In short: disappointed with the lack of medal this year one of the reasons i run it so i was very disheartened when i got to the finish line no goody bag just a t-shirt, water and a bananna Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Wet, muddy and brilliant In full: Fantastic weekend! Torrential rain on the Saturday afternoon made the course extremely muddy and very challenging in places but that just added to the challenge for me. Of course it was tough having to put wed and muddy shoes on for each lap but I absolutely loved it. The night time leg I did was probably the best run I've ever had. My 5am morning lap was bliss. Half asleep when I started - I glided around without really waking up!
Some minor gripes though - Course too short - would be better if it were 10K No beer tent for spectators (or hardy runners) Extra camping field should have been opened - tents were crammed into too small a space. Food tent was pretty poor. Cheap but low on quality and service. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: If Carlsberg organised a marathon then they would have organised this one! My favourite race of all time; from start to finish to the whole weekend! See you in 2015! Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Wonderful views from the tops, slick organisation, super-friendly marshals. In full: What a truly great event the GHM is! White Star Running certainly know how to look after us runners, with plentiful water & food stations and the excellent Love Station at Mile 21, complete with cider, water melon, all kinds of food & even vodka and hugs for the slightly more stressed marathoner! I loved all the extras that White Star are so good at providing - the naked farmer in bathtub, the shotgun start, the massive ice-creams at the finish. And, never have I been more entertained during a marathon, courtesy of a man & his small dog on a lead (who I later found out were called Kevin & Max), who I said "hello" to about seven times on the route and again at the finish line - I don't know how they did it, but it was brilliant! Sometimes I saw them at the water stations & at other times in the middle of absolute nowhere - hilarious! It's imperative that you take your phone with you to take pictures along this beautiful route and, of course, the legendary medal, t-shirt & pint glass make this event excellent value for money. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Excellent, if expensive, trail race In full: I really enjoyed this event. There were next to no club runner vests (maybe something to do with RunBritain Ranking not recognising the event?) about and was very beginner friendly. As an experienced road runner this was a fresh change and was very enjoyable, especially if you don't anticipate smashing your PB and enjoy your surroundings. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Organised, friendly, scenic, flattish! In full: My husband and I did this as sort of a "come-back" run from a variety of recent hurdles - one of which a 13 month old baby. Nice-Work were kind enough to let us run with the pram. We were cheered the whole way around, high-fived by locals and even given a bottle of wine when we finished. My baby got given his first ever medal as well, and it's hanging up in his room!
Overall, I don't think we could have found a nicer bunch of people to do a race with. Highly recommended - the roads were quiet, the scenery was beautiful. Thanks guys! Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Another fantastic event from WSR. It does what it says on the tin In full: For runners by runners. This is clear to see. This was my second year at the race and i loved EVERY second of it. Great atmosphere and comradery between the runners. Superb mnarshal and farmer support (a huge thank you to naked farmer and his posse for making my year by sitting in the bath!).
Its the most challenging race that i run all year. The elevation, terrain all mean that you need to take the training and preparation very seriously. But is it worth it? By 'eck it is! Superb medal, goodies and its nice to see everyone in the village get involved and support the race.
Would like to see more showers and cider but apart from that - cannot fault anything about this race. Its' based on this event that i'll be entering other WSR races.
See you again next year! Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Almost perfect In full: Great location.Nice traffic free course.Friendly atmosphere.Enough drinks and food available near the start with some kit/nutrition stalls too. Parking was sufficient and free. Well signed, even if a few of the markers went astray.Slight issue with the amount of toilets to allow the official start time to take place which can disrupt the more serious competitors who have timed their warms ups but no big deal overall.Goody bag wasn't exactly packed with items but it was for a charity afterall...Well done to all concerned and a promising 10k to watch out for in the future and return to for PBs. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Fantastic race - International field - Cows and Cider In full: This is a wonderful event- well organised- amazing marshals. It has camping that is cheaper than a pint of beer( in London) plus a barn dance afterwards There is a lovestation with cider at mile 21 where you get free hugs. A wicked t shirt , medal and pint glass at the finish...oh and there is a naked farmer in bathtub. Do you get the picture, its tough, hilly 3,500 ft and doesn't take itself too seriously eg the distance can differ depending on the farm accessibility but who cares because you will have fun. There is also a 10k that is equally awesome. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: A very wet early part of the day made the course extremely muddy, but had a great friendly feel to it and made me think about doing more endurance races in the future Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Wonderful chance to run over the Humber Bridge but wind direction makes that a challenge In full: I've ran this twice now and the organisation, route, marshalls, support etc is all very good.
The weather conditions have a big affect on the bridge crossing which all add to the excitement of running over it, twice :) Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Fabulous setting, fabulous race In full: Almost all off road, through glorious Berkshire countryside with friendly atmosphere and marshals. Well worth the effort to enter this race. 8 miles is a nice distance-challenging in the heat but do-able comfortably. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Beautiful, friendly and great value In full: Entered this on a whim and loved it. Really welcoming marshals, a tough-ish course (helped by the fact everyone walked up the steepest hills) and stunning scenery as you sweep down through a flower-filled meadow. A great mix of conditions, including a lovely wooded section with a springy forest floor. Superb. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Exactly what a race should be In full: From the views, the hills, the cider and festival atmosphere you can't go wrong with this one. Clearly a huge amount of love, care and attention goes into the planning and the entire village of Sydling gets behind it to create the party atmosphere. By runner, for runners and incredible value for money. One that should be on everyones list. Date of review: June 30, 2014