In short: Great course!.. In full: Different course this year due to the filming of Harry Potter's latest wizardry and mayhem in the woods of The Lookout, but cannot comment on the difference as this was my first outing here. The start was a bit of a hike from the very full carpark, so I used the opportunity to warm up the legs. The race itself was quite congested early on, but soon thinned out and found the course to be quite nice and undulating and not too twisty, so made for quite a fast and pleasant run with only one or two muddy sections, but had a friend's dog lick my legs clean. Nice!.. Date of review: June 11, 2009
In short: Mercifully cooler than it had been!.. In full: All week it had been very hot, so surprisingly it was pretty cool and overcast on the night, so really helped the runners in getting around this 'undulating' course. An established favourite in my race calendar, but still quite tough when pushing for a PB. The sponges were welcome and the lack of a goody bag at the end was actually quite a relief, as we still managed to get a 'Forgoodness Shake' and a choky bar at the end, with a decent medal. All in all, worth doing, so looking forward to July now... Date of review: June 4, 2009
In short: Muddy in places. In full: This was the first running of the new, shorter course through the woodland on a cool and dry Wednesday evening. The course is now a, still challenging and well marshalled, 5.2 miles according to Garmin. With the course redesign and the, largely, dry and mud-free 2 laps or so of the circuit, all added up to a very enjoyable evening. Well done Finch Coasters for the first of the three run series. I am now looking forward to the next one. Date of review: May 27, 2009
In short: Suprising warm, shall we say!.. In full: No goody bag, but the race had been rescheduled and who really enjoys goody bags anyway?.. I loved the race, even though it was hot enough to sap the energy of a five year old (which I definately am not) which saw me getting slower and slower throughout the race with that elusive PB getting further and further away. A cracking medal, so well done to the organisers and marshalls for another successful event. Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: Warm and twisty. In full: Excellent family run with a happy atmosphere attracting a large field and all for a great cause; to rasie money for the local hospital.
Organisation was excellent, with the huge, inflatable finishing arch and a big, clear read-out for the runners finishing times. Only a couple of gripes, the website was misleading because it said that you could not enter on the day, but in fact you could, which put at least one runner off of applying on the day, so, sorry for that Dave!.. Secondly, the start area was crowded and runners should have been told to line up sooner.
All in all though, a great race in the sunshine. One for the calendar for next year. Date of review: April 5, 2009
In short: An early start after Metallica the night before. In full: If the clocks going forward on top of a late night didn't get me, it was the hill at the end of the 6 mile loop that did it!.. The marshals were very well positioned and friendly, so there was no danger of taking a wrong turn so was not too taxing on the exhausted runner, so all in all, it hurt!!..
Very well done to the organisers and, as mentioned by others, to the elite runners which passed us effortlessly. Where do they get the energy from?.. A good tester for the FLM. Date of review: March 29, 2009
In short: Warm!.. In full: Who would have thought it would be such a lovely day?.. Maybe too hot for running, but it made for an excellent spectator opportunity. I think that we all appreciated the crowds around the route, not all of them were in pubs too, but some were having picnics in the glorious sunshine. What a treat!.. The run itself was very plesant and the mile markers were clearly visible, so all in all a very good race. Top marks to the Lucozade Team for supplying so many bottles and in different flavours too. My two boys have appreciated the gesture also... Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: A piece of cake!.. or can you make that two?.. In full: A challenging run, shall we say, with the happiest looking marshalls I have ever seen, (I think they knew what was coming and they did not have to run it)and the BEST food stations ever. This could have been my downfall... After consuming bannanas, jelly babies, oranges, water and many slices of cake, we were expected to carry on running. I should have called it a day at this point. This was one of many stops, walks and trots for the rest of the way to the finish. Thoroughly enjoyable, but will be aching for some time to come. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: It did exactly what it said on the web-site... In full: It was a brilliantly organised race, extraordinary for the students' first time in fact and the best thing was that the field of runners was tiny, so if you were quick you could get a very good PB.
The only down-side is this. The Race is called the Farnborough Six, catchy and clever, but was told that it was a 10K race, so when I came in 2 mins inside my pb, I was a little suspicious. Now it is billed as a 6 mile race!.. Funny that, isn't it?..
Well done though, might be marshalling this year as I am preparing for the FLM. Date of review: February 26, 2009
In short: A real test of body and soul this side of the London Marathon. In full: Thanks to the Lucozade Team for the energy gels and the Shakes from 'For Goodness Shakes', but the prize goes to RRR for the Mars bar at the end of a 'tough race for me' as a chocolate bar has NEVER tasted so good. After 20 miles of running it was a life saver...
Has anyone got a cure for cramp in the calves? Compression socks or salt? Date of review: February 16, 2009