In full: My first organised organised event. The first 3km were slow. It was single file and slow because I started fairly far back. I ran with friends and we wanted to have as pleasant an experience as possible and happily ran easily and walked up the steep hills.
It was about 90% offroad - fields, tracks, paths through trees. Some were quite stony which bashed my feet up a bit. That made the road sections a welcome relief.
My Garmin 910 says I did 889m of climbing. There were certainly lots of hills, with 2 being rather awesome (ie. dreadful/scary). Stunning views from the ridge at the top of the second one.
Fairly cool start - 6C or so, but once moving we didn't notice. The sun came out mid morning and made for a lovely day.
The feed stations had quite a selection - water, squash, bananas, jelly babies, jelly beans, tortilla chips, cake bars, chinese snacks, fruit and nut mix, jaffa cakes, plus other stuff I didn't have.
There must have been 30 or so marshalls out on the course to guide us and help minimize the risk from traffic. Very well organised. There were also signs to direct us, and lines of flour. It would be quite hard to go wrong.
For £16 (unaffiliated), the value was fantastic. I had hot chocolate before starting, safety pins and number were given on the day, black bag to stash your stuff, 3 well-stocked feed statations, loads of marshalls and signs. When we finished we got a creme egg, a technical T-shirt, a "school dinners" meal of sausage, chips and beans with rice pudding and jam and fruit for desert. I had another hot chocolate. They also had tea, coffee, squash and cola.
Overall a truly excellent event. Date of review: April 26, 2014
In short: One of the best In full: My 3rd time at the Compton 40, I like the new 2-lap course - it's really easy to "break down" into 5-mile sections. Not much else to add that hasn't already been said - for £15 it's amazing value, great Checkpoints, loads of food a tech-T and meal at the finish. Date of review: April 22, 2014
In short: Fantastic Run-brilliantly organised In full: What a great run this was!!-Excellent value for money-only £15 for Technical T-Shirt,wonderfully marked out course,brilliant and friendly marshalls with well stocked feed/water stations,showers and a free meal at the end-Very well done Compton Harriers,was my first ever ultra and I enjoyed every minute of it-What running is all about rather than the hideously overpriced town marathons(Yes I do mean you Bath half!!) Date of review: April 21, 2014
In short: Beautiful scenery, perfectly organised In full: Never done this race before, but wished I had! Beautiful scenery, excellently marked course (never looked at the course notes and I'd never run here before but didn't put a foot wrong even on the 2nd loop where I ran much of it alone), great marshalls, everything was spot on. Even had free sausage, chips and beans afterwards as well as the crime egg and t-shirt (which I haven't eaten, yet). Thanks to all involved, I'd love to do this race again Date of review: April 20, 2014
In short: Defintely one of my all time favourites In full: Second time I have done this race, first time was in 2011 when it was just too hot for me. 2014 weather was perfect; sunny but not too hot, with a pleasant breeze. The scenery is spectacular on this run; fields of rapeseed, views over the downs, bluebell woods, pretty villages with trees in blossom. The organization cant be faulted; it really is effortless. The course is really well marked, with tape, flour and mounted arrows. I carried the directions but really didn't need them. I managed to miss out on the t shirt and creme egg somehow but my husband appreciated the free tea and coffee and biscuits whilst he was waiting for me to finish. The opportunity to have a shower and a meal is excellent. I hope to be able to do it in 2015.A huge thank you to Compton Harriers for putting on this fantastic race. Maybe next year I will be brave enough to attempt the 40..... Date of review: April 20, 2014
In short: My first ultra and I loved it! Superb organisation. Plenty of food and drinks all the way around. Easy to navigate via arrows, flour markings and ribbons. We were lucky with the weather - sunshine but not too hot. Date of review: April 20, 2014
In short: AN AMAZING DAY In full: Absolutely brilliant. Beautiful run, brilliantly organised and superb weather! A very good turn out this year (I think they were full) so perhaps I should fib and say it was terrible so it doesn't get sold out too quickly next year? A fully marshalled 20 mile loop, plus a meal and a creme egg all for £15? Result :) Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: Amazing race, fantastic organisation!!! In full: This is the second year that I have done the 40 miler and can honestly say that I loved every minute!!! The two laps meant that there was a 20 mile race and the option of stopping if the 40 was too challenging. The scenery was stunning, and the weather was perfect. The organisation was amazing and the marshals were brilliant with lots of encouragement. The checkpoints were loaded with snacks and drinks and even offered tea and coffee!!! The t shirt was a technical one and was presented with a creme egg (or 2). There was free tea and coffee at the beginning and end and free food. All this for included in the incredibly low entry fee . The atmosphere was superb and I cannot praise the organisers highly enough. Many thanks for a fantastic day. See you next year:) Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: Fantastic friendly atmosphere and organisation, beautiful scenery, tough hills! Will be back next year - I would like to try the 40 mile but realistically 20 miles feels quite close to my limit! Date of review: April 19, 2014