In short: Brutal hills, lovely scenery, atmosphere, aid and post race food In full: Very tough run - more ascents than the Ox Ultra in less miles! However, organisation is great. Aid stations are well stocked and friendly with delicious post race food. Lots of fun. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Another superb race from the guys at WSR In full: This race remains my absolute favourite race of the year (and as a 100 marathon club member - i do quite a lot each year). This is my third year for the race and somehow it seems to get better each year and i've no idea how they make it so good! Everything from the camping area, organisation and friendly feel just make this race the best that i've done.
You have food prepared for you by the lovely women of the local WI. They take care of you and make sure that you're getting enough (even allowing third portions!!).
The race is run to absolute clockwork and you can tell that the RD is a runner because of the care taken at the aid stations and by marshals.
The route is hard. Don't underestimate it but you're rewarded with the most amazing views and stunning scenery. It's absolutely breathtaking.
The post race ice creams that were the size of my head were amazing to see and you could see how popular they were by the queue!
The barn dance and bbq on saturday were absolutely fantastic. It was great to be able to stretch out your legs and party with the locals.
If you're looking for the best race in the UK - this is the one that you need to come to.
Is entry already open for next year? Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Tougher than a Marathon In full: This was my first outing at the North Downs Run. The organisation was first class with a huge effort made by the organisers.
I found the course tough as nails with amazing scenery though to be honest you will be working so hard you will find it hard to take it in.
Due to the hot weather I personally I could have done with a couple more water stations but I will come better prepared next year. Thanks Istead and Ifield for a memorable day. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: First time and loved it, fun, challenging and beer, ice cream and hog roast available afterwards! In full: Great race, the scenery is fantastic and the atmosphere is brilliant. Definitely a challenging 10k course with some big old hills and not one for a pb which makes it more fun. Really well organised and having done lots of road races it has definitely given me a taste for more of these off road type events. Big step up from 10k to full marathon next year, be nice to see a half option....maybe that's just me bottling at the the thought of attempting the full though! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Incredibly tough, But would come back for more again and again! Beautiful Scenery. In full: Cant praise the organisers and marshals enough. The effort that must go into putting on this event is incredible. My training for this race was hampered by injury and i thought I'd bitten of more than I could chew at many points, however seeing friendly and familiar faces cheering me on kept me going. Fantastic scenery, Brutal Hills, Great Medal, Free tea and cake at the end.. What more could you ask for!! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Great race in the countryside In full: Starts in the village, then out into on country lanes for a very nice 10K route. A few ups and downs, with a particularly short and sharp up hill around the 9K mark, but overall a fairly fast course. Nicely organised and supported even in the drizzly rain this year. I really liked getting a nice new running t-shirt, banana and drink at the finish as part of the goody bag. Will be back next year! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Without a doubt this is a race you will never forget and want to do again and again In full: Without a doubt this is a race you will never forget. Glorious Kent countryside from beginning to end. Not for the faint-hearted but the sense of achievement at the end is glorious. And the cakes always plentiful Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Tough and Challenging but well worth it. In full: Well organised race, taking you through the countryside, fields and woods. Different terrains and undulatingly challenging, but well worth it.Well supported with friendly encouraging marshals. Free hot drinks and homemade cakes at the end. Great event all round. Tough but definitely a thumbs up. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: THE HIGHLIGHT of my running year!!!! In full: What a wonderful run...but it's more than that, epic atmosphere, wonderful camping, delicious food, brilliant prizes this race has so much character. Each time I run this marathon I feel lucky we have such beautiful countryside and people who are willing to make you welcome in their village. Andy the race organiser has fantastic ideas which make this race totally unique and is backed up by a horde of hard working volunteers, thank you so much for another amazing year and we will be back in 2016!!!! If you have the chance to run this marathon - DO IT!!! :) Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Absolutely favourite race , In full: I loved it and white star running are great. Giants head was never dull and i wanted it to go on longer as I really enjoyed the course . Aid stations were well stocked , marshals wonderful and a naked farmer in a bath ringing a bell. Love station had loads of goodies . Loved the portashowers at the end. Glorious day . Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Watch out for the jellyfish In full: A different run for a very good cause. Well organised and friendly organising team....A wet and windy morning turned into a nice sunny but still windy afternoon....the wind made it a run of two halves, great when running with it and tough when running in to it (as my splits bear witness). Really strange to have no real landmarks on the course, so having someone to run with and chat to makes the miles go quicker (thanks to Michael from Blackburn Runners). Be prepared to get you feet very wet. Underfoot was a mix of nice, hard dry sand, wet sand and water covered sand. A very different experience and well worth doing. Date of review: June 28, 2015
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