In short: Fabulous jaunt through the Hampshire countryside In full: Third time of doing this special race and theres a t shirt in it for me too !! Yes its hilly and always incredibly warm for some reason but its the only 10k that i try really really hard at and almost collapse at being made to run round the field again at the finish!! Marshalls great , supporters great , organisation top , ice cream van for my 6 year old its a must do race for me - nice medal too and yes a bit hilly but you dont want another boring flat road race do you ? See you next year !! Date of review: June 15, 2014
In full: What a great race, first time for me. Fantastic to have childrens races and they got lovely medals, the route is very hilly so you need to practice hills before hand, marshalls were very friendly and parking and registration were easy and hassle free. T shirt, medal, water bottle and watercress what more could you want, very friendly atmosphere and wide range of abilities, will be back next year Date of review: June 15, 2014
In short: Beautiful scenery but steep hills In full: Running through Alresford and seeing all the beautiful scenery (such as the watrecress farms) was really lovely. But it is a tough course. You go up and down a fair few hills. It's an out and back route so you're fully aware of the hills to come. Great medals - really special and feel quite heavy. And 500g bag of watrecress as well. Really nice touch. Date of review: June 18, 2013
In short: LUMPY RATHER THAN HILLY? In full: A lovely day and a lovely atmosphere. Lots of little kids doing high fives near the end and liked the self contained start/finish in the recreation ground. Loved the cress and the bananas. Hills feel tough at the time but none of them last long. Marshalls were great but I was generally too puffed up hill to say thank you! Date of review: June 17, 2013
In short: Hilly, friendly and watercress/bananas for everyone In full: Lovely local race with a challenging but very beautiful route. Very efficient registration process for entry on the day and smiley, friendly marshalls all the way round. Good medal, watercress + bananas for all finishers and excellent pre/post race massage from Lou Walker Find it difficult to criticise anything about this race apart from may be a lack of clock at the finish line. Definitely recommend this race (unless you're PH hunting!!) Date of review: June 17, 2013
In short: Just a great 10k with fab scenery and a couple of hilly bits for good measure! In full: A well organised friendly 10k with beautiful Hampshire scenery very little traffic and a couple of hills to keep you on your toes! Marshalls as usual excellent and friendly and one of the nicest medals you can recieve in my opinion. Date of review: June 16, 2013
In short: Well organized and enjoyable race In full: The course has a fair few ups and downs, especially the run down to the 5K turnaround point, where you see the front-runners slogging their way back up, letting you know exactly what's in store.
So it's probably not somewhere to get a PB unless you've gained a lot of speed, but the undulations aren't really too much of a challenge. Lovely scenery as you get into the countryside section, and the weather just about held off long enough, though perhaps some of the slower runners got a little damp.
Organization was very good, with plenty of marshals, and kilometre markers all in the right places (the 2km board had fallen over, but there was paint on the road to mark it too).
The bag of watercress for finishers is a particularly nice touch to give a bit of local flavour. Date of review: June 16, 2013