In short: Nice fast course, ideal first race! In full: My first 10 mile race, beat my target time! The course was well marshelled, signs in all the right places and the water stops were well run. Will be there next year! Date of review: November 7, 2007
In short: Really fast, excellent course In full: I really enjoyed Sunday's run. For my first 10 mile it was a really good course - very flat and quick. I cidn't enjoy the element off-road due to having weak ankles. I would have preferred advance notice about not using iPods. Being told 30s wasn't really adequate. I think I'll definately come back next year. Date of review: November 7, 2007
In short: Good, scenic, friendly run! In full: This was my first time and I really enjoyed it! Great scenic views through the leafy areas and by the time I reached the industrial estate, I had my head down pushing on!! Marshalls really encouraging and great prize at the end! I will definitely add it to my race calendar for next year! Date of review: November 7, 2007
In short: Now my favourite 10-mile race In full: This is a terrific race, and it deserves a lot more entries.
The course is an absolutely blinder - ever-so gentle uphill and downhill sections always seen to yield faster times than pure flatness (to me).
Here you are rewarded by the first couple of miles of gentle downhill, then out into the countryside along little leafy lanes, mostly on the flat. There is about half-a-mile of private (half-surfaced, half-track) road, then back on the leafy lanes.
The last couple of miles are very gently uphill, but not enough to cause concern. You just need to dig deep to accelerate your pace up those hills! With 1/2-mile to go, it turns into downhill, and you have a real blast back into the park for the final stretch.
It's a nice clean finish, with lots of room for spectators and great for that last push to the line.
OK, there was a little but of industrial estate, but it was ultra-flat, wide and free of traffic. I liked it - gave a good contrast to the other sections of the race, and it was FAST! Please keep this section in the race for 2008. :-)
I knocked 2.5 mins off my PB, and enjoyed the race a great deal more than last weekend's Great South Run.
The memento was amazing - a 3D laser-cut glass paperweight, really very cool. All the volunteers were friendly and extraordinarily welcoming. Huge amounts of car-parking and easy quick access in/out by car.
This is what British road-racing is all about - a fast run around scenic country lanes with a bunch of friendly people, and a nice reward. How could anybody not like this race?
See you here in 2008.
PS It should be noted that personal music players should NOT be warn at any organised race, as it prevents you hearing marshall's instructions. Admittedly this should have been explained in the pre-race material, but it is a standard race practice. Date of review: November 7, 2007
In short: Friendly race, flat course. In full: Course is pretty flat and scenic in places; except for the bit around the industrial estate. Marshalls on route were as terrific and as encouraging as last year. Many thanks. Just one niggle. The first comment I got when crossing the finishing line was one of the race organisers moaning at me for wearing an IPOD. Would have happily have left it in the car (parked ten minutes walk away)if we weren't told about the ban just 30 seconds before the start. If that's the policy for the future then so be it; but a bit of advance warning would be grand. Date of review: November 6, 2007
In short: Vast improvement on old route. In full: I much preferred the new route, especially the middle part where you come off road for a short way. The route was gently undulating, great potential for fast times. The momento made a nice change too. Admittedly the industrial estate wasn't the most scenic part of the route but you can't have everything. So on the whole a great race, nice atmosphere and well marshalled. Thanks Date of review: November 6, 2007
In short: A Superb Local Race In full: Although I rather liked the old hilly course, the new route was exellent, apart from the Industrial Estate. This was very similar to the Totton 10K Industrial Estate. It was a much better finish on grass, than the old finish which was narrow and rather dangerous. I was glad that I had checked out the new finish, as it was much further round the field than for the 10k.
The organisation and marshalls were, as usual, excellent. The water stations, on both sides of the road, were very efficient, and placed at just about the right stages of the race.
It was a pity that there were not more runners, however, and when I finished, there were no other runners in sight.
The momento was superb, and I ran 8 mins. faster than last year. I don't know whether it was the new course, or just that I was fitter. Date of review: November 5, 2007
In short: A great race, very well organised and friendly marshals, better without the hill from the previous course but abit boring round the industrial estate at the end. Date of review: November 5, 2007
In short: A pity they changed the course. I liked it better before. Bad loop through industrial eestate In full: A course map would have been nice, as would a copy of the rules. We were told as we lined up at the start that MP3s etc were not allowed. Had I known, I would not have entered. The race pace seemed a lot faster than when I did the race previously and I really didnt like the new course. Why would I pay to run round an industrial estate? Date of review: November 5, 2007
In short: A race for the calendar each year In full: Great support from the marshalls, a good atmosphere and well organised. I enjoyed the course, great to not have to worry about traffic! Date of review: November 4, 2007