In short: The Best Organised Race Ever In full: even better than last year. No queue for the loos. Parking is a minute's walk away. Everyone super friendly. For trail runners this is bliss. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: People of Brighton I thank you! In full: There are those that say there is no longer any community spirit in this country. They must be the ones who haven't run or watched the Brighton Marathon. Simply the friendliest race I have ever done both in terms of runners and supporters. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: A must do race. In full: You come away wondering how they do it for the money. One of the best medals, a jam packed goody bag and the optional tech tops are miles away from anything else I've seen. And the course is good too. Wind today was impressive. Anyone who's done the Great South will know the last 2 miles are tough - this race turns that stretch into 4 miles and manages to make the wind even stronger. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: Brilliant Off Road Race In full: Great organisation, lovely course, well thought out water stations, tonnes of bananas, fab medal, free water bottle, cake stalls, BBQ, and finished off with some fun runs for the kids. 5 stars! Date of review: September 28, 2013
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