In short: Fantastic race but not a suitable HRRL event In full: We had a great family day out - the village fete feel to the start/finish area is special, and father / son took part in the 10k / 1k respectively and had a fantastic day, supported by other family members. This is truly a superb event.
I have to say though, that it is too late in the year for a long HRRL event (as is Alton) and anything over 5k in this heat is just brutal. We are, after all, at leat 6 weeks into track season.
But in this day and age of disappearing road races, WADAC have got this event just right - well done. Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: My goodness this is fast - if you don't get a pb here you must be half asleep.... In full: ....or it's blowing a gale. Last night it was not, and I took 20 secs off my pb. Well one to the organisers for coping with the building works in the car park - I understand it got a little congested further back, but not worth cancelling the race for. Welome SIS refreshments and banana - thanks. Great social occaision too - I had to tear myself away from at least two friendsso that I could warm up. Thanks Gerry and co. Date of review: May 8, 2008
In short: A typical village firestation fundraiser - bags of atmosphere and loads of support In full: A great outing for the beginner and club athlete alike - friendly locals, loads of support. Thank you. Date of review: May 4, 2008
In short: Takes your breath away!! In full: Possibly the most beautiful race in the country - Tennyson Down happens to be a favourite place of mine - not that there's much time to enjoy it.
A couple of small problems with the route - we went up a path with a locked gate at the other end after 3/4 mile - chap in front of me went hard left in the field at the end of the Tennyson descent. Other than that, the marshalling was very supportive - just needed more of them!
If you do this race you will not regret it. If you have never been to this part of the Isle of Wight, you will be inspired.
Oh, and the prizes were very generous given the modest field - thanks Ryde Harriers. Date of review: March 24, 2008
In short: Watch out! The downhills will hurt more than the up! In full: I love this race. The sight of what must have been over 200 runners swelling the passenger list on the 09:15 fastcat from southsea instilled an atmosphere that lasted through the day until the same crowds disembarked at 2:30 in the pm.
I think the crowds took Ryde Harriers a bit by surprise as there were more than a few hand written numbers, but they seemed to cope with the swolen ranks fine. I did hear of some impatient motorists as the race went on, but the drivers we met (nearer the sharp end) were fine.
Those down hills hurt though! Date of review: February 4, 2008
In short: My first time, and I loved it! In full: Malcolm did well to keep the November date going in the face of a winter fair, so well done. Very well organised. Great support from marshals. Just perfect!
In short: Confirms it's calssic status In full: I wanted to congratulate the marshalls. This is a popular and busy part of the world on a late summer Sunday. After the HM I cycled out to support a mate who was running his first mara, and it was very busy. However, the marshals were doing an excellent job at keeping motorists calm, even though some of them were sitting in considerable queues. I did overhear chat later that there had been one idiot driver hitting a runner at speed, but on the whole what I saw between New Milton and Tiptoe was well mannered and well marshalled traffic. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: One of my highest rated races. Not good PB potential because it's always scorching!! In full: Well done Dorset Doddlers - yet again a fantastic event in stunningly beautiful scenery. The beauty of that avenue of trees in the last mile would take my breath away, if I'd had any left by then!
Beware angry farmers, however. I get the impression that we are only slightly more popular with them than a bought of foot and mouth....
Thanks to those with the hoses as well! Date of review: August 6, 2007