In short: Well organised, but comparatively pricey In full: Considering this was the first running of the event, the organisation was frankly great. As always the organisers can never be responsible for the weather, but in my opinion there weren't enough water stops, they could definitely have put one in around the 5/8 mile mark in Old Woking, and again around the 2 mile mark near Sainsburys.
I'm always disappointed when you spend out a fair bit on a half and there's only water, rather than isotonic drinks - but the organisers did advise of this in advance. As others have commented the pen organisation at the start was pretty non-existent asides from a few signs. For the money could also do with something more than a bottle of water when you cross the line and also the race pack was pitiful - expecting people to go online/download an app just irked me somewhat.
I think some attention also needs to be given to the marshalling of traffic on the Parkway pre and post race. Whilst doing an admirable job they did cause no end of tailbacks (in fact down by Ladymead the knock on effects were horrendous with cars piling up all over the cross road).
All in all a good race, not the most scenic but well organised. The only real downer on the course for me, was that probably half the "live music" was having a break whenever I passed - doesn't help to motivate! Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Cold, but at least the rain stopped! In full: First time for me on this race, and I was very impressed - the marshalls did an excellent job throughout, especially those having to hold up traffic from the various side roads. My only issue, as others have mentioned is the 8 and 9k markers being out, I did wonder what had happened to my pace when I hit the 8 sign! Date of review: February 12, 2012
In short: Great scenery, organisation and PB potential In full: I entered this race as I was looking for a 10k this weekend to fit into my half marathon training schedule, and I'm glad I did.
It was the first race I'd done with pacers, given my previous best was 51:16 (on a cooler day at Dunsfold with a nasty headwind) I opted to stick with the 50 minute pacers. This was a good plan as they were a minute up pretty much all the way round. In the end I crossed the line with them with a chip time of 48:51, so I was very happy.
Otherwise the venue is lovely, the goody bag great - although I have to say it's the first I've ever seen with a toothbrush and toothpaste in (guess it's because of all the sweets they chucked in as well!) and a pretty decent medal to boot.
I think it's fair to say I'll do it again next year, hopefully it will be slightly cooler though! Date of review: July 30, 2011
In short: Great fun if you like a few challenging hills! In full: Whilst I normally stick to 10K or more distances, I did the first Longleg 5k in 2010 and enjoyed it so decided to again this year.
It was definitely better starting the 5k a few minutes after the 10k this year, although this did mean that the leaders on the 5k caught the back of the 10k runners at the first uphill (or rather where it gets narrow). The one thing I learnt from this is don't try and overtake someone slower from you by running through a bush of nettles!
Asides from that the course was again suitably challenging or as AAT put it last year, "includes some cheeky inclines". I finished a good 5 minutes up on last year, and perhaps why I've written such a long review is that I finished 5th (and 3rd in category), which is something I've never got near in any other race I've done. So for that reason I've got to say it's a great race, haven't I :) ? Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Must be good as this is my third year doing one of the Bolt Runs In full: I've done the 10k for the last two years, and decided this year to give the half a go. Lovely weather, very good conditions underfoot, and asides from the delayed start very well organised. The only slight downer, imo, is the extra 1km uphill on the 21k route. Date of review: April 17, 2011
In short: Fairly easy inclines and nice scenery for the most part (except for the massive pylon), made for a PB In full: Another nice AAT race, despite the cold start and the slightly damp grass around the start/finish the terrain was good throughout. The only slight issue would be the couple of areas where those on the second lap cross those finishing the first lap - it was a little bit too tight at times. Date of review: October 17, 2010