In short: Tougher than I expected, but a wonderful race In full: Excellent event, challenging course with a hill which is a killer second time round! Very muddy, but this was to be expected after the weather the week before. Absolutely glorious scenery with superb views out to sea. Well organised with mile markers, 2 drinks stations and friendly and helpful marshalls, my only cavil is that the seeding "pens" need to be larger, there were far too many of us in the 65 minutes plus area - and even I managed to get round in less time than that! Definitely one for the race diary every year. Date of review: February 12, 2007
In short: Mud, sweat, and some very, very steep hills In full: Not a great cross country runner but really enjoyed this event. Very hard to battle through so much mud and was on all fours going up one of those hills but the atmosphere was so good and the marshalls were so friendly I will definitely be back for more next year - but with some decent off-road shoes!! Date of review: January 14, 2007
In short: Wonderful event, some of the best scenery I've ever seen. In full: My second time at the Downton half marathon and this is definitely one of my favourites, despite the horrendous conditions this time round. Worth doing it just for the scenery, but not a course to get a PB on. Glad there were more t-shirts this year, and a nicer design too! Tea and buns provided by the friendly ladies was a nice touch, and I'd like to say thank you to the girls at the last water station who cheered me up just as I was starting to flag! Date of review: November 27, 2006
In short: Fantastic event that puts many others to shame In full: Only my second x-country race and I think I will now be a regular at these events, certainly at the sodbury slog. Never thought I'd have so much fun getting wet, cold and muddy!
Can't fault the organisation, very impressed with the number of marshalls who showed up on the day. Superb value for money, more than decent goodie bag and excellent long sleeved t-shirt, just the job for winter training. Ran round at the back with a mate and there were plenty left when we finished.
The minute's silence on rememberance Sunday was also a nice touch.
EXCELLENT event - other race organisers please take note. This is how it should be done. Date of review: November 13, 2006
In short: Could have been much better In full: Enjoyable run, nice scenery apart from a trip round an industrial estate and well supported despite the rain. Unfortunately the experience was spoilt by a lack of water stations (only at the 5 and 11 mile markers). Three or four should be a minimum and had it been warmer I think people would have been passing out! Other major disappointment was the t-shirts. The fact that they were not included in the entry fee is bad enough, but when I finished they were sold out! My race time was 1:54 and there were plenty behind me so obviously not enough were ordered. That was a real shame because they looked nice, long sleeved, just the job for winter. I think most runners would rather pay a couple of quid extra and get a worthwhile training top. Medal not bad though. Date of review: October 23, 2006
In short: Excellent race, some improvements from last year In full: Very well organised event, improvements from last year include seedings in the runners' pen, baggage tent, and free massage service. Good to see a lot of local people taking part. Challenging course but beautiful scenery. Well supported and marshalled, plenty of water stations but could have done with some lucozade as well. Nice medal, t-shirt and a mars bar at the end! Date of review: October 18, 2006
In short: Can't understand why this race doesn't attract more runners. In full: This is the first event I had competed in for the second year. I enjoyed it last year, and even more this year, knocking 7 minutes off my time!
Very well organised event, extremely friendly crowd - good cross section of ages and abilities. Kids fun run makes it a day out for the whole family, so I really cannot understand why there are so few participants. Banana and t-shirt at the end was great but mars bar last year was better!
Tough course but glorious scenery makes it worth while. Steep descent for last 2k makes it a bit treacherous however.
Will definitely be back next year. Thanks also to Dave J for asking me to come on BBC wiltshire radio with him! Date of review: September 12, 2006
In short: Good run through lovely scenery, perfect for a bank holiday weekend. In full: Very much enjoyed this event, scenery was fantastic, course mildly undulating but nothing too severe. Well marshalled and supported, only complaint was having to pick up race no on the day. Good t-shirt at the end and was able to get my hands on a copy of marathon news at last. Also managed to knock 6 mins off my pb so ideal warm-up for my first marathon in 3 weeks' time! Date of review: August 28, 2006
In short: Well organised, scenic but challenging race. In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the event - bit disappointed with my time (tried to get under 50 mins but the hill at 5k put paid to that). Good mix of runners, nice range of abilities so would suit beginners. Very social - beer and burger at the end was a nice touch, even if queue for burger was a bit long. Only reservation about coming next year is that it's quite a trek from where I live and I travelled up on my own so would probably only come if there was a bunch of us and we made an evening of it. Date of review: August 4, 2006
In short: Lovely course, organisation left a bit to be desired In full: Enjoyed this event, lovely scenery and very friendly atmosphere. Gently undulating, no major hills. May do again for scenery, but organisation could have been better - at the end we were being hassled to move up in the queue for goodie bags (drink, banana and bag of crisps in a small plastic bag!) which would have been totally unnecessary had the goodie bags been prepared earlier! Date of review: July 24, 2006