In short: Friendly race in beautiful surroundings organised by dedicated people In full: Second year this race has been organised. Wet weather made for a different event this year, but still fun despite the slippery conditions.
Beautiful scenery through Sherborne Estate, but tough with some climbs, with PB's unlikely even in a dry year.
Event is a fundraiser for the school, whose staff and supporters all seem to help out and do a great job with the organisation. There is a 3km fun run beforehand which was well supported too with lots of children and families and one dog.
I understand that this will continue for a third year next year, and it's friendliness, organisation, surroundings and general good vibes deserves to attract more runners year on year Date of review: June 24, 2012
In short: Good that this race has been revived In full: Missing last year, this race is back on the calender. I always like this race - a quiet well marshalled route with enough slopes to make it interesting - and which might effect potential PB's - but a lovely steady downish run in from 6k. And its run alongside the festival so there is plenty going on at the finish.
My only query this year was the slightly erratic presentations. Some confusions over race winners/age category winners. Why this isn't standardised across all races I am not sure, but it always seems odd to me when it appears the actual ladies race winner is ignored as the race winner because she was from an older age group. Overal, well done to Running Somewhere Else for starting this race up again and for their first race doing a pretty good job Date of review: June 4, 2012
In short: Good organisation and route In full: A new race for me and I ran a PB! Very well organised, friendly and efficient.
Should have learned the course route better though. Got very confused when at 6 or 7 miles met a load of runners coming the other way. Convinced myself that there must be another race going on locally. It dawned on me a mile later that we were running back on the same outward bound road. It dawned on me an hour later that those runners had been in the same race as me ... doh!! Date of review: February 13, 2012
In short: As always a well organised race In full: Great race as always. Good support, well-marshalled, good to have a free T-shirt, medal and milkshakes. Sadly the milkman displaying his float didn't seem to get much interest. I would have spoken to him but I doubted his round would have reached my house.
Only one small point - I passed some of the charity walkers (who did a great job raising money and had every right to be there) along the narrow stretch up the A38 and overtaking them caused some problems. Maybe the couse could be slightly widened at this point to avoid runners having to step out into the traffic? Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: Good evening race In full: First time at this race and enjoyed the village atmosphere and rural course.
Felt sorry for the young Kwik cricketers whose game was continually interrupted by us runners wandering over to the Race HQ. Sorry boys and girls! I guess this would not be a problem if the race was based at the normal sailing club venue, so thanks to cricket club for hosting us instead. Date of review: July 17, 2008
In short: Very popular race and deservedly so In full: Third year in a row for me and one of my favourite races. The increase in popularity over that time shows that many others agree. Good winding course that is not ideal PB but plenty of interest for runners and very good for spectators who could see the race in maybe 5 different places without moving more than a few hundred metres.
Book early next year! Date of review: June 13, 2008
In short: Great atmosphere and organisation In full: As usual the organisation of this race worked like clockwork, right from getting the runners there by train through to picking up the baggage, which this year was very quick compared to last.
One complaint though - why do the good for age runners ( who I guess are mostly good club runners aiming for fast times again) have to start behind the celebrities at the green start, many of whom are blimin slow or walking ( not you James Cracknell!) This led to unnecesary bottlenecks for the following runners, and for me a very slow first mile the catching up of which I never really recovered from Date of review: April 13, 2008
In short: Good marshalling, organisation and course In full: First time of running this and was very impressed. Good course of two laps, well marshalled, and though some of the atmosphere on the course was quiet, this was made up by the atmosphere in the race HQ before and after the race. Thanks Eynsham roadrunners - will be back next year to try to repeat todays PB Date of review: November 25, 2007
In short: Well organised, flat mostly rural course In full: First time running this half marathon and a PB too. Good flat route. Start and end were a little disappointing. Competing with 10k runners at start was interesting, then the last mile winding through town streets whilst competing with traffic and pedestrians was not ideal. credit to marshalls though who coped with this well.Perhaps route could stay out in the country for longer and finish straight into town as per 10k.
Problem with sports drinks at water stations. I am a coeliac and so have to be careful what I drink in case it contains gluten. So I was shocked to be drinking a sport drink when I expected water. Fortunately it was OK for me ( it might not have been - that would have meant a month of illness at least ) so in future please let runners know what is available at stations and let us decide which we take on. Date of review: October 10, 2007