In short: Fast course and well organised In full: 3 laps may not be everyone's cup of tea but it was nice to know exactly where you were at all times and knowing what was coming next. I'd call this a fast course perfect for PB's if going for it and it was superbly marshaled by Kent AC and with great enthusiasm. Really enjoyed it and would definitely do it again though i think i have run it 6 times now! My only improvement would be a secure baggage area as i didn't drive to the race so had no where to leave my bag and valuables. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: A great race with the hoodie and goody bag worth the entrance fee alone. Tremendous organisation and helped by the surprising good weather. I will be back, maybe when not marathon training so i can give it some welly next time. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Tough but worth it In full: It's a bit dispiriting when you pass the finish line for the second time but know that whilst the front runners are breaking the tape you've still got another lap to go...but that aside it's a great run. Very friendly marshals (all bar one who never spoke, moved or seemed to notice runners going by..), well-stocked water stations and plenty of support all the way round. Three laps is a bit daunting but it's nice to be able to gauge where you are and what's coming up, and it's VERY nice when you pass the 18 and 19 mile markers for real. If I'm still mad enough to want to run 20 miles for fun again I'll be back next year! Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Good basic race In full: Support was sparse but enthusiastic. The organisation (as far as I saw), was good. Local runners and first timers seemed to be well represented as well. I wouldn't say it was quite as flat as the organisers implied, there were a couple of nasty short climbs and a long slow drag up for the penultimate mile. Overall, a good basic race. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Hot and hilly but very friendly and well organised. In full: My first Ashby, marshals and organisation were great. It was very warm but we had plenty of water, gels and sweets at the stations. Lovely hoodie as swag. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Very friendly race for a first time half marathoner In full: A very hot day bearing in mind the rubbish weather previous endured the weeks before. The Xscape was a superb venue allowing a sit down and coffee before hand. Even the outlets had got their acts together ,several being open early.Parking was a doddle and cheap.A little confusing however was which event started from where and when but all came out in the wash.A nice course with the expected up and down stretches under roads etc.with parkland and lake views.The different cut off stages for the shorter races were clearly marked and shouted by marshalls. The t-shirt and medal were a disappointment as they were non specific with even the different coloured ribbons being anonymous! I did not miss the "goody bag" as these are often a waste of time - the water was enough! A good event worth supporting. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Well orgainised race In full: Slightly undulating course from Guildford to Woking and back. Great support from locals. Will run in 2016 we the race start returns to Guildford as I am not a local runner. Nice to finish with a lap of the track. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Very nice race In full: Really enjoyed this even though I was feeling quite unwell ! Will certianly do again I loved the finish and the toilet queue were small. Mass warm up not very well organised but besides that excellent Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Superb race In full: This was my first time at this race and thought the organisation and atmosphere was incredible - an excellent pre-marathon race and one I will definitely try to attend next year whether training for a marathon or not. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great race, well, organised, PB potential In full: Well organised on the day with plenty of marshals, both around the event to help with parking and on the course. Well marked route and plenty people on the course to cheer folk on and give some atmosphere. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: "If you can do this your ready for the marathon" In full: Mid way around the first lap I beseechingly asked a marshall, "Where are the downhills" he replied, "There are no downs..it's all hills." He wasn't fibbing! Now I know why they say if you can run this your ready for the marathon. I found this a very challenging run esp in positively summer like conditions..sunburn!?! The organisers and marshalls are a credit to Ivanhoe Runners. You can tell this is an event run by runners. The numerous water stations were just where you needed them. Lovely, friendly people with gels, jellybabies, choc, bananas. Fantastic. The locals (I expect no less from my neck of the woods) were fab. It felt like a really big, well supported event. Even the numerous roadie cyclists were really friendly and encouraging. This race should be the blueprint for how to stage an event. I'll be back...with more hill training in my legs next time. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great inaugural event, great signage, great volunteers, good crowds. In full: Considering this was the inaugural Surrey Half, it was fab. Very well organised, route mainly country roads, not too hilly, great crowds in spots. Lots of PBs despite the heat! Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great race but very very hot day In full: Lovely picturesque race with water stops every 2 miles (except 8 as run out!)which were needed on a very hot day. Only negative points were no cake at finish and no water at mile 8 as it had run out and we definitely needed it. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Challenging but deeply satisfying - loved the run and also the cheese roll at the finish! In full: This is the second year I have done this event and I have greatly enjoyed it both times! It's challenging but a lovely route. The organisation is great and the marshals are great - really good water stations! Love the cheese roll at the finish and the now infamous hoody! I'd give it a 10 out of 10...! Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Fantastic inaugural race! In full: Organisation was right up there with the best of them...well done for the 1st year. My son did the kids race which according to my wife (who watched him while I ran), was brilliantly organised as well. I was strangely glad to see no good bag at the end....I have had more than my fair share of unwanted leaflets at various races so was great that it was just a very nice medal and that was all!. Parking was no problem at all...just a short 10 min walk with no issues at all...didn't even need to pay:). Weather was perfect for spectators, although I underestimated the heat a bit...that said there was plenty of water along the route. The support was brilliant and truly inspiring!. All in all, great race, definitely back for more next year. The only negative would be the price as I think +£40 is excessive for any half....think about bring down next year please!:) Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Well organised, but comparatively pricey In full: Considering this was the first running of the event, the organisation was frankly great. As always the organisers can never be responsible for the weather, but in my opinion there weren't enough water stops, they could definitely have put one in around the 5/8 mile mark in Old Woking, and again around the 2 mile mark near Sainsburys.
I'm always disappointed when you spend out a fair bit on a half and there's only water, rather than isotonic drinks - but the organisers did advise of this in advance. As others have commented the pen organisation at the start was pretty non-existent asides from a few signs. For the money could also do with something more than a bottle of water when you cross the line and also the race pack was pitiful - expecting people to go online/download an app just irked me somewhat.
I think some attention also needs to be given to the marshalling of traffic on the Parkway pre and post race. Whilst doing an admirable job they did cause no end of tailbacks (in fact down by Ladymead the knock on effects were horrendous with cars piling up all over the cross road).
All in all a good race, not the most scenic but well organised. The only real downer on the course for me, was that probably half the "live music" was having a break whenever I passed - doesn't help to motivate! Date of review: March 10, 2014