In short: Five days later and my quads are starting to forgive me In full: I've been wanting to do this race for years and it absolutely surpassed high expectations. The route is wonderfully varied and challenging, with hill after hill and constantly changing terrain, through woods, fields, villages, paths and much mud this year! Great organisation and atmosphere and an event that I will no doubt be back to. This time, with some more hill training in my legs to cope with the quad battering! Date of review: July 1, 2016
In short: Hard brutally brilliant race In full: I last did this in 2004 I can remember that I enjoyed it then, but I didn't remember how tough it was,lovely scenery right from the start , excellent Marshalls,friendly atmosphere,tea and cake at the end. What more could you want. Date of review: July 1, 2016
In short: So well organised you don't even notice it In full: One of those races whose potential to have a giant cock-up is enormous, and its a testament to Istead that it goes so smoothly - Well Done to all concerned.
A beautiful run through stunning scenery, but brutal is an apt description as well as scenic, those hills are tough.
I've run this race for years now, starting when it was from the old HQ and its gone through various course alterations and have got slower over the years and its now a struggle to finish, so please organisers, make an old man happy and put the finish back to where it was, those last 400M on top of the 30K just knacker me.
In short: Amazingly well organised and marshals were the nicest / most helpful I have come across. Hard going but well worth it for the views and atmosphere. Loved the t-shirt too Date of review: July 1, 2016
In short: Challenging but rewarding In full: I was a bit disappointed by the number of fellow runners who were dropping litter, mainly used gel packs along the route. Please don't litter the beautiful countryside, just put it in your pocket. Date of review: June 30, 2016
In short: A good mix In full: First time on this course hilly but nothing to severe get past the hill around 5k and go for it, downhill and a flat run in .great support on route and very well run.Only gripe 2 really tight turns 400m /200m so can slow you down if looking to sprint finish. Tip wear the timing chip on ankle as can effect your result. Overall very enjoyable will def go back. Date of review: June 30, 2016
In short: More Scenic than Snowdon Marathon and 6 Miles Shorter :-) In full: What is not to like about this, ups, downs, spectacular views, variable weather, expertly organised. It is the highlight of my year.
In short: Good value, nice to have a midweek, midsummer race. In full: A good addition to the running calendar. Well organised, no frills (manual timing, cheap medal), good value for money. Plenty of marshals on the course - who had obviously been well briefed to give clear instructions about sharp turns, upcoming mud etc. Surprisingly challenging run for an almost flat 10k, with various slippery mud patches after recent rain. No queues for the loos, which is always a plus. Date of review: June 30, 2016
In short: Challenging and scenic In full: First time I've done this race as it's challenging because of the hills but great organisation and friendly so hope to do it again next year. Date of review: June 29, 2016
In short: Just...WOW! In full: OK, so my race didn't go as well as I hoped, but it's not just about the race, it's about the whole experience.
We camped in the athletes' village which offered a decent field, enough loos and a short walk to the village green and village hall.
Yes the route is hard but the support is amazing. I would say the first half is by far easier than the second half. So many friendly runners and enough well-stocked aid stations to keep you going. We enjoyed the Cranborne Chase Cider and Bucks Fizz at the Lovestation...then more cider at the last station around mile 26ish. The scenery is incredible and you'll get a glimpse of the Cerne Abbas Giant. It really is a beautiful part of Dorset.
I've done every WSR event so far this year; they're now a permanent fixture in my calendar and I'll be back for another go at GH next year without a doubt.
The medal, T-shirt and muff all amazing and a wonderful memento of the day. I actually felt really sad when it all came to an end.
There was plenty of lovely food put on by the local WI and SHARP - we missed the Friday night fare as we visited the Greyhound, but Saturday's chilli was delicious. I can say that the cider on offer was some of the best I've ever had! The barn dance looked like much fun!
The bell race on Sunday morning seemed a right laugh - I was out of it due to injury but my husband did it and really enjoyed it. The cow bell medal has been jingled to within an inch of it's life by our small child.
Highly recommended. If you do only one marathon in your life, make it this one!
And a huge thanks to the people of Sydling St. Nicholas who made everyone feel very welcome. Date of review: June 29, 2016