In short: Fantastic race In full: This was my first Greensand Marathon. I'm a relative trail running novice despite my previous 8 marathons, but this puts other marathons to shame. Superbly organised, loved the litte touches like the name on the number, free tea & coffee, swimming, Olympic torch, breakfast afterwards and excellent facilities. Friendly atmosphere, marshalls few and far between understandly for a course like this, however, the course was well marked out except for a few places, this was only noticeable because how well it was marked in other areas. I was a little concerned at the time but there was no need, just keep running!! Marshalls always so encouraging and friendly, much appreciated. Course was very challenging but flew by due to the scenic route and more importnat things to concentrate on plus great momentos at the finish, this is a must for serious marathoners and those seeking a challenge. This has encouraged me to do more trail runs, in prep for next year. well done Dr Rob, see you then Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: Hilly, scenic, achy legs following day! In full: This is a great race, a real challenge, don't underestimate those hills. I have done many ultras this was one of the toughest, but well worth the effort. Very moving waiting at start singing Jerusalem, great views on a fine to take your mind off the pain. Cooked breakfast to finish with. Good organisation, friendly marshals and a great Dr Rob. Roll on 2013. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: Fantastically, strenuously, muddily amazing In full: I have completed the South Downs and Three Forts so thought 'how much tougher can this be' .. The answer, a whole bucket load .. Everyone was so friendly and encouraging .. When I felt like giving up everyone lifted me .. top 50 (49th) place..excellent organisation..brilliant route..and a fry up ***** 5 stars from me :o) Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: A tough race, but very rewarding and lovely scenery In full: Dr Rob, the race director runs the event like clockwork, everyone singing 'Jerusalem,' before starting off creates a very friendly atmosphere, all the marshals on the way round were jolly and supportive and to top everything off there is a full English breakfast for all runners included in the entry fee.
Ran it in 2011 and 2012, will be back again in 2013 and would highly recommend it to any runner looking for a challenging marathon course. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In full: I've done over 20 marathons and ultras and this was one of the best. It is obviously hard, I measured 3,200 feet of ascent on my Garmin, and was very muddy, but running off road is so much more interesting than a big city marathon. If it wasn't for the weather the views would also have been glorious Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: good fun race, very well organised In full: thanks to all involved in organising this great race, especially Dr Rob and the marshals. I loved it. There's something for everyone - from those that want a real challenge in 26.2m to those who do it for the goodies at the end with a medal, top (with name on it), and a mug. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: Hi Dr Rob I just wanted to say a huge thank you to your team of marshals and yourself for putting on such a great event! The course is stunning and very tough! Truly a great trail running event! Date of review: October 22, 2012