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
In short: Gem of a run - superb Surrey hills scenery In full: Lovely run through superb surrey hills scenery. Tons of variety, hills, woodland, fields even a river stretch thrown in. Brilliant marshals. Some excellent little climbs including lovely little climb up a sandy trail to st Martha's on the mount. Massively recommended. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Tough introduction to Marathons... In full: My first full marathon, loved the first 12 miles or so then along came the hill up to St Martha's (including sand...) and things began to hurt. Several shorter hills after that were energy-sapping so the last 8 or 10 miles were fairly painful. Organisation and scenery were great, however i think my 2nd marathon will be mainly on tarmac with fewer hills :-) Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Lovely friendly and excellently organized race In full: Did the half for the first time this year but will certainly be back next year for the full marathon. Big thank you to all those who gave up their time and all the food at each station was really appreciated. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Fabulous, my favourite race of the year In full: Wonderful support from the many marshalls out on the course - big thanks to each and everyone of you for giving up your time! A great race over some challenging but beautiful trails, views to die for, hills to test the legs and lungs on. Lovely medal, nice t-shirt, smooth organisation - can't rate this race highly enough. Will defintely be back next year! Well done to all involved! Loved the cakes at the end too!
In short: Did half marathon. very different type of run! In full: Excellent organisation. Very supportive. Lots of goodies on route. Thank you too all the organisers. Date of review: September 21, 2012
In short: Who needs the beach? In full: Surprisingly sandy course will be my over riding memory of this race, together with the plethora of brilliant marshalls, ample feed stations, excellent marked course & wonderful views. Just one nasty hill to walk up. Cruel to have all the stiles in the second half of the race. A must do marathon. Date of review: September 21, 2012