In short: very well organised as always In full: The orgaisers worked wonders toensure that the event went ahead following the demise of this year's flower show due to a little rain. Added to that much less car parking space. A challenging event as always and no frills - well worth the effort. Date of review: July 14, 2012
In short: Going good to firm, soft in places. Very well organised, marshals in all the right places In full: Reservoir a lot fuller than last year yet still a hosepipe ban! Very picturesque ergo recommended to all. A decent replacement for me in lieu of the now defunct (Summer) Tanners 30. And according to one of the marshals at mile 12, when you get to the top of the hill, it's downhill after that! As Michael Bentine would have said "She's a genius!" Date of review: July 1, 2012
In short: I know it's during workers luchbreaks (not for shift workers or pensioners) but it's well worth the effort even if you can only make the occasional run. In full: Very informal - starting at the top car park and following the pathways round the stadiumand back to the site of the building and then repeated. It's buckshee as well - the next one is the first Tuesday in July and monthly from September. Gofrit!! Date of review: June 12, 2012
In short: Having een very critical over the water incident a few years ago and last year's fiasco, this ran a lot smoother from my standpoint so that is a well done to the organisers. In full: Plenty of water at all stops - essential with last Sunday's heat. A nice bi of inkering with the course to cut out the 20 mile mark dog leg up the hill. Finish area appeaed to be organised this tyear and managed properly. The only minor critiscism would be the distance to the baggage lorries however bearing in mind the layout of the park, that is a minor point. And a big 150% mark to Luca's ice cream parlour!! Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Superbly organised by young Jameson - and don't believe all you read in the press about hte area. Ask those who actually come from elsewhere about their experience of the route. Date of review: April 7, 2012
In short: The scenery was reminiscent of last week's Great North Run - alright I'm telling porkies! Very picturesque and reminded me of how much training I'd lost in August due to work In full: As a first timer to this event, it was an eye opener - travel from the Surrey/Kent border was a doddle until I hit the A roads at the top end of the New Forest - suggestion to all particpants, it's worthwile staying locally overnight.
Car parking - very good but a few more signs would be useful on the way in to town.
The next one is partly my fault having not read the brochure, on arriving at the sportscentre i.e admin hq and not realising it, I asked a steard who pointed me in the direction of the field close to the start and had to be sent back from whence I came.
Ergo, a late start, having had to change from full to half and starting with the marathon runners.
Very well marshalled, scenery excellent including the ponies who treated runners as unwanted vsiitors, totally ignoring us as they went on their way.
I'll have to have another go but not next year as I cannot get any leave during the Olympics and the length of shifts will generally mean work, bed, work, bed etc for the duration.