In short: Challenging hills, but great scenery at the top (when it's not foggy...). See you next year :) In full: A few very long or steep hills up, but what goes up does come down, even if it does kill the quads in the process. Excellently organised, great support from locals - especially those who deliberately sited themselves at the top of the hills - and great marshalls. Only one downside - would prefer an earlier start. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: Fantastic! But the hills go on forever :) In full: Amazing race, great organisation and marshalls, brilliant support. Hills were never ending, but still managed a pb! They even organised glorious weather too.
Water stations well placed, and the locals came out with hoses for showers and extra water due to the heat, which was really lovely. Start and finish areas were fine, and no problems collecting my number on the day after being left off the start list. Most importantly - the loos queue was much shorter than the hills! Made a nice change not to have to wait too long.
Will definitely be back again, Well done on a great first race Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: Brilliant!!!!!! Well worth 2 450-mile round trips :D. Bring on 2011! In full: Was pestered by friends into doing this and was SO glad I took the opportunity to meet online friends in person, even if it was 227 miles away! Didn't think twice about coming back when it was snowed off.
Brilliantly friendly, lovely course, couple of hills, but nothing too serious. Marshalls were fantastic and everyone was so friendly.
All in all I had a amazing weekend at one of my best ever races. Scored a pb too :D Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Fantastic race In full: Lovely local race along a glorious route along New Forest lanes,and even goes right along the beach. Marshalls are all lovely and friendly, as are the runners. The ones near the back at least :). Have done all 3 years so far and will definitely keep coming back. Maybe time to change the memento next year? Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Fantastic race! In full: Did the first last year as it's local,a nd will be coming back each year. scenery is fantastic along nice quiet lanes and the seafront. Alterations to the route this year were great, not sure I liked the uphill right at the end though lol. Not too impressed with the photos though, last years were much better. Date of review: March 16, 2009
In short: Great scenery, great marshalls, great support, great race In full: First running of this and a massive 30mins PB - even with the hills! Was very hot, but water stations came round quickly, and the sponges were a godsend. Could have done with a few more of them. Great crowd support considering the rural nature of the course, and the marshalls did a great job. No problems with the traffic either. Munchies at the finish would have been nice for anyone not wanting to eat or wait for free pub grub, but overall a fantastic day. Date of review: September 21, 2008
In short: I got a PB by 23mins! In full: Good: *Loads of loos at the stadium and some before the start line *Didn't run out of water *Stadium finish was fantastic, even right at the back *Speed bumps were warned about *Didn't see course photographers but got one at the finish, which is more that at FLM last year! *Had been warned about the hills, but still a good course - wish I was with it more to have enjoyed it better *No problems with the start system, though being at the back it wasn't so important
Bad: *Yellow parking drop off point WAY too far away! *Could have had a few more signposts at the stadium *More loos at the first (only?) stop - had to queue for 5mins as there were only 2 *Got caught behind the sweeper vehicles for the rest of the race and the occasional face full of fumes *No lucozade *No jelly babies - except the carpet of them that people were picking up - I really hoped not for passing out again! *The mile markers seemed to disappear very early *Marshalls seemed to disappear so it was only watching the person in front and following the trail of debris that showed me where to go *Got caught in the crowds going home trying to get to the finish *Slope to the stadium a bit steep - with a step up the ramp! Not good for very tired legs *Was horrified at the lack of medals and goody bags - unacceptable when we've paid so much and they know well in advance how many people to accept. Looking at other posts I've had better goody bags on much cheaper races! To be greated by 'we've run out of medals what's you're number we'll get it in the post' has to be one of the most demoralising things I've heard at the end of a race *Walking back to bus drop off was horrendous
Despite the expense and lack of medal etc I'm sure I will be back again next year Date of review: March 4, 2008
In short: A brilliant day marred by lack of water In full: Alwayas wanted to do it for the past 26 years, and dreamed of experiencing the atmosphere, the crowds and the emotion. I'm not a fast runner but wa looking forward to running with a crowd. Stopped at te first loos and was passed y almost everyone. Missed the 3 mile water, then none from 5 miles. Decided then I would have to walk it to survive! Next water at 10m from someones house. On my own by then. Dismantling of course VERY demoralising, though I know it as to be done. Only made the first shower so incredibly grateful for locals with hoses. Down the Embankment I was in the way of the general public and the finish was deserted. No official photo with medal. To run out of water on the hottest recorded race was almost like condemming the back markers who needed it most. Came in 1-2 hours over my anticipated time. Where there were spectators still around they were incredible, and the locals came into their own with offrings of food and drink. Will be back next year to live the dream I missed out on. Date of review: April 25, 2007