In short: Scenic route In full: Would like to be sure about the measurement of course as I think 5k, 8k points were long and maybe overall distance 150 metres short? Marshals did not point (which is so typical of a fun run style race, they think we know where we are going, with one turning at about 8.5km with NO MARSHAL! just an arrow)Prize giving for my mate who won was done too quick while we were on a "warm down" and i saw no results up and can't find any on any web sites? NO vet prizes were given.
Otherwise a great course which was mainly flat with a couple of rises, gravel tracks, traffic free and good car parks. The loo got blocked and could of done with many more chemical loos but plenty of bushes a jog away to do your business if you got stuck.
I may come back next year and have a choice of 5k or 10k an hr apart, or do both if you are brave?.
In short: This is a really nice run In full: Have done this every year and I love it. I get to eat chocolate in the morning and then run it all of at 11.30! Very well organised in a rather fun way, a bit like my Dad would do things but that is no bad thing. Good course, although I did notice that the route taken didn't match that given in the pack but no problem. End is cruel with a lo9ng slog around the park that drains you and takes a lot of effort in public! The man on thr mike was funny he had a way of saying people were still coming out of the forest that made it sound as if he thought they were too slow and c**p! Sure he didn't mean it though and I don't think those coming out of the forest could hear him! Nice tshirt, water but sadly no medal for the 10k runners, those doing the fun run got medals though. Date of review: April 14, 2009
In short: A perfect race to aim for on an Easter weekend. Great for beginners In full: Great race - thanks. If you want even more people to turn up (there's limitless parking) then having the course measured (http://coursemeasurement.org.uk/index.htm) will bring more in, as people like to know that a 10k is exactly that. I think you would need 200 or 300 yards of tape down the middle of the path leading up to the switchback point, if you had many more runners.
Great race, though. Keep it going, as it is pretty quick for an off-roader, without the mounting hassles that on-road races are going to be facing over the coming years. Date of review: April 12, 2009
In short: A very enjoyable, well organised race in a gorgeous setting In full: A lovely, low key race, with PB potential, and the chance for an afternoon out in the scenic New Forest afterwards. The course was virtually all flat, well marshalled, and the walkers and cyclists on the route were all respectful. Didn't enjoy the out and back element of the course though. The km markers seemed accurate enough, though my Garmin registered a short 9th km. Was delighted to run a PB on a multiterrain course, though the weather helped there. Organisation was excellent, except for the mens toilets. Thanks to the organisers and volunteers, I will run this race again. Date of review: April 12, 2009
In short: A Friendly Well Organised Race In full: A very nice race catering for all abilities. It was good that this year there were K markers. The marshalls were very efficient and also did an excellent job, getting all the cars parked in such a way that it was easy to leave after the event. A nice t shirt at the finish. This was the third running of this race and I hope it continues for many years. thank you Oakhaven for a very enjoyable race! Date of review: April 12, 2009