In short: lovely scenery, and well organised In full: second time doing this now and it has come on leaps and bounds from the inaugural event 2 years ago. very well organised race, and good marshalling.scenery nice all the way around and a good finish on a grassy playing field. Date of review: September 19, 2012
In short: nice race for someone that hasn't been running for a while In full: Due to illness I have been out of training, so worried about how I would get on. In fact, no fears, the course has a couple of hills but nothing too bad and the marshalls round the course really boosted my confidence. Seeing Johnathan Tickle an extra treat - I like a good celebrity spot :-) Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Very pleasant run In full: A really well organised race. Very nice to hear your name as you near the finish! Would be happy to pay more for chip timing, especially as the start and finish are at different places so you aren't sure exactley what time you cross the start line. Will definately be back next year. Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: A friendly, local, well organised, fun 10k. In full: I have just completed Swallfowfield 10k today and it was great. So much so that I actually bothered to leave my review. There was only a small amount of entrants and the atmosphere was one of a really friendly community.
The course was undulating with a few hills but nothing too challenging. With the added bonus of some nice scenery and very little traffic.
Even though it was a small event it wasn't too elite and there was a good range of abilities.
The race organisers and ladies with drinks were very cheery and the announcer naming everyone as they crossed the line was a really nice touch which you don't get with larger events. Very good quality goodie bag at the end too.
One of my top races and will be back next year. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Like clockwork. In full: Can't really fault this race today. Loads of parking, signposting everywhere, all in the lovely wee village of Swallowfield.
The course was, undulating for most of the first half of the race. Pretty flat for the rest. I dont remember traffic being an issue at all and the marshalls controlled this very well. They were all mostly enthusiastic also, most I remember giving words of encouragement.
The finish was great as our names were announced. Managed to get coffee and a huge wedge of cake also for £3.
I really enjoyed this race and hope to be back next year. Well done to all involved. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Great rural location, beautifully organised, nice village feel !! In full: Great rural location with good terrain and few hills. Well organised with lively female MC to get people together before the race starts. Massage before & after great value and worth considering... All in all an excellent event !! Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Proof that small races are often better. In full: This is a well organised race for a good local cause. It's cheap and efficient. I found that most of the marshalls were positive (some tried to cheer you on by calling out your race number) and there was a decent amount of local support.
Although the roads aren't closed, there's little traffic and cars were stopped right by the start.
Credit to the (very) minor celebrity starter who stood by the finish line watching everyone come in!
Credit also to the huge portion of cake I got in the tent afterwards. £1.50 for a huge slice and a cup of tea!
Credit to me! The big hill in the first two miles felt a lot easier this year!
The medal was the same as last year but then I don't do these for the medals (I guess they could at least inscribe the year). It doesn't bother me that there's no chip timing as it only takes about 20 seconds for the whole field to get across the line but if they could add it without increasing the cost too much or eating into their funds raised it would be nice. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: This was my race of the year for 2012 and it remains right up there. Only the most gentle of undulations early in the race and dead flat from 5.5 km. Excellent organisation and really friendly atmosphere. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Well run low key event In full: First running of this - managed to bring my PB down to 36.17 or so - but it is not a PB friendly course - quite undulating.
Pros - Good Value - Nice finish funnel - Good clean air on the course - KM markers - Medal!
Cons - Had a water station pull their hand back so I had to turn around and run back to get the water, not what you want at sub 6 m/m! - Some of the mrshalls seemed like they didn't want to be there, no signs of encouragement, or even acknowledgement, especially at the 8k marker - Almost went head first into cars within 100m as the roads are not closed - Better start PR systems needed, or just a megaphone Date of review: September 16, 2012