It costs bugger all (typically £100-200) to have your "commercial" race licensed through England Athletics and get your course officially measured. It's only £27 for a club event.
You also get the assistance and advice of an EA event adjudicator who will make sure you don't make all the usual numpty mistakes.
Amazing that the more "professional" the organisation the more "amateur" their ability.
If the event isn't EA/UKA/Run Britain licensed walk, neigh run, away!
Hampshire Downs is where I mostly run and it's beautiful; not too hilly, not too flat, scenic with a great mix of terrain.
One of my other favourites is the North Antrim Coast, great place to run with fantastic scenery and the Portrush ParkRun on the beach is always an interesting experience.
Statistically this trial is as useful as throwing a pair of dice. 15 athletes!
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