In short: Well organised beautiful scenery and almost no mud!!!! In full: 3 loops of a lovely forest trail. It was well signposted and I didn't for one moment feel like I was going to get lost! Date of review: March 22, 2014
In short: Great local trail race in the Chilterns In full: Great addition to the racing calendar in the Chilterns. Great scenery around Ashridge estate and Ivinghoe beacon. A challenging route with some cheeky hills! Well organised and marshalled. The beanie at the finish along with tea and cakes (amazing cookies and cake!) was a nice touch. Do this race before it gets too popular! Will be back next year. Date of review: March 22, 2014
In short: A tough start and finish, but lovely in between In full: The organisation and atmosphere at the start were lovely, very encouraging. The big hill was harder than I expected, and went on for longer, but coming back down to the seashore with the waves crashing in and beautiful sunshine made it worthwhile. The section around Sovereign Harbour is a bit tedious but easy enough on the legs. The finish is positively evil: you go past the entrance to the race HQ TWICE before they finally let you in! Very tough mentally at that stage of the race, especially as that meant we were running into the evil headwind in the final stages. Date of review: March 22, 2014
In short: Fantastic Run,great scenery but tough course In full: I would just like to thank the organiser's for what was a fantastic race-You can tell it was organised by runners,as the signage and directions were first class,and loads of friendly marshalls on the course and 3 very well placed water stops as well-I hope you'll be able to organise it again next year as I will certainly do it again-Almost forgot to say the tea and cakes at the end were a very nice touch too!! Date of review: March 22, 2014
In short: just a great event. The organisation is superb and the views at the top and the final gallop down the hill to the finish line (assuming you have the energy left) make it all worthwhile Date of review: March 21, 2014
In short: Good first race for a half in Surrey In full: I tried this as it was the first Surrey half and I used to live in Guildford so was interested in this aspect. Course is definitely undulating and felt uphill on the way back! ;-) Good: Race village was not big but had plenty of toilets - very well done on that. Seemed well organised and the bands were a nice touch. It was nice seeing some of the front runners due to the "out and back" course. Finishing on track was nice, with a downhill slope before that to pick up speed. Free pre-race massage. (And post if you wanted to wait.) Course seemed to be correct length. Not so good: It was a hot day and although the water stations were bottles I felt they needed to put more in - not usually a problem at this time of year! There were 3 evenly spaced. At the finish, there was only a small bottle of water and no goody bag and I really could've done with at least 500ml by then! I don't think the locals have got race fever yet - there were some supporters and good cheering but not quite up to the standard of more established halfs yet. It felt more crowded than I expected for the first 3 miles. If more people enter next year, it could feel like a real hinderance. Although the course did look different on the way back, I was getting a bit bored of it by then! Trying to climb up the steps out of the stadium once you'd finished! No goody bag - but I'm sure this will come with time and sponsors. No onsite parking - plenty around Guildford but might be a walk.
I felt it was well organised for a first event (although some confusion with volunteers) but don't feel a rush to enter again next year. It is starting from Woking every alternate year so if you want a true pb you'll have to wait 2 years anyway! Date of review: March 21, 2014
In short: Great support, friendly team. In full: My first year doing Fleet but not my first half. A gloriously sunny (and warm) day. Quite a few toilets - bit of a queue but this died down just before the race and I had enough time to queue. Chip timing so although the lineup was a bit of a free for all (no pens and I couldn't see the timing boards - although I spotted these once people started moving), that didn't matter. People also seemed to spread out quite quickly so I didn't feel held up at the start of the race. Course is definitely "undulating" so not for you if you don't even like the slightest hill! It's a downhill finish after the final slope about 12.5 miles. The crowds were amazing! A lot of supporters in the first lap as this is round town. After 6 miles it dies out as you head into the countryside- which was stunning on a nice day. The supporter hotspots round pubs were amazing though- best crowd for a half ever! The downsides were: 1. only cups, not bottled water on the course, and these had queues as it was so hot, so you have to stop and drink if you want a decent amount. 2. At the finish there was a tent in the way of the view of the real finish and just before this were two flags and car parked - so the finish was about 50m further than many people thought. 3. I measured the course long so missed my pb despite running a faster pace. But then I probably didn't run the racing line and it was nowhere near as long as when I ran Reading! Overall, I enjoyed it. May enter again - the crowds were fab but the hills and having to carry my own bottles put me off slightly. Date of review: March 21, 2014
In short: Nice course, great crowds, good organisation...in the diary for 2015 In full: I really enjoyed the course, the marshaling was excellent. If I had one complaint it would be the need for more water tables at each spot, they finish too quickly and if you miss the first couple of table trying to avoid the melee then you run a real risk of missing them all together and on a warm day it really takes a toll on you. Generally a really nice way to spend a Sunday morning. Great crowds really helped! Date of review: March 21, 2014
In short: great organisation, enjoyable route: mix of town/countryside In full: 3rd time of running this. Listened to previous years' feedback :-) Good organisation. Good facilities start/finish. HUGE medal! See you next year.... Date of review: March 21, 2014
In short: A very well organised event with a good course and excellent crowd support In full: Although I've been racing for many years, this was the first time I've done this event and I was very impressed by the smooth organisation. The course was also interesting with a good mix of town centre, main roads and smaller country lanes. At £19.50 the entry fee was fair for a half marathon but the goody bag was a bit disappointing and contained a lot of flyers. The only other negative was that the prize giving didn't happen on time and I missed it because had to leave :( Date of review: March 21, 2014
In short: Drinks Station In full: I would like to reply to Debbie. The drinks station was there on Sunday to support too 48 runners from Almost Athletes. It became apparent that other athletes were struggling. We had sufficient water to hand out to other runners which we did. The fact we ran out of cups and water is proof. The drinks for the Almost Athletes were their own personal drinks, a lot drink flat coke in the last 4 miles. All we did was keep that for them. I don't consider that to be unsportsmanlike, in fact good planning by our Club. If any other wanted a drink we gave them one, we gave them jelly babies etc. In conclusion, I didn't do anything I would change, I'm proud I supported my Club Runners, I'm equally proud that I gave water to many others runners. Everyone who asked got a drink, Debbie all you bad to do was ask!! Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: A brilliant successful attempt by the AAT guys which no one else has tried to do. In full: My local towns and the very first Surrey half made for an exciting build up to the race which I was so looking forward to. The weather was good and atmosphere positive before the start and let's be honest, no one has ever done this before so it was a bit trial and error. I thoroughly enjoyed it no matter what happened but there are a few things that could make it better. I'd like to see the whole road from Stoke park to the pb garage closed off for the start as it was impossible to stay in the cones. Also at the start there were too many friends and family amongst the runners to allow you to get into the correct time zones. Bigger zones and runners to be responsible enough to direct loved ones somewhere else please! Another water stop would of been good before the town half way point which was in a bit of a dodgy position on a hair pin. Plenty of collisions here I'm afraid were caused by last minute changes of direction as it couldn't be seen until the last minute. Was it me or were a lot of mile markers missing? Perhaps I was looking down too much. The queue up the hill out off the finish was a bit of a bug bear as it was longer and slower than the queue for the loos. In an emergency this would of caused a lot of problems. Other than these minor points...... Well done Toby and the team on a brilliant day.
In short: Tough course but worth it In full: This was my first ever 10k last year, so wanted to beat my prevous time by a good margin, I managed a whisker away from 4 minutes.
A well organised race, from the parking arrangements to the course layout, marshalls and supporters. I think the sunshine helped as well, and should of worn my road shoes this time. Date of review: March 20, 2014