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
In short: A run and a pint! can't be bad... In full: This was my first time running this course and my third ever half marathon. I was out to achieve a good time and ended up with a PB, as well as a mars bar and a hot shower, so gets the thumbs up from me. Brilliantly well organised and a warm-up stroll to the start was nice in the warm weather. Could have done with some more toilets, but there were a lot of runners to cater for. A pint in the King of Prussia really rounded off the afternoon, so well done to Burnham Joggers for a successful event. Date of review: August 19, 2008
In short: Not exactly a flat half marathon!.. In full: My first time around the course, which I found was pretty well signposted with a good sense of humour. An example of this was something like 'continue straight up to mile 6 down the boulder strewn gully' or something like that anyway... Then there was the lovely view at the top of Holbury Hill. Perfect weather for running! Only let down by the very slow start due to having to walk over stiles, but still a great race though. Date of review: July 20, 2008
In short: A little wet, shall we say. In full: My first time around this route and thoroughly enjoyed it, even with the damp conditions. There was a nice little tent for bag storage\sheltering from the rain\changing area which was a bit of fun. I think the run itself was as well marshalled as could be expected under the circumstances, ie rain, so will hope that it is dry for next year. A big thank you to all the marshalls that braved the mud and tried to direct us down the correct route. Date of review: July 10, 2008
In short: A lovely summer's day run. In full: This is one of those runs that is nice and small, which makes it feel very friendly and relaxed. The college grounds are beautiful and well kept, relaxed and encouraging marshalling keeps you going. Look out for 7k to 8k, which appears to be never ending... Recommended to first timers and for PBs as it is flat. Date of review: June 30, 2008
In short: A good start to the day before an afternoon with the trains. In full: Getting to the venue and parking at the school was the easy bit, the race itself was not that easygoing on the tired old legs though!.. I found that the organisation and the marshalling of the course was excellent, even though I missed the first KM marker and one or two others also. The course is a straight out and back affair with a rather nice triangle shaped turn at 5kms, then back to the water station that you passed at about 4KMs. From the turn, you realise that the down hills are now the up hills, so you get a good idea of what is coming next (unfortunately) and can wave at the runners you passed earlier on. The hill before 9KMs tests the knees, then it is the longest KM to the finish I have ever known with the teasing lap of the field to finish with a free bottle of water and as much fruit as you can eat. All in all, great value and a friendly atmosphere. What more could you want?.. Date of review: June 15, 2008