In short: What a beast but what fun! In full: Just got back from the 2014 event. The weather held out but there was - of course - a fair bit of mud to contend with. Loved the race, the atmosphere, involved marshalls, a lovely brekkie at the end.
But the course is tough. Hilly, windy and muddy. I also felt that there were very few easy bits where you could just plod along. So, you have to be strong for this one, but if you are, you'll love it. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: Nice atmospere - to kick off the Xmas holidays! In full: This is a nice run to do - but it can be tricky, due to water and wind. The 2013 version was rich in puddles, and a nasty wind on the seafront at the very end. But there is a friendly feel about it, and there are mince pies along the way. What's not to like! Date of review: December 22, 2013
In short: Lovely race, tough but not crazy. In full: Just came back from the 2013 event. You have to love the New Forest! On a couple of occasions you had to navigate around horses on the road, which only adds to the fun! This is a lovely race - the route is quite attractive but it is not easy. Plenty of hills, some of which are real calf biters. Many thanks to the organisers and all volunteers. The soup was most welcome on a chilly day as well! May well be back next year. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Lovely day out - a tough, but not crazy tough trail marathon In full: Just came back from the 2013 event, the full distance.
The weather just about held out although it got windy. The route is scenic in places. Although it undulates throughout, the first 10 Miles actually feel relatively comfortable. Getting up to St Martha's is a test and the course just seems to be getting a bit tougher after that.
The last few miles are quite straightforward again, but by that time, nothing is straightforward!
Directions are clear and many feeding/drink stations, carrying mars bar bits, biscuits, jelly babies, that sort of thing.
Overall, the mood around the course is positive, and uplifting. Be aware of a lack of distance markers, and marshals, lovely as they all are, may not know how far to go, or hazard a guess. Just go on feel I'd say!
All that said, a wonderful day out, and a fulfilling event. Well done to the organisers, and all volunteers. Hope they raised lots of money. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: An exceedingly tough outing on a sunny Saturday morning In full: I did the 24k run this morning, and the second lap was tough. It got hotter and the uphills (just walking up, mind you!) were sapping. The marking was excellent and all stewards cheery and helpful. Good to have gels and jelly babies at each water station, but the gels did taste like mud! A great race but one that hurts in funny places. After the Meon Valley Plod the toughest I've done in this part of the world. Judging by the results, anyone who can do that lap under 1 hour is quite a runner! Date of review: July 6, 2013
In short: fast, flat course and smooth organisation In full: Surprised that there are no ratings of this. Its a sizeable 10M on a flat course, well organised and the 'off road' bit hardly slows you down. The wind was strong and blustery but overall, fast course, nice race. Thank you organisers! Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: nice off road event with some short but nasty inclines! In full: Really enjoyed this race. It is quite low key, friendly and charming. You set off from a sports ground and then descend steeply into the woods. Some very tough hills, someone said that they were 20%. Like most I had to walk up several. Organisation was fine. However, the 'organised warm up' only occurred 5 min before the start. I'm done warming up by then! Also, I only saw a drinks station near the end of lap 3, and unless I missed it, no drinks station at the finish. I would have been nice if it was in place for lap 2. Most of the 15k crowd will have run 40min plus by then already.
That said, the course was great, the athmosphere very friendly, and the view of Charterhouse superb. Really lovely outing. I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: Decent runaround at the back end of Southampton In full: A decent 10k, well worth turning up for. Well marshalled, quite accurate km markers, I think, and plenty of apples and bananas provided at the end. For the second year in a row it was uncomfortably warm, so well done to the organisers for adding an extra drinks station.
The course is slightly trickier than fast, I'd say with some non steep but still noticeable inclines and a bendy off road section. But nothing frightening.
A nice morning out and back home again lunch time. Date of review: June 26, 2011
In short: Nice start to a family day out In full: This is a nice 10k in nice surroundings. There are off road and grassy bits, and winding, but flattish and reasonably quick. Quite a low key race but pleasant all round. 5k marker was there but not sure that it was accurate. 9k marker certainly wasn't! All in all, a lovely day out. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: A real race for runners by runners. In full: A well organised race. I didn't have a good day but that's only my own fault. With hindsight, I should have appreciated the opportunity to have your own drinks at two stations. I didn't and regretted it! Many thanks to the man in red who sorted out my cramp in the latter stages. You at least made sure that I could finish even though it must was a struggle in the last 4, or 5 Miles. Like to come back next year, and do better. Date of review: May 1, 2011