In short: Great new event In full: Thank you to the many friendly and supportive volunteers at the event. I like warm ups and this one was ok but I found it difficult to keep up with some of the moves, especially with restricted space around me and an obstructed view. The main attraction for me was the opportunity to run inside a shopping centre (the same one used for a car chase in Top Gear). The Eastrop park section was really nice too, and the Basing View section was mildly challenging, just how I like it! The goody bag had a large volume of useful or at least interesting stuff and a nice medal. It was a good atmosphere with a commentator announcing names as you finish. The chip timed results were produced and published quickly. As a bonus, I notice the event counts towards runbritain rankings. I believe a purpose of the event was to promote Basingstoke and it has worked because I haven’t been into its town centre for many years and having seen Festival Place today we were impressed and may well visit again soon.
In short: I always look forward to this event In full: I took part in the Woodley 10k today. I always enjoy the warm up which is well timed immediately before the start of the race. Thank you to the marshals and other volunteers for the water, helping to keep us safe at road junctions and for the first aid cover. Thank you to the residents for your encouragement and also to the motorists for your tolerance. A nice medal and Lucozade Sport was waiting at the finish. Great atmosphere. Prompt results. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: As good as always In full: One of my favourite events, this is a pleasant two lap course along the carriageways of closed roads in leafy suburban Fleet with chip timing. Thank you to the organisers, the marshals, other volunteers and the tolerant drivers. A nice medal, bottle of water, banana and choice of biscuit or fun size chocolate bar were waiting for us at the finish. I would have preferred to have paid an additional £1 for race number to be posted to me because I always struggle with attaching them to clothes I’m already wearing. Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: As good as always In full: A special mention of the warm up, I always enjoy it and it was also nice to have a choice of flavours for the Lucozade body fuel at the end. Well done to all the marshals for your good work and thanks to first aid volunteers too. I shall look forward to next year. Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: Ticks all the boxes. In full: Closed roads with a few small ups and downs to add interest, a medium sized field, lots of support, well organised with plenty of parking and a reasonable entry fee – it ticks all the boxes for me. Other good points include chip timing, a medal, a banana (by the way Well Done to Bananaman who was running) a bottle of water and fast publication of results. Thank you very much to the organisers, the marshals, the volunteers and of course the residents for being patient. It’s great to have this event (aka to us as the Shopping 10k) back on the calendar. Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: A mildly challenging and pleasant run in The Chilterns. In full: The walk from the large grassy car park to the ‘athlete village’ is 5 to 10 minutes, so you would need to allow for this, especially if entering on the day and need to go to and from your car a few times. It was reassuring to see the medical cover at the start with their liveried mountain bikes. There were a couple of stiles on the course which could potentially be slippery when wet and also some gates but the gates were easy to deal with and could allow more than one person through at a time if held half open. As somebody else wrote in a review previously, they did allow an opportunity for a welcome breather. You had to watch where you are placing your feet when crossing the 2 or 3 ploughed fields to avoid going over on your ankle (I had a near miss). The road sections were few and brief but I wore a fluorescent t shirt to be sure to be seen to other road users. I noticed the marshals kindly signaling to a car to slow down. On the course we passed a house through the trees which had one of those blue plaques on it showing some historical interest (I tried to read it but couldn’t). The undulating but manageable course was clearly marked, the last 2 km was easy and the last 1km was surprisingly quick. Bananas, water and personalised certificates were waiting for us at the end (you have to collect your certificate when ‘signing out’ after finishing, I think this is a good idea and makes sure everybody is accounted for). Thank you to the organisers, the marshals and volunteers who were all helpful and in good spirits despite the rain, which was cooling for us during the run but turned heavy afterwards. I enjoyed this event. It’s cheap to enter and Feed The Children is a deserved charity.
In short: A predominantly cross country course at a lovely location In full: The event was well sign posted from the main road and the sight of Englefield House up on the hill was very impressive. I didn’t see any deer in the deer park but it was soon apparent from the ground in the car park field that they had been there not long before. The queues to both collect numbers and to use the trailer toilets were ok. The course was basically on the grassy perimeter of 4 fields, including a nice close up view of the house on the way and way back, with a short road surface section connecting the fields and outward and finishing sections on an unmade trail surface driveway. It included 3 long but gradual ascents (“take little steps”, I was once advised) with more level sections to allow you to get your breath back and also welcome descents of course. The nature of the course added a few minutes to my regular 10k distance time although if I had looked where I was going and I didn’t have hearing problems on the day then I wouldn’t have failed to hear a marshal’s warning before I went the wrong way and fell into a cattle grid! If I got take away drink instead of staying at the water station to enjoy my drink then I’d probably have finished just inside the hour. There was a timing clock at the finish and the results were on the website later the same day. Certificates not medals were handed to all finishers but it was cheap to enter the event and the certificates were nicely printed and on good quality card. I hope much money was raised for Shelterbox, which is an international disaster relief charity, and for Robbie the Robot (which I believe is a hospital appeal). I would like to thank all marshals and organisers, they were friendly, obliging and knowledgeable about the estate. If you like Midsomer Murders locations and cross country running but don’t mind hills and dodging deer poo, then this race is for you. It’s well worth the trip and deserves more support.
In short: This is a fine event in a fine location with fine facility and fine organisation for a good cause. In full: The event was well sign posted from the roads and parking was organised and plentiful. There is a very modern pavilion available for spectators, giving excellent views of the start, halfway and finish sections. It was a sunny morning and the pavilion seats are outdoors but were shaded from the sun at that time of the day. The event had plenty of atmosphere, many of the runners were wearing event vests and all of the marshals were wearing supporter t shirts. The marshals (and others involved in the event) were very supportive and clearly appreciated the runners efforts in this fund raising event. The course was varied with many turns and a variety of terrain, including soft woodland ground but beware of the tree roots. There was a splendid view of the majestic college building from the course, if you knew which direction to look at the right time. There was a fine medal and bottle of water waiting at the finish. There was also an announcer, who added interest and further atmosphere to the event. Before the run, I was talking to one of the Samaritans about their work, she was clearly very caring and I could understand the importance of the service that they provide. This is a fine event in a fine location with fine facility and fine organisation for a good cause. My only suggestion would be for the display of km markers on the course. Date of review: July 3, 2011
In short: as great as ever In full: Great organisation, although not traffic free felt safe because there are pavements available throughout and the marshals really look out for you (thank you), enjoyed the warm up and Lucozade Body Fuel in the goody bag. I look forward to this event every year. Date of review: May 17, 2011
In short: Definitely the hardest trail race I have ever done! In full: This event felt like a big event with big atmosphere despite a relatively small entry. The Charterhouse Club is an impressive, warm and comfortable facility and ideal as a base for a running event. There was music, running related trade and sponsor stands and I liked the electronic ‘beep’ used to signal the start of the race. The very challenging route was off road (trail shoes were definitely most appropriate) and traffic free (except for a couple of very minor road crossings) and it gave a good opportunity to appreciate some of the magnificent stately buildings. The goody bag was very generous; it was a free Lucozade gym bag with a good quality cotton T Shirt (with a discreet event logo) and also a drinks bottle, chocolate bar and more. The organisers were friendly and helpful, for example my request to transfer from the 10k to the 5k event at a late stage was processed happily and efficiently. The car parking seemed to be wherever it could be found in small areas of spaces along the access road in the vicinity of the Club. I think an online map showing where to park or marshalling would be useful. Also, I felt concerned at times when on the narrow muddy trails alongside exposed steep and deep banks into woodland below. Apart from that, I’m glad I entered.