In short: Third time and another PB In full: This was the third time I'd run this race - the first time I'd not been running long and it took me 50 minutes. Last year I came in 17th with 38:22 and yesterday 15th with 38:04. It's a real beginners' race, but there were a few club runners there. It was a much cooler day than it was the last two years, but still beautiful weather.
The organisation is good although it was unfortunate that it had rained so much and made the car parking field (and indeed the event field so muddy). Fortunately the whole race is on tarmac.
There were lots of loos but loads of them were locked - saving them for the half marathon today maybe?
But they did a lovely event t-shirt this year and the medal was fab - really caught the atmosphere of 2012 and was very apt for Windsor Castle! Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: 2012 race In full: This is a well organised race - although very low key. It is a bit hilly but there are plenty of flat bits especially around Paignton Green and most of the last km is downhill. I didn't get anywhere near a PB, but had had a cold, so I suspect I could probably do it a bit more quickly when properly fit.
There were two things I didn't like - why send out the number but ask people to collect the chip? Why not just ask people to collect their race packs on the day and save the postage for the numbers? The other thing was there was no water at the finish (there was a water station en route but I didn't take any water on there because I thought I would at the end). I may have been told that, but it's the only race I've ever done with no water at the end.
I liked the medal and would do the race again. Date of review: September 26, 2012
In short: 2012 race - very very wet In full: I did this race last year in much nicer weather and got a PB. This year it was absolutely throwing it down, was windy and freezing cold. Some people managed to run faster this year - I was about half a minute slower. There was no support in the villages this year due to the rain, but the marshals did a fabulous job and were cheerful and encouraging despite having to stand around in dreadful conditions.
Last year I ate cake afterwards but this year I just wanted to get home to a hot shower!
Well done Teignbridge Trotters for putting on a good race in extremely trying conditions. Date of review: September 26, 2012
In short: Second year running the 6 mile race In full: Really enjoyed this and the weather held out for us and it didn't rain! Very good organisation, encouraging marshals, and a bespoke medal this year. All in all a great race, I will be back next year, and now I've managed to achieve an age category prize for the 6 mile, will try the 10 mile. Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: Very good value race In full: I wasn't in the mood for this race this morning - it was cold and wet and I was grumpy! But it cheered me up - a nice route, varied with road, path and trail, lots of downhill and although not a PB for me, a very respectable 47:30. My only gripe is they said I would get a medal and I got a mug. But it's quite a nice mug. Well done Reading Roadrunners1 Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Surprisingly tough but good atmosphere In full: I found this really tough despite it being billed as a flat fast course! I finished in 1:21:28, having started fairly close to the front of the orange wave, so I had no difficulties with having to get past people (although there were a couple of people who felt the need to elbow past me and my husband). I actually did contact the organisers to tell them that I thought I would finish in around 1:25, having signed up the day after last year’s event, when I had predicted that I would finish in 1:35-1:40 – so you can change your wave if you let them know in enough time. I would suggest that they have more starting waves though. To avoid the traffic, we drove down to Havant and took the train to Southsea station and walked the rest. We had no train delays in either direction and it all worked very well, so those of you who got caught in traffic might want to consider using the stations around Portsmouth as park and rides next year. Loved the medal and liked the fact the small t-shirt was actually small! Also loved the support and the bagpipe band. Only thing I didn’t like was the fact that they were giving out huge bottles of water on the way round – it was such a waste. Cups are better. Loo queues weren’t too bad but that was an hour before the event - guys please use the urinals if you can and leave the loos for the ladies – we can’t choose! I also wonder what happened to 8000 entrants and think that there should be a system of transferring entries if you can’t run. Took 8 minutes off my previous 10 mile time, may run it again in a couple of years and will run it more slowly so that I can enjoy the atmosphere. Date of review: November 3, 2011
In short: Well organised local race In full: I live in Fleet so couldn't not do this one really. It's well organised and the support is good. £10 for chip timing and a medal is good value. It is mildly undulating but nothing too painful, although harder work on the second lap. I got a PB so was happy. Well done to Fleet & Crookham AC and if you ever have problems organising it again, ask your local running clubs like Hart and Cove to help to make sure it happens. We don't want another 2010 with no race. Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: Good atmosphere In full: Last year I did this race, got a stitch and had to run/walk it, so it took me 50 minutes. This year I finished in 38:22, came 17th and was delighted. The medal was the same but came on a 2011 ribbon. You got bottles of lucozade and water at the end.
The race is quite undulating but nothing too horrible hill-wise. There was just one water station at the 3k mark, I think they needed another one as it was very hot. There were enough loos, as there always seems to be for ladies-only races. Other organisers, please note.
I also like the fact that you can buy a t-shirt, it's not included in an inflated entry fee so you have the choice as to whether to have one or not. Although it's cotton I bought one as they are a nice feminine shape.
All in all this is a good race. The only thing I would suggest is maybe offering some food at the end - bananas and a chocolate bar?
Definitely a beginners' race and a race for those stepping up from 5k fun runs. But there were some club runners there too. Date of review: September 24, 2011
In short: 5k race: Took 6 minutes off last year's time In full: I did the 5k at Alice Holt last year when I hadn't been running for long, and I really enjoyed it, so I wanted to do it again to gauge my improvement since last year. My 8 year old did the 1k race for 5-8 year olds and got a water bottle for being in the top 20.
It was wet. And the horrible hill was horrible although I did run up it (last year I walked). The rest of the course is flat or downhill with a couple of minor inclines, so don't be scared by the hill.
Nice to get a water bottle and a medal; my only gripe was the change to the lace-on chip tags from the wrap-around-the-ankle type - they're a real pain to get on!
But overall a great race and I will be back next year. And maybe possibly even to do the 10k. Date of review: September 10, 2011