In short: The hills don't get any easier! In full: Splendid sunny day, a little chilly, but once you got going in the sun t-shirt and shorts were the order of the day. Loads of drinks stations, splendid views in the clear air. Well marshalled and organised. Its a testing course with hills at 5, 10 and 12 miles. The last one is a killer, but by running down it at the beginning you should have an idea of what you will be getting back to. Bit short on loos, this year they provided two extra porta-loos. Still its one of my favorite races and it was nice to see the field so full in a year when it was not prat of the Dorset Road Race league. Date of review: February 4, 2007
In short: Well organised. Fantastic scenery (a good excuse to stop and get your breath back). Really gloopy mud in places - great fun, Friendly, and cakes at the finsh. Recommend the coffee and walnut! Date of review: January 14, 2007
In short: Hills, scenery, some mud. Well organised off road race. One of the highlights of the year. In full: I love this race. There are 3 killer hills, but when you get to the top the views would take your breath away if you had any. Its nearly all off road, and has some splendidly muddy bits. I enjoy the route so much that I arrange a post xmas run for club members to re-visit the route. fab! Date of review: October 29, 2006
In short: Tough 7 miles totally off road through glorious woods - fantastic - and cakes at the end. In full: A fantastic run through the woods around Stourhead estate. Hills, mud, scenic trees. The more of the same. An a warm autumn monring like today it was a fantasic run. Well organised and marshalled by Yeovil Town, and cakes at the end. Date of review: September 24, 2006
In short: Well organised. Nice rural course. Plenty of dinks station, but hot weather made it tough In full: Weather forecast was wrong. I suffered nearly terminal meltdown and walked from 10 to 11 before drinking 3 cups of water in Hinton St.Mary. I'd been drinking plenty at all the water stations but it was so hot.
Still the Doddlers had put drinks stations every two miles, which show how well switched on they are - and it was a really well organised event. Its just that I don't do hot, and by jove it was hot.
Next year I'll enter on the day, if its going to be below 20c! Date of review: August 6, 2006
In short: Hills, more hills, Pond with plastic ducks, stream, farmyard, woods, bluebells, wild garlic. Loads of marshals and well marked route. Excellent In full: A tough 10k, the only downside was queueing at the stiles. Come to think of it though it gave you a chance to rest and to admire the view. Friendly, well organised, and a nice mug at the end. Good showers too. Excellent value for money. Date of review: May 15, 2006
In short: Reasonably well organised, but poor marshalling in places and where were the finish timekeepers? In full: Friendly race but and adequate number of marshals (thanks for your efforts) BUT The fun runners were indistinguishable from the other runners so the ONLY marshal at the split failed to direct all the fun runners down the correct turning as he could not see which were which. Further more there was no noticeable signs for the runners warning them of the split. I saw 2 young runners coming back against the field because they had gone wrong, and two more at about the 4k point talking to marshals and race officials. The fun run was supposed to be only 2.5 k and these children were going to do at least 8k if they went straight back.
There were not any finish time keepers, so I don’t expect there will be any results. In addition to that the finish clock had not been started until the race was underway so it was approximately 3 minutes slow.
I would expect a ‘race’ to produce results. In my view a ‘fun run’ may get away without it.
Sorry if I seem negative but as a runner of 18 years, and a race organiser myself I don’t think these are acceptable short comings. e indistinguishable from the Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Nice run on varied surfaces, beach, mud and tarmac. Couple of minor bottlenecks near the start. Gives you a chance to get your breath back! In full: Good value for money. Well organised. Plenty of marshals (thanks marshals). Scenic with route with two laps in the woods. Bit scary on the second lap with the top runners overtaking. Good facilities and fish and chips available at all the sea-front resturants. Date of review: February 12, 2006