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
In short: Legs complained, but I loved it. Beautiful scenery, and lots of the friendliest, nicest marshalls you'll ever find. Perfect. In full: This was my first marathon, and I ran it as a 'test' event before a boring road marathon next month. My legs complained, but I loved it. The road marathon might be easier, but will never match this event.
I've done a few races now, and the organisation here was superb, but the real difference was the shear number (on every corner of the 26+ miles), and the friendliness of the volunteers, that made this event special.
Just on the volunteers alone, it deserves to be over-subscribed every year, and given some sort of legendary status. Can't fault it. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: How races should be, local, friendly and fantastic In full: A wonderful run, stunning scenery and brilliant support from all the locals supplying food on route, a really big thank you to them all, absolutely loved it and you will be pushed to find a more scenic run. Forget the pb, your garmin will probably cut out in the woods anyway but it's great. Date of review: September 18, 2012