In short: Scenic well organised race In full: After a few years break, I enjoyed this race. There is a mix of heath and forest so there was a bit of shade on a hot day. Conditions underfoot were good with gravel paths and some quiet roads. Race is well organised and it was great to see the kids races beforehand. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race, but too hot on the day. In full: This is my favourite mixed terrain race and the 22nd time I have run it.
The organisation, as usual was excellent, with ample parking, plenty of toilets, enthusiastic marshalls and a nice scenic, virtually traffic free course. The water stations were well positioned and manned. and plenty of water and orange at the finish.
It was very hot, as usual, but thankfully not as hot as last year. I was 8 minutes quicker which either means I was fitter, or had become acclimatised to hotter conditions. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Great family day out. In full: This is a lovely 10 mile romp through the New Forest, well organised, in the perfect setting for a picnic after the race. So nice to run then relax after, instead of rushing off. Another hot year, race could possibly benefit from starting earlier to avoid the mid-day sun, and those stony trails aren't the most comfortable to run on. Lots of water stations were much appreciated, and the man with the hose. Lovely scenery, even had ponies crossing the course. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Heat wave! In full: This is a lovely race on roads/trails in the picturesque New Forest but this year was so hot! The marshals were amazing and thank you to the people who lived along the course for the hose downs but the heat wiped me (and a lot of others!) out. I've never seen so many people walking, pulling out of a race or so many medical staff during the course of a race! But the weather clearly isn't down to the organisers so full marks to them for coping with it as best they could! Date of review: March 9, 2014