In short: Awesome In full: My 3rd year in a row, absolutely beautiful course, really tough challenge, but well worth it. Some brutal inclines , it will try to kill you along the way, but there is only one winner and that is you ! Excellent organisation , great Marshall's, see you in 2016. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Spoiled by patronising women on microphone. In full: Low turn out due to terrible weather, this was the only trail run in the WR series. Now particularly well marked out and route contained dog walkers which was quite annoying.
Goody bag pretty rubbish including vaginal wash (!?)
What annoyed me most though was the highly patronising woman who was meant to be motivating us all - constantly referring to us a 'ladies' and 'well done, well done' in a patronising tone, I was losing the will to live before the race had even started. Communication prior to race abysmal, route map provided at last minute. Wouldn't return. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: This was my first run above HM distance, loved it. In full: I am a new runner (16 months) and wanted to step up from a half marathon and get off the road. It is clearly populated by some serious athletes but I felt very welcomed and the atmosphere was very open and friendly. The course is beautiful and the marshalling was just fantastic - thank you so much for making this such a great day.
It's tough, I had done quite a bit of hill training on a treadmill (Londoner!) which seemed to be enough, just started at the back, kept it slow and finished in 3hrs 30, walking the big hills.
Great medal at the end, cakes and tea were delicious. Top event. Will be back when I am fitter Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: AWESOME EVENT ! In full: What a cracking event !! Fabulous Scenery, evil hills, trails, knee high grass, Amazing aid stations, fabulous atmosphere and the whole thing run like clockwork with amazing bling and t shirts as well....but......not sure what topped my day...... The naked farmer or the "small" ice cream at the end !!! Can't recommend enough ! Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: An epic journey with a jolly day out atmosphere In full: Best UK marathon is a good description and a well deserved title. White Star Running have such attention to detail, feels like a lavish event, everything you could want from a race. The hills are severe, and there’s probably around 10 of them, all giving spectacular views that make the climbs worthwhile. These races attract such a lovely bunch of runners, everyone’s game for a laugh, some can actually run pretty quick over the rugged terrain, others hold hands after proposing marriage as part of the race briefing. The race was started by the farmers wife on horseback with a 3m long horn, the race signage included ‘Hurry Up FFS’ and ‘Look how sweaty you are, how nice’, the water stations had an array of food and drink. The paths, tracks and open fields offer huge variety of terrain from short soft grass to rocks, from waist high crops to farm tracks. Lovely lovely lovely. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: The quintessential marathon In full: There can be no better example of how to put on a marathon. Superb organisation with aid stations and marshals who really know how to look after the runners. Free massages, a hog roast and the biggest ice creams I have ever seen at the finish. The hills may be punishing, but the views are incredible. Where else will you see a 35 foot phallus?! See you next year Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Overpriced and a few organisational issues In full: For a mass participation race I think it kind of missed the mark. For the price it's crazy you pick up your number which was then in an envelope that had postage paid on it!! Start delayed by 20mins blamed on traffic management very surprising never been made to wait to start a race. Good course hilly in places as very narrow paths. Main support in town centre. A lot of walkers from 2k in which did make passing them difficult on the narrow paths. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: The start/finish has changed but otherwise the same North Downs Run I love more than any other race In full: Start/Finish has changed but otherwise the same North Downs Run I love more than any other race. And good PB potential this year as the temperatures cooled. Thank you organizers and marshals. Your encouragement is uplifting and I really appreciated the magic-like appearance of water whenever I was starting to feel thirsty. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Tough but rewarding In full: I've done the Race the Train in Wales but this was harder although slightly shorter. Some hard climbs and challenging underfoot with cobbles, tree roots and muddy bits. Great support from train passengers and marshals. Great technical T-shirt and a nice medal. Good to go back to the start on a steam train. 16 from my club did it and all had an enjoyable day out. I hope it becomes an annual event, very good for a first time race. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: A great event, but not one for the unprepared... In full: Certainly tests your abilities, but a great race with brilliant organisation and a decent goody bag..! Definitely becoming one of my annual favourites. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Way too expensive. Rip-off. In full: Never again! Go to Clumber Park and run freely in your own time as it's beautiful.Don't pay nearly £50 to Rat Race for the privilege. Date of review: June 28, 2015