In short: Great 10k In full: When I do a 10k I like a medal and a chocolate bar at the end, and Swallowfield delivered on this, as well as giving a water bottle! It's good value for money and chip timing would be nice as the start is quite tight, but it's not a big problem. The course is not as hilly as the elevation I saw beforehand suggested, but the second 5k is pretty flat, and after the uphill you get a great downhill. The marshals were pretty enthusiastic on the whole.
At the time of writing this review the results are not yet up (4pm) - I guess I have been spoilt by the insane efficiency of Teignbridge Trotters in Devon who appear to be able to post their results more or less as soon as a race is over, despite using manual timing! I think race organisers should provide a statement on their websites saying when they expect to have the results available.
On the whole this is a great race. One suggestion: more signage as you enter the village to say where the car park is. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: Very flat course a bit dull but very well organised In full: It had been very hot in the lead-up to this event but on the day it was cloudy, however, still humid. I suffered quite a lot so rather than a PB on the pancake flat course (2 laps around Dorney Lake, where the Olympic rowing was held), ran my slowest 10k time in 2 years! However, the event is very well organised, great bespoke medal and a well-stocked goody bag of drinks and snacks. Would I do it again? Maybe - if it were in October! Date of review: July 26, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere, good medal but probably not a PB course In full: I definitely need to get on with my hill training before the Basingstoke half in October - this is up and down all the way! This is a friendly well organised race: no chip timing but you don't need it for a race this small (around 120 finishers).
You get a good medal for your money and the course goes round some pleasant country lanes. Lots of very good club runners, but plenty of runners near the "relaxed" end as well. Marshals were encouraging and the facilities were good - no queues for loos and nice cake afterwards!
The one thing I would suggest is that they put a sign on the A3, as we drove past the turn-off on the way in. Most of the entrants were locals, but some like me were not so it would be really useful. Otherwise, great event. Date of review: June 16, 2013
In short: Great race but would be nice to have a medal rather than beer! In full: Yes I know the beer is the point of it but I like my medals :) My husband did this two years ago when the weather was awful so it was great to turn up on Sunday and run in pleasant weather.
The course is a little hillier than I'd anticipated but not too bad. The marshals are very encouraging and it's all well organised. The only improvement for me would be to get the results out faster - or give a date/time by which the results will be published if that's not possible. Date of review: June 4, 2013
In short: First time on the 10 mile option In full: I've run the Hook 6 for the last two years and decided to give the 10 mile race a go this year. It was a more undulating course than I had anticipated, but that may have also had something to do with the fact that I'd gone out too fast and had had a bit of a tummy bug in the days leading up to the race so by 3 miles I was a bit spent. However, I was only around a minute outside my 10 mile PB.
The event is a great one to do for all abilities , very well organised and the marshals are very encouraging. The medal was the same as last year but had the year on the ribbon - my only suggestion would maybe to differentiate the medals for the distances, perhaps by having a different coloured ribbon. Other than that it's a great community event, there's good support from the locals and I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Great race - a bit hot though this year! In full: I ran this last year when it was cold and wet and dreary and managed my 2nd best ever 10k time. This year it started an hour earlier which was good as it was warm. The heat eventually got tome and my legs tied up a bit, so I walked through the water station and lost 10-15 seconds, but managed a new second best-ever 10k time. Rather stupidly I missed the timing mats at the beginning so ended up with a gun time rather than a chip time but I was glad to get an official time and it was only about 10 seconds out. There were enough loos and the marshals were really encouraging. Well done RRR - will be back again next year. Date of review: May 7, 2013
In short: Very good race In full: I've done the Farnham Runners events at Alice Holt, so decided to give this 5k a go with my son, while my husband did the 10k. Nice t-shirt though a bit of a pain to have to go back to the car with it. I wore mine. Decent medal and glad they used their usual course. Overall a good race.
The only thing I didn't like was having to delay the start by 30 minutes - it was very cold though sunny. This appears to have been because there were long queues to collect numbers/chips. I don't know if this was because the organisers were slow at giving out numbers or because people turned up late, but if it was the latter, they shouldn't have delayed the start given how cold it was. If it had been raining I imagine they would have had a riot on their hands. However, the race was good and I would do it again. Not sure what happened to the goody bag this year - I assume it was replaced by the t-shirt. Date of review: April 7, 2013
In short: Fab local event In full: I ran this for the first time in 2011 and took about 10 minutes off my time this year to get a PB. Well organised, friendly marshals, great support, bespoke medal, and 5 minutes' walk from my house. What more do you need? Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Really well organised race In full: Very good event - well organised, lots of drinks stations and friendly and encouraging marshals. Weather was cold and a little windy but good running weather. I usually like a medal but the t-shirt was good and I liked having the date on it as it was also my birthday!
Now for the elevation - please don't be put off by the elevation on the website. It looks far far worse that it is! It is either flat or downhill for most of it, with two shortish sharp hills at the 6 and 7-8 mile stages. The last two miles are pancake flat. I got a PB - and my previous PB was at the completely flat Great South.
It is a club runner's run with a lot of very good runners, but there are plenty of slower runners taking part - so again don't be put off by the club shirts - the atmosphere was friendly.
Well done City of Salisbury ARC - a great event. Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Great race and a new PB again this year In full: This is a local race for me (5 minutes' walk from my house) and there's nothing to criticise - it's well organised, has encouraging marshals, a reasonable number of spectators, you get a medal and something to eat at the end and it costs £10. Great value, and I got a PB too and a bottle of wine for one of the team prizes too. It's a fairly dull two lap course and is undulating but nothing too horrible. Well done to Fleet & Crookham AC. Date of review: October 28, 2012