In short: Excellent organisation, nice scenery, lovely atmosphere In full: First time at this race. Faultless organisation, nice scenery (nothing spectacular, just lovely countryside) and well supported at the end. Great to see the fabled Top Gear test track too. Perfect for marathon prep, despite the rather hot day. Marshals were a delight and a friendly crowd. Date of review: March 31, 2014
In short: Great organisation & prep for spring marathon In full: Fantastic organisation, lots of friendly & cheerful marshals and a great race to prepare for a spring marathon on. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Tough race given the spring heat and sharp climbs - well organised In full: Good run to use as a practice run for marathon training. Plenty of space to run at your own space. Great marshalls and well organised by Alan, Nicky and the team. The warm weather on the day made it extra tough. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Challenging but really well organised race! In full: It was the first time that I have done this race. It was well organised, there was plenty of parking and loos right near to the start. It certainly was undulating but lovely weather and countryside views. The music at the finish certainly helped on the final mile! Really nice touch that the Race Director was at the finish congratulating runners. Nice medal, chocolate bar and squash at the end. Thanks to the organisers and marshalls. Date of review: March 19, 2014
In short: Cannot fault it; organisation, route, facilities, atmosphere - all brilliant! In full: As with all 'Events to Live' was brilliantly organised, a great route, marshals were superb and overall a brilliant race. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Perfect way to test your marathon training In full: This was my first time running this race, but I knew the organisation would be great as I've run Bacchus the past two years, and Spitfire didn't disappoint! The 20 miler is two laps around the course. I found the first 2.5 miles in the aerodrome quite boring, but once we left and headed into the surrounding villages and country lanes, the scenery definitely picked up! The weather was utterly gorgeous, the marshals were super friendly, and everything was clearly signposted. Others have commented on the hills, but I found the course to be undulating at best - certainly nowhere near as hilly as Bacchus or my usual long run route through Hampstead Heath. Getting to the start from London via public transport was a bit tricky - train to Guildford then a £20 cab to the aerodrome, but that was the only real downside for me. Otherwise a fantastic run which was really just a great supported training run with a medal and chocolate bar at the end! Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Excellent, well organised, challenging In full: I feel bad for using this race as marathon prep as in it's own right it is probably the best, most well organised event I have run in.
Ample free parking on the airfield, right opposite the start. Helpful marshals on site and very encouraging out on the run.
Airfield section was good, many will recognise as the Top Gear test track. You've done 3 miles by the time you hit the main road. The course is challenging and undulating. It was very hot, may have found it easier on a cooler day! Well stocked and frequent water/jelly baby stations with good marshalling.
The race is 2 laps so a fair few runners finish after 1 as their is a 10 mile race at the same time. It gets a bit quieter now and you can sense the serious business has begun!
Gradual climb up to the airfield entrance seems to go on forever, but before you hit the 19 mile marker you can here the PA system pumping out music.
Finishing straight was line with supporters. Nice quality weighty medal and a chocolate bar at the end. Cheap bacon rolls and tea too!