In short: One of the best organised 10k's in the country In full: Excellent, faultless and extremely friendly race....gets better each year. Well done to all those involved especially Robin Houghton the Race Director. Date of review: May 25, 2015
In full: Racing Al needs reminding it is the sponsors that supply and fund the goody bags not the organisers. It is a shame that the majority of races organised by commercial companies do not offer value for money but those by running clubs do. Check out the Ashby 20 or Cranleigh 15/21. The Kingston Breakfast Run has the potential to be a very popular pre-spring marathon training run and one I will certainly consider again. I should add that in the past I have organised a major half marathon for a number of years so I do speak from experience. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Excellent event that could be improved. In full: This was a well organised race that could be made even better. It was a shame the bag store wasn't within the finish area and there was no undercover changing area. It was also billed as a 20 mile race when in fact the distance was 20.2 miles....surprised to find there was a 20 mile marker .2 of a mile before the finish.The weather was dry today but would have been a problem if it had been raining. The goodie bag from Lidl was very generous but it was a shame considering the entry fee that there wasn't a tee shirt, other than having to pay £17 for one, rather than the mug. There were plenty of supportive marshals but it still felt unsafe crossing many of the roads. Nobody was sure if there were any prizes for the category winners. My comments are meant to be constructive. Another major gripe is many of the competitors discarded their empty gel packets along the route rather than in many of the waste bins along the way....is it really too much trouble to carry an empty one after carrying it when full?
In short: Superb event! In full: This is an excellent event that offers something for everyone.....from the relay race to the marathon distance. This to be one of the best organised and friendliest off-road marathons in the country......with wonderful scenery that captures the beauty of Wiltshire and Hampshire. Well done JJ and your team! Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Low key marathon etc that deserves more support In full: Excellent, well organised event that just needs a little tweaking. Dangerous traffic lighted crossroads within first two miles needs to be looked at with priority given to runners. Policeman did nothing to stop traffic, especially the buses which came very close to hitting several runners who were attempting to cross the junction. A Marshall or arrowhead sign required for final turn into the finish as several runners ran past the turn. A technical tee-shirt rather than a cheap cotton one would have been more appropriate for this event.....no one wears cotton tees for training. Technical tees give a free advert when worn by runners. All in all though a very good and friendly event. Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: .A wonderful and friendly event. In full: With faultless organisation, this is a great 10k in a picture perfect Hampshire village and deserved to be supported.....especially as it offers such excellent value for money with a high quality technical tee-shirt, bananas at the finish and what appeared to be supported by the whole village. Well done Robin Houghton and his volunteers! Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: PB course?...you must be joking! In full: Having failed in Boston two weeks ago to run a London sub 3:40 GFA time, I chose to enter Milton Keynes because it is advertised as a PB course. This is very misleading and I have to totally agree with the other comments. I was on course until the last 5 miles when the constant undulations took their toll and I failed by 6 minutes. I cannot fault all the volunteers along the route the people of MK who came out to give much needed vocal support. Like previous comments the start was very chaotic with many slow runners (mainly charity runners), spread out at the front. It doesn't' work very well have a half marathon at the same time as a marathon where people have often trained for months beforehand. Two separate start times are required. Paying over £40, I would have expected to have a tee-shirt included as well as a medal. I have to admit that the isotonic drinks and gels were positive. In hindsight I wish I had chosen a different marathon to try for my specific time. I was also confused with the route...it was a case of deja vue for much of the race. I have tried to be constructive in my comments as I am aware of how much work goes into organising a large running event, but feel my comments are justified. Date of review: May 5, 2014
In short: One of the best races in the country! In full: This is a brilliant and excellently organised race for just £12. The marshals were so supportive and encouraging with very friendly competitors....felt like a long club run. What a change to be able to decide to do either the 15 or 21 miler on the day. Such a change from the attitude of the organisers of the recent Bramley 10/20 mile where changing from one distance to the other is forbidden. My only criticism is that many of the runners deliberately discarded their empty gel sachets in the beautiful Surrey countryside....shame on you! Date of review: March 16, 2014