Martin Pearce

Member since Aug 2017

My Completed Races

Classic Oxfordshire Bike Ride
Severn Bridge Sportive
Wiggle Cotswolds Sportive
Kinetic-One Castle Combe 10 Mile TT Series Race 5
Bath Half Marathon

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018


Fantastic Sportive

Severn Bridge Sportive

Really impressed with the organisation and support for this pretty unique sportive that crosses over the Severn Bridge into Wales

Start is at the Castle Combe race circuit which is a perfect venue for these events.  Part lap of the circuit before heading out on the countryside roads towards the river crossing.  

Refuel stop and toilets were very welcome at 30 miles just over the bridge.  Great choice of food and drink as well as a catch up with the mechanic before setting off back across the bridge.

Testing climb to the Somerset Monument but worth it once at the top.  Looped through Badminton before returning to Castle Combe where the organisers had a family cycle event happening.

Would recommend this event.  Route we very well signposted.

Posted on 04.06.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018


Hilly Scenic Race

North Dorset Cycle Ride

First time at this event and really local to us.  Knew it was going to be hilly and didnt disappoint on a very warm day.

Few things that we found disappointing.  Firstly didnt have my entry record, although had a record of my wife.  

Lots of riders were lost out on the course, either a sign or a marshall had directed in the wrong direct.  Very frustrating as there were bunches of riders stopped in various locations trying to get back onto the route.  Led to a lot of confusion.  Could really have done with a printed routemap for riders to take with them.

Signs on route were small and sometimes not in advance enough of a junction.  Suggest they are black arrows on a fluo background for next year rather than fluo arrow on white background which was difficult to see in the sunshine.

Feedstation was great with fruit, water and jelly babies at what should have been 25 miles.  Toilet in a local pub.  Personally would have done another feed stop but thats probably because we are slow and need more frequent stops!

Lovely scenic route which couldnt be bettered when the sun is out.  Very hilly, which is totally expected.  Fantastic finish on Gold Hill but didnt have enough energy left to cycle up it.

BBQ at finish with tea and coffee was very welcome, along with the ice cream man.  Disappointed there were no t shirts as we both ticked the box that we wanted one.

Not sure I would do this one again.

Posted on 21.05.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018


Great Ride in some lovely countryside

Classic Oxfordshire Bike Ride

First time at a sportive and really didnt know what to expect.  We are training for the Childrens Hospice SW Ride 4 Precious Lives, so looking to take part in organised rides.

Route was great, goes through some lovely villages.  Very flat in the first half, the hills come later although not hilly overall.

Refreshments are provided by pubs on route who do tea / coffee / sandwiches etc.  Real treat in Childrey where the local hall provide Tea and Cake and well worth the stop for the cake along.  Impressed by the local children shouting out to the cyclists to stop for cake - who could resist

Route was well signposted at each junction, with marshalls at key places.  Big shout out to the Marshalls who were out there for a long time and still very encouraging.

Only recommendation would be to put toilets in the parking area as you have to cycle about .75mile to the start and when you are busting after the drive it would be good to have toilets on hand.

Posted on 14.05.18

Completed in 2018


Really Scenic Run in Wiltshire

Wiltshire 10

Another great run from Stampede Sports.  Starts and finishes near to King George v park in Melksham taking in the countryside nearby.

Registration at a local pub, which worked well, except for the toilets.  The local toilets in the public car park were shut which put extra pressure on the toilets in the pub.

That said its a great course that winds it way up and through the National Trust property at Lacock.  Some local support in the villages with great support from marshalls on the course.

Loving the bling, large medal featuring the Gt Bustard

Posted on 12.02.18

Completed in 2018


Unique Race

Where else can you run around an estate like this.  Frequently ask why I keep coming back especially with those hills but its become a bit of a tradition / challenge.

Welcome addition of more loos this year which helped.  Runners seemed to heed the advice to get there early this year (last year race start was delayed as people still trying to get in)

Registration was faultless and parking.  Route is hilly doing 3 hills.  Water station at around 5.5k which was welcome.  Photos being free is also a nice touch.

Only thing to look at next year is the arrangements of getting all those cars out on the main roads.  Few signs leaving the estate then left to our own devices on roads in the back of beyond.

Will be back though

Posted on 29.01.18

Completed in 2017


Another great Bromham

Bromham Pudding Run

Have run this one now with my friend Geoff for a number of years.  Always a great race that sells out quickly, think it was 3 hours this year.

Great course, not keen on the A342 bit, always seems windy but other than that a lovely rural race thats in aid of the local school.

Support this year seemed a lot better unless it was me.  Always got a pudding as a finisher but added medal this year was a nice touch.

Will be back

Posted on 03.12.17

Completed in 2017


Iconic Race

Bath Half Marathon

Another race that keeps drawing you back in.  Not a fan of two laps but you certainly get local support on this one as you loop around the historic city of Bath.

Great organisation as you would expect from a large city half, and always very popular.  Dont expect a PB unless you are in a pen right near the front due to the sheer numbers on the course.

Baggage is also a challenge and there can be queues depending on when you finish, but dont let that put you off, its a great race.

Posted on 28.11.17

Completed in 2017


Those hills.......

Longleat 10k

There is just something about this run that keeps drawing you back and its the things we love to hate - the hills.

Challenging course with 3 climbs, first one you do twice as the course loops around the lovely Longleat Estate.

Parking isnt a problem due to its location, also a great lions head medal.  Awesome to finish down the main drive towards Longleat House.

Posted on 28.11.17

Completed in 2017


Another great DB Max Chilly 10k

Certainly lived up to its name today, was definitely chilly this morning.

Great race around the Castle Combe Race Circuit.  Always well marshalled and has great organisation

Loved the pacers this year and they were spot on.

Not the most scenic of courses but you cant go wrong, 3 laps of the circuit.  Only support is from friends and family but with the Duathlon following it was great to see competitors supporting each other

Will be back.

Posted on 19.11.17

Completed in 2017


GSR - Never Disappoints

Great race, have been a number of times and keep coming back.

Expensive yes, but worth it.  Love running around Portsmouth and Southsea.  Course support is fantastic as always.

Didnt see any energy drinks this year, just water which was a little disappointing.

Wind on last couple of miles is always a challenge.

Posted on 23.10.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017


First time out at GWR

An interesting race, course of two halves.  From the start and through the city centre its well supported.  However, it heads out of the city where there is no support to a turn point, then loops back in via the University campus.

Very undulating, with twists and turns in the city centre.

Like the t shirt and medal, could do with a goody bag rather than just a bag of popcorn.

No parking at Arena, although bus transfers from city centre are possible for a small charge.

Posted on 15.10.17

Completed in 2017


Another Great Bristol Run

Great Bristol Half Marathon

always well organised and well supported run around Bristol

course amended slightly this year due to roadworks but still good

only criticism is that sports drinks Station had run out by the time we got there

Posted on 18.09.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017


Inaugural 10k

First time the Trowbridge 10k took place this year, loved it.  Local race, which always helps and run by Stampede Sports who are well known in the area for their races.

Starts and finishes in centre of town but goes out on roads, tow path and byways.  Great marshalls.

Posted on 29.08.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017


Lovely little race

First time doing this one, although have done relish running events.  really unique route going through the old railway tunnels, especially the mile long one.

Nice start / finish area, although park and ride to the location was a bit of nightmare.  

Posted on 28.08.17