In short: Good run, good time In full: Ample parking, and a nice way to start too. Weather was great. I had the (mis)fortune of seeing a guy taking a dump in the stream nearby, which was strangely amusing. Nice organised start, good marshalling against needlessly angry Sunday drivers and once heck of a steep hill. I got a PB too shaving 2mins + off my previous best. Enjoyable and nice memento in the form of a Marble mini-trophy. I prefer not knowing the distance too (makes it easier to not get mentally caught up in breaking down how far is left), which was fortunate coz I never saw a mile marker after the 3rd one! Mind you I also didn't realise we passed Raynes Park station. Tunnel vision you see. Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Well organised race. In full: Not a clock watchers race, it is to hilly for most runners to run a PB. Good outing for this stage of the season, which will set you in good stead for the flatter faster events still to come. Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: A good one to run - I just ran it badly In full: A good occaision with the large number of entrants & the supporting fun runs - a good family/friends morning out. Finished faster than last year but came away with a calf injury (seeing the doc this aft.) limping & hard to go up&down the stairs not a happy bunny. My home-town race making me pay for a bit of over-confidence. Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Best race ever? In full: Thanks very much to the organisers - really enjoyed this! Went very smoothly and was a great route - scenic and with good PB potential. I liked the fact that the last km varied a bit from the rest. Very friendly race officials. Looking forward to next year! Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Well organised, spectator friendly fast scenic race. Very well marshalled. Great facilities, In full: The organisarion was very good from the information sent out, the marshalls posted at the car parks to the super-efficient finish.
Well catered for in the race HQ with nice touches - even pre-race massage available.
On the course - well marshalled and traffic well controlled - most relaxing not to worry about cars. Water and sponge stations.
Marshalls cheerful and friendly throughout especially at the end.
Lovely big shiny medal. Nice drinks, a banana and a free fruit bar.
Did I mention the big shiny medal?
A few stalls and food van for the spectators on a nice grassed area with kids park. Lots of support at the finish. 200m marker nice touch - makes for a nice bit of sprinting to the line.
Amptill and Flitwick Flyers put lots of effort into this and it showed. Thank you. Fantastic event.
In short: Not as flat as I imagined, nice scenery In full: As it was my first race would of liked the opportunity to purchase a medal.Enjoyable scenic course with a few unexpected hills!! Wouldn't call it flat. Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Marvellous! In full: I was pretty nervous about doing this - especially when I turned up and it seemed like everyone else was a running club racing whippet - but I needn't have worried, it was fine.
It was hilly, and it was hard work (16 miles is a long way!), but the changing terrain, beautiful scenery and friendly atmosphere made the time pass quite quickly.
Only down side - I would have liked a momento of some kind - just because it was such hard work, it would have been nice to have something to show off (sad I know). There again, for £9 - which included a scenic coach tour to the start - can't really grumble.
In short: Fabulous scenery all the way - a tremendous run In full: Really can't praise this one enough. True the second half of the race was pretty tough going with a hard climb at mile 8 but it was easily worth it for the beautiful route along the Downs. For a Londoner like me it was wonderful being able to do 16 miles off road on tracks and across some lovely springy grassy fields.
The marshalls were fab and the support from other runners was great. Its a tough race and quite a clubby field so probably not one for first timers but for anyone else i'd highly recommend this run.
We were lucky with the weather - it might be a little less fun in the rain!
Only gripe....well a medal would have been nice as it was hard work. That said it was a pleasure to run so I can't complain! Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Well organised and an enjoyable race In full: It was well organised and the marshalls did well coping with some quite agressive drivers! The 'beginner friendliness' was let down by the anouncer at the start telling people expecting to do 50 - 60 minutes to go right to the back as they would be the last people to finish. Date of review: April 11, 2005