In short: Excellent event - everything you need from a long run with great marshalls, organisation and atmosphere. Just the right size of field. Great momento. Great value. In full: OK, so the weather was awful with heavy rain and strong gusty winds so a 20 miler was never going to be easy for somebody training for their first marathon.
The village of Burton was easy to find via the internet, though signage (even close to the event) seemed sparse. Parking was essentially a 'free for all' in local side roads but most seemed to get parked without too much bother.
The race started promptly, which was just as well as the cold and damp could easily have set in with the prevailing conditions.
I really enjoyed the course, down quiet country lanes. Lots of direction changes meant you were never fighting into the wind for too long and didn't have a horrible view of the road streching out to the horizon which I always dread. There were a couple of busier roads to cross but these appeared very well marshalled and car drivers seemed polite and patient. A lot of water on the road, particularly between mile 15 and 16 which was more like a stream. People pay a lot of money for conditions like tht in other 'adventure' type races.
Marshalls throughout were very positive and encouraging, big thanks to them. Water stations were frequent and well managed.
Towell as a momento was a great idea and came in very handy!
So, all in all an excellent event. Thanks to everybody who helped put on a great run. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: A solid performer! In full: This race gets so much right.
Parking was easy at the race venue. Collecting the race T-shirt was just like last year, well organised but the sports hall suffers from narrow corridors. The T-shirt is fine, not technical but OK.
The race itself is well organised. Good start position with markers for banding the starters depending upon predicted finish time. Run on good wide roads that are really well marshalled with a strong police presence to keep the car drivers under control. The route is not scenic but to be honest what do you expect around eastleigh town? It is fast with good PB potential and only one little incline to negotiate and as such is excellent for beginers or the less experienced.
All in all this is a great south coast race that deserves its reputation. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A well deserved reputation In full: Slick organisation makes for a great day. This is, in my opinion, the benchmark 10K event on the south coast.
The route is good, and is beginer friendly but if you want to push on allows plenty of potential for a PB.
The weather this year was a bit naff but even that couldn't dampen the positive attitude. The route is enthusiastically marshalled, with plenty of marshalls around. Even with poor weather there were also a lot of spectators around the route giving plenty of encouragement.
I will be back again next year. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Well organised run - good course. In full: Things started well as it was easy to park. Start line well sign posted. Good clear announcements - although the starting pistol wasn't that loud where I was (about 2/3rds the way back). Well thought out route, with a slight incline - the descent seemed longer so the middle markers came up fairly easily. Got to run past the start just after mid-way so the family could shout some encouragement. Well marshalled throughout. Scenery is urban Eastleigh - I like the place, has a bit of industrial victorian charm! Good fast flat back 5Km means good PB potential. Definately a friendly race that would be suitable for beginers. Only gripe (if it matters after all the positives) is that getting the T-shirt was a bit of a nightmare, I got mine before the race and the corridors to the room seemed very narrow and congested. But...the t-shirt is a good one! Will add this to my list of events to do again. Date of review: March 14, 2005
In short: A cracking run - everything was really well organised. Plus my daughter really rated the burger van (best burger ever!). In full: Good from the word go - a large car park which was keenly organised. Excellent tannoy, no problems hearing the announcements. Start organised into time bands (why aren't all races done like this?). Big field but spread out nice and quickly so you had a bit of space to run. Some terrific country roads that were almost traffic free and were very well marshalled. The course wasn't quite as flat as I'd expected but it did seem very fast, having said that it wasn't 'hilly' just gentle ups and downs. Overall this is an excellent event and would suit anybody from beginner upwards - will definately add this to my list of must do runs. Date of review: February 6, 2005