In short: Excellent Marathon prep. race In full: An extremely well organised, well marshaled 20 mile race. Can't fault the organisation at all. The course is undulating with some testing short climbs but with some generous downhills to match. A lovely medal at the end and the mars bar was scoffed down! It was rather warm today and at the end i was seriously de-hydrated and thankyou to the marshal who served me cup and after cup of water and waited for me to recover. Very kind of her and much appreciated though i could hardly talk! Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: Brilliant!!! In full: My furthest ever distance, so it was a hard race for me, once off the airfield its pretty much either up or down all the way through the nice country lanes (nothing too brutal), water stations perfectly positioned and plenty of gels and jelly babies etc, the marshalls and water station folks where awesome, i cannot praise this race enough, it was the best ever, the organisation was perfect as exspected from RTL and the weather was simply lovely, this will be hard to beat! Thankyou so much everyone involved Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: Ideal spring marathon prep race In full: Brilliant organisation. Having the car park, loos, number pick-up, start/finish etc in close proximity is perfect. Don't know when it was changed but getting the airfield section out of the way first has made this race better. Date of review: March 9, 2013
In short: Very impressed - well done to all In full: Can't really add to anything good that's already been said. Just a very enjoyable, well organised event. Loads of runner-to-runner spirit and the marshalls were very good too. Managed to knock 16 mins off my time in 2011, so that was the icing on the cake.. Date of review: March 7, 2013
In short: My favourite pr-marathon race! In full: For me - the perfect race. Starting on the Top Gear track is special - my friends in Australia were blown away! Friendly atmosphere and great course made even better by the support from the marshals. I think this enthusiasm spread to the runners. Loved the finish of the race down the straight and the support of the RD was a nice touch. This was my first Spitfire and I will definitely be back next year. Well done to all those involved in the organisation of this event. Date of review: March 6, 2013
In short: Very well organised and great pre-Spring marathon preparation In full: Don't normally like races that involve laps, the decent scenery makes this the exception. Didn't race it flat out due to impending Spring marathon, but there were plenty of water stations and more gels offered than anyone could ever need, topped off with excellent marshaling and easy parking. Good course that is fairly flat except for three fairly small hills.
In short: 10 out of 10 In full: I selected this race as preparation for my first marathon in May and I’m so glad I did – simply put this race was everything I could have hoped for and more.
I was quite nervous about getting to the venue as there was a note on the website saying not to trust your Sat Nav as it would take you to the wrong entrance; however the race organisers had put signs up well before the venue so you couldn’t get lost. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who found it really useful.
I found this event was really useful for finding my “marathon pace” and had some good hills in for variety.
Whilst I was running with my own water supply, there was plenty of water on route, energy gels and sweets.
Parking was effortless and plenty of loos too.
Massive thank you to the race organisers for putting on a great race and the marshals who would have been standing outside (on not the warmest day on record) for hours, but were so warm and encouraging – these people really do make an event.
Couldn’t recommend this event highly enough! 10 out of 10 for sure
Finally, for those runners who like their Bling after a race – you’ll love the medal!