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
In short: What goes up must come down In full: I was really worried about this hills in this race but I needn't have worried. The race was run in the opposite direction this year, which may have made a difference, but although there was a long slow slog of a hill there was enough down and flat to make up for it.
This seemed to be very much a club runners race with a lot of very very good runners. There were scouts selling tea and cakes and kids' races - the kids all got medals for taking part.
Which brings me to my only criticism. We got a mini-beer tankard as a memento. It's nice, but I would have preferred a medal.
Definitely recommended though and the hill should not put you off. Date of review: September 3, 2011
In short: Review for 2011: lovely scenery, horrible hill, great medal In full: This is a very scenic race, but you're unlikely to get a PB - I was about 9 minutes slower than usual, although I did have a stitch and fell over too! Mostly offroad, one killer hill, but the rest is mainly downhill or flat. The medal is great. The only thing I don't understand is why they make you run around the field at the end, when it's about 300m over 10k? Why not have the finish as you come back into the field? Otherwise, really great organisation, encouraging marshalls and good value for money. Date of review: August 9, 2011
In short: Very well organised race In full: This is fairly local to me but I haven't done it before. The organisation was great. Any race that offers a medal and a chocolate bar at the end gets my vote. It was hot, and the course has a couple of hills, so I was well outside my PB but I would do this again. Well done to Sandhurst Joggers. Date of review: August 4, 2011
In short: Good girls' night out In full: I've said "maybe" to doing the race again as I would probably do others next time, but I would recommend this race for beginners in particular, as well as ladies who want a good night out. The organisation is very good but as someone else mentioned, I would have expected a little more in the goodie bag for the price (although I fortunately had a discount code). You get a running vest and a medal and it did seem as though they listened to the feedback they received on Facebook from last year, so no doubt it will be even better next year. All in all a good event but probably more for beginners/those wanting a night out than the serious runner. Date of review: July 20, 2011