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