In short: Fab day out In full: Tough course, for the entire race you seem to be either running up a gentle hill, running up a big hill, or running down a hill. Saying that I think the long downhill sections mean that good times are possible (very hard to judge today because of weather).
Plenty of support, especially the last couple of miles. Special thanks to all of the households who realised how tough it was getting and fetched their garden hoses out to provide welcome showers from mile 10 onwards!
The incredible hot weather (nearly 80 degrees for October) and the late morning start, made getting a pb nearly impossible - certainly no fault of the organisers though.
As this was the first Basingstoke half, I was amazed at how good the organisation was, well done to the organisers - Will def be back next year. Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: Protesters at race In full: There were a number of people at the start/finish of the race with physical deformities, who were protesting about activities of Bayer, the company who organise/sponsor the event. The protesters informed me that this "multi-national" pharmaceutical giant of a company was involved in a drugs scandal around 30 years ago, and the result was that a number of babies were born with deformities. Not really what I was expecting on a Sunday morning, but good luck to all of the families and victims involved. From the brief conversation I had with one of the victims, Bayer should hold its head in shame!! They did mention the drug, Primados was the name..I believe?? Date of review: May 29, 2011
In short: Very well orgainised In full: Good race for spectators as the course loops back round to the start at Longleat house at 3k, and then again at 7k and also the finish. The finishing straight is a deceptively long last kilometer, but very nice view running down the approach to Longleat house.
The Hills are a killer, there is a 230ft climb in the 1st Kilometer, which is repeated at 7k and a steep 270ft climb between 4k and 5k. The downhill sections are a welcome break, but definitely not a pb course.
Lots of marshall on route, and very well organised at both the start and the finish.
Nice medal and lots of goodies after.
Will be back next year. Date of review: February 7, 2010