance to show off the city. The route just doesn't go near the city, should be called Worthy's 10K. The start is too congested and whilst it's a good challenging course it's just such a missed opportunity. The blurb says it's chip timed so it won't make any difference if your not at the front of the start when in fact it's gun start and chip finnish, so if your looking for a PB then ignore the stewards and get close to the front. It didn't make any difference to me but 20 seconds to get to the start is a lot if you're chasing a PB and the organisers should be honest about this. If your expecting to see Winchester whilst running then forget it. I'll probably do it again but only because it's local, wouldn't travel any distance. Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: Challenging but fun In full: Good organisation, improved start and finish from last time I ran this. A bit tight at the start only marred by inconsiderate runners cutting up others on the run towards Kings Worthy. Friendly Marshals and patient drivers... And great weather! Hills mean you would have to be in great shape to run a PB here but a great season opener Date of review: February 28, 2012
In short: Really enjoyable Sunday morning race In full: Like many I was put off by last year's reviews and only entered on the day and because I live 5 mins from the start. However, there was nothing to worry about because this is a really good race. The course has inclines and as a result is not super fast but it's not exactly fell running and decent times are achievable. It was absolutely perfect running weather (sunny but cool with a gentle breeze) and the middle 3 or 4k follow a picturesque road with fields on either side. Organisation was good, no problems entering on the day and all very relaxed and competent. Lastly, the whines from last years reviews about finishing on "shingle" are comical if it's the same finish (which I think it is). The shingle turned out to be a gravel road - totally inoffensive. I'd encourage people put off by subjective reviews to have a good look at this one next year. Date of review: February 27, 2012
In short: nice day for it and friendly bunch but.... In full: I agree the course is still not quite right yet, tight start and finish with way too many tight bends on the run in and out. I don't mean too sound harsh on what was such a nice race day and such an enjoyable morning running however, compared to the Alresford or Hursley 10k it lacked any atmosphere and felt very much like a friendly gathering of older runners who all knew each other. Nice but hardly worth its rather steep entry fee. Unfortunately it lacked any pre or post race entertainment or fun runners or family events. The facilities were spread all over the place with not enough martials telling us where to go in the build up or afterwards. Sorry guys but compared to allot of other races of a similar size I came away wondering what did I pay for? Date of review: February 27, 2012