In short: What sadist thought of putting the last uphill at 7.5k? In full: Well organised, I was especially impressed by the organiser sending me a duplicate number when I thought the first had not arrived. They both actually arrived.
Seems like the whole area turned out to encourage us either at the start/end or on the route.
I found the uphills rather challenging as they mostly come in the first half with little chance to recover between them. And just when you think it's all over, there's the one at 7.5k!
I would definitely do this again if possible. However, in my case, I have a three hour drive back home afterwards, so an earlier start would be welcome. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: The organisers listened to the comments of runners from last year and the improvements turned a good event into a fantastic one! In full: Last year, lack of marshals, poor/inadequate signposting and the hot weather turned this already challenging marathon into a traumatic 29 miler that left me delirious and dehydrated!
Came back this year to exorcise last year's nightmare. So to today's event - marked improvement in all areas - efficient registration/number collection, abundance of stategically placed marshals which along with clear signposting made it impossible even for me to get lost!, well positioned and well stocked feed/water stations with fruit drinkls as well as water and buscuits/mars bars etc.
Complimented by a great course over the breathtaking scenery of the South Downs with three massive hills to climb, and some sharp decents to batter your knees , ankles and back, this is still one of the most challenging marathons out there (or 27.2 miles according to my garmin!).
Roll on next year for this great event which has certainly closed the gap on Beachy Head Marathon as my favourite! Thanks again to everyone involved. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: What more could you ask from your 1st 10K?!?!? In full: This is the 1st 10K i've taken part in and I must say that prior to the event I was dreading it a bit! I can honestly say though that it was brilliant! I was dreading the "hilliness" of the course but it wasn't a problem. Great atmosphere with everyone encouraging each other. Will definately be doing it again next year and am now a converted runner! Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: 'Interesting' introduction to marathon running - a p.b. though as it was my first one! In full: A great day out in the South Downs - many thanks to the organisers for putting on the event. Signposting was (almost) faultless and despite the early drizzle we were rewarded with some great views. Hills are tough - especially the downhills towards the end but'it's the same for everyone' as I kept saying to myself! Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: A good fun run through some nice countryside. In full: You'll never get a PB here, but you'll have fun as you run up and down a few fields and meadows, and through a few hedges. Might be a bit muddy after rain. Shame about the hill at the end though, just after the 10K mark! Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Another lovely run out in the Country lanes, saw 4 cars in 40 mins ! In full: Lovely run away from the smog, nice atmosphere and friendly crowd, must have been 50% Wilmslow runners, 50% others !
Not as undulating as I was led to believe, if not for the 12 mile run the day before, definately PB potential.
Bonus was unidentified club runner sprinting through the gate to overtake me, maybe not realising finish line was a small loop away and not right in front of you...caught him by the end, bliss !
In short: Good course. Mega quick to 5km point and then moderately quick to end. Overall definite PB course if you don't go off too fast. Changed finish line this year, prefered the previous finish line. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Great race - nice to have chip timing In full: have done this race a few times before so know the route well - great idea to have chip timing - entrance fee was very good to include chip - bigger races take note - will be back next year thanks to all involved - very friendly all round Date of review: April 30, 2006