In short: Defintely one of my all time favourites In full: Second time I have done this race, first time was in 2011 when it was just too hot for me. 2014 weather was perfect; sunny but not too hot, with a pleasant breeze. The scenery is spectacular on this run; fields of rapeseed, views over the downs, bluebell woods, pretty villages with trees in blossom. The organization cant be faulted; it really is effortless. The course is really well marked, with tape, flour and mounted arrows. I carried the directions but really didn't need them. I managed to miss out on the t shirt and creme egg somehow but my husband appreciated the free tea and coffee and biscuits whilst he was waiting for me to finish. The opportunity to have a shower and a meal is excellent. I hope to be able to do it in 2015.A huge thank you to Compton Harriers for putting on this fantastic race. Maybe next year I will be brave enough to attempt the 40..... Date of review: April 20, 2014
In short: My first ultra and I loved it! Superb organisation. Plenty of food and drinks all the way around. Easy to navigate via arrows, flour markings and ribbons. We were lucky with the weather - sunshine but not too hot. Date of review: April 20, 2014
In short: well organised and enjoyable In full: Entered this race in its first year. It was a really nice area in which to have a race, although being a rural setting this meant spectators were few and far between, but that's not the organisers fault.
It was different with the race being at an equestrian center and it was a nice touch to get an Easter egg and a free bacon butty at the finish as well as a medal.
Route is quite flat there are a few small cheeky inclines but nothing that would trouble you, it's very much a pb route. Date of review: April 20, 2014
In short: Hard to get an entry, but if you can then do it. A great reminder of why the Olympics were such a success In full: "World's best marathon" is a matter of taste: some people prefer trails, and there are prettier routes (Rome comes to mind), but it certainly deserves some consideration. The atmosphere and the organisation are as good as people say (especially a sensible system for toilets at the start). The route is interesting and faster than I expected. Congestion can be an issue but personally I didn't have an issue (started with the circa 3:30 runners). One comment to make is that while it's flipping hard to get a place, once you do it's actually really good value for money (unlike Brighton!) A range of t-shirt sizes at the end would be nice, but the one size fits all one wasn't too bad really. Oh and the Expo was possibly even better than New York's: quite some feat! This was my 14th (different) marathon race and was definitely the best supported and one of the best for value and speed. If I could only get fast enough to be 'good for age' then I'd do it every year! Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: AN AMAZING DAY In full: Absolutely brilliant. Beautiful run, brilliantly organised and superb weather! A very good turn out this year (I think they were full) so perhaps I should fib and say it was terrible so it doesn't get sold out too quickly next year? A fully marshalled 20 mile loop, plus a meal and a creme egg all for £15? Result :) Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: As good as it gets In full: Flat, fast, friendly, well organised, cheap to enter PB central and we got an easter egg and bacon butty!! Just do it, I will be back next year. Alan has done everyone proud. Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: This was the first time I have run this race and I loved it. Great course and lovely atmosphere with plenty of crowd support. I would have liked a medal though as USB stick hardly a memento. Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: Amazing race, fantastic organisation!!! In full: This is the second year that I have done the 40 miler and can honestly say that I loved every minute!!! The two laps meant that there was a 20 mile race and the option of stopping if the 40 was too challenging. The scenery was stunning, and the weather was perfect. The organisation was amazing and the marshals were brilliant with lots of encouragement. The checkpoints were loaded with snacks and drinks and even offered tea and coffee!!! The t shirt was a technical one and was presented with a creme egg (or 2). There was free tea and coffee at the beginning and end and free food. All this for included in the incredibly low entry fee . The atmosphere was superb and I cannot praise the organisers highly enough. Many thanks for a fantastic day. See you next year:) Date of review: April 19, 2014
In full: I like this race very much and look forward to it every year. I like a medal at the finish, but would still do it again as it is a nice buzz & a great start to summer & running longer distances. will be back in 2015.. Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: Fantastic friendly atmosphere and organisation, beautiful scenery, tough hills! Will be back next year - I would like to try the 40 mile but realistically 20 miles feels quite close to my limit! Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: lovely kick off to the Easter weekend In full: This a well organised race away from the town, starting from a local business park. Plenty of parking. Very relaxed, and doing a couple of loops of the park means the supporters get to see you a few times. The weather was wonderful this year, and the water stations were appreciated. My only gripe this year is with the medal, we have had nice ones in previous years, but this year everyone got a usb stick on a cord. I can't even be bothered to see what's on it. All my club members feel the same, overwhelming disappointment. It just wouldn't look right on my medal hanger. Sorry Maidenhead, lovely race, and I'll be back again, but please have proper medals next time.
In short: A very good ten miler In full: First time I have done it. Very much enjoyed it. Excellent organisation and parking right next to the race village. I didn't mind the loops in the business park - it gets you geared up for when you are let loose on the countryside. Got a PB for this somewhat unusual distance. Would definitely do it again. Date of review: April 18, 2014