In short: Oh the hills! Fantastic course, friendly marshals, as a slow-Jo at the back I wasn't made to feel any less a runner! Really enjoyed it, I'll be back next year. Thank you. Jo Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Terrific race In full: This is a challenging route, no doubt about that, but the first man home (Tim Elsey) managed to do it in 1.15 (!!!) Crumbly custard! I started a bit behind everyone else and had the very great pleasure of running through the field, meeting loads of old friends and chatting with them...which meant that I had a nice relaxing first half, even though it's the half when you have to do the hardest work. Up at the highest part of the course I started to push on, and had a very enjoyable second half - I managed to catch a few good runners. Good finishThe whole race has a feel-good atmosphere, is very well marked, has great goodies and is very friendly. It's brilliantly well-organised (must be a contender for a top 10 race this year) - well done to Alan and Nicky at Events to Live, and all the great marshals and helpers! Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Great views, a bit treacherous underfoot. Well worth braving the vagaries of Sunday trains for. In full: This race went up and down like West Brom, but was a great deal easier on the eye. Getting to the top of an absolute MULE of a hill to be rewarded with a view of what I presume would class as the South Downs was a really rewarding experience.
It was worth keeping your eyes down at times, though: there were patches of skiddy dust, loose stones, potholes and prodigiously sized horse stools waiting for the unwary.
I'm a huge fan of getting a proper technical tee at the end, although it looks like it's perfect for a wet t-shirt contest. And beer? Cheers! Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: a wonderfuly chalenging trail race - superbly orgqnised. Enjoyed every single minute of it In full: One of the best races I have run for a long time. Challenging. Tough. Beautiful countryside. Gels were a blessing and kept me going up the hills. No badgers! Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: A glorious - and testing - autumn half mara In full: We had ideal conditions for this tough half mara that makes a loop from Leatherhead, up through the green and leafy Surrey Hills to Bockett's Farm (a tasty 976 feet of elevation according to the Garmin - not the Midsummer Munro, but tough enough!) and then back down, round on the dual carriageway to end up at the Leisure Centre. Great start, with Dr Rob of Union Jack shorts fame leading us all in the usual stirring rendition of 'God Save the Queen', and then proceeding to run past most of us in the early miles! Thanks, Dr. Rob! Tricky climb up through Norbury and the into the trail sections, and then the really challenging hill up to Bockett's. We were rewarded with some amazing views, though! I linked up with two people running my pace, and the chat about the parlous state of global economics got me though the worst bits. Thanks Brian and 'Blue'! After conjuring with a narrow trail with lots of roots, the downhill started, and that was just fantastic. My husband drove by while I was on the home stretch on the dual carriageway, and seeing him gave me a real lift, so my pace home was quite decent, and I felt strong. A last run across the playing field, and I crossed the line. Job done! A gentle rain just started to fall as I finished. Some nice goodies, including a Badger ale and a t-shirt, then home to chill out.
I really recommend this race. It's a beautiful environment, well-marshalled and challenging. Well done to Events to Live!
Make sure you do your hill work, though! Intervals up Box Hill (a stone's throw away) might be a good idea...
In short: Great race, amazing marshals, lovely route and atmosphere In full: Great race, rousing start, good route with lovely rewarding views at the top of the hills. Great marshals, all very friendly and cheery. I'll be back :) Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Great race through fine Surrey countryside In full: Well organised and friendly atmosphere, great to sing national anthem just before the start! Thank you to Events to Live and all the marshals - see you again next year! Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Super organisation, beautiful race, fab marshalls and even a handshake at the end. In full: The race has a limited number of entrants but through runner's world I was able to buy the place of someone who could no longer run. The race organisers were super in helping to make this change go smoothly and the race ended up being one of my favourites of the year. Date of review: January 30, 2010