In short: Not so many Bluebells, but the hills were there in abundance. In full: This was billed as the Bluebell Run, but the glorious weather through April and May had seen them (the bluebells) come and go much earlier than usual, but I would say that the event did not suffer much from this and had ended up as a firm favourite for next year.
The run itself was an excellent mix of terrain and hills, with enough flats to rest the legs in-between, with the only real issues being the walkers holding up us runners and the lack of water at the finish area and of course, no sign of where the finish line was going to be!.. It just so happened that the last half a mile perhaps (no mile markers at all throughout the race so could only guess where you were) was down hill and made for an exhilarating chase to the line. Please next year, we need a sign to tell us when the finish is coming up so we can make that big, all out dash for the winning post. We all like to run as quick as we can and also we need some water right at the finish. Fix these 2 things and you have a great run on your hands, not just a beautiful run through the woods, so please take note. Also, the family loved the 5K walk and it was uplifting to sail past them and to hear the cheering to boost the ego a little. A grand day out for all. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Ow!.. My calves!.. In full: Lovely run through the quite lanes on a Sunday morning, with a sprinkling of hills (both up and down) thrown in. I personally found the up hills challenging but not the worse I have come acroos, but the down hills were aggresive and very long. I had to run with my breaks on (so to speak) and so ended up straining my calves, which took away any thought of a sprint finish on the last mile or so to the finish.
I have now invested in some calf supports and so will see how it goes.
Well done Marlow Striders. Well appreciated the support and water etc, but would have liked a mars bar at the end. :-) Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Another slog through Surrey In full: Wow! What a fantastic inaugural race by the Rotary Club. It had the feeling of a long and well established event already, due to the fact that they had done their homework to find out what runners really need both during the race and afterwards. I ran the half and was presented with water and squash along the way (just what you need to keep you going) and more of the same afterwards, with delicious cakes to nibble on and a mountain of bananas to feast on if you so desired. Along with the colourful medal and obligatory goody bag, all added up to great ‘vfm’…
The run itself was reminiscent of the ‘Surrey Slog’, whereas it was quite challenging with the slopes and difficult terrain and I love the SS, so all is good. Keep up the good work the ‘Rotary Club of Farnham and Weyside’ and I’ll definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Never mind the parking, I needed a bus to get around!.. ;-) In full: Pheew, that was tough for me. I was nursing a ham-string injury, but managed to pull my calf muscle with 200 metres to go. Ouch!.. Not good, but a cracking race so well done to Burnham Joggers for hosting the event. See you next year for this testing 2 lap challenge and thanks for those mini mars bars. Date of review: August 24, 2010
In short: Oh My God!.. In full: That hurt, a lot!..
I've done this race the last few years, never carrying an injury and thought I could just wing-it, but this course is so unrelenting. A survivor's medal is more apt if you could have seen me hobbling over the finish line. All the comments by other fellow runners is true, this is a tough race. The only thing I would change would be to have a Mars Bar at the end, nothing else mattered to me after 13.1 miles of slogging. Thanks BVR for this amazing race. Date of review: July 19, 2010
In short: A great Birthday Treat!.. In full: Still a DRY Yateley, but still there's always Race 3 to look forward to, but for me a PB at last and on my Birthday too. What more could you want from a race, always challenging at 9KM with the hill to contend with then it is the sprint to the line with a huge crowd to cheer you on.
This series of 3 runs is a firm favorite with runners and the local community getting involved also. Should be a Gold Rated Event, compared with other GREs in my opinion. Date of review: July 8, 2010
In short: A healthy charge through the forest. In full: I really enjoyed myself this year. Niggle-free and raring to go we all set off, then had to walk for a few seconds across the start line, then it was a bit of a battle to get through the traffic at the back. It was a very large field of runners in deed, but I was soon up with some of my fellow Sandhurst Joggers, of which there seemed to bit a great many, which was nice to see.
I found the course really challenging, with the hills and tight turns, but loved every minute of it and managed to record a great time for me, so one for the diary next year. Highly recommended. Date of review: June 21, 2010
In short: At last! A dry and sunny Yateley 10K In full: 'Tis true, no rain for race 1, so I guess there is always next month. Who ever heard or a dry Yateley 10K series?..
Thanks to the organisers for a brilliant race as usual. Organisation and friendliness, could not be better. The run itself was mildly challenging with the odd slope thrown in, but it proved to be curiously quick and so is a 'PB'er if you have the energy, which I did not after running the Dover Half on Monday.
In short: A good DEAL harder than I was expecting but gave it a good TRI In full: Sorry for the pun, but I would say that the course was very tough ang aggressive in some places too. A long journey for me to get to the venue, but I could see that the Country Park was an excellent place to park etc as already mentioned. Thanks to the organisers and for the supporters and marshals too for turning out on a chilly bank holiday. Perfect weather for running though and still warmer than a wintery February, so maybe May is a better time of year for this race. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In full: Well done to Mr K and Foxy Lady. I thought I'd get the mention in early and was good to see you both at this nice little testy course. It beat me but MR K was strong as usual. Thanks for sticking with me for a while mate!..
I usually enjoy this distance but Sunday was not 'my day'. I had to walk/trot from 7 miles onwards; may have been the temperature or something, but had to strip off to feel the air on my body so ended up topless!.. Apologies to anyone who saw that. Not a pretty site but just had to be done. Oh well, there’s always next year I guess. :-(