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
In short: Foggy frolics on the Hogs Back. In full: A bit of a chilly start to say the least and foggy enough to slow the cars down, which was nice. As said before, quite a challenging run up and over the Hogs Back, made more challenging due to my first time running this event and was unsure how far it was to go until the end. The mile marking was fine and the nice touch was that from 2 miles to go the sign said, '2 miles to go', which clearly meant that the mileage was nearer 12K than 8 1/4 miles, so did not know when to begin my sprint finish. If the course is left unchanged, I'll know next time when to speed things up I guess. The run-in to Loseley House was longer than I thought, but still just managed to break the hour, which was nice!.. Date of review: December 14, 2008
In short: Finally! A course with more downhill than uphill. In full: For some reason, this is exactly how it felt to me. I managed to take so much time off my usual eta I had to question my watch!.. This just goes to show how fast the course really is. The organisation was excellent for its size and I can really see this race growing as word gets out, as it is quite a small field at the moment. I will definitely be back next year, hopefully with some more of my running friends... Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: Ponies in the mist... or is that fog?.. In full: Just to echo the last review, it was extraordinary to have a pair or Newforest ponies keeping pace with us through the forest then, later, a few horses galloping up ahead. Nowhere else could you see this on a race, plus the fantastic views over the Solent with hundreds of boats at sea; a real treat for a towny such as me.
The run itself was very hot once the sun came out, but a beer at the end and a bacon sandwich after a warm shower was the order of the day. Well worth the journey!.. Date of review: October 12, 2008
In short: Soggy In full: The turnout for this well organised race was very good, despite the rain, which did not stop the whole day. None of that managed to dampen the spirits of the hardy runners on Sunday morning. I even achieved a personal best for the distance, so I must be doing something right. The only let down was (as mentioned by the other reviewer) those awful numbers... Mine lasted for about 2 kilometers until it fell off and I ended up running the rest of the race with it in my hand... slowly disintergrating before my very eyes. Nive shirt though in the goody bag! Date of review: October 9, 2008
In short: Nice shirt. In full: I got my shirt at the same time as picking up my number and race chip, nowhere obvious to leave my goodybag, so left it at the Orca Tent, so thanks to the lady on their stall for coming to my aid... Marshalling could have been better, as at one point a good of us had to decide between three ways to go, so lost a minute or two.
All in all, a good, testy run through the local woods. Even managed a free massage at the end and a For Goodness Shakes milk shake, so was not a total loss after all. Not bad for a triathalon meet meet!.. Date of review: September 28, 2008