In short: Nice day but small turn out... In full: Very quiet event with little in the way of frills. That said, the organisation was smooth and the forecasted rain was actually sunshine :) Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Hills... What hills? Oh, those hills... In full: Yeap, they sure do have some hills on this course. Definitely not a PB improving race but a very satisfying one. The views and atmosphere were great and so was the determination of all - it really was about getting round and testing yourself. I was proud to finish in 1h40m and the boost it has given me will carry me though the rest of this season: if I can finish the HHH I can do anything :)
Respect to Hogweed. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Amazingly well organised with PB to boot! In full: Organised to raise money for Breast Cancer, the Mad March Hare was a joy to run. Over 700 people running/walking 5k/10k events simultaneously, marshalled by the Army Cadets, with plenty of parking and parking attendants and, get this, lots of sunshine and support from the locals :)
It was a great day without any problems or complications + free salsa warm-up while you waited for the off. My only complaint was the absence of timing chips - it would have been nice to have accurate results/positions for those of us who care for such things. But as the Mad March Hare is in its infancy as an event, I imagine, and hope, that this will be addressed by next year.
Very VERY well done to the organisers, and a big thank you to Mother Nature for the clear skies :) Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: PB heaven, which is good as there's nothing to look at! In full: Excellent PB course with parking, toilets and heated observatory very close by. Not quite sure why the organisers decided to lead us over a very slippy and wet muddy bank to the start line instead of using all the acres of tarmac available, but hey-ho, dirt don't hurt! It was a bit windy on the home stretch but the forcasted heavy rain stayed in the clouds so it was not too cold/hot - ideal for PB'ing -, and provided me with a great starting point to my 2010 season.
Even though the scenery was dull, they also hold this event in August where the centre of the circuit is planted with colourful crops by one of the local farmers, so it's more picturesque - although painful for hay-fever sufferers I imagine! Date of review: March 2, 2010