In short: Highly recommended In full: Did the inaugural race 2 years ago, missed last year. Nothing has changed - this remains one of the best organised races I've taken part in, and one of the most interesting, scenic routes.
You name it, it works - start/finish location (just of main A31), parking, number collection, bag drop, refreshments, course marshalling (magnificent), post-race refreshments, massage etc, brass band to welcome you back etc. Chip timing also included for the very modest entry fee whoch included a nice memento T shirt.
Very well marked and marshalled course (almost no mile markers but who cares) with a wide variety of terrain including roads, footpaths, fields, woodland paths, sand and a few stiles and gates. Course is generally dry and road shoes were fine. Quite hilly in parts - one big climb (St Marthas) and several longish drags, but lots of long downhill bits to recover. Not a PB course but a challenging day out on the North Downs. Course is very narrow in parts but as long as numbers don't increase too much this isn't a problem. I didn't come across anyone who was getting stressed about being held up.
Huge well done to Farnham and Weyside Rotary for putting on this top event. Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: Scenic, friendly, very well organised trail marathon In full: Possibly the most comprehensively marshalled and signed event I have run. Lovely undulating route featuring hills, rivers, buffalo,llamas and a ruined chapel. I can see why this was highly recommended. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Third year, wonderful as ever In full: Great race, marshals galore and a water stops what feels like every 5 minutes. Challenging hills and surfaces but you are rewarded by the scenery and the cake at the end. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Exceptionally well-marshalled, scenic trail marathon In full: A superb mix of twisting trails and hills. What really made this race was the exceptional marshalling - so many of them and loads of support. Highly recommended and a big thank you to Farnham Weyside Rotary Club for organising! Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Great route and scenery just don't expect a PB In full: First marathon and all I can say is that I plan to do more trail marathons or possibly some Ultras. Only issues were a lack of distance markers for tha last 5 miles, which would help first timers and also having to queue for water at the end rather than handing it out as you crossed the line. Date of review: October 16, 2011
In short: A terrifice race In full: A terrific race and one I will gladly do again. There is a real spirit of excellence about the organisation and the whole day was just terrific. Date of review: October 13, 2011