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
In short: Challenging but very good route through great scenery. In full: Having completed last year's half marathon I was really looking forward to this one and it didn't let me down. I thought the new route was far better than the previous 1 mile lap, taking in the two long climbs and back down through the woods with some interesting twists and turns, taking in a lot more of South Weald.
The weather on the day couldn't have been better which added to the feel and look of the event, which was very well marshalled with encouragement with every passing lap.
On the down side I did feel that some of the lower branches could have been trimmed back, no-one else seems to have mentioned it but I found it a nuisance.
I was also disappointed not to recieve a medal as per last year, although the t-shirt is great (and more useful) I was sort of expecting it.
Overall a great event and one I will do again and would encourage others to try. Date of review: November 6, 2010
In short: Really good race on a cracking autumn day In full: Well organised race in a nice park, good medal and tee-shirt. Marked down slightly purely for the lack of PB potential and it would have been nice to have crowd support on the first slope. Thanks to the Marshals and the lady and young girl on the drinks station; those jelly babies were well needed.
In short: Really fun, 12 lap cross-country marathon, through forests, trails and fields In full: Really enjoyable race! The thought of short laps may seem monotonous, but don't be fooled - the excellent scenery, happy marshals, and ever decreasing remaining laps made this race simply fly by. Brilliant organisation, great atmosphere and really nice forest sections make this one for the annual calendar of any marathoner who fancies something slightly different. Date of review: October 26, 2010
In short: Good alternative to Founders In full: Tougher than anticipated with 2 significant climbs per lap and slippy underfoot (road shoes were just about ok but it was quite greasy in places). Loved the 12 laps that made the time pass very quickly, great marshalls, efficient lap counting system, the occasional deer and was much easier to see where you were running when the 1/2 runners had finished. Busy weekend with Beachy, Founders, Greensands (if it moves again) and Dublin so a small field. Still a good addition to the race calendar. Only note is there are next to no facilities, don't expect anywhere to change or shelter from the weather, and the bag drop is just in the organisers' tent so very limited. Overall, a good, no frills quasi-xc marathon. Date of review: October 25, 2010