In short: A very well organised race, with a very friendly atmosphere In full: My first time for this race and the fastest time for 5 years.
Well organised,friendly and helpful Marshalls who did their best to control impatient motorists who seemed to think runners shouldn't be "on their roads."
It was great finishing on the running track, which enabled us to gain a few seconds in a sprint finish. I will certainly be back next year. Keep up the good work Salisbury RC and thanks for the nice T Shirt. Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: A very well organised race, with a very friendly atmosphere In full: My first entry for the 20 mile race and really enjoyed it. I wasn't put off by the fact that there were two circuits, and found the second 10 easier than the first. Probably due to sensible pacing.
No problems with the toilet facilities which were adequate. The Marshalls were very friendly and encouraging, and the drinks stations were situated at just the right places.
A generous goody bag, but a bit disappointed that there was no engraved wine glass, as had been received by running friends in the past.
I suggest that the race organisers make runners aware, in their race pack, that they should allow extra time, in case the level crossing gates are down. This does cause a long tail back of cars, and as there is a mile walk to the start from the MoD car park, late arrivals could well miss the start. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: A great race, despite appalling weather In full: My 12th running of this race,and the route seemed to have changed a lot since my last running of it in 2004.
The atrocious weather failed to dampen the spirits of the runners, and personally, I ran several minutes quicker than expected.
Top marks for the hardy marshalls who stood out in the wind and rain for hours, and cheerfully encouraged us on our way.
It would have been a good idea to have put the banana, cerial bar, and water bottle in a goody bag, instead of having to carry them and then remove the chip without dropping eveything.
Car parking was efficient, and no problems in the getaway. My only slight complaint is that the signage to the runners car park was not very clear, and the boards could have been larger. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: A friendly local race. In full: A record entry and good turn out considering the exceptionally high temperature. A fairly quick outward route, with a more uphill return. The start was delayed by 4 minutes, due to the time taken for runners to collect their numbers and write medical information on the reverse. I was disappointed to see many runners wearing iPods, despite the entry instructions stating that they were not allowed. Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: A nice scenic local race In full: This is a special race which caters for all abilities. The organisation is always first class, with cheerful, knowledgeable, encouraging Marshalls. Parking is superb, with no problems getting in or out.
Results and official photos are on the Hardley Web already.
Conditions were ideal and there was no sign of the threatened rain, or possible hail and thunder. Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: A friendly race on quiet country roads with very little traffic In full: A mildly challenging run, with a fast outwards and more hilly second 5k. The start was much better this year with the Marshalls walking us down to the start, and very little delay before the off. Much better than the previous 2 years chaotic starts. Friendly encouraging Marshals and a nice atmosphere. I certainly hope to run again next year. Date of review: August 21, 2011
In short: Very well organised, off road race. In full: A bit cooler this year, which made for a more enjoyable race. The Marshalls were,as usual, excellent and very encouraging. There were also more toilets, which had always been a problem in previous years. This was my 20th entry and I hope to run many more. Date of review: July 10, 2011
In short: A well organised race, as usual. In full: This race was held on the hottest day of the year, as was last years!
I was impressed with the high number of runners who turned up, as I had expected many "to give it a miss." I think the course was slightly different from last year, but relatively traffic free. I was more than 2 mins. faster than last year, and did not find the heat too much of a problem. I am now looking forward to the 10 mile later in the year. The whiskey tumbler was a nice touch at the finish, and a nice change from the usual medal. Date of review: June 27, 2011
In short: An excellent, well organised race In full: This is a very special race with the lovely Exbury Gardens and run along the shingle at Lepe Beach. The roads were almost car free, and the Marshalls were first class. They gave clear directions and great encouragement.
I was pleased to achieve my objective of going sub 50 mins. An improvement of nearly 2 mins from last year. Date of review: March 20, 2011