In short: Best 10k in the south In full: This is a road race, the scenery doesn't matter. It's fast, it's flat, it works. Eastleigh is a small town that puts on a big race and should be applauded for that. Yes a medal would be better, but its only a 10k so you can't really moan. 2000 runners finished this years in cold conditions, the support was good, marshals were well organised and friendly what more can you ask for? Any one moaning really needs to think about what they enter races for. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Stick to the 10k event. In full: To be fair there was enough warning about being spectators being charged, but this a bit of an own goal. Given that the Bournemouth Bay Run is also a BHF event, they couldn't be more different. I was looking forward to putting a HM medal alongside my two wonderful lionshead 10k medals, but I've hidden it in drawer.
The route itself was nice and scenic, but someone had stolen all the animals which was a shame. Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Other Halves Take Note! In full: In just its second year, the Basingstoke HM is one of the best organised races I have done. From the regular Facebook entries leading up the race, to the slick running of the event on the day, you get the feeling that they know what they are doing and more importantly care about it too. This will become one of the major events in the South I have no doubt. Thanks to all the marshals, and the good people of Basingstoke for the brilliant support! Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: Small and beautifully formed. In full: One of those "village" events that leave you wondering why you bother with the mass runs. Organisation was great, marshals brilliant, and support all around the course. And the cake.... Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Really tough but really fun! In full: I must admit I was a bit wary of this event, first year and all that - but needn't have worried. To come away from it feeling that it was far, far better than anticipated was great.
The obstacles were hard, long, well constructed and varied. Not often you have to crawl under a army tank before you dive into a pool of white muddy water or three.
Medal (or dog-tags) and t-shirt were great.
A few teething issues maybe (although we were unaffected by these) but generally BRILLIANT!
Will be back next year (and oh its 11k of torture not 10!) Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Deceptively Challenging In full: A very flat course, which probably makes it tougher. Mixed terrain is fun, views great. Organisation good. Can't say I noticed the marshals were that miserable (seemed fine to me). Lots of support all the way round. Lovely morning run followed by a pasty at the harbour - heaven! Date of review: May 18, 2012
In short: Lovely small event In full: Love this race. The second half is nice and undulating, just the right side of challenging but still got a PB. Very friendly and understated. A refreshing change. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: Tougher than The Grim! (given the weather) In full: The weather was awful, side-ways pouring rain and wind. All bar the first 3 miles was mud, mud and more mud, puddles like swimming pools, streams running down steep hills in the last 3 miles - and lets throw in a rail bridge at the end for good measure. Tough but great!
The race has amazing organisation, t-shirt, medal, showers, water stations worked like clock-work - everything has been thought through so carefully. Every single marshal (most of whom are army cadets) smiled and encouraged you on - even though they were standing in the pouring rain.
Finished thinking it was the hardest thing I'd ever done - but will definitely be back next year! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: A very nice race In full: I can't believe the comments about the terrain. This is clearly advertised as mixed, and come on guys the shingle bit is only about 500m tops. Anyone who's done a bit of trail will find this a piece of cake.
The scenery is good, varied and interesting. Organisation is top notch. Medal could be better, but hey knocking 5 mins off my PB made up for that. Date of review: February 13, 2012
In short: Good Fun but not Grim In full: As has already been said the weather knocked a big hole in the Grimness of the event. The organisers did well to keep it on, and I think a lot of lessons have been learnt from this inaugural night terror. Later in the year when its frost free would be better, and if not I'll wait til the day to enter and see what the weather's like. It was fun - but not really a challenge. Date of review: February 5, 2012