In short: Multi terrain 10K - bring proper shoes In full: This being my 'year of doing differently' I took part for the first time in the Hursley 10K. Billed as multi-terrain, race starts on grass, touched tarnac for maybe haldf a mile and then dived into the woods. If it has rained in the last 24 hours you will encounter mud and greasy clay patches. Leave Mayflies at home, wear trail shoes. All in all, an enjoyable day slightly spolied by Parking issues. Arrive early! Date of review: October 2, 2013
In short: Brilliant Off Road Race In full: Great organisation, lovely course, well thought out water stations, tonnes of bananas, fab medal, free water bottle, cake stalls, BBQ, and finished off with some fun runs for the kids. 5 stars! Date of review: September 28, 2013
In short: Excellent race! In full: Really well organised race from start to finish.
This is a tough course, starts and finishes on long grass, and the rest is pretty much trail. Plenty of hills and quite a bit of mud out on the trails. Lovely though and as long as you are not going to worry too much about a PB then it was an enjoyable race.
Thankyou to the person who pushed me into a sprint finish at the end as well!
In short: Tough course, friendly atmosphere, excellent organisation. In full: This race is virtually all off-road,with a number of hills and the route is often muddy. It's a challenge but every year it seems to attract more runners. It deserves to. The organisation both before and on the day is excellent. The atmosphere is very friendly,the marshals supportive and enthusiastic. Well done Hursley! Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: the weather was the only challenge in this lovely well organised race! In full: A very very wet morning.. but the course was wonderful glorious woodland paths and Hampshire countryside at its best.
Lovely warm up with a very cute trainer called Gareth!
Incredibly slippery in the woods which just added to the challenge, and us runners cant afford to get complacent! The marshals were superb cheering and encouraging all the way..communication up to including and after the race full marks, Many thanks to the organisers..! Will come again next year and good weather would be an added bonus.! Date of review: September 26, 2012
In short: Really enjoyable all terrain race! In full: This was an all-terrain race in which you ran across fields, on tarmac and through woodland trails.
It was a wet morning and as a consequence it was very muddy in places meaning that you could slip and slide a lot if you were not careful. Judging by the number of DNS on the results there were a lot of people who did not fancy it because of the weather, but I absolutely loved it!
The only room for improvement was that it would have been nice to have the chip time as well as the gun time in the results. Apart from that it was a well organised race but not necessarily for the faint-hearted! Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Good event In full: Another wet day in 2012 made the course slippery in places, trail shoes were required. Organisation very good and all the marshalls cheered and pushed the runners along. Very scenic and challenging enough for me to return in the future...on a dry day Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: Great local race on mixed terrain. Tough but rewarding! In full: Just wanted to say thanks to the organisers who put on an excellent show. Great atmosphere, great course, great marshalls, all very friendly - just..great! The course was excellent, better than 2008 I think, pleased to see you have kept the run in via the bridge. Good stuff! Date of review: September 19, 2010
In short: A lovely village race :) In full: I really enjoyed this race. Well organised and no problems on the day (onsite parking, minimal queues for race numbers and toilets!) The whole thing had a family atmosphere that made it more of an event than a hardcore race, so I didn't feel out of place plodding along towards the back.
The course itself was challenging - a few sneaky hills - but interesting terrain (grass, road and trail) and some lovely country views, plus it was well marshalled/signposted with 2 water stations along the route.
It was nice to have lots of spectators at the finish (and not just for the front runners) and the water bottle memento and banana were a nice touch.
I think the BBQ and bouncy castle went down well with those not running, plus the kids fun run later on meant people wanted to hang around.
Overall, a really enjoyable race/morning out. Thanks to all the organisers and sponsors - will definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 19, 2010