In short: A very difficult, but beautifully organised race In full: This is a brutally difficult race in the most beautiful of surroundings. The organisation is every bit as they claim it is. Although much of the course is, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere, there are marshals all along the route. And every one had an encouraging word and a smile. The attention to detail by the organisers was a miracle to behold.
At the finish, I ached every bit as much as after a marathon. But a day later I'm already thinking about doing it again. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Gorgeous scenery, brilliant atmosphere, great organisation and feed stations with cider and cake! It doesn't get any better than this! In full: Absolutely loved it, what a blast! The scenery was out of this world, the atmosphere incredibly friendly, the marshals were brilliant, and the medal was seriously excellent bling - with a tech t-shirt thrown in.
Then there's the huuuuuuggggeeee ice creams at the end, the barn dance in the evening in the village hall, the yummy chilli with home made bread..... We'll definitely be back next year, it's not just a race it's a big party with a seriously good run thrown in. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: A tough race in a beautiful place In full: Not really a race for the casual jogger, with plenty of up and down making for a tough course. Organisation was very smooth, with only a slight delay to the start due to a nervous horse. Marshals mostly excellent, but with a few suggesting runners 'Drink loads' at water stops - not good advice :(
In short: Spectacular experience - just don't expect a WR time! In full: The GHM was my first marathon, and I don't think I could have picked a better one. The course was very hilly, but spectacularly scenic and every uphill had a downhill to take the edge off. The views were definitely worth it. Lots of generous aid and water stations kept everyone smiling and sweating, and there was great camaraderie between the runners. The whole event was incredibly well organised, well signposted (both for the route as well as parking areas, camping etc), well supported by the local residents, and the organisers have a great attitude to the whole thing- serious about running the event, and serious about having fun while doing it. A magnificent weekend. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: This is the best route of the series In full: A late start in coldish conditions. Well organised as usual with enthusiastic marshalls. A good medal which is themed throughout the series Well worth supporting Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Tough but brilliant In full: It was my second time doing this race so I knew what I had let myself in for! The climbs are hard, and even the down hill bits are hard at times- trying to keep on your feet. The scenery, views, support from marshals and fellow runners all make it worthwile though. It's a super friendly race, really well organised and I hope to be back again. Date of review: June 29, 2015
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