In short: Flat, but don't let that fool you. In full: Other than the last 2 miles along the seafront I thoroughly enjoyed it. Much of the race is in paths which is interesting in itself but after a week of rain was a complete mud bath. Marshals and organisers were great. Not sure about the moans on water stations, they were well stocked with water, gels, jelly babies and the odd Xmas tipple! If fast road marathons and Pb's are your thing then this isn't for you, if you like a tough, fun challenge setting you up for Xmas then this is perfect! Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Quintessentially English! In full: I love this race. It was hot today and I was breathing hard and sweating buckets, yet I was running around thinking how lucky I was to be running through the beautiful countryside of Hampshire finishing on a lovely village green. No chance of a PB on this course as none of it is flat but that's not what this race is about. Organisation was great - again. It's a tough course for a 10k but for some reason I think this scores highly in beginner friendliness. Looking forward to next year.
In short: Dissapointment In full: I actually feel guilty about this review and I'm going to try and avoid a rant.
Long and short of it is that a few of us in one of the leading groups got directed the wrong way and at around mile 2 ended up doing the turbo zone.
I don't really know why I got annoyed - I only entered the race to have a laugh but after re-joining the race proper at the back on a single file "track" it completely took all of the enjoyment away. I'm just glad that the leading lady in our group did eventually get past enough people to win her race though it was a bit of a close call.
I'm sure the majority had a great day and I certainly wouldn't want to put anyone off doing this event but for me, I was looking forward to the event and came away caked in mud but rather annoyed and dissapointed.
In short: A Lovely village race In full: First time for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I hear the word "undulating" it usually means "hilly but we don't want to put you off". Barns Green on the other hand is gently undulating with no big hills to speak of. The organisation was excellent and there was a freindly feel about the place. Top marks. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Oooops! In full: Yep, 11.2km on my garmin. I was in the leading group and maybe I could be partly to blame. I was a few meters behind the 2 leaders when we ran past the usual turning point (bench at the end of field 2). There was no marshall there so it was one of those horrible moments when I had to decide what to do. I couldn't be sure that they hadn't changed the course and maybe moved the finish to the start so we carried on to the next field through the small gate (which obviously sparked off alarm bells). Once we got to the end of the next field we realised we'd gone wrong and unfortunately everyone had followed us.
A schoolboy error on the part of the organisers. All it took was one marshall out of place which is a shame but this race should be taken for what it is. Yes it's a race, just not over 10k this year. We all ran the same distance and I reckon that near on 100% got a 11.2km PB today whilst raising a serious amount of money for a great charity. Well done all, particularly those first time 10k runners who have probably run the longest distance in their lives :-) Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: A Glorious way to spend a Sunday In full: Can't fault it in any way. It would have been nice not to race it and enjoy the scenery a bit more but where's the fun in that! Wild horses everywhere and a deer ran out just in front of me at one point.
I unfortunately couldn't thank the Marshalls on the way round as I was just trying to breathe but they were fab.
Beginners - The only reason I didn't give this full marks is because it's 10 miles but if you want a race to aim for then make sure you enter this next year. Date of review: July 12, 2011
In short: Lovely way to spend a Sunday Morning In full: Nice, small race following paths through the country side and then down to the harbour and marsh land finishing at a pub (always a good thing). It's not a race for a PB as there are many gates, stairs and other obstacles to contend with but then it's not that sort of race. Great for the beginner there's a good mix of good club runners, beginners and those that probably pick this as their one race of the year. Enjoyable and a good lung clearer on a Sunday morning. Oh, and it raises a good bit of money for small local charities. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Another very well organised and good race In full: This has always been well organised and on a calm nice day could be PB potential.
This year I was one of the Tone Zone pacing team (45 mins - actually came in at 45.27) and really enjoyed. It was rather busy for the first 1km but after that it was fine. Hopefully we helped a few get some PB's (Well done Mad Marky Mark below).
For the beginner this race is perfect. Well organised and lots of support all the way round to keep you going when things get tough. Date of review: May 19, 2011
In short: Why Oh Why? In full: Seriously. Why do we do things like this to ourselves? I've just got the feelings back in my fingers, the smelly silt out of places I never knew I had, and am ready for bed at 7.30.
Utter madness. When can I sign up for next year? Date of review: November 28, 2010