In short: well organised and friendlh In full: Parking good - a minibus takes you to the start rand drops you back post race. Good facilities - changing, toilets and showers Very friendly and enthusiastic support from those manning the 5 water stations (water in cups/jelly babies)
The course follows the Imber Range path - approx. 33miles. There are few marshals on course, but runners are supplied with maps and written detailed instructions...the course is not as complicated as these suggest! Undulating best describes the course - not 'silly hilly' but enough to make you know it is not flat.There is a good mixture of grass and nud, rutted paths and good quality concrete (and ashphalt) roads - I wore road shoes which were perfect.
Overall a challenging and more than worthwhile run to do....particularly on a balmy day such as today. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: lots of runners... In full: After the initial couple of miles there was plenty of space to breathe....even more so after the 10milers finished. A good course....not traffic free, but I had no problems with cars or cyclists - well marshalled. Enough water stations - but only water or glucose drinks in plastic cups. Toilet facilities at Start excellent - I arrived at 10.10am for the 10.30am Start...still had time to queue, use them, put my baggage in the (very basic) bag store and be at the start line before 10.25. In an ideal world there would be a tee-shirt to look forward to...
In short: Balmy....! In full: For those who took part last year this was relatively...repeat relatively...straightforward - if steep-climbs and narrow/rutted/rocky/muddy paths can ever be considered straightforward! The sun shone and the wind blew. The marshals were excellent. The water stations were well stocked with jelly-babies, cake and much more. The scout-hall was crowded and all is well with the world. If you want off-road running (there are some farm-tracks but only 2ish miles of v. quiet roads) and a low-key atmosphere, with a great sense of achievement at the finish, then I highly recommend this run. Date of review: February 9, 2014
In short: Perfect first run of year In full: Plenty of ups and downs - but not ridiculous hills. Marshals and all of the officials friendly and efficient - the Car-parking team are fantastic. Lots of lovely cake (and bacon sandwiches) available Plenty of water-stations Not much traffic Great value, good cause and a tee-shirt.
In an ideal world there would be showers and bag storage....but I can live without them. All in all a charming and worthwhile Sunday morning - a very civilised Start time as well. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Special because of the course and time of year In full: I love this course - flat but with character. Better organised than last year. Still work to be done. Needs better bag drop - as has been suggested same bag and race number could save much time. No 'real' changing facilities - the 50p for a shower in the Pyramid centre is very useful, however. Toilets, toilets, toilets required - anyone in the 'know' used public ones in the vicinity.
Good, free on-road parking within easy walking distance. Goodie bag a nice surprise. Date of review: December 24, 2013
In short: Pleasant local race In full: Challenging enough, gradients abound on the backroads of Gillingham (Dorset). Friendly...good marshals...everything you would expect from a local running group. 3x as many runners this year as last, I wonder why? Date of review: November 3, 2013
In short: A mini classic In full: Everything about this event is sooooo satisfying. The venue; Shillingstone railway station - long-closed, but the hub of a thriving group of railway enthusiasts; cafe, souvenirs etc. This year the Car-park contained vintage vehicles (remember Rootes, anyone?) The course; it's the 10 miler that thinks it's a half-marathon. It is no disgrace to walk up the hills. The first 4 miles must surely be one of the most satisfying runs of any race, anywhere. - a hideous climb followed by a long downhill stretch, both through glorious wooded countryside. ....excellent marshals, good car-parking, lovely tea and cake available, plenty of toilets.... Great mementos. This year one of those Jack Sparrow headgear things...you know what I mean....and a shopping-bag. Look at the cost! What a bargain! Organised by runners, for runners. Date of review: October 27, 2013
In short: Hard but fair In full: A real challenge - 3000ft of climb (seems more..)over a variety of surfaces, with the worst being the rocky/stony ankle-twisting, sole (and perhaps soul)damaging climbs and descents.I tripped twice and kept my feet, on the third occasion mr. chin took a rapid visit to pathland.
Both years have been dry underfoot (this year it started raining after 4.5hours), if there was rain for any prolonged period it would be an 11 difficulty race.
Friendly folk marshaling and on the plentiful water-stations - plastic cups. Excellent tee-shirt and medal. Nice little goody-bag (includes local beer) and a Purbeck ice-cream as well.
Showers would be nice, but I won't lose any sleep over the lack of them. More Jelly-Babies would be nice.... Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Both hunky and dory In full: Good course...undulating, but not 'silly' hilly. Lovely tech. tee-shirt. Lots of changing and showers. Cakes. Huge vfm. Friendly folk. Not traffic free, but well chosed route on quiet back roads. 'By runners for runners' Date of review: August 26, 2013
In short: Well organised and friendly In full: Review for 50k run.
Good course, toughish but fair. Well marshalled and signed - could be slightly better over last 5k, a small issue. Well stocked water-stations. Friendly marshals and others. A good cause Plenty of people on course, with both runners and walkers making for a good atmosphere. I recommend it, I have done 10k twice, and the marathon and 50k run - all have been good. Date of review: August 11, 2013