In short: Terrible weather, but a PB potential marathon In full: Set a new personal best by nearly a minutes so well chuffed with that.
It was well organised - easy to get there, ample parking (though a walk to the start!), and a quick course. It wasn't easy in the weather but it was well marshalled and you are certainly not going to get lost.
A few grumbles though - there didn't seem to be any food/refreshements for the runners after the race and considering the conditions a tea/coffee would have been ideal (I would have happily paid). I perhaps missed such a facility but it wasn't obvious.
The end was quite tough having to step over little speed bumps and was quite twisty - not what you want after 26.2 miles! Perhaps start the course a bit further back meaning you get the straight finish at the end?
Could have done with the jelly bean point further back in the race - at 22 miles, I didn't think it was the best position for it!
All in all though a good race - if you want to get a new pb this is certainly a potential one. Date of review: September 28, 2012
In short: A wet one! In full: Hilly in places and two sections on forest track - I knew what I was in for but I wasn't prepared for the torrential rain. Despite this the course is scenic - spotting wild horses along the way. Not a likely PB course. Date of review: September 27, 2012
In short: excellent race despite the weather In full: Friendly Marshalls, cheering crowd, bit hilly. Most of it runs on tarmac, but there were to sections of soaked country ground/gravel roads. Despite the rain and the slightly undulating course for my biggest surprise I have managed to run a PB. Date of review: September 26, 2012
In short: And I was worried about getting too hot??!!! In full: As it was my 10th full marathon, I thought I'd go local and glad I did. The course is hard but interesting, the marshalls were excellent and I was happy with my efforts despite you know what! Would love to do this again without the rain to see how I do. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: Scenic, enjoyable route around quiet lanes with some trail sections. In full: Really enjoyable race; superbly organised and marshalled. Nice touches like the motivational signs on the way up 'Jelly Bean Hill' in mile 22. Marshalls very friendly and happy to exchange a joke or two, despite the awful wet and windy weather. Course was run mainly on quiet country lanes through the picturesque New Forest and had enough undulation to be challenging without being a real toughie. Far better than a flat course IMHO. Well worth doing. Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: A very wet but rewarding experience In full: My first marathon, An experience I will not forget for a while. Dreadful weather courtesy of ex tropical storm Nadine. Thanks to the enthusiastic marshalls who kept my spirits up. A well organised race in a beautiful location, even in the rain. Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: A great event made tough by the extreme weather conditions. Loved it again In full: In short: The weather was to say the least rough; hail rain and a cold wind but support and marshals were brilliant. In full: The weather made this event a tough challenge. The usually most enjoyable running part of the course, the trails, was made extremely taxing due to the huge volume of water cascading from the sky and pouring down onto the trail from the heaths. The whole course was very well marshaled and all the drink stations efficient and supportive, the provision of an energy gel and the jelly babies near the end of the run was a great needed touch.Every overhead bridge turned into a dry sheltered sanctuary from were the hardy supporters cheered runners on. A great event and all the organizers and support staff are to be congratulated for overcoming all the extreme weather difficulties thrown at them. My race pack was lost in the mail and prior to the race with no delay I was given a new number and chip. Thank you and my 60+ age prize 30th anniversary plate a lovely memento. Date of review: September 25, 2012 Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: Great support from marshals and locals in the awful weather In full: I didn't really enjoy the race but that was down to the weather rather than the actual race! I found the off road sections difficult in the wet but on a dry day they wouldn't have slowed me down! I hardly noticed the hills and did manage a PB! The well done really has to be to the marshalls and locals that braved it to support! I was very pleased to see the finish!!! Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Weather aweful, medal cheap, enthusiastic marshals. In full: This was my third and final marathon for the year and really looking forward to it after doing the half last year. Pretty optimistic for sub-3 1/2 hours, but it was blown away by the terrible weather. I know you can't control for this, but the rain, wind, cold, (was that hail of just driving rain?) made it a fairly miserable experience. Hard, hilly race- would not recommend it for first-timers. final whinge is that I thought the medal was the cheapest thing I have ever seen - shame to whoever chose that. On the massive plus side, well organised, good instructions, parking and enthusiastic runners, marshals and supporters. Not sure if I'll enter next year, but as I'm local i might do the half. Date of review: September 24, 2012