The event is based at Salisbury Fire Station and registration,bag drop and race briefing were all satisfactory. I did the 21k and the first couple of k are flat however after that it is up a steep hill. This is a trail race and you go through quite a few gates. Some of the tracks are very narrow and if your are 6ft+ tall like me i had to bend down on several occassions to miss bushes. The first half of the course seemed more hilly than the second half. The course is well signposted, however when you get near the end and go through the town centre it is easy to get lost. There was cup of water at regular intervals and fruit at one station. On completion you are given your medal and drinks and jelly babies are available. This event charges the same £32 for all events 50/42/33/21K so it is probabley better value if you do the longer distances. I felt a bit short changed since there was no t-shirt handed out and i feel they should have a graduated pricing structure. £25 is more than enough. Overall i enjoyed the event and the local countryside is a big plus point.
Posted on 13.08.18
The event started at 9.30 and and is on playing fields near Asda at Roehampton. I travelled by train and was able to get there easily via train/bus. There was staggered starts, although there were only about 730 competing. The course is 2 laps and is a little bit hilly to start but then levels out going through Wimbledon common. It is all off road and on gravel tracks, although i did fall over near the end but hitting a tree root stricking out of the ground. The event was well marshalled and sign posted and there was water stations at every 3 miles with water bottles given out. A medal,t-shirt,banana,2 snacks and a bottle of Actiph alkaline ionised water was given out on completion. I enjoyed the event and it was good value for £28.
Posted on 07.08.18
The race started in front of Paignton Pier in front of quite a large crowd and then the route went to Torguay. The course is a 2 lap course which i never like but the event was well marshalled and supported. There was adequate water stations especially on a warm day with bottles of water given and energy gels later on. The course is a little bit hilly in places but enjoyable since you are never far from the Devon coastline. In conclusion a very enjoyable event and i will probabley do next year.
Posted on 19.07.18
The race started at Adams Park, the home of the local football team-Wycombe Wanderers and it was not long before we was in the local countryside, where we stayed for the remainder of the course. The course was was very hilly and on a warm day was quite challenging. I only started running half marathons in April and this was my 6th but it was certainly the toughest. Only about 280 take part in the half and just over 200 in the 10k which started at the same time. The course was well marshalled and there was adequate water stations with cups with water being offered. The race finished in the football stadium which was nice with commentary by the local radio station. I got a mention has i entered the stadium which was nice. The goody bag was exceptional with t-shirt,medal,apple,orange,bottle of water,2 energy drinks,mars bar,creme egg,packet crisp,2 energy bars,2 tubes of isotonic drink tablets and a Wilkinson shaver. In conclusion a tough course but enjoyable, just a shame only 280 took part in the half and local support was non-existant but exceptional value when you include the goody bag which was the best i have ever got in my limited experience.
Posted on 19.07.18
This is an annual event in Basingstoke and as it was local,only £15 to enter and in aid of a good cause, these were all good reasons to enter. The event consisted of a 5k and 10k run, with 2 water stops, all run mainly on grass at Down Grange and there was a good turnout of over 800 runners. Bib numbers were sent out several weeks before the event and there was adequate parking nearby. The event was compared by a local radio station and there was a good atmostphere with good spectator and marshalling.
The route for the 10k was a 2 lap course and was reasonably flat although the grass was a little bit long in places. I had competed in the Rungatwick half marathon the previous Sunday and felt a little jaded. Never a great fan of lapped courses but once over the halfway mark i was homeward bound. A medal,bottle of water and snack were handed out at the finish line for a good effort of 53.52- not my fastest. An enjoyable event and will do again next year
Posted on 22.05.18
This was only my 2nd ever half marathon and so the benchmark by which i was judging this event was my previous effort at the Southampton Half a few weeks earlier. I was really looking forward to this event and thought it would be well organised. Having the likes of Sally Gunnel,Colin Jackson and Euan Thomas added a bit of glitter and they were very good for their brief appearance at the start. I had no problem with the bag drop, although i used this at about 8.15 and was fairly early. Having starting pens for 1.30,1.45 speed runners was a good idea, however when we released i thought it would be through the front on the pen and not the side. This seemed a bit chaotic and clumsy to me since we had to climb over barrier tape and could quite easily mingle with faster group ahead.
The course was very flat apart from one hill of about 300m and was mainly countryside apart from the start and finish section in Crawley. Whilst it is a new event, the crowd support was a bit variable with the bulk of it in Crawley. There were no notable landmarks apart from going past Gatwick Airport and seeing planes take-off and the occassional plane spotter. The marshelling was very good and they were at regular intervals. There was 3 water stops but no gel stops and i think they should add at least 1 next year. I also found the finish line a bit disappointing since it was not at the end of a straight but at the end of a short dog leg left hand turn. I like to up my pace down the homeward straight but it was a bit anti-climactic when it appeared so suddenly.
At the finish a medal,t-shirt,snood,banana and water was handed out and also a virtual goody bag via email with special offers from sponsors. In conclusion it was an enjoyable event but could do with some more atmostphere around the course and maybe take the route through Crawley more, where there are people about and not too much out in the countryside. Also the starting pen idea needs modifying. A good first effort but room for improvement
Posted on 15.05.18
This was my first time doing this event. Before starting i understood that the course was undulating and that was no understatement. The 2 lap course started at on South Street and then entered Victoria Park and it was mixture of off and on road surfaces. Fortunately the dirt tracks were generally dry unlike the previous days event at Burgess Hill. The course was well marshalled and sign posted and local support offering encouragement was very good. It was however a very warm day with a temperature quoted when i finished of 31 celsius. Unfortunately this was not helped by the event starting at 10.30am. There was several water stops however they were only giving out half cups of water. Due to the temperature i feel bottled water would have been a better option since you get more water and you can run with it. I assume cups were chosen has the most economic choice. On completion of the course the medals were awarded, further water was issued and fig rolls and Jaffa cakes were available. A massage was available for a reasonable £5. In conclusion the event was very enjoyable in very hot conditions on quite a undulating course.
Posted on 06.05.18
This was my first half marathon and i only entered 2 weeks before the event took place. Only been running since 8/17 and i was going to do the 10k but that was sold out, so i thought i would give the half a try. Fortunately we were blessed with lovely weather and it was a day to remember.The registration process was very good and due to being a late entry i picked my bib up outside the Guidhall the day before the event.The bag drop at The Guildhall was well organised and very secure. The crowd support was fantastic and a credit to Southampton.The highlights apart from the crowd, was going over Itchen Bridge twice and running through Southampton's St Marys football stadium. It was a warm day and we had 4 water stops and one energy gel given to us. I felt this was adequate although some people were complaining that there should have been more. On crossing the finishing line we got a medal,lovely t-shirt,bottle of water,banana,can of alcohol free beer, a goody bag including a snack,haribo's,pen and a fridge magnet. What more could you want. Overall a memorable day and will do again
Posted on 30.04.18
I really enjoyed this event. Only my 2nd ever 10k event and my first time around Regents Park. First time i have run at an event by Nice Works, but it was well organised,friendly and marshels were encouraging. Even got an Easter egg at the finish line and medal was colourful. Start time was good, being at 10.30. Unfortunately too many events start earlier and they are difflecult getting to, especially on a Sunday using public transport,when there is usually a reduced service.
Posted on 04.04.18