In short: Nice hills, hills and more hills! - a very challenging course. In full: If you were not going up you were going down. Good off road course but you have to like running not just up but on the side of hills too! Occasional fords across tracks cooled feet down in places. Could have done with a few more signs (loads of people walking around looking for the race registration. All in all though very good. Date of review: June 8, 2009
In full: Took part in the relay marathon, well done Gillingham Trotters for an excellent race, superb course and organsiation that put some of the much larger events in the South West to shame! Date of review: May 5, 2009
In short: Good Organisation, Challenging Hills, Very Scenic In full: Tough hills on the new course, organisation superb - sponges great idea on a hot day although the marshalls still had problems dealing with moronic drivers who still think it is OK to cross a lane with dozens of runners still running towards them. Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: Great race spoilt by diabolical organisation In full: Where do I start?
Poor communication, stewards knew nothing, bad signposting, not enough anouncements - especially about the delayed start.
The rec is not up to holding a runners village when it rains, the park and ride went into meltdown. The start reminded me of Channel Fours recent doc on the battery farming of chickens!
The mud in the runners village resembled Glastonbury on a particularly bad day and the organised chaos at the goody bag collection point at the end of the race left most of the runners fuming after the hour delay, not to mention the mud slip way out of the finish area and down into the runners village - which we found great fun after running 13 miles!
Great course, crowd were terrific spoilt by diabolical organisation. and it can be done Bupa Great South Runs 06/07 have been held in monsoon conditions with more runners yet the organisation has been superb both years.