In short: Well organised, well supported en route. In full: Challenging course but very scenic. Crowd support very good and well marshalled throughout. Plenty of water stops, no need to carry water. All marshalls very encouraging all the way round. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Fun, friendly, good value and well organised. In full: This is a lovely race, well organised and excellent value for money. Nice countryside route winds its way through picturesque villages with lots of support.
There are plenty of hills on route (you seem to be always going up or down) which probably knock a good 2mins off your 'flat' time. At least the last 3 miles is downhill!
The event is a nice size, and good value for money with a free (high quality) running top thrown in.
Well done, and a big "thank-you" to all the organisers and marshals who did a fantastic job throughout the day. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Super friendly, amazing scenery (but with some killer hills) In full: This was my first marathon and I felt really welcomed. There were loads of marshalls, all very friendly and encouraging. Plenty of water stations. The route was super hilly and I thought I had trained on some big hills, but nothing like these. I didn't think I'd have to walk up them but I did. Some were so steep there were steps cut into the side of them and there were also a lot of styles to climb over towards the end. I found all the runners really friendly too. It was easy to chat to people as you were going. I have no idea how anyone could actually run all the way round! But looking at the results afterwards people completed it just outside 3 hours!! It's definitely more about the experience than setting a PB. I found it a wonderful experience and more tough than I imagined, but more enjoyable too. I would recommend it to any countryside lover. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Excellent. In full: Half marathon in home town. Well done to organisers. Not the best for PB 2 massive hill climbs! But challenging enough. Good course; well organised, plenty of marshals and excellent goody bag! Deffinately will do 2015! Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: OK day out, smooth organisation but too many switchbacks In full: This is an OK event. OK if you ant to run a big marathon, OK if you want reasonable crowds, OK if you want well marshalled route with water stops etc, OK if you dont mind spending £50+ on a place etc.
What it lacks for me is a spark to make it unique and special. What almost gives it that are the stetches right by the sea,you are almost on the beach at times. But this is somewhat spoilt by the repetitive out and back loops that the organisers have put in to keep road closers and logistics to a minimal. Just too many off them to make it a great race, too many 180 turns.
Nice to run on the two piers and nice shirt and OK medal. The second of the two hills is challenging but comes at a good point. But first race I have run through the Finish Arch at mile 18! Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Beautiful scenery, friendly small field, excellent organisation and slightly downhill"" In full: Did the Sunday race and it turned out to be my favourite HM ever - the slight gradient made the miles fly by, the marshalls were friendly and encouraging and despite the intimidating number of serios looking club runners, the atmosphere was friendly and supportive. The last tiny uphill was lined with cheering people who'd already finished, encouraging and advising. Absolutely brilliant! Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Keeping up high standards In full: You can see why this race rates so highly. Excellent organisation in every aspect and great marshals and volunteers. Special mention to chap on the tannoy with his calming manner and useful tips before the race. Having pacers was excellent to encourage you along - so thanks to them. Great atmosphere amongst the runners. With closed roads there was plenty of room even when joined by KiloMarathon runners. Thanks. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Great first marathon, with a few 'treats' on the route In full: My first marathon, and I think I went through every emotion on this journey. The organisation was good, I used the buses laid on from the town centre. Loads of toilets, and even close to the start time, minimal waiting time. The first half of the race was good, with just a slight doubling back, and very flat and fast. Then the first treat hit at 13 miles, a sharp incline. Timing pads at 13.1 miles. Then the route got a bit back and forth, and the real challenge emerged at 17 miles, with a very long uphill section with zero crowds. The marshall saying it gets flat shortly was no help, as it didn't and that was a real moral drainer - thanks. The final 5 miles for me was a hard slog, hit the wall at resorted to run/walk. Crowds in this final section were amazing, really cheering their hearts out, offering sweets, oranges, drinks etc. Offical watering stations were plentiful and well manned handing out water bottles, which I prefer, plus loads of bins, so no need to dump randomly. Once you had finished a great medal and t-shirt. But what joker decided we had to go down two flights of stairs to get to get out of the finsihing zone, OMG pure pain, but quite funny in a perverse way seeing adults walking like they had a full nappy on. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Should not be advertised as flat In full: Pros: Beautiful course, good atmosphere.
Cons: Not a flat course as advertised on RW but undulating/hilly. Mixing the half mara and 10k routes means that faster half marathoners have to weave around slow 10k runners. towards the end of the race which is a bit frustrating. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Very well organised, great scenic route and pacemakers fantastic! In full: This is the second time I have run this event and it has been very well organised both times. Clear signs to everything, helpful staff, great course with some challenging hills but picturesque scenery throughout. The pacemakers this year really helped me to a PB of 1:29. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: A really enjoyable race - thank you! In full: Very well organised, excellent race 'village', brilliant t-shirt & medal, great support; water, fuel & marshals - will be back! Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: OK but not stunning and definitely needs some tweaking for next year. In full: Congestion at the start, first half not that interesting and the last mile or so definitely wasn't as flat as promised but no major problems. Once through the finish it all went a bit haphazard with regards to picking up water from one person, banana from another and then goody bags further along. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Really good as always In full: Please could you look into the logistics or going round the pond at Crawley Down and possibly going round the rec at the end to avoid the hideous A22 end! And if it's a beginners race - prizes through the field not just the fastest athletes? Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Disappointing - needs better organisation In full: Start was badly organised. Couldn't hear the marshall at the start, they let 1h50+ runners off before the sub 1h50 had all gone through. First half on narrow uneven pavements (with cars parked on them at times), busy roads, housing estate and no scenery far from ideal! Second half along tow path much better and lovely scenery. The description of being totally flat slightly misleading - especially the final mile and a half. No water left at the end of the race for us slow runners, which was appalling especially given the cost to enter! Marshalls were friendly and helpful and medal made it worthwhile, but I probably would not do it again. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Spectacular countryside running. Warning not a road race! In full: Im a member of the club that organizes this race so I may be a little biased but this is a pretty spectacular race and would probably be classed as a fell race/run almost..
If you want breathtaking (pardon the pun) countryside, great outdoors steep slope running in the south of England than you be hard pressed to find much better. This is not a 10 mile PB course. It is not a road race. It is not a race that you check your Garmin during. It is a downs race and is well worth experiencing if you want something different to your run-of-the mill road/town 5K or 10k in my opinion!
Great for people who race and equally for people who want to pootle across a cracking bit of countryside with other runners without the stressful club XC race feel... I think it would make a road runner a more rounded stronger runner if they tried this sort of thing every now and again... recommended Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Slick organisation and amazing weather In full: This is my local half but I would happily travel miles to do it! Was yet again fabulously supported in the villages, pacers really helped runners round this challenging but beautiful course. Somehow managed to smash my PB so still buzzing! Thanks Felicity and team... See you again next Oct... And the HWR gang may break the 100 entries barrier! Brilliant Date of review: October 6, 2014