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
In short: 2011: fab race despite the weather! In full: I travelled to Glasgow from Hampshire to do this race and really enjoyed it. It's a great event for beginners and more experienced runners alike and as so much of it is a gentle downhill or flat (yes there is a hill in Pollok Country Park but it's over quickly) it's a great course for a PB, which I achieved. I'd recommend it. Date of review: May 17, 2011
In short: Great race for beginners and experienced runners alike In full: I signed up for this as I live fairly local (Fleet) and thought it sounded like a nice community event. It is very well organised and you get a lovely medal at the end. Marshalls helpful and friendly and plenty of water. You use the loos in the school which is interesting - very low partition walls :) I was the 4th lady in so was delighted with my placing; it's a fairly flat course with a couple of gentle slopes but nothing too frightening. Definitely worth the money and I will return to do the 10 mile option next year. Date of review: May 17, 2011