In short: As rural as it gets actually, and the "off-road"section was actually a typically muddy farm lane! In full: A lovely village green run, full of smiling faces, slightly uppitty downitty but nothing too grotesque. If this had been my first 10K I'd have been hooked. Unexpected and VERY nice T-shirt at the finish, plus a goody bag that puts some bigger races to shame. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Pleasant semi-rural hack, with even a short offroad section.Pleasant day out. In full: Lordshill is a green outpost of Southampton - part of the course winds through an industrial estate, but takes in a Nature reserve!
95% tarmac with a short woody bridleway section thrown in for those who have never got their pristine ASICS grubby or risked a nettle sting ( inhalers to the fore urban types)
Well-marshalled friendly set up which starts and finishes at a playing field. Given that it is in walking distance of a public swimming pool and a more exclusive David lloyd tennis centre the lack of showers and a changing tent is not too troubling.
Favourite race of all time ? No Would I do it again ? Yes
( damme I even shaved a minute off last year's rather poor time too !)
In short: Rural,undulant,50-50 road and track,would be a tough one in bad weather In full: Start and finish in the (new?) Salisbury City FC ground down by Old Sarum airfield then road anti-clockwise around the back of the Castle and then about a mile incline up a track to the entrance. Sheep baa-ing away, people walking their dogs,all sorts.
(For those who don't know it think of Maiden Castle - Iron Age concentric banks - rather than Caerphilly Castle e.g towering eight foot thick Norman walls)
Short stiff section up to the level track and CLOCKWISE around the perimeter of the Castle then back down and across the A345 by the pub. Going within the Castle area was good with the occasional greasy patch - on a rainy day this would be much tougher. Good course, well signed and marshalled. Water point not problematic .
Fantastic views out over Wiltshire from the Castle trackway - one of the only races I've done where you can honestly say: ' Hey, I can see the Finish from here'......while still having 4K to run
Finish was a run into the stadium with a medal and an unexpected Mars bar and bottle of water. All in all well up there in my list of early races, and a good variation race for FLM runners ( who are sanguine about keeping themselves in good shape for the desparate Day :-) )
In short: Fabulous weather, lovely scenery,starts in a valley next to a big hill - go figure! In full: Denmead is tucked away the Eastern slope of Portsdown hill. The race is not excessively sharp in terms of hills but most runners would regard it as undulating....one or two long gentle inclines,enough to require some runners to break into the walk. A good day out in very pleasant scenery without feeling too threatened by the traffic.Handy pubs afterwards. Date of review: October 22, 2007
In short: Flat out and back course, fast but uninspiring and I HATE stadium circuits In full: Weather spot on, 450 entrants, practically flat course, no excuses not to achieve a PB....so why didn't I enjoy it more? Well, three circuits of the stadium interspersed with a towpath out and back with a sharp u-turn to make up the distance is not my favourite kind of run. I think with a bit more imagination ( Whale Island? Tipner?) this could be a fabulous race to do...this wasn't it! Lack of training and poor kit on my part didn't help ! Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: First running in 2006,undulating Trail race with about 50 metres of tarmac and the rest gravel tracks or woodland paths.Very well organised, not one for the faint-hearted! Date of review: October 18, 2006
In short: A cold hilly day out - but still fun! In full: Having read some of the reviews above I'm left wondering what some runners expect on the day ? I ran this race in 2000 as my very first 10K and apart from reversing the course to give a long downhill finish, I can't see what has changed. The Town centre start makes good pictures for the local paper and gives the Mayor a day out but could be better if they stuck to the Leisure Centre, which IS a bit of a way out of town....but as I recall offers very good facilities in terms of changing,showers and hot drinks etc. I ran it in 2004 and they had a problem with the 5K waterpoint then...but, guys, if you were on a 6 mile practice run on your own...would you REALLY stop for half a pint of cold water??? Given that this race is run in February the chances of anyone keeling over from dehydration are, I beg to suggest, fairly remote. That said, I'll volunteer to marshall next year - and see how easy it is to stay cheerful ! :-) Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Stratrt and finish in Industrial estate but majority of the race through leafy lanes.Weather made the day, bright and sharp if nippy . Well marshalled and well organised - but not heart stopping from either terrain or picturesquitude ! Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Tougher than expected;scenic,undulating course; very welcoming In full: The changing accom is in 1920's Memorial hall: okay for 170 turnout, but would be creaking if they pushed the numbers up.
The course was tougher than I'd trained for but not as mean as it could have been. Lucky with the weather - I'd been expecting snow :-)
In short: weather on the day was mizzley,but good temperature. This would be tough on a bright sunny day. Some traffic problems in narrow country lanes towards the end of the race. Date of review: August 24, 2004