In short: Superb event - in spite of the atrocious weather In full: Simply the best 20 miler around. Great challenging course. Fast finish. Water, gels and sweets at all stations. Orange squash and chocolate at end. Great medal. Doddle to park. No congestion due to wide 3 mile start. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Advertised as one lap; main road to cross twice via lights; dull. Toilets problem too. Disappointed. In full: I used this as a training run, ran at the back and was disappointed to be running around pavements for most of the run which was boring. Towpath was nice but short, course flat but the laps we did were very tedious. This is not a 'one lap' course as I thought/as advertised. Lots of laps around the streets. Toilets badly organised. The mens toilet, back of YMCA had no direction signs so the other queue was massive. Ladies were sneaking into the members toilets (which were empty) and getting told off. There was a relatively young crowd running with some serious runners too, looking for fast times. I wouldn't advise anyone to travel a long way for this race or to run it as a 'good one to do'. I wouldn't recommend it. We had to cross a main road a couple of times where traffic lights were used; otherwise just try and cross! On the plus side, the marshals were encouraging. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Improvements needed In full: As this is the first year of the race errors are to be expected. Not enough toilets and they were far from the start, when you got to the start it was hard to see where you had to be. There were spectators and runners all mixed in. The start area was narrow and no pacers or markers for people to know where to line up for expected time.The path along the river is too narrow to overtake with lots of people. An energy gel or drink half way would be good. The t.shirt was reasonable, but maybe look at dri fit, but an excellent medal, if you did a different one each year people would more likely try to collect them. Also noticed on web site is says ballot for 2016 -why not first come first served? All in all though, not a bad first time event.
In short: What's not to love ... In full: Fresh country air, primrose-lined trails, beautiful scenery and a fabulous atmosphere. Well organised; cheery, encouraging marshals; small field of runners; half marathoners start slightly after the 10kers and all had something positive and encouraging to say as they overtook me. Dogs on leads allowed. Everything a countryside race should be. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Good Hard course well organised and friendly In full: In general well organised and despite the rain a brilliant course: The only problem was groups at the start of race running slowly and blocking the rest of the field. Trying to get past groups of 5 running at 2:30 pace in the 1:45 section was not easy. Possibly get organisers in early stages to ask slower runners to keep left. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Needs to improve In full: Too many mistakes to be considered a good HM in terms of organisation. From no pens, no paces, narrow start, only 20 toilets through to misplaced mile markers, poorly placed water stops, messy post race drinks point. The course itself was what I expected apart from the loose gravel section. It really is an all surface race. Extra comments should be about the competitors village. Pretty much nothing in it. For the entrance fee I would expect much more. Best thing about race is the medal. Even the t-shirt was sub-standard. There are many longer races I have been to where the organisation etc is very slick. This wasn't one of them. It can never be classed as good when people had to queue for 30mins to use the toilet. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Excellent pre marathon race In full: Really enjoyable race on country roads around Cranleigh. Weather was a little bit wet and windy but not too bad and didn't stop plenty of people standing out and supporting. Nothing to fault this race. Date of review: March 29, 2015
In short: insane climbs, insane descents, mud, high winds, sea views - a race to remember In full: I had nonchalant ideas about running the whole thing, not walking up the hills. I noted that at my level a lot of runners were walking up hills from quite early on and after running up a few of the climbs I could see why. In the second half of the race some of the climbs were insane. So steep they were steps not slopes and just walking up them nearly did me in. Because it was so slippery coming down some of the slopes was pretty scary too. I had on trail shoes but not as spiky as some of the stuff like Inov8's and the like. If you are going to do this get the spikiest soles you can. I imagine if it was drier it might be a fair bit easier. At times the signposting was a but spares and I got lost a couple of times but to be fair to the organisers there is a lot of coastal path to sign and some of the signage was blown away by the 50mph winds. The other runners were really friendly, organisers very helpful and although it was a bit wet and windy the scenery brilliant. Very pleased to have finished this race - certainly the toughest run I have done so far.
In short: A marshal's review - great running CHM runners In full: Ok so I'm a marshal and not a runner for this race, but I thought I'd give a review from a marshal's perspective. Previous years have seen glorious sunshine for this race, but not so this year (I blame the forum member who said it was always sunny for this race!). That didn't seem to deter the runners - well done one and all who did a fantastic job running in tought conditions on an undulating (some say hilly!) course. Fast or slow, you runners were inspiring for us marshals and you should be very proud of your achievements. Date of review: March 29, 2015
In short: Great route, pancake flat with couple teeny small inclines but vvv windy today In full: Great race, very flat. Lots of encouraging marshals and several water stations. Race start was confusing (parking, hq, start, finish) all in different locations with limited clear info given about this. Date of review: March 29, 2015
In short: Hard & hilly but worth it ! In full: Pretty country lanes in full spring display, friendly marshalls, great cakes at end, a few hills to get up and down but so worth it. Date of review: March 29, 2015
In short: Needs some tweaking. In full: Shame the weather wasn't better but the organisers can't help that. What needs looking at are:- The start - chaotic, with spectators carrying bags and umbrellas mixing with runners. Nice to start at the front of the palace but the path is just too narrow, particularly as there was no attempt to get runners into order dependant on projected time. This meant a slow first two miles having to check stride and even run along the rough grass verge to overtake. Obviously people will run at differing pace but why do people who have to walk before the mile mark start towards the front? Water - luckily it was not a warm day, as the water stations were too far apart (or perhaps just poorly located.) Changing- as mentioned already. A race in March is likely to be in inclement weather and an undercover changing area would be good. Having said this, the race was enjoyable and credit to the marshals, who were all encouraging and friendly, particularly as they were getting a soaking. This could be a very good half marathon and credit also to the organisers, as I understand this is the first half around Hampton Court Palace estate. Just need to iron out a few issues. Date of review: March 29, 2015
In short: Wet In full: First time on this route ,after running Huddersfield 10k in Feb which was really hard,i enjoyed this route undulating but not to much you want to die equal ups to downs .was looking forward to the scenery but sadly the torrential rain made views and conditions tough going.very friendly and hats off to the very supportive marshals in that weather. Finished 3rd so will be back next time to improve,only gripe received a voucher for a free run but it can only be used this year, a full year or free pass for next years event would be better.