In short: Should come with a health warning! In full: All those hills!! It certainly was a slog. Very hilly, either up or down, according to my garmin total ascent over 4100 feet, but what goes up must come down, so some lovely long slopes to recharge the muscles before you go up again. The marshalls were excelent and very encouraging,though a few more would have been handy in the woods at times. lots of water and orange juice stops, lovely scenery and a nice sunny day. Good allround organisation. well done to all finishers. Date of review: July 21, 2008
In short: Though, well organised and rewarding In full: Ran it 2 minutes faster than last year, so slight improvement. It was really though throughout the course. Plenty water stations, great marshalls, very well organised indeed! Superb part of Surrey too! Date of review: July 21, 2008
In short: You need really strong legs for this one In full: Amazing race, almost no flat at all, you are either running uphill or downhill. There are some wonderful long downhill stretches where you feel like you're flying, but then you have to run the equivalent distance all the way back up - I've never known hills go on for so long. But the route was lovely, and shaded from the sun which was very welcome, and the marshalls were all brilliant and very encouraging. Date of review: July 21, 2008
In short: 13.1 miles of sand and stones, barely a hint of tarmac and great view once the sweat is wiped from your eyes. Everything off-road racing should be, well done Mabac. if Date of review: July 21, 2008
In short: . In full: Given the excellent reviews, I ran the race for the first time in 2008. As a quick summary this is an excellent, demanding cross country run set in pretty woodlands.
The run is dominated by long gentle to steep uphill runs, and then quick sharp rocky terrain downhills.
You start in the grounds of an old private school, that has plenty of car parking, toilets and showers. The race itself has good markers and enough water stops.
The run starts by winding up through the school, up through some narrow paths between fields and over a few styes. After a mile you are then in woodland and the route cleverly takes you through a mixture of woods and long open paths, with the race culminating in a long mile ascent up to the very summit of Holmbury Hill (one of the highest points in South East England).
Nice friendly atmosphere with massive sense of achievement at the end. Date of review: July 21, 2008
In short: lovely run in the woods In full: lots of shaded areas keeping you pleasantly cool. Fantastic scenery that nearly makes you forget the few tough hills on the way to the finishing line. Not as bad as I thought (after having read the forum), but still rather challenging. Date of review: July 21, 2008