In short: Another great Run Through Half In full: This is the 2nd Half marathon I've done that has been organised by Run Through (the 1st being Wimbledon Common Half in May) and they have both been organised, very friendly, great value for money trail courses with great, different medals (A Womble for the Wimbledon one and a Deer for the Richmond One). I even got a free flapjack as well as the fruit, water and t-shirt at the end of this one! Amazing value, interesting and challenging course. Recommended. Date of review: August 4, 2014
In short: challenging race In full: This was my first 10 mile race.quite a hilly race on a mixture of surfaces lanes,tracks and paths.you have to be careful of the lose stones on tracks and large roots on the woody sections. Having taken a heavy fall few weeks ago, I was weary of the fast downhill sections. All that said it's a great course and some lovely scenery. The organisation was brilliant. the Marshalls were friendly and very supportive. There were 3 much needed water stations and a Marshall with jelly babies that was a nice touch. All rounded off with a great medal.
In short: The hardest but most beautiful 10 miler around !!! In full: Did this one last year and came back for more so glad i did too. I had forgotten how tough it is in places but the scenery is just breathtaking , the marshalling and general organisation is good and friendly and the unique medal ( changed completely from last year ) is stunning someone had put some effort in the design. All these ingredients make for a must do race every year from now on - really well done Liss runners !!! Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: It's not flat! In full: It is a well organised race and no hassles picking up my race no. prior to the race. The profile says 'flat' and 'road'. The course route is I would say 'undulating' and has a few big hills, and just under half is on trails. It is a scenic and rural race and the blow up croc and shark were an amusing touch around half way. Frequent water stations but as it was a hot day, could've done with one water station being a water bottle station. Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: Proper hard but so enjoyable In full: Thanks to Gareth Davies for a sterling job. Thank you to the volunteers and the runners who as always are lovely people. Thoroughly enjoyed it, although the ascents/descents were fierce. The views made up for it. Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: Hilly trail but good fun In full: A fairly hilly trail race made muddy by the recent rain. I have learnt to love the mud and went prepared in my trail trainers, some runners had very shiny new trainers that were rather muddy by he end. Quite expensive as far as 10k races go but very good organisation and a fab goody bag with a well fitting ladies tech t-shirt. Really enjoyed the race and will probably do it again next year, the race welcomed all runners from super fast club runners to the first timers at an event. Support around the course was good and plenty of water available (in bottles). Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: Great course with good organisation and fantastic marshals throughout the course. Plenty of water stations.Great medal. Overall hills a little challenging but great race. Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: Loved this race for years and will certainly be back In full: Tough course but lovely summertime race, wonderfully organised in a great location with fish and chips readily available. Organisers worked through the long queue waiting to pick up numbers extremely efficiently and remained chipper throughout - not an easy task. Loved being name-checked as I crossed the finish line - made me feel like a proper athlete! Thanks Deal for a great day. Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: Little known gem of a race In full: Glorious countryside with challenging but not stupid hills. The eventing jumps are great fun. When combined with the scenery and great location and other distances to suit all abilities a must for all runners who like MT races Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: challenging, but fantastic route and great atmosphere In full: What a great race. I'd done Liss Runners previous Milland 14miler a few times and that was a beast, so I wasn't expecting an easy run. I found this a really fair test though. Miles 5-7 were, as predicted, a tough old slog up a continuous incline. However don't be fooled into thinking that that the rest is flat. Other than that tough 2miles though, the hills come and go in a rolling fashion giving you some recovery time between efforts. Lovely fast last mile to nip a bit off the time! This is not one for a PB, but you will come away having tested yourself, seen some lovely scenery, and pushed the old legs a bit.
Mix of hard tracks, some road, and paths - doable in road trainers if it's not bucketed down and you are weighing up the cushioning vs grip question.
Definitely one for the planner next year. Great marshalls, well organised, three well placed water stations, and excellent cake at the end! Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: Challenging but a great run In full: This is a lovely trail race in beautiful English Downs. I ran last year and came back for more. The organisation is brilliant and the marshals could not be better. Thank you. Good water stops too. The lack of horse movements did improve my time this year. The tough mile 5 to 7 remains the great challenge but felt better this year. I love the finishing mile all down hill. Great race beautifully organised and welcoming. Thank you again. Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: Horse free for 1 year In full: After the pain of last year a slighter cooler day and knowing the course made a huge difference. Brilliant organisation, fantastically cheerful marshals and water stops. Even Brownies with jelly babies??..... Not a route to be taken lightly but that's the price you pay for such a beautiful run. Looking forward to next year! Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: A true multi-terrain race: track, tarmac, trail, road, pavement, stairs.....good scenery, no PB potential.......£15, no goody bag, no medal In full: Pros: scenic route, challenging course, start and finish on track, low key / small numbers.
Cons: poor waymarks / potential for wrong turns, no km markers, not chip timed, too expensive by contemporary race standards given no goody bag, no medal, no grub at the finish. Come on, not even one jelly baby? Date of review: August 3, 2014
In short: a grand day out In full: a great race linear repeats on a disused railway track. my GPS clocked 38.5 miles so 2.5 free miles. Well organised nice snacks at the turnaround points. Parking a little way away which is tough at the end. BBQ a great idea, fantastic medal. Date of review: August 2, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere, chaotic organisation In full: Expensive entry fee, I ran with the Help for Heroes official charity, we got a t shirt at the end but struggled to find water at the end of the race, no food/cereal bars/fruit (after 10k!). We waited 1 hr 20 from the finish line to collect our medals then another 30 mins to collect the bags. This was my first "big" run and if it wasn't for the other runners I wouldn't consider another large run but everyone was saying this was the exception rather than the rule. Disappointing really, but I did smash my PB and got under an hour for the first time :)
In short: Brilliant atmosphere, brilliant organisation In full: My second race in this series this year and both were fantastic examples of how races should be run - well organised, very friendly atmosphere, very supportive spirit, and really motivating. This is a hilly trail course, so a PB is unlikely, but it's a good one to do for the fun of the run. I will 100% be doing more WR10k events in the future. Date of review: August 2, 2014