In short: One of the best races of the year - tough but great In full: You'd have to go a long way to find a tougher half and the climbing starts early on and doesn't really relent. BUT, set against that are fantastic organisation, great views, really good value for money and a brilliant off-road race. Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: A good challenge, but get some hill work in beforehand :0) In full: Very well organised, the route was clear with marshalls at key points. Parking was made easy as you were directed to one of the many spaces and the facilities were also good (changing room, plenty of toilets and showers). A challenging route and the down hill segments were sometimes harder than the inclines due to rocky, tree route paths. To summarise I found it a friendly, fun, well organised, challenging run. Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: Felt more like mountaineering! In full: This was my second attempt at x - country. I am a road racer and wanted a change from pounding the tarmac. What can I say? This was certainly a challenge and I have never experienced the sheer relentless number of hills. These are not short swift climbs (although there were plenty of those) but full on mile long climbs. My Garmin recorded 3030 ft (ascent) and this was by far the hardest half I've done. I decided early on after one of the monster hills to do a run / walk strategy. Just as well and I got through in a fairly acceptable time 2:06. I can't wait to tackle this again but I'll have to get the practice in. Pounding the suburbs just can't prepare you for this type of terrain and race. I take my hat off to all the runners who ran the whole race.
The start/finish is pure classic rural Surrey. Grand school buildings, cricket oval etc.I would fully recommend this to anyone that wants a good mental & physical challenge. Date of review: July 22, 2012