In short: Very respectable, and very scenic In full: Nice race, although don't expect a personal best on this course - takes in forest and hills. Probably challenging for a beginner. Great refreshments - they're there at the end of every lap of this course (every 3.5k). Brill chunky medal. Only fault is lack of showers on site. 2nd time I've done this race - would enjoy doing it again. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: A hard off road marathon not to be underestimated with excellent organisation. In full: I enjoyed this marathon I thought the organisation and marshals were excellent. The park and route was very scenic but the hills are not to be underestimated. However it was a rewarding and personally I love laps as I find it breaks down into chunks which are psychologically easier. For those looking for something different from the city marathons this is a good bet. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: 12 laps, 24 hills. :-( In full: 12 x 3.5k laps around Weald Country Park. 2 tough climbs per lap - well, they don't start off being that tough by lap by lap they getting longer and higher. Well organised event with chip timing from the Go Beyond Ultra crew. Free tea, coffee and cake available for competitors. T-shirt and medal as momento's and reasonably cheap to enter. Will probably be back next year for the 3rd successive year. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Well organised but... In full: Try having one free web entry page, every penny helps in this economic climate. Some fantasitc marshalls, especially my friend from Gateshead (you are a long way from home). The medal could do with the name of the event on, not just the ribbon. I found the uneven grass in particular hard on the feet, could give rise to an injury. I found the support from the public minimal, I know it was a large loop but once we left the start/finish to soon evaporated and we were on our own apart from the marshalls. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: A scenic route on the challenging side with excellent organisation. In full: Half marathoners helped the first half fly by for me. The route is quite diverse, open field and shaded woodland, some challenging ups and downs too. Marshalls felt like old friends at the end. Will certainly consider repeating in 2012 and am investigating other Go Beyond events. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Fantastic organisation, friendly marshalls, beautiful park all at a great price!! In full: First time I have run this marathon and was a bit unsure how I would like it as I am not a fan of multi laps. However, I have been converted. Being in such a lovely park made the a big difference to multi laps on road. The marshalls were brilliant, full of encouragement which was even better as they acknowledged each lap run. The free tea, coffee and cake was a lovely touch. A medal and t-shirt was given to all competitors too. I will definitely be back despite those nasty hills!!! Well done to the orgainsers, marshalls and whoever made the delicious cake!!! Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Great atmosphere, tough but rewarding course. Excellent organisation. Highly recommended. In full: The guys at Go Beyond organised another excellent race.
A 12 lap marathon. Despite what the doubters say, laps don't get boring - the scenery was beautiful with a mix of running on grass with views of the lake, then a long, gruelling uphill followed by a swift downhill twisting through the woods, finished off with another grassy climb. Its a tough course - there weren't many still running the uphills by the last third.
Includes tea, coffee and hot chocolate, awesome cake, a tshirt. Drinks and jelly babies on every lap. Great atmosphere. What more do you need in a marathon? Well done guys. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Excellent course. The mutli-lap format worked very well. In full: Great race. Friendly, enthusiastic marshals dotted round the course kept on cheering and clapping no matter how many laps we did. I thought the multi-lap format would get dull but given the course and the lengths of the laps it was excellent. Lots of up and down which made it fun. You wont get a distance PB on this course, its in a different league to the usual races. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Very well organised, great atmosphere In full: This race was extremely well-organised, the results (including splits) were posted almost immediately. It is also very generous: water, hot chocolate, tea, coffee and the famous fruit cake were free to all competitors, as well as a t-shirt. There are a couple of improvements on last year: a medal for all half marathon finishers and bigger wrist bands to collect for each completed lap. The main thing that makes this day, however, is the warm spirit and the friendliness of everyone involved. The downside to this event were those cruel hills, least said about them the better. I soon forgot about them after tea and cake. Date of review: October 30, 2011