In short: Multi terrain 10K - bring proper shoes In full: This being my 'year of doing differently' I took part for the first time in the Hursley 10K. Billed as multi-terrain, race starts on grass, touched tarnac for maybe haldf a mile and then dived into the woods. If it has rained in the last 24 hours you will encounter mud and greasy clay patches. Leave Mayflies at home, wear trail shoes. All in all, an enjoyable day slightly spolied by Parking issues. Arrive early! Date of review: October 2, 2013
In short: Flat,coastal... round the egrets one mo' time ? In full: My first time at the race, and aprt from not receiving a race number/chip before the day, I'd give it another go. On a sunny South Coast day it would be lovely...and supporters waiting at The Chequers with a cold Guinness afterwards would make it even better. But beware of the traffic en route - Lyndhurst is a pain! Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Not for Daleks(Mark I) In full: ....because they never got the hang of STAIRS.Never having run this race before I wasn't sure what to expect - but a flight of stair up off the Towpath wasn't one of them. Not enough Loos at the Race Start. Well marshalled , with three water points and a mobile 1st Aid crew. All in all, I enjoyed the riverside stretch more than the urban section - and was a bit disappointed that London Pride was distinctly conspicuous by its absence ! Having travelled nearly 80 miles to be there,although pleasant enough,organisers will have to pick it up a bit to get me back (my loss doubtless) Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Flat, lakeside multi-lap tarmac run/ride at Olympic Rowing Venue In full: The only way is up....my first Duathlon (which I figured was a village in Wales) and apart from dire weather, was fine. Venue well signposted from Motorway at least, marshals all cheerful in adversity and given that it is A) all tarmac B) flat as Keira's chest PB potential. Water stops but no showers, tented changing. Event fine,contender B- ( can only improve!) Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Popular, flat,do you like runways? In full: First time at Gosport for me - and I would give it another go. 1800 starters, Gosport is not brilliant by car unless you know the area - and the nearest Railway stn is the other side of Portsmouth Harbour . If you're ex Fleet Air Arm, this is your old almer mater . Fun day out, excellent goody bag. Date of review: November 22, 2011
In short: An off road Half in surprisingly rugged Surrey woodland - fantastic goody bag! In full: I was late arriving and in despair but apart from that everything went very well. Four laps of wet woodland but everyone seemed in good spirits, even the marshals - which is important to slow runners like me. On a fine sunny day with less mud underfoot this would be even better than it was! Any chance of signposting FROM Farnham next time? Overall, a good day out - and the best goody bag I've ever had, beats FLM into a cocked hat. Well done all. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: As rural as it gets actually, and the "off-road"section was actually a typically muddy farm lane! In full: A lovely village green run, full of smiling faces, slightly uppitty downitty but nothing too grotesque. If this had been my first 10K I'd have been hooked. Unexpected and VERY nice T-shirt at the finish, plus a goody bag that puts some bigger races to shame. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Pleasant semi-rural hack, with even a short offroad section.Pleasant day out. In full: Lordshill is a green outpost of Southampton - part of the course winds through an industrial estate, but takes in a Nature reserve!
95% tarmac with a short woody bridleway section thrown in for those who have never got their pristine ASICS grubby or risked a nettle sting ( inhalers to the fore urban types)
Well-marshalled friendly set up which starts and finishes at a playing field. Given that it is in walking distance of a public swimming pool and a more exclusive David lloyd tennis centre the lack of showers and a changing tent is not too troubling.
Favourite race of all time ? No Would I do it again ? Yes
( damme I even shaved a minute off last year's rather poor time too !)
In short: Rural,undulant,50-50 road and track,would be a tough one in bad weather In full: Start and finish in the (new?) Salisbury City FC ground down by Old Sarum airfield then road anti-clockwise around the back of the Castle and then about a mile incline up a track to the entrance. Sheep baa-ing away, people walking their dogs,all sorts.
(For those who don't know it think of Maiden Castle - Iron Age concentric banks - rather than Caerphilly Castle e.g towering eight foot thick Norman walls)
Short stiff section up to the level track and CLOCKWISE around the perimeter of the Castle then back down and across the A345 by the pub. Going within the Castle area was good with the occasional greasy patch - on a rainy day this would be much tougher. Good course, well signed and marshalled. Water point not problematic .
Fantastic views out over Wiltshire from the Castle trackway - one of the only races I've done where you can honestly say: ' Hey, I can see the Finish from here'......while still having 4K to run
Finish was a run into the stadium with a medal and an unexpected Mars bar and bottle of water. All in all well up there in my list of early races, and a good variation race for FLM runners ( who are sanguine about keeping themselves in good shape for the desparate Day :-) )
In short: Fabulous weather, lovely scenery,starts in a valley next to a big hill - go figure! In full: Denmead is tucked away the Eastern slope of Portsdown hill. The race is not excessively sharp in terms of hills but most runners would regard it as undulating....one or two long gentle inclines,enough to require some runners to break into the walk. A good day out in very pleasant scenery without feeling too threatened by the traffic.Handy pubs afterwards. Date of review: October 22, 2007