In short: Wow - scenery to beat New Forest and without the killer jills too! In full: First time I've done this race - the scenery took me by surprise! No one told me it was that pretty... Great organisation, good value, good atmosphere. Well done Hardley Date of review: October 15, 2006
In short: You MUST do this race at least once In full: This is a classic race, it is beautiful and it has a great atmosphere. The marshalling is fantastic.
I really enjoyed the half marathon - the weather was abysmal, but I think that just added to the fun - you know when there's a point at which you don't care how wet you are any more. We reached that point.
With current regulations and policing costs hitting some road events, you can be sure that this event will just go on and on, which is good news. Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: Great day out, met my first Fetchies!! In full: A great race again - thanks to Oracle etc.. & Marshalls.
Just a couple of niggles. The paths were very greasy probably due to beinng wet after such a long dry spell - nothing much the organiser can do about that!! However, although there were plenty of marshals (well done on that point) they weren't really aware that parts of the course were slippery. I was running with a Reading Road Runner who whinced in pain as he fell to the floor on the "switchback bridge" ascent.
Also, had another exchange with the poor young lad at the far end of the same bridge, bless him. He met us with a nice smile. "Which way please?" "Oh, sorry, this way [pointing arm]". "Thanks. it's probably a good idea to keep your arm up when runners are coming...!" "okay". I was in a 3'44"/km when we met him... Date of review: September 3, 2006
In short: Great afternoon out despite the rain and wind In full: Well done to the organisers, this was a great race. It's hilly so you're never going to PB here, and it's fast up front as it's the Hants RRL openner, but the start/finish on the village green gives it a very friendly feel.
Answer me this, though. How do you get an officer on every corner, and half the village road closed, for £6 a head (and approx 300 entries)?! Big expensive race organisers take note!! Date of review: September 3, 2006
In short: London does it again - the perfect race! In full: Well, what a day! Hope you all had a great time - perfect weather - you can't blame that!
I hooked up with the 7mm pacer on the Blue start - Dave - who was a little nervous I think as his pb was 2:56 and as he was going for a 2:58 that didn't leave him with much margin for error. Anyway - lost him because he kept dropping his sign, but nevermind. Saw the red start 7mm pacer at 6 miles, but let him go as he was going 10 seconds a mile too fast and I knew I couldn't keep up.
Once again the organisation was just perfect - I don't use that word often, but there's just no other way to describe it.
The things that I will remember the most: - Crowds - there seemed to be as many people as last year - this is really surprising given the drizzle, but Londoners and other supporters really make this race. - The staff behind the finish line applauding as we walked through. They all had smiles, and all said "well done". This is a REALLY nice touch and brought a lump to my throat. - Seeing my Mum at 23 miles. Almost as good as seeing the wife and kids at 25 miles last year, and a real uplift. - Oh, and getting inside my 3:15 target by 3 minutes - priceless (and a pb!!)
Thanks Bedford - a cracker! Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Broke my 16 year old PB - what more can you say? In full: 24 hrs later - still on cloud 9. Fantastic support from general public - this city really does seem to get behind this race. Extent of road closures was breathtaking - fantastic organisation. Brilliant finish. Energy bar in goodie bag was a godsend. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Once again, Eastleigh 10k proves it's a major fixture on the racing calendar In full: I always use Eastleigh as my pb busting race, and this year did not dissapoint. I don't know if it's a psychological thing, or whether it's just the fantastic course with world class field that gets you hyped, but this is always an excellent race, and for the second year running I've taken a chunk out of my pb at this event.
But above all, my lasting impression is "How do they put on such an awsome race for only £6?!!!" There are significant road closures, a high level of policing, marshals at every junction. In this day of the £20-£30 (FLM aside - I can understand that one) the organisers of this race (and the B&Q sponsors) should cause much embarrasment amongst the Bupas and the Asics of the world.... Date of review: March 20, 2006