In short: Great race but why no medal? In full: This was the 4th time I'd done the Shinfield 10k. It's a great course, lots of downhill and flat and only a bit of significant uphill so great for fast times. The organisation is very good.
BUT we got a towel. Not the medal that was promised on the website. Come on Reading RR, if you promise a medal, provide one. In 2014 there was a really nice medal, just replicate that one with 2017 on it for next year. Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Great race, thanks to all the volunteers In full: This was my 3rd time - last year I did the Surrey Tempest 10 but returned to the Salisbury 10 this year lured by the prospect of a medal (which didn't disappoint). The course is scenic and very well marshalled. Number pick-up was smooth and there were a decent number of loos especially if you went into the neighbouring leisure centre.
I find the second half harder than the first, although Garmin/Strave tells me it's the other way round. There are a couple of short sharp hills (one a little less short) but on the whole it is gently undulating or flat with a track finish. Not a PB for me, but faster than the last time I ran it.
Very well organised friendly race, definitely recommended. Date of review: March 14, 2016
In short: My local race, do it every year In full: This race starts about 5 minutes away from my house. This year I decided to do the 5k as it was a rare opportunity to do a road 5k and got a road 5k PB.
As ever the marshals and other helpers were excellent. Organisation was first class, results up quickly, fabulous medal. Nothing else to say really. Unless I'm ill or injured, I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 26, 2015
In short: Excellent and very good value for money In full: This race was very good value for money. As an affiliated runner, I only paid £6 to enter and received a technical t-shirt and a weighty medal. However, it was heavily subsidised by a local developer building a new town on the edge of Aldershot, so query if it will be as cheap in future years.
The course was pretty flat with a couple of very gentle slopes, partly canal-side and partly road. I didn't find the canal too congested and actually it was quite good not to go off too fast, but as another reviewer has said, it might be worth running the event in reverse in future. It was also about 0.05 miles over distance, which was the difference between going sub-50 minutes and not doing so for me. But it could be a PB course and I hope they affiliate to UK Athletics next year as it would be a shame to run a PB for it not to appear on Power of 10 if you are concerned about such things. Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Not an easy course, but fantastic value for money In full: This is a great community event with kids' races as well as the 10k. It cost me about £12 to enter and for that I received a medal, technical ladies-fit t-shirt, watercress (as Alresford is in watercress country and on the Watercress Line steam railway) and a filled plastic water bottle.
The course is an out and back and rather undulating. If you've done your hill training you will be ok. If you haven't (I hadn't due to Achilles problems) you won't. It was the furthest I'd run in two months, but taking it gently worked for me and I ran completely even splits.
I definitely recommend this event. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Great race - one of my favourites In full: This was the 3rd time I'd done the Hook 6, last year I was injured and the year before I did the 10 mile option. I was injured this year too, but managed to get round in a not-too-shabby time.
Nice medal (it would be nice if they differentiated between the 2.5, 6 and 10, maybe they could do so on the ribbon) and generally great organisation.
The only thing I would say is that it would help if they briefed the fun runners and walkers to ensure that they keep left (or right) as they approach the finish, as it is difficult for 6 and 10 milers to get past them at times - I had to shout "coming through" or "excuse me" a few times when I was exhausted.
A great community event - maybe the Green Park 10k could avoid clashing with it in future so I can do both events in another year! Date of review: May 17, 2015
In short: Great little race, shame not more participants In full: I think this might be the smallest race I've ever done. There were 20 ladies running of all abilities from 20 minutes to 40 minutes. It takes place in a small country park close to Heathrow and alongside the M25 and BA's HQ. Planes go overhead every minute or so.
Trail shoes are probably a good idea as it's all off-road but road shoes would be ok if it's not been raining beforehand.
You meet in a car park (there are toilets available). The start and finish is a chalk line on the path. The race was well marshaled and marked. A bit twisty and a few small hills to keep you busy but what goes up must come down.
At the end we were presented with a large medal and a carnation. Thank you to the marshals and officials who stood out in the pouring rain, and the results were delivered by email this morning, very efficient. A great little race - definitely deserves far more participants. Date of review: May 7, 2015
In short: Well organised but I wouldn't want to do it when it was muddy In full: I entered the 5 mile race (10 miles is two laps) on the day, so it was quite expensive, but as I'd been injured in the lead-up I had to take a view on the day and actually I'd rather pay a bit more to enter on the day than have to enter in advance and then lose the money when I can't run.
The course is pretty flat and was very dry. I don't think I would have enjoyed the course after a prolonged wet spell. That said, I found the ground very uneven even in trail shoes, so although the course was flat I didn't find it very fast.
It was quite exciting at the beginning, as we all set off, only to come to a grinding halt as a horse had got onto the course! So back we went and started again. I think that's the first time I've ever done a race that had to be restarted! There was water and a banana at the end, and a decent medal. I finished in the top ten ladies, so despite the slower time than I wanted, was happy with the result. Well done to Ellie and her team and I've entered most of the Dinton Pastures series for this summer now. Date of review: April 24, 2015
In short: Challenging but well organised In full: I've wanted to do this race ever since my husband did it in 2011 (in the days when there was an autumn Tempest as well). The medal was fabulous and I like my bling. Well the medal has got even better and is a lovely bespoke medal designed by Laurie King. You also get a chocolate bar at the end and plenty to drink. I also liked the fact that the race director shakes your hand at the finish and thanked people for their support.
I only drank water on the way round but there were gels and jelly babies as well. It's a great race if you are marathon training (although I am not sure I'd want to do two laps, it must be quite mentally challenging to go through the finish and go round again) and the 10 mile variant is a good test in its own right, or as preparation for a half marathon.
I would have liked a slightly faster time, but it is quite undulating and I still came in as 9th lady, so happy with the position.
Thank you to everyone involved in putting on the race in windy, rainy conditions, not so bad for running in but horrible to be standing around marshalling, at drinks stations etc. Thank you again if you are reading this, your efforts were very much appreciated. Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: A regular visit for me In full: This race starts a short hop from my local parkrun course and is a good mix of trail, road and canal towpath (although this can make choosing appropriate shoes tricky). This was the 4th time I have done the race. It's well organised and a scenic route.
It would be nice to have a more bespoke medal.
But I'll be back next year as it's a great race and an interesting distance. Date of review: January 19, 2015