In short: Seriously tough.......and wet! In full: This was the final event in the 2012 Wiltshire Road Race League and I decided to target it as my first Half Marathon for five years. The course presented two particularly tough climbs and great views, lots of running water on the course but at least it didn't rain. I agree with the previous comment about the medal being a bit naff, and I have got hundreds of them so would appreciate something a little different, though the memory of weaving around ponies on the run will stay with me. Well signed and well marshaled, good facilities at the Race HQ including individual shower cubicles with own changing room - very nice. Date of review: November 29, 2012
In short: Not sure which is tougher - Marlow Half or Downton Half In full: This is a well organised and friendly run. Enthusiastic support and marshalls on the course which helped. The New Forest ponies and cows make interesting obstacles, especially the one Pony that thought I was racing him :-) Hard for a PB but satisfying to finish. Medal is really naff and looks like something you'd get at an Egg & Spoon race at school. I'd swap it for a big Mars Bar to be honest. Will be back next year to try to break my personal course record. Date of review: November 26, 2012
In short: A run in the forest. In full: Brilliant race along winding narrow New Forest lanes very undulating with a few steepish hills but if you go up you must come down them at some point the weather was kind as the rain held off for most of the runners, when you finished there was a cup of soup and roll waiting for you I will do this race again next year. Well done to the organizers for a job well done. Date of review: November 26, 2012
In short: Hard and hilly but a great race In full: First time I have run this race. I made it a bit more of a challenge in my tutu! the weather blessed us after all the rain and although there were some damp bits overall it was fine. The route is lovely, perhaps a little challenging for first timers, but well worth having a go. could have done with bottles at the drinks stations as I always find cups a bit difficult but overall a very enjoyable race. Date of review: November 26, 2012
In short: Really enjoyed the run, what a wonderful setting ! In full: Great run with friendly people, wonderful views, the weather was awful but hey that's life. Great run will be back next year.Thank you to all the marshalls.....great job. Date of review: December 3, 2009
In short: As I have said before, the best scenery I've seen in a race In full: As per previous reviews, one of my favourite half marathons, probably second only to the Hogweed Hilly Half. The latter pips it for being held in the spring when the weather is kinder.
My fifth time at Downton and I never seem to have a good run here, this year being no exception. A very disappointing time but more than made up for it by the glorious scenery, replete with wild cattle and New Forest Ponies.
Organisation like clockwork as always, but a tad disappointed not to get a t-shirt this year?
A friendly bunch of runners, and an even friendlier group of marshals. Top marks to the organisers for always putting a nice young lady at mile 10 to cheer us up!
One slight quibble is that the last mile needs some thought, having to run along roads that are not traffic-free is far from ideal especially if you are looking for a fast finish.
Looking forward to my sixth appearance at Downton in 2010. Date of review: December 1, 2009