In short: Wonderful run.......beautiful. Very tough challenge.......could have done with some additional Marshall's at key points . Was very warm but we had been warned and I needed my 2 litre hydration pack. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: A toughy but a goody In full: Great people running and organising the race. Some of the best scenery and trails within the m25. You'll need to carry some water as there were only three drinks stations. Lots of hills but the last 6 miles are generally downhill even though it doesn't seem like it. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Lovely scenery but really twisty and narrow in places. In full: Good points: lovely scenery, lots of cheering crowds, nice t-shirt at the end. Bad points: poorly organised start! Really could do with some more time staggered starting sections. The course was really twisty and far too narrow in places. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: An excellent, well organised and friendly run with a great night atmosphere In full: Well done to Phil and all the helpers. An excellent, well organised and friendly run with a great night atmosphere. It is a undulating/hilly course though and at night its hard to know how long the hills are! While the terrain was not particularly 'technical’ I’d recommend a good head torch as there were numerous tree roots in the wooded sections and the paths quite rutted in places, plus you had to look out for the South Downs Way way-mark posts.
The run, and I say run rather than race, because if you race it, the point of a night run is really being missed, started in the QE Park near Petersfield and basically used the second half of the South Downs marathon as an "out and back" from the Park to Cocking and back following the South Downs Way way-markers. Being familiar with the SDW marathon I had no problems following the route, but if the way markers were followed and unmarked paths/tracks ignored finding your way in the dark wouldn't be too difficult. To be fair the RD did suggest those unsure of the route should 'buddy up' with someone who did.
Parking was right next to the start and pre-run tea, coffee and cakes were available. There were two start times, 8pm for those expecting to take around 6 hours and 9am for the faster runners. Aid/water stations were well spaced though the first at about 4 miles was not set up for the early starter group (we were warned that would be the case). Each station carried water, juice and the usual munchies. The half way one was particularly well stocked and runners greeted with what must have been an “over-caffinated” group of cheering supporters!
I really enjoy night running and when the full moon came out under a cloudless sky the tranquil atmosphere was just great. Finishing in the forest meant running with screech owls and bats for company. The welcome at the finish at around 2am was loud and genuine and hot drinks and food was available all night! Just brilliant. Thanks again Phil.
In short: Not for the faint hearted! In full: well organised, beautiful scenery, friendly locals, excellent marshalls, friendly atmosphere, frequent water and sponge stations makes for a very nice race.
But the hills... ! "King of the Hill" at mile 11 is actually quite fun, with the organisers timing your start and finish to see who can make it up there quickest, most people I saw barely managed to continue running! but what they don't tell you about is the 2-4 mile hill which is arguably worse as its longer, this course really feels like a complete uphill slog and the downs are very few.
On such a warm day this was particularly challenging, but I still loved every minute and look forward to next year Frome! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Great atmosphere, great race In full: Everything about the Sturhalf was excellent, the organisation at the start and finish was military with a great little village and some yummy treats for afterwards. Great quality t-shirts shame about the lack of medal but cant expect too much for a bargain entry price! for a small race (380) this year it was extraordinarily well organised, the themed water stations are awesome and very frequent and made me smile as I went past.
the only downside was the weather - although you cannot blame the organisers for this! It did make the race challenging as there is no shade whatsoever and route is very exposed until 12.5 miles.
I didn't even notice the hill at the end, it is very gentle and as soon as you round the corner you're into shade and a downhill mile to the finish. what more could you want!
In short: Brilliant fell running on Dartmoor In full: This was my 2nd ever fell race this summer and the 1st in Devon. I thought it was absolutely fantastic. There were only about 50 runners lining up at the start. However these ranged from the very quick to some older and slower types. Good mix of club runners and individual entries. The course is (obviously) very steep and almost all off path. I wasn't in any danger of being first so I always had someone in front of me to keep an eye on so didn't get lost. The scenery was great as you would imagine from a race on Dartmoor. The ground underfoot varied from firm grass to scrambling over rocks and the occasional knee deep bog. The descent from the highest point was slower than I thought due to the long grass masking the ground underneath. Very fast finish down to the dam. Altogether and really great event that I will be doing again next year. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Unique and definitely a challenge! In full: Never done a run like this before! The views were amazing and running across the sands was a new challenge. Definitely hard-going especially through the channels but so glad I did it. Rewarded myself at the beer tent at the end and a nice medal to take home. Well done to the organisers all the staff were really friendly and welcomed us back with cheers and applause. Count me in for nexct year and I'll try to beat my time! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Excellent race 2015 In full: This was my first thunder run experience and I wasn't sure what to expect...... I hadn't trained any where as much as I should have but I was ready to give it a go.
The format is simple, 10km laps in teams or solo (if you're crazy!!) for 24hrs and do as many as you can.
I normally do 10km in about 55min, my first 10 was 59min!! That was down to both the course being harder than I expected and my lack of training. 2nd lap was at 4am and this took 1hr 7min. This was the first time I have ever ran at night. It was pitch black and this had an impact on my time.
The whole day was incredible and I would recommend this event to all runners. Great atmosphere and plenty of food stalls if like me you are lazy and cant be bothered to cook.
Looking forward to next year!! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Fantastic scenery, unusual terrain and a great cause In full: If you fancy something a bit different then the Cross Bay Challenge is a must and for a great cause. Ran this race for third time this year and the bay has offered a different experience every time, believe me its unlikely to be the same twice and definitely not for the faint-hearted. Will definitely be having another bash at it next year. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Fantastic course! APART FROM THE END!! In full: This is the 6th time I have run this and I enjoy it every year. The support along the route is fantastic and really helps push you along.
It's just such a shame that it gets ruined at the end by 2 bits of track where you double back on yourself! it just sapps the last bits of energy you have trying to get round the tight corners and you loose all momentum!
if they got this sorted it would be great! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Good little Half Marathon In full: This was the 1st running of the Cheshire Half Marathon. There were about 550 runners, plenty of car parking and space for the kids to run around whilst waiting (Note - Arley Hall was not open to public until 11am and were not allowing spectators to visit). Could have done with a few extra toilets, but most races seem to struggle with this. The course was mostly flat with a few little inclines (Nothing too taxing). The route is essentially 2 laps, mainly through the countryside and the Arley Hall estate, so lots of fields and trees. There was a bit of traffic on the roads and at times there were cars trying to pass runners & oncoming traffic which led to some distractions. The large groups of Sunday cyclist on the roads also made for some close calls on some bends. There was no ban on headphones, but with the amount of cars this should probably be considered for next year. There was one water station that you passed twice on the 2 laps of the run, and I had no problem with it, although I have heard others say the water ran out later in the run. The marshals did their job well, and the route was clearly marked, with mile markers. Very few spectators on the course, getting your name announced over the finish line is always a nice touch! The finishers medal is really nice, colourful & detailed. You also got a cotton t-shirt, banana's, flap jack, water and free lucozade (before & after the run). Overall, for a first time event it was very good. Results were on line before I got home, and their communication via email and facebook is very good and a nice personal touch that you often don't get in larger events. The only reason I would not run this again is that I was only visiting the area when I spotted the race and I wouldn't drive 4hrs + especially to run this race again. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Very tough hilly marathon In full: Great value race and fab medal and t-shirt but would rather pay an extra few quid and have more drinks stations - 3 stations for a very hot August marathon didn't seem anywhere near enough (and I carried my own drinks too). This marathon hurt more than a 50 miler on the flat. Got lost a couple of times which added around a mile extra but all added to the fun. Most confusing bit was the final mile where a lot of people seemed to go astray !!! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Very badly organised and late starting In full: Race was nice but did not like the double back thing. The route into the car park was dreadful the parking a shambles the marshalls were hopeless. Not enough toilets people were having to find bushes to go behind. I will not be running this again very disorganised Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: The atmosphere was superb, support excellent. In full: This was my first Run for All race and I can honestly say I will definitely be doing it again. The event was very well organised and the support from the cheering crowds was incredible. The course was well marked & lined with race volunteers so it was have been impossible to get lost. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Excellent and challenging night race - top organisation In full: Thank you for the brilliant organisation! Route along the South Downs way was great and weather played along - nearly full moon ;0) Snacks at drinks station were welcome too. These pineapple, cheese sticks and melon pieces went down well. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Not good having two oout and back bits in last few km! In full: I was not impressed with the run backs near the end, am sure they were not there when I first ran this event! As for the organisation that, yet again, meant a delayed start! Any club organised run that dared to start late would be hung out to dry, why does this event get away with it? Not enough toilets for the size of the event and poor/useless car parking/marshalling. A nice route (apart from the end) spoiled by poor/inadequate management of the overall event. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: What is says on the tin In full: It's a marathon running over midnight.
I've run through the night before but never started at night. Makes a=for an interesting day before hand - trying not to do too much before hand - and what to eat for tea?
I had done some of the south downs before but I don't think that helped. up untilthe half way point I was following two others so directions where easy. I had a proper map with me - but didn't use it. The finger posts on the SDW are pretty good and for the times I was on my own used the. The route was programmed into the garmin which served as a safety net.
Steady running all the way - although the hills on the way back were mostly walked.
Although alot of the scenery was hidden by the dark there was lots of wildlife out and about - bats and some sort of glowing bug - and the moon when it first appeared was fantastic.
Water stations were frequent enough and well stocked.
Really enjoyed the run - and that's all you can ask for