In short: First timer but will be back again In full: I don't know why I have not done this race before it was brilliant. Organisation was great (even down to the weather), course was awesome and the whole experience was superb. The best word must go out to all the marshall's who were just the best and friendliest I have ever come across. The water stations were perfectly placed and well stocked and the additions of sponge stations just capped it all off. Finally the finish area was worth running for - not many races you can sit on the grass with a pint in one hand and a home made cake in the other. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: An incredible race and shaved my Bewl PB by 26 minutes In full: Organisation, marshaling and race atmosphere cannot be faulted.I enjoyed the cakes and atmosphere at the finish with a big medal and my favourite beer, Harvey's to sit in the sun and enjoyed it. Typed on behalf of Reg Magar Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Surely one of Kent's finest races and a great day out In full: Well organised with gorgeous scenery and friendly updates from the race director in the run up to the day. The route is relatively challenging and although the temperature was cooler this year the ground conditions give you a mix of hard, uneven terrain, slippy shallow mud, grass and a bit of road.
It's a great day out with beer, cakes and a brass band at the end. Sunday was my 4th outing so that surely speaks volumes about how much I rate this run.
Very minor criticisms: A couple of more loos at race HQ probably would have went down well, and the t-shirt was quite average. I've got so many of the things now that I prefer no t-shirt at all over one that won't get worn. It's still good value and absolutely will not stop me coming back again though. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: beautiful challenging race In full: Fantastic, beautiful and challenging. Cake and Harvey's at the end. Well organised , really good communication pre and post race. nice medal, really friendly atmosphere...but it was tough! Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Awesome hilly race in the Surrey hills In full: This race has moved to a new slightly shorter course this year but is still excellent and run by a friendly team of organisers.
The scenery is great.
Glad I did the 21k option even though it was hard on the second loop. The small field were the friendliest I have ever met at a race with everyone offering encouragement as you made your way round and a good post race atmosphere. The climbs are tough, but as everyone ends up walking them it is nothing that is not conquerable. I agree with the the other review that trail shoes are a must. The bountiful amounts of free brownies at the finish is a great touch. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In full: Thought very well organised, especially as at the mo you would say its a low key race with it being ran only for the second time, think will get very popular the older it gets. The 1st 4k is a slow uphill run but its nothing horrible and the run back in is mostly downhill so this helps alot :-) nice goody bag at the end with a very nice medal, will be back next year :-) Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Absolutely beautiful, but undeniably challenging race in spectacular countryside. In full: This is a race definitely worth getting out of bed for on a Sunday morning. It starts off flat through the picturesque village of Dorstone, followed by a slow steady climb, on road and off, up and up. The descent is just as beautiful, ending up back in the village for a barbecue and drink. Beginner's or the faint hearted shouldn't be put off - the atmosphere and support wonderful, with a 'last runner' to make sure everyone gets round. There is also a great 4 k run for those who feel they want to test the water first. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Very well organised, nice touches, but too hot for me and the first six miles out and back destroyed my soul a bit, making me have to dig deep quite early on. In full: A very friendly and well organised race, with good water supply, nice goodies at the end and I thought good value. However, for me it was just too hot and I didn't get my hydration right and was poorly all day afterwards. I found the first stretch out and back along single carriage way with little views rather hard work which meant a lot of my mental stamina had gone by the midway point, when the route got much more interesting. Also, given that and the heat, when we returned to the park it initially looked like the finish line was just around the corner, but there was a circuit of the park to run first which was a bit of a killer. If the route could be more varied at the start it would help and if there is anyway of getting those run through showers at a couple of spots for a hot day, it would be great. It did make me want to visit Southport for a less energetic day out though! Perhaps a route taking in more of the town would add some variety and support, if feasible. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Well organised but out and back route is boring for first 6 miles In full: Good PB course, good facilities, top medal and fantastic TShirt. Would recommend and will do this run again Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Awesome race In full: Well organised and course is challenging with hills in the last few miles. Lots of drink stations, water and lucozade, sponges, oranges and jelly babies. Free cake and beer to finish. Great medal and T-shirt. First time I run this but can't wait for next year. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Fantastic all-around! In full: My first time doing this race and not disappointed! Excellent organisation with a very friendly feel. The hill between 11 and 12 miles almost destroyed me, but I did it. Beautiful setting too! Will be back! Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Picture postcard race, stunning surrounds, well organised and firendly In full: Was convinced to sign up last minute and it was well worth it! Simply stunning setting at Compton Verney and a lovely rural race route. undulating route and is definitely a case of what goes down must come back up again!. Really friendly organisation and a lovely inclusive feel about the whole event. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: The best race of the year! In full: Thank you CancerCare for putting on another spectacular race. The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was fabulous and both runners and organisers were very friendly indeed. It was a much tougher race this year but that did not dampen my enjoyment of being out in that unique environment. 10/10.
In short: Thoroughly enjoyable, great venue and surprisingly quick course for the 10k. In full: A great little race, very well organised with plenty to do for spectators, especially with the kids races taking place after the 10k. I enjoyed the 10k course more than I was expecting to and the one great thing about urban courses is the brilliant crowd support along the way - it really helped. The school was the perfect venue for an event too. I entered on the day and the registration/entry was brilliantly organised. Well done Purple Patch. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Unique in its nature and with a real 'Dunkirk' feel, makes this really rather special. In full: A unique race and highly enjoyable for that reason. Aspects of its organisation could be tightened up (signage to start and finish?) but the race itself was enormously well drilled by friendly and competent support staff. There is, simply, no other race like it. My feet were soaked within 200 metres, and stayed that way; I waded through thigh deep water on several occasions (the Kent channel was a battle); and then, for the second half of the race, we were turned into a stiff wind. Rarely has a finish line been so welcome (and you can see it from a few miles away). I was 30 minutes slower than my usual Half Marathon time (tells you how tough it is) but was tired, happy and with a real sense of achievement. Would I run it again? Hell, yeah! Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Friendly and well organised. In full: My first half marathon! Really enjoyable and friendly. Well organised and lots of community spirit. Warm day but lots of drink stations, nice goodie bag and atmosphere. Would recommend. Date of review: July 7, 2014