In short: Great Race In full: Well organised, lots of marshals and a very nice rout. The organisation was good and the end was great with lots of nice cakes. This was a great event and well worth doing, the organisers should be proud of themselves. Date of review: September 22, 2010
In short: Fantastic race, great course, lots of friendly marshalls who filled my water bottle at every water station. Couldn't ask for more. In full: Entered the marathon on a whim with a couple of weeks to go so no training but will be back again next year (with some training. Thoroughly enjoyable course although rather challenging in places. Well done to organisers and marshalls and everyone who helped to make the day so enjoyable. Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: Whooooooooopeeeeeee! Pass another custard cream. In full: For a first time event this was a remarkable feat of organisation.
As most other runners have said the marshalling made the day. I could get lost in a phonebox but these guys got me home despite myself. I ran an ultra on the North Downs Way earlier this year and managed to get hopelessly lost on more than one occassion - not fun. No danger of that this time.
And on top of that the food and drink was copious and frequent. I didnt carry any food or water and never felt I'd made the wrong choice.
Every marathon needs a Heartbreak Hill, this one had loads to choose from. I felt sorry for the poor lady who had to tell the marathon runners "up the hill and round the chapel and back". And then have to say "Yes. Really". It was a nice quirk. And that summed up the course, never ever did one really know quite what was coming next. You never had a chance to get bored. It made it.
Like other Garmin wearers I clocked more than the regulation distance - about 43km for those metric types out there. But time and distance didn't really matter that much at the end of the day - it was just a great day out.
Back next year - definately.... Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. In full: I thoroughly enjoyed myself despite the twisting sand underfoot and the relentless pounding of rocky descents scraping at my inov-8s. Possibly for the first time ever I just couldn't stop marvelling over the crisp and tidy views radiating out from the higher contours of the course, which obviously weren't made for spectators - except along the finishing bend - but which were filled with the camaraderie of people who could be "bovered". The event absolutely made my day, marshals included, as my lungs were cleansed by clean air diluted of all nicotine highs emanating from an unpleasant and selfish northern trollop wallowing in London. I chose trail shoes for the day and only regretted my decision along a few straits and crossings paved with tarmac, as my lugs had a sticky love-in with urbanity. Though the peaks did grip to isolated muddy dub dubs and gave my ankles and feet reasonable protection uphill and uphill. Great food provision and chip results (which could be printed out receipt-style) at the end, which made up for the slightly pointless goody bag filled in with flyers. And the three mile walk back to the rail station, without pavement but with endless double-bends and blind humps, didn't bother me once I had dodged some lorries and old ladies out looking for the Spotted Cow. A beautiful event, it also had some pretty-looking ducks near the drop to a very large pond. Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: Fantastic race! In full: Very enjoyable and well organised, especially for it's first year. Hope it becomes a regular event. Well marshalled, plenty of refreshments - cakes at the end very much appreciated! A very friendly atmosphere. All in all a very good day - well worth the aches and pains today! (nice medal too!) Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: A marathon to test your legs, your heart and your spirit. Fantastic In full: Lots of hills which I knew were coming but still a real test of character. St Marthas and Pewsey Down at 13 and 14 miles raised the heart rate but the hills at Puttenham Common at 21 miles were not funny ! Superb organisation, fantastic marshals many sitting in the middle of the Surrey Hills for over six hours so well done to them! An unforgettable first marathon for this vet runner ! Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Exceptional race. In full: Finding it hard to have anything negative to say about this race. Thought the race hq field was well equipped, with what I would say felt like a village fete atmosphere. The route was well marked out and the marshalls numerous and friendly. It was quite hilly, but most were runnable, but saying that I guess it is a challenging course as my aching legs are reminding me! For an inaugural event I think the organisers thought of everything and left nothing to chance. I can't wait to have another crack at this event. Hopefully next year. Date of review: September 20, 2010