In short: Excellent marshalls around the course but not designed for slower runners In full: Great to have the start so close to the car park, but as with every other race never enough toilets! Pity there were no mars bars etc. left for the slower 20 mile runners and all the finish gantry and hoardings taken down by the time I had arrived back. Surley it could have remained for at least 4 hours especially as there were quite a few runners obviously using the race as a training run rather than a pure speed event. I bit expensive bearing in mind lack of goodie bag or t-shirt, medal ok but not very inspiring. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Friendly Two Lap Road Event In full: A very friendly event, plenty of chats with people in the car-park and out on the course – every single person I spoke to was using the event as part of marathon preparation. Course wise it was two laps with the first three miles on an airfield then out onto local roads which I would describe as undulating rather than hilly, there were two short uphill sections that a few had to walk but they were very brief. Personally I really liked the airfield section, huge flat wide open space, very different to anything I am used to. The road sections weren’t traffic free but the cars were generally very considerate – it made me appreciate the quieter sections all the more. Fluorescent signs and (soggy but cheerful!) marshalls in all the right places meant taking a wrong turn was impossible. The water was in cups rather than bottles with energy gels and jelly babies also being handed out at the water stations. No goodie bag at the end but a medal and a mars bar along with a bottle of ribena. The inevitable pre race queues for the toilets were helped with urinals for the gents.
Despite having a terrible race I would do the event again, the runners I met were all well prepared with a number of clubs well represented but I wouldn’t say it was elitist, I’m pretty slow but didn’t feel out of place. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Chance to run the top gear track and then through beautiful scenary! In full: A great race in preparation for an April marathon. This is the furthest I have ever run and I had been nervous about the upcoming London marathon...but the timing of this and completing it well inside expectations has lifted confidence no end! The course was great - I liked the flat aerodrom start which thinned everyone out, and beautiful scenary for the rest. A few hills but nothing too bad Only bad things were the place was really hard to find...we got lost 3 times. Also, I missed the start cos was waiting for the loos! More than made up for by a fantastic shiny medal and lots of jelly babies on the way round though. Def plan to be back next year and skim a few mins off to get sub 2.45! Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Well organsied and ideal training run In full: Like its Autumn companion, this is an ideal organised training run for those in marathon training. The course is excellent, with the bit round the airfield reasonably flat and spacious allowing the field to spread before the road section and quite a lot of the race on scenic quite country lanes. The drivers, even on the main road were pretty courteous (though I may just have been lucky). The parking is ample and well organised and having it so close to the start is ideal. Directions and signposting to the start had been improved vs the Autumn. Marshalling and water/ gel stations were well organised, friendly and enthusiastic. Could have done with just a couple more toilets as the queue was quite long and I know that some people missed the start but that would be a matter of just another 3 or 4 units. I also thought that the course was slightly short (19.89 miles) but that is within the margin of error for a Garmin so I may have been wrong on that and in any case doesn't really matter as this isn't a "standard" distance anyway. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Better than last year, despite the weather! In full: Two lap course, each lap consisiting of a 3 mile stretch around the perimeter of Dunsfold Airfield, followed by seven miles of undulating Surrey countryside. Very well organised and excellent marshalling. Nice choc bar, ribena and medal at the end....a t-shirt would be nice. This event was exactly right for me in terms of course and facilities and very good prep if you plan to be running an April marathon. My garmin only measured 19.88 miles though. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Such fun In full: This was my second year of running and this year was even better than last. The addition of Gels was a much welcome inclusion and these really helped push me round, especially at the 17 mile mark.
The move of the start was a great idea as the mass of runners started to thin out at the 3 mile point moving onto the road and there was no squash to move into single file as was experienced last year.
I've never been a hill runner and know to improve my time for next year this is something i'll have to work on! 90 minutes of football on the Saturday was not the best preperation and I only missed my target time by a couple of minutes.
Great support even with the weather and it was good to see people still hanging around after they'd finished. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Didn't see Jeremy Clarkson !!! In full: Very well organised run, quite fun running around the Top Gear test track taking the famous bends at somewhat slower speeds than the "Star in a reasonably priced car". Outside the track, the course was well marshalled and challenging enough with two short but nasty little climbs, expecially the one at 17 miles - just what my legs didn't want. If the weather was better, probably would have seen more spectators. Water station volunteers really enthusiastic and freindly, plenty of energy gels and Jelly Babies, even on the second lap. Good preparation for London or Edinburgh Marathons. Will be back next year. GREAT MEDAL. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: I'm glad I found this race! In full: Thanks to the organizers for this race. Very well organized. It is so convenient to have the car park next to the start. Plenty of water and energy bars. Well marshaled, good Medal and nice training log book. No hassle to arrive or to leave. Toilets were good and clean although few more would be better. The course is ok except for a total of 6 miles running around the aerodrome. Well done! Date of review: March 13, 2011