In short: Started off wondering why I had entered and then loved it. In full: The heavy rain meant that almost from the start we were running through deep mud and puddles. For the first kilometre as the rain poured down I was wishing I was at home. Then gradually as you became used to the mud and other runners were apologising for sliding across in front of you the race seemed to become enjoyable. The marshalls were great despite having to stand out in the rain and when you had a chance to look around on the small lengths of tarmac the scenery was wonderful. At the finish there was a warm welcome from the locals and a hose to wash the mud off your legs. Then there was tea, coffee and wonderful cakes. What more could you want. The organisers are great and the whole village seems to have a very friendly spirit. It was just a shame that the weather probably stopped a few people entering on the day. Date of review: April 28, 2014
In short: Like old school cross country In full: A wonderful run that even the weather couldn't dampen . The field included beginners and faster runners . The best cake ever at the finish !! Date of review: April 27, 2014
In short: A very British run In full: A lovely well organised race in a very friendly village (I have not been to another race where there is a cake raffle at the start). No queues for registration or toilets like at many of the more "professional" runs. The scenery was spectacular and odd in places (running through a cattle sheds with some very bemused cows and passing a wonderful disused railway). Quite a bit hilly up to around 6k but then flat/downhill all the way after that. The motivational signs around the course were brilliant in their humour; very nice touch. Thank you to all those that made this race happen; I cant wait for next year. Date of review: April 29, 2013
In short: Fun in the Sun In full: First time running 11k and certainly off-road. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. The second hill was a bit of a killer but after getting up it it was pretty flat after that. Amazing well organised and I'd definately do it again. Date of review: April 29, 2013
In short: Gem of a race. Highly recommended. In full: Small and perfectly formed trail run. Hard to think of a more charming run. Maybe more races were like before running became so popular. Amyway jighly recommended. Absolutely hassle free with easy parking. Beautiful downland countryside. Some nice views along the way. River very pretty. Genuinely friendly and welcoming organisers. Thanks for a great morning. Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: Excellent In full: Did it last year in the blistering heat and this year in the rain and gales and loved both races! It really is a beautiful course, smiley, enthusiastic marshalls (even in the rain), well organised and lovely cake at the finish :-) A must in my racing calendar. Thanks to all the organisers for a fab morning out enjoying the British weather! Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: A perfect, friendly, smile enducing rural race :) In full: This is the 3rd time in 4 years I've done this race. The other 2 have been in glorious conditions showing the course of at it's magnificent best.
Beautiful Hants countryside with yellow fields, styles and the magical river Test. But this time it rained. And boy did it rain!! But the way this was handled with such a smile and a British stoical atmosphere was a joy. Marshalls who smiled through some of the worst conditions seen for yonks. And a lovely village hall with cake and tea and friendly runners. And organisers who really were interested. Why pay £30 for foul ups like last week (The Demon Run) when you can pay a tenner for a great rural course with a cracking atmosphere. I'll be back!
Will put a proper review up in the week on my blog: http://www.runningtowork.co.uk :) Date of review: April 29, 2012