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
In short: Excellent race! In full: Gosport Runners should be very proud and pleased at organising such an excellent race today. All the marshals were so vocal and supportive in encouraging every runner. The goody bag was far superior to the majority on offer at more expensive races.....Endurancelife please take note........but then it was organised by a running club! One suggestion would be to have the option of a bag drop at the finish. Another point I would like to make again is the selfish attitude of many runners who just discard their gel packets along the route. I watched one unaffiliated runner just throw his down on the grass verge. I would disqualify anyone for doing this in future as this wasn't an isolated event and happens at most races now. Date of review: November 17, 2013
In short: Fantastic, well organised and very friendly event. In full: This was my first "Stickler" & I can well understand why this is such a well loved event. Well done Dorset Doddlers.....beats the over priced Great South Run on every level! Date of review: October 28, 2013
In short: Challenging but achievable - closer to 85 miles though! In full: Wonderful weather conditions and fantastic cameraderie amongst all the participants made this a unforgettable three days. Day three is extremely tough and technical and I wish I had used poles. Organisation is good although the additional costs do mount up with accommodation, meals and massage to pay for. my one disappointment though was at the first day's briefing, we were all informed by Ben that there was a one mile + detour after Newquay due to a wooden bridge being damaged. Many people ran the extra distance unnecessary as the bridge had been repaired. Not only should this have been checked out before Day 1 but an apology the next day from Ben wouldn't have gone a miss. There was a shared feeling that the organisers (not the staff though), are probably losing their enthusiasm for these events and just doing the minimum. They need to remember that word of mouth is the best form of advertising, both good and bad and that being indifferent to the people who participate in these events moves the emphasis to a perception of just another money making business. I must admit that I thought there would have been more entrants....perhaps others have noticed this change in attitude as well.... Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: A great friendly race. In full: This was an excellent race. Very well organised with friendly, supportive marshals and spectators. Who wants a tee-shirt or medal for a five miler....give me a pint of Fullers and homemade upside down pineapple cake anytime! .....even my wife enjoyed her first pint of Fullers! Well done Romsey Road Runners and everyone else who helped. Date of review: June 3, 2013
In short: One of the best organised and great value for money marathon - Brighton take note! In full: What a wonderful marathon. The organisation was superb and the Race Director and his Rotary Team should be congratulated on staging this race.Everything was perfect with parking, showers etc so close to the finish. The marshals were great and a special mention should be made of the people of Stratford for their support along many parts of the route. I hope this race continues to be successful and receives the support of the local council as it certainly is a credit to the town. My only disappoint was the behaviour of a number of my fellow runners whose selfish behaviour is becoming more and more prevalent at races which could jeopardise future events. Why am so angry? Well, it's so easy to follow the race route by the discarded gel packets and water bottles just thrown discriminatly along the roads without any thought of who has to collect the. One Ware Runner discarded his bottle (like many other others), along the Greenway well away from any drinks station or marshal. Surely like many others he could have carried it to the next drinks station. Gel packets were all along the Greenway and reflects badly on all runners and race organisers. Anyone found littering during a race should be warned or face a future ban as there is no excuse.
In short: A great value and extremely well organised race. In full: I can only reiterate what the previous reviewers have written. Brilliant organisation, superb support from the all the marshals and volunteers at the the drinks stations.I would have preferred a technical tee-shirt rather than the very bright green hoodie. My only disappointment is that there were still a number of runners listening to music and even more who selfishly discarded empty gel packets and water bottles along the route rather than the designated areas. These idiots are a disgrace to running for their unnecessary behaviour which inadvertently reflects on the race organisers. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Great race to finish the year off. In full: Weather was kind for a great value event. should have worn trail shoes rather than road shoes. Unexpected but very much appreciated spectator support. only downside and not the organiser‘s fault was the cost of the parking. Shame on you Southsea Council! Date of review: December 23, 2012