In short: If you are lucky with the weather this is a great day out In full: Last year's event was 29.1 miles measured by GPS - this year the promised shorter version was still 27.3 miles measured by GPS - still some tweaking to do there. Could do with a few more direction arrows. We are local so know where we are but for visitors it could be daunting in places. Biscuits at the water stations most welcome. The "Tough One" is one of the best off road marathons I have done Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Really hard, extra mile at the end was a killer, but well worth the experience. In full: A few more directional indicators would have been welcome on the marathon, as we were all spaced out towards the end, and had no one in sight to help. the last downhill stretch was a real blister maker for me!!, (but I loved it all, really) Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Hilly, challenging but great fun, I'll definitely do it again In full: A fantastic race, lovely atmosphere, friendly and unbelievable scenary. Only improvement - race organisers just need to place route markers at a few more places. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: A tough challenge in the Downs - a good day out . In full: I found the map ok - though I had the event before - the cutting out of a loop from last year seemed to catch some runners out - as they took last years route. Needs a few more signs and a couple of marshals at a couple of junctions. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: really enjoyed it... In full: despite the lack of signs it was heaps of fun. If you were there to run 'fast' or get a placing then you'd have been p**sed about the lack of signs. But as i was just there to run a tough event i just looked at the "not knowing if i was going the right way" as part of the toughness.
Recommended if you really want to cause yourself some pain and suffering :-) Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: With some decent signposting it could be great. In full: 26 miles of mud, hills and more hills with no shade on a hot, sticky day is tough enough without adding the extra complication of an almost completely unmarked course. Even the helpers at the drinks stations didn't seem to know which way to go. It's just too demanding a route to have runners going 3 or 4 miles overdistance.
Sort out the route and it could be great race. Date of review: May 2, 2005