In short: Do this race! In full: Great event. Lovely two lap course with little traffic. Excellent marshals and good organisation at the start / finish. This is a stripped down race, small field and just the basics, but cheap as a result. This is great example of how it should be done. I will be back. Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: A great, well organised event In full: For a first time event, it was superbly organised. From the minibus taking you from the car park to the start venue, to the warm finish, it was great. The course is challenging but not defeating. A mixture of surfaces, but be prepared for a lot of concrete roads. As previously mentioned, no issues with navigation as it route is well signed, and the maps and written instructions were very clear. The marshals were superb, always friendly, and looking up your number to great you by name, a nice touch, especially near the end. At the end, there are showers and a lift back to the car. The mug in the goody bag was very nice, not the usual printed version. The only reason I have left it as maybe for a return is the weather. This year, it was perfect. In bad weather, it would be very exposed and a very different race, but hey, that's why we do it!
In short: A bit of everything, and a bit more. In full: Not one for the faint hearted. An amazing event - lots of challenging sections, interspersed with easier recovery sections. I'm told there were some outstanding views - will have to take their word for that! The marshalls were soem of the best I've ever come across, remaining cherfull and supportive even in the most out of the way and exposed places. The commentator at the end was also doing a great job to keep everyone's interest despite the weather. Put maybe purely because it's a long way from Portsmouth, but will probably be back. Date of review: July 3, 2012
In short: A good race made great by the marshalls In full: This is how to do it. Excellent facilities, with seperate storage for the 10 and 20 mile runs. The course is flat and fast. The highest praise goes to the marshalls - they were fantastic. Lots of cheery faces and words of encouragement despite hours standing in the cold.
In short: Faultless organisation and a fantastic course. In full: What can I say that hasn't already been said? From saturday's pasta party to the main event, there was a great atmosphere. At the party, one of the centre Directors was going round introducing himself and welcoming runners personally. The organisation on the day was superb, with seperate changing for 1/2 and full meaning it wasn't too congested. The marshals were absolutely amazing, keeping up their enthusiasm despite the weather conditions. At the finish, different medals and t-shirts for the 1/2 and full are a really nice touch, so often they are the same. The free pasty and pint are a most welcome treat after the great run into the finish. As a final extra, a year's entry to the Project completes the feeling of having been really well looked after. Date of review: October 12, 2011
In short: Countryside and cakes! In full: This is a fantastic race, PVRC really know how to do it. The course is very scenic, with open country side and quiet lanes. The marshalls were great, friendly and supportive. T-shirt at the end - if you pre entered makes a nice change from the usual medals. Will definately be back. Date of review: August 29, 2011
In short: What a fantastic event! In full: Nothing but praise for a superb event. The course has enough cheeky bits to keep you on your toes. The marshals and other support teams were great. The atmosphere was amazing, a total mix of runners and their supporters. This really is an event for everyone. We will be back again having decided "What next?" in the meantime. Date of review: August 1, 2011
In short: Standards slipping In full: Can't beat the scenery, this is a great route and the marshalls are very supportive. This is the third time I've done this, but this year there were some lapses in the organisation. The mile markers were 1/2 mile out from 10 miles on. The finish was chaotic, very crowded and dis-organised. And as mentioned - why the cotton t-shirt instead of the tec-shirts? Need to get these sorted out and back on track. Date of review: June 15, 2011
In short: Another great Shakespeare Marathon In full: This was my fourth consecutive time doing this marathon. It is now my default spring marathon. Love the course, the support and the marshalls. Some people have commented about goodie bags - let's be honest here - most of the stuff in them gets binned! This event is a charity fund raiser, and I for one have no objection to buying my t-shirt. The idea about stating pens is good in theory, but they rarely make a lot of difference, as there will always be runners who over-estimate their ability. See you again next year. Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: Ok, but room for improvement In full: On the whole, not bad. The heat obviously made it tougher. The course wasn't too bad, enjoyed the switchbacks giving a chance to see runners ahead and behind. I didn't have any problems with the park and ride, however saw big queues building as I took the bus in to the start. The course was a bit narrow in places and if more runners had turned up it would have been a problem. Loos - you will never have enough, just have to join the queue earlier. Water stations, could have done with more in the heat, although it's difficult to judge months ahead. Finish area - CHAOS having to walk from medal, to chip, to goody bag, to t-shirt, to baggage and then fight way through spectators needs far better organisation. Overall, the volunteers were great, but the organisers have work to do. And £47.50 for next year - it will have to be something special to justify that. Date of review: April 11, 2011