In short: Beautiful scenery, great value, hard work! In full: A lovely run, which was helped by the lovely sunny day, not too hot, but very scenic at the top of the hill, with the parasailers taking off around us at the top. Very encouraging marshals including the young man handing out the drinks at the water station. I'm not a lover of hills and entered on the day, I found it hard but would do it again Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Tough and spectacular In full: SO disapointed no medal, thats all I run for, cannot hang up a t shirt!!! PLEASE can we have one again next year or maybe the choice of medal or t shirt?? Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Well Organised on Race Day but results online are taking an age!! In full: Great organised race. Nice 2 lap course that goes into Luton Hoo estate. Facilities at the base were spot on (lockers, showers, free car park)
No chip time which is a suprise especially as it is a county race.
Good encouragement on way round, well marshalled, easy route to follow.
In short: Looking forward to next year already! In full: This has to be one of the best marathons I have run, out of the 25 so far. Great value for money. Nice friendly event. Would recommend camping after, as there is a barn dance in case you have not tired your legs out enough. Just brilliant. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In full: Generally a well run race with lots of enthusiastic marshals. Two niggles, one big one small......NO CHIP TIMES this year, totally unacceptable. The small one.....plastic cups for drinks , very difficult to drink from in mid stride ! Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Great scenic route that will test if you have enough hill stamina In full: I travelled from approximately 50 miles away to get to this venue. The road route was easy enough but there was a lack of race registration signs as I entered Hermon village. The entrance fee was great value and ample car parking. Not too many runners for the 10km - around 30 I think but it was a very community orientated, friendly atmosphere. Initially the run was along two laps of a field behind the old school and then asphalt roads with many down hill sections and slight rises. At around the 5km point a crippling 1:4 hill sorts you out, once over that the route was mainly off road and enjoyable. There were two water points and the 6km onwards section took you through woods, a quarry track and across two small streams. The route was well marshalled with red/white barrier tape to let you know where NOT to go. Final last km stretch was back on asphalt road. A very enjoyable route and I will do it again. I measured it at 9.6km on my Garmin watch. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Hilly and Friendly In full: The whole village was involved in this event, which makes it unique enough never mind all the other wonderful things that got thrown at it - farmer's wife firing a shotgun at the start, camping, food, drink, lovely crowd etc etc. Well worth a trip to the middle of nowhere. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: My favourite all time race In full: This was my second year of competing. What I love is that having entered the marathon if I had been struggling half way I could easily have got a half time due to the figure of 8 route. The sun came out, the scenery was amazing. The second half was a lot hillier than I remember and I like the beer station at mile 18, nice touch. Right before the killer hill that goes on forever. Cant fault this race, i love it. Definately be back and I have the sore muscles still to prove how hard it was! Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: ticks all the boxs In full: I run this half every year and was my first ever half so i take it for granted how great this race really is.this race should actually be called the great west run and not the race in exeter.after completing races all over the country its great to know you have a great value race which is cheap for a half lwt alone a half that has a tech tshirt,bespoke medal,plenty of water stations and glorious sea views with organisation that runs like clockwork and gets plenty of atmosphere to get you up the hills.after running the sydling hill 10k the previous day hills were the last thing my legs wanted but can never turn down this race.chip timing was the only let down this year.sports systems messed big time and have let themselves down as no chip times got recorded.torbay half marathon organisers however are a credit to the racing community.look forward to next year Date of review: July 1, 2014