In short: Amazingly welcoming community event In full: This is a small community running event (~350 people) that seems to be widening its catchment every year. The course itself is tough (undulating does not really do it justice!) and so a PB is a tough ask, and hill training is a must. However, it was everything around the edges that really made this a special race.
The organisation of small races can often be something that lets them down. Not in this case. Registration (both online and on the day) was smooth; I pre-registered for the 10k, but my son joined the 500m dash on the day. Car parking and direction was simple and completely painless (an often overlooked problem!). The start and finish area had a real feel of a race village, with an ice cream van, access to the pavilion for refreshments and great views of the first and last 300m of the races. Marshaling on the course worked really well, with encouragement from every single one. The roads are quiet, but open, in this race, and the marshals seemed to take great care in informing both runners and drivers where to take care. Bottled water was available on the course, with the fair request that the bins provided were used to dispose of (you get 2 chances at this, as it is on the out-and-back section).
The real star of this race is the value for money. I have been at other charity races (including Rotary Club organised events) where the focus appears to be on making money not community awareness and letting people leave with a smile on their face. I felt fully welcomed by New Alresford, and came away with a medal, a technical T-shirt, a refillable water bottle, a banana and about as much watercress as I could ask for - which I got the impression is the real force behind this event.
I came away with aching legs from the challenging country roads, but I would fully recommend this run for anyone looking for a small, friendly event. Date of review: June 20, 2016
In short: A good event - nice course and well organised. In full: No "killer" hills but quite a few short but not excessively steep climbs, particularly on a warm, humid morning. No traffic issues and very well marshalled with lots of encouragement. HQ arrangements excellent with extra fun from kids events before the 10k start. Overall a very enjoyable event well organised with a great atmosphere. Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: Small race, very friendly, great fun In full: After reading other reviews I was nervous about the hills, but was not as bad as I had expected. The organisation was fantastic and the whole thing is very family friendly with 500m and 1k race for the kids before the main event. The race is mostly on small country roads and the scenery is beautiful. Although a small race, one of the nicest and friendliest I have done. Date of review: June 19, 2016
In short: Not an easy course, but fantastic value for money In full: This is a great community event with kids' races as well as the 10k. It cost me about £12 to enter and for that I received a medal, technical ladies-fit t-shirt, watercress (as Alresford is in watercress country and on the Watercress Line steam railway) and a filled plastic water bottle.
The course is an out and back and rather undulating. If you've done your hill training you will be ok. If you haven't (I hadn't due to Achilles problems) you won't. It was the furthest I'd run in two months, but taking it gently worked for me and I ran completely even splits.
I definitely recommend this event. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Great race In full: Easy parking, great facilities with good club house, tea and coffee and biscuits. Son ran the childrens race and loved his medal. 10k is undulating and would suggest practising hills before, nice route and medal and bag of watercress. Ice cream van was on site. Will be back next year Date of review: June 21, 2015
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