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
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