In short: Best Cross Country race I have ever done In full: This must be the best race I have ever attended. The organisation ran like clockwork, the numbers were just right and the actual race course was perfect in terms of terrain and views. There is a good mix of down hills and up hills. If you are used to training on this sort of terrain you will not have a problem. Even those not used to hills will be fine. The Marshalls were friendly, there was a great commentator as you came in who called out your name and the goody bags were great. I would thoroughly recommend this race. Well done to all who organised this race and made it such a great event. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Even the weather couldn't dampen this one! In full: First time at this event, but what a corker. The beautiful North Downs makes for a fantastic course, the marshals were fantastic (yes, the manic marshal just below St Martha's was still cheering when we came through), aid stations well-stocked and plentiful and bless all those volunteers for standing out in what was at times pretty unpleasant weather. Lousy completion time for us, due to husband recovering from chicken pox, but now we have a good excuse to come back next year and beat our times! Great t-shirt, medal and mug as well. The tech shirts being sold are excellent value. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Excellent race, well organised, lots of water stations. Loved the Pilgrims although some poor guy in front of me nearly had a heart attack. Watch your footing. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Tough - but fun - well organised and great food/drinks and goody bag. In full: Did the full for the first time this year - and thoroughly enjoyed it, although it was hard work. Organisation was superb, and no chance of getting lost with all the marshalls. I did wonder whether the slightly manic marshall just below St Martha's managed to keep up that level of enthusiasm for all the runners. Great support all the way round, with plenty of snacks - and a good bunch of fellow runners. Excellent goody bag. Thought I was hallucinating when I saw the monk. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Good atmosphere, good scenery but you'll be lucky to get a pb on this one In full: Three cheers for the organisers, marshals, St John's Ambulance and other volunteers. A great race but mile markers would have been helpful. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Tough in parts but fun throughout In full: Despite only doing the HM due to injury and a lack of overall fitness I really enjoyed this run. The hills were tough at parts but there was enough parts to make up time. The Marshalls were excellent and friendly and aid stations were well stocked though only needed to use them twice. The goody bag was probably one of the best with a t-shirt, mug and other bits and also a medal to boot!! Will do again next year but hopefully the full distance and great that on my doorstop. Well done for a great day and fun but challenging run. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Lovely day out - a tough, but not crazy tough trail marathon In full: Just came back from the 2013 event, the full distance.
The weather just about held out although it got windy. The route is scenic in places. Although it undulates throughout, the first 10 Miles actually feel relatively comfortable. Getting up to St Martha's is a test and the course just seems to be getting a bit tougher after that.
The last few miles are quite straightforward again, but by that time, nothing is straightforward!
Directions are clear and many feeding/drink stations, carrying mars bar bits, biscuits, jelly babies, that sort of thing.
Overall, the mood around the course is positive, and uplifting. Be aware of a lack of distance markers, and marshals, lovely as they all are, may not know how far to go, or hazard a guess. Just go on feel I'd say!
All that said, a wonderful day out, and a fulfilling event. Well done to the organisers, and all volunteers. Hope they raised lots of money. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Curate's egg In full: Nice countryside (though not as nice as the Trionium), gratt marshalling. However, all the loos ran out of paper at the start (THANK YOU TO THE NICE LADY WITH THE TISSUES), that could have meant I couldn't even start ! Also, we were lining up, 1 minute from the start and the announcer said "if you think you might be faster, you mught like to get tothe front". 1) what does "think you might be fast mean? 2) if you think you are fast, how do you climb over 200 people in one minute to get to the start ? Next time, how about streaming people ? I spent the first 50 minutes stuck behind slower runners on skinny paths, which was a shame. If I'd taken the vague advice and scrambled to the front, it might have been me holding others up ! Nevertheless, it's a nice course - challenging, good markers and superb marshalling. One of the best metals and tee shirt as well ! I feel a bit mean for the aforementioned gripes, but it did detract a bit from a lovely day out. Date of review: October 18, 2012