In short: Brilliant team of marshals cheered us all on & manned the plentiful & excellent feed stations. In full: Perfect running conditions for this tough multi-terrain marathon. Some superb views, a few tough climbs and great atmosphere. The organisation was excellent once again with loads of signs & marshals. Water every couple of miles & a range of sweet & salty snacks. The staggered start means the first marathon runners are coming in with the 2hr+ half marathoners which helps with the atmosphere as does the Farnham Brass Band. Nice T-shirt, medal & a mug for all finishers as well as a range of cakes & bananas. Thanks very much - I'll be back. Date of review: September 17, 2013
In short: Very hard, but scenice and brilliantly organised. In full: Very hilly and a great work out. Great views from the top of the hills which makes the hard slog up them worthwhile and some lovely old woods at their bases. At the end there were free cakes and nanas, water, medals, t-shirts and a great tea mug! For the entrance fee it is well worth it, but make sure you practice hill runs before! Well done to the rotary club for such good organisation. One thing to include though are mile markers. I use a GPS watch so didn't miss the mile markers, but others probably would need them. Date of review: September 17, 2013
In short: Four out of four In full: Fourth time here and it gets better each time. I used to hate this course, the sandy ascent up to St Marthas church, the up and straight back down to St Catherine’s Abbey – but now I know what to expect I embrace the course. A little more surreal this year – being cheered on by several groups of hiking Duke of Edinburgh girls, followed by the sight of an old woman and a wizard in the woods (they were real I’m sure). Marshalls as always were excellent – I think half the county had a marshal job. Plenty of aid stations with water food – so never thirsty or hungry. Good crowd of runners and hit the start line just as it started to rain (although no as heavy as last year’s rain) There was a moan that there were no mile markers – made a nice change (if I wanted to know I could have used the GPS) not to know – just running on feel as a steady pace. Well done to the organisers – ticks all the boxes: good route, easy parking, well marked course, plenty of aid stations and cake at the finish line. Be back next year to make it five out five.
In short: Brilliant organisation, great course and superb value In full: A challenging course but good fun. I lost my gels and my GPS failed at the start so hard to gauge what I could have achieved. So many hard-working, friendly marshals, photographers and Rotary club volunteers contributing so much including the cakes at the end. Goodie bag well stocked and I'm chuffed. Thank you. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Just fabulous In full: Third time I've done this race (full marathon). Everything about it is just fantastic, and, amazingly, they seem to find ways of improving it every year. It's a glorious route, multi terrain with several playful inclines (and one big one), wonderful scenery and always something different look at. Pre race info, check in, bag store, marshalling, finish line, goody bag all just marvellous. For £20 or so, you get a million feed stations, chip timing, hundreds of cheery marshalls (I am staggered at the comment below about being 'blanked'), a well marked route plus a great tee shirt, commemorative mug and a medal at the end, where you are played in by a brass band and can get a massage for a fiver. Loved the people in fancy dress in the woods near the end, really made me chuckle. Brilliant job all round, very difficult to see how his event can be improved (more loos,perhaps) Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: every one a winner In full: Every one of the four Farnham Pilgrims that I have completed so far has left me proud to have partaken of such an uplifting and enthusiastic event. This year, I found the support from marshals and spectators along the route the best yet. It's not an easy marathon and if you can't cope with a bit of adversity, or are afraid of who you might meet in the woods, look elsewhere. But as a smaller off-road event, The Farnham Pilgrim must be in the top percentile for most parameters. I saw only happy faces. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Nice race but In full: On paper the race ticked all the boxes and I desperately wanted to love it so much. But in the end I didn't.
I was at the back of the field and on my own for very long periods of time. Often the marshals were unresponsive, blanking me completely when I shouted a cheery hello and thank you. I was constantly having to ask which way to go and didn't always get a definitive answer. So often I wasn't even sure I was on the correct route. It was just so frustrating and quite unnerving at times. (Big exceptions were the lady marshalling the small loop and the chap splitting the half and full routes, both were fab :o)
Then I came across the three dressed in 'fancy dress'? What the hell was that about? It completely freaked me out, really scared me (not an easy feat by any means) which pretty much finished this race off for me.
There was nothing at all wrong with the race and please don't let this put you off coming along and having a go at it. As you can see, most people love it and had a fabulous time. I guess for whatever reason it just wasn't for me. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In full: This was my first full marathon and I enjoyed it immensely despite having to hobble the last few miles due to injury. Yes there are hills, but for every up hill there is an amazing view from the top and a chance to recover on the down hill.The organisation was faultless and supportive with an abundance of marshals who were cheery and encouraging. Definitely on my list for next year!