In short: Brings fun back into running In full: Excellent new race - great views, excellent marshalls, and plentiful water and wine stops. Not sure if it was deliberate, but liked the way the wine being sampled seemed to link into the part of the run - Flint Valley for the lowlands, and Juniper Hill at the top. The dried bananas, apricots, yoghurt raisins and digestive biscuits at mile 8 were a great thought - maybe have those at some of the other drinks stations next year? With the jelly babies and power gels, no need to run carrying anything. I've been converted to dried bananas as a mid-race snack for the future.
Well done, and looking forward to next year. Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Great race In full: Excellent organisation. Really appreciated the regular drinks stations every 2 miles. Fantastic views all the way. Tough hill at 8 miles made me appreciate going out slow at the start. This race offers something for everyone, a challenge and lots of fun. Enjoyed the entertainment and BBQ after the run which made it a brilliant day! Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: TOUGH BUT FUN In full: This was the first running of this race and i only entered it at the last minute and i am glad that i did, the race was a tough one, but fun all the marshalls were great and happy, and the water/wine stations were servrd fantastically. All aid stations had wine and water, along with Gels, and then they had either biscuits, jelly babies and more and with them being every 2 miles i did not have to carry a drink with me. The scenery was great in places and stunning in otheres and the organisation was top class, Denbies was a great location to start and finish the race. Events to live staff are friendly and being runners/triathletes themselves they know how to put on an event, top class. I look forward to doing it again next year, and if i am fit enough i may try the marathon instead, i did 2.51 and i still had plenty of other competitors around me. SO JUST DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Another excellent set of races by Events to Live In full: Hot on the heels of the Surrey Badger last week, the good people of Events to Live put on a super half-marathon and marathon, taking a circular off-road course through Denbie's Winery, past Dorking and Westcott, up the hill to Ranmore, and then back down the hill to Denbie's via a bit of the North Downs Way.
We had a beautiful autumn day, excellent conditions for a tough off-roader, and this one really delivered. The atmosphere at Denbie's was great; there were many people in fancy dress - and I must confess that I was passed near the end by the Powerbar guys in horse (or donkey?) costumes. There were several booths with various things to see and buy, and the Denbie's vintage flowed pretty freely, though I have to say that it does not make a good mix with GU Tri-Berry energy gel. Just a handy hint, there.
The course itself was terrific, if a bit tough. The trails were uneven in places, and there was a heartbreaking, LONG uphill in the middle of the race. Perhaps the most gutting bit was the half mile switchback that formed Mile 12; just when you thought the downhill would begin, there was another flat mile on concrete to cope with. But overall, it was a great course, and one that I shall use often in training. I also think that it's great that gels are laid-on along with the water (not to mention the wine); in these tough races, it really helps after a long hill climb!
As usual with Events to Live, the organisation was spot-on; the marshalling was just great, and we got a handsome medal, fab t-shirt and decent goody bag at the end. I didn't stay to the BBQ, but think that it's a great idea.
I'll be back next year - perhaps for the two-loop full marathon! Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Great fun - I think this one will get better and better In full: Having got a bit dispondent about not being the fastest runner around I wanted to inject a bit of fun back into my running. I think I picked the perfect race to do this! The fancy dress, beautiful scenery, wine, snacks and friendly marshalls all helped to make this a fabulous event. I think that as the race gets better known and there are more runners and supporters this event will get better and better. The kids had a great time while they were waiting for me too - there was plenty for them to do. The post-race BBQ and wine was good, if a bit long to wait but that's just a minor thing. All in all I had a great day! I will definitely be back. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: A great event In full: A really great event. A well marshalled course,through beautiful countryside with great views. Wtare stations with nourishment (and wine!) every 2 miles with plenty of helpers.
The post race entertainment was great for all the family. Fun run, food, bands, beer and wine.
My only criticism is that it would have been even better if the post race entertainment, food, stands for buying running goodies etc were all in one place. It was a bit spread out and hence there was less feeling of community.
It is one of the more pricey events but with hog roast, technical tee and wine thrown in it works out OK. And given any profit goes to a worthy charity I am not complaining. Date of review: September 12, 2010