In short: Hilly for sure, but in lovely surroundings! In full: This was my second BVHM and I didn't remember that massive hill in the middle. This was the first race I've ever thought of giving up on - but that was more due to my bad pacing than the course itself. The parking is literally 50 metres from the start/finish and there's a kids play area that overlooks the finish which kept our boy amused! Sucker for punishment so i'll be back next year! Date of review: February 5, 2014
In short: Best half marathon on the South West! In full: Excellent course with hills that were challenging but not ridiculous. Organisation was fantastic. Friendly and excellent value, Date of review: February 3, 2014
In short: super organisation, pleasant route. In full: 2nd time doing this race. I remembered the long steady hill in the middle but it didn't seem as bad this time. Really well organised; well signed to the car parking, marshallers to cross the road, simple collection of numbers, great route marking and water stops throughout race, plenty of marshallers. Very well done! A pleasant route with good variation incline/decline/flat. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Perfect first run of year In full: Plenty of ups and downs - but not ridiculous hills. Marshals and all of the officials friendly and efficient - the Car-parking team are fantastic. Lots of lovely cake (and bacon sandwiches) available Plenty of water-stations Not much traffic Great value, good cause and a tee-shirt.
In an ideal world there would be showers and bag storage....but I can live without them. All in all a charming and worthwhile Sunday morning - a very civilised Start time as well. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Hilliest half I've done and the last mile is a killer, but if you can tackle the last uphill mile without giving up and walking you know you've done a good job! Really enjoyed this run Date of review: February 7, 2013
In short: More challenging than I'd geared myself up for In full: The race was excellently organised and the 618 registrants is testament to that. Lots of marshalls and refreshment stops along the way. The registration process was easy – as long as you remember the race number they send you prior to the event (which we didn’t!) - and it really is a lovely route through the Dorset countryside. I’d really recommend this race as a step away from the mass organised town centre events which, whilst flatter, are not always that exciting. I’s also a lot cheaper and your entry fee contributes to a donation to St Margaret’s Hospice. This is the sort of local event we should all be supporting to make sure they don’t get lost amongst the mass sponsored, mass attended events.
More from me - http://teambostock.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/the-curse-of-the-hilly-half/ Date of review: February 6, 2013
In short: Well worth the Effort In full: Rewarding race which I thoroughly enjoyed with as many downs as ups. Lots of water stations and a well organised race. T shirt was a bit bland though. Date of review: February 5, 2013