In short: Brilliant scenery and organisation In full: I did the half marathon but can only presume the review would apply to the full too. The course was beautiful - narrow single file tracks through woods in places but the description and RD's briefing warns this. Organisation is exceptional - the course is marked everywhere, it would be impossible to go wrong unless you ignore the signs. There are marshals everywhere - they pop up in the most unexpected places and were, without exception friendly and supportive. Its a hard course but only to be expected on the North Downs. One of the best I have done. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: No water after mile 6 and no t-shirt In full: The water situation was rubbish, no water after the second water station (approx 6 miles) made for an unpleasant end to the race. For us out the back that's a long time running without a drink!
OK so the T-shirt will be sent out after, but they knew the numbers so easy to figure out how many you need. I know I should be quicker but you pay the same whether you finish in 1.30 or 2.30.
Nice to run through Kew though and along the river and nice medal.
Volunteers and Marshalls were great, although some towards the end were about it with their distances.
This was my first half marathon and it's a shame that my biggest lesson was that I have to be responsible to water no matter what is advertised pre-race.
In short: An absolute cracker, and a great opportunity to raise money for a special cause In full: Fabulous organisation, great race with some ver fast sections as well as the obligatory undulations. The scenery was top notch. All in all a fabulous race. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Challenging all the way! In full: Very well organised and interesting race; rarely flat at all but no horrendous hills. Multitude of tricky surfaces and very narrow in parts with lots of stiles too. Only minor gripe for me was no mile markers but plentiful water (and food!)stations more than made up for that. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Very poor goody bag - In full: All good - But for the goody bag - For the cost to entry why was there no drink, banana or something worth eating in the bag?? I will be back next year because I have done 26 now so I do not want to miss one. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Very well organised event and enjoyable route In full: A good well run event. The course was enjoyable and although there were a few hills there was nothing too challenging for runners of all levels. I may have missed something but other than having their name in the race title what other involvement did Adidas have in this race as they did not make the T-shirts and I did not see them at the runners village area? Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Superb event from start to finish In full: Thank you to all the organisers and marshals- a supreme demo of how to run a race- fab food and drink at very frequent aid stations and such enthusiasm and encouragement too! Lovely route- very pretty- nice soft sand in places- enchanting forest tracks and some glorious views. Shame there were no small or extra small T Shirts- yet another one that I cannot wear---- Top race- fast or slow, experienced or novice, this is one to enter! Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Great first effort. In full: Really good race, especially considering it was the first running of this event. Very good organisation, both beforehand and on the day (loved the course video on Youtube). Very scenic, a few little testing hills to break it up, enjoyable "secret" route on private land to take us off road for a bit and a nice finish in Priory Park. I would agree with other comments about the slight bottle-neck at the beginning and running on the pavement for the last half a mile before the park but that's just nitpicking really. My Garmin said 13.22 as well but I'd put that down to me weaving about as opposed to an inaccurate course measurement. Good race "village" giving the many supporters something to do whilst waiting for their loved ones to finish! Support on the course was also very good. I hadn't really done enough training because of injury and if it hadn't been the inaugural running of the event I probably would have given it a miss, but so glad I decided to run it anyway and a big well done to all concerned. One for next year's calendar for sure! Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Challanging! In full: Certainly not one for a PB! , great course very friendly and well run. Hills,sand and then then St Martha's hill! the flat and the downhills are a welcome rest if that's possible on a marathon. If you want a challenge run this you won't be disappointed. Thanks organisers and marshals
In short: FANTASTIC MARSHALLS AND ORGANIZATION. THANK YOU!! In full: Lovely friendly run. I will be doing this run again next year. The hills were okay, running on the sand and soft track was great my dodgy old knees feel fine today. Also my first marathon without a blister or discoloured toenail. Great day see you next year. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Good undulating course through nice country lanes with a great T-shirt In full: Just thought I'd post a review before anyone made any ill considered comments about this years race. The organiser made an unfortunate slip and forgot to move a set of marshals to a junction at the 6 mile point. The leaders went the right way, but I couldn't see the next runner and went the wrong way taking a number of other runners with me. At the end of the day it was my fault as I should have checked the route before doing the race. I'm sure this won't be repeated as the organiser was mortified by this mistake. Apart from this minor issue it was a really nice friendly race with a lot of variety in the ups and downs, but nothing too steep except perhaps the last 100 yard up the hill to the finish. T-shirts looked really nice as well and there was coffee and cake available in the school hall. Good little local race and would be ideal prep for the Macc half the following weekend. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Friendly wonderful challenging trail run through gorgeous countryside In full: So refreshing doing a proper small club race rather than a large field race. Atmosphere very friendly, no worries about parking or miles walk to the start, just turn up and go. Very well thought out trail run. It is definitely not easy - two challenging hills and rooty trails but brilliant not to be plodding on tarmac. A hidden gem. Date of review: September 22, 2014