In short: Great course, great start/finish area, well marshalled, challenging event In full: I thought the whole event was very well organised. The route was well marked and marshalled, except for the top of Puttenham Common where I thought the 100s of white spots spoilt the beauty of the place. I hope they have now all been removed! Date of review: September 12, 2016
In short: A beautiful course. Some tough hills and lots of different terrain. Excellent signage and marshals. The only negative point for me was the lack of isotonic drinks,which would have been very welcome in the second half of the race. Date of review: September 11, 2016
In short: A must do, challenging and brilliantly organised event In full: From start to finish this was a very well organised event, well supported, generous aid stations and second to none marshalling (and plenty of them) with words of encouragement and support throughout. Hats of to the Rotary Club. Date of review: September 18, 2015
In short: Glad I chose it as my first marathon In full: I ran my first full marathon ever at Farnham Pilgrim. It just isn't your run-of the mill 42.2 km. With an elevation of 1781 ft and a route comprising tarmac, gravel, steps, sand, mud, busy road crossings, wooden stiles, and gates, it is a mini obstacle course. However, there are no of reasons for doing this 1. Small, friendly race - no crushing crowds, easy to mingle with friends and family anytime you want, last minute entry, frequent personal updates on fb 2. Tough, so focus is on completing - no point chasing for a fast time if the route is that challenging. I just trained to finish it in good shape. Had a time in mind, but didn't kill myself trying to chase it 3. Great participant to volunteer ratio - Really enthusiastic and helpful volunteers. In fact, the no of water stops are a psychological barrier to not stopping. There are too many of them. After 30 km, you are just looking for an excuse to stop. 4. Trail is much more stimulating and rewarding, and less damaging to your body than road.
Overall, I joined it a lot. Didn't chat with a lot of runners on the way, but at the end, found a nice lady to talk to and we ran for 1 km together.
At the end, ran to the finish line with my daughter in tow.
Notes 1. This race is not to set a PB (see obstacles). This single track in many places, so you can't overtake easily. 2. Yes, there was an issue with the markers like others have said. I and bunch of others did get lost, then a runner came who knew the way and we followed him. Yes, volunteers can definitely be increased or positioned better. 3. Make it clearer that runners can be dropped from cars closer to the start line. The parking is bit further away, would have saved us some time. 4. Is it not possible to create an online certificate for all finishers that people can download? Would be a nice memento. Date of review: September 15, 2015
In short: Well organized. Good people. Beautiful place. Great challenge. In full: With 2,000ft of ascent, beautiful scenery, and great organization this event is challenging, professionally managed, friendly and relaxed. I really enjoyed my day. I hope my 2nd marathon will be as good as this. Date of review: September 15, 2015
In short: Heaven and hell In full: Ran the half last year and upgraded to the full for 2015. Very glad I trained hard on the route, especially the climb to St Martha's which is always a challenge.
Stewards were brilliant again and directions were for the most part very clear. I can picture the point where people went in the wrong direction and very nearly did the same myself. That said, the overall organisation was exemplary.
Looking forward to chasing a course PB next year. Date of review: September 15, 2015
In short: Marvellous In full: This is the second time I have done this marathon and I love it. It was one of my favourites last year and still is. The area is superb, I have been coming here for the last 30years and the hilly sand tracks are still hard but bring a smile to my face when I get to the top !! All the marshals were great and the water stops were plentiful. The sign posting was great. I still managed to stray from the track and lost a few minutes, but that was okay. I had a marvellous day, I am very grateful for all the support and will see you again next year. Well done. Date of review: September 15, 2015