In short: Superb organisation that puts a lot of the 'bigger' races in the shadee In full: It gives me great pleasure to review this race. I had read the reviews beforehand but was suprised at what a pleasant, well organised, fulfilling race this was.
Plenty of free parking close to the start and well signposted was a perfect start. Course was undulating with a slight hill to start, but it was great to tick off the miles knowing that at 9 miles you had a 6 mile loop to mix things up again and then could join the slower runners on the second 6 miler to make life more interesting. Water stations supplied orange squash which helped pick the legs up and water stations came thick and fast. Mile markers were clearly visible. I thouroughly enjoyed the race and feel far more prepared for London having done it. Stangely though - did anyone else notice the large number of 'roadkill' toads on the course!!!! Bizarre.
I'll be back next year - definately if they keep the price at £9.00! Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: perfect pre-marathon preparation (I hope) In full: The car park was already getting full by the time I arrived half an hour before the race start but it was well signed and there were others that may have been less busy. The marshals were great helping me find the loos in the Leisure Centre and then the start. Indeed throughout the race, their support and encouragement was second to none. The weather was a relentless dampening drizzle and the wind seemed never to be behind me. I was very unsettled by cars on one section (that we had to do twice) that seemed to roar past far too close and too fast. Nevertheless, a great race to prove to myself that the LFM in less than a month isn't going to be as painful as I had once feared Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Great training run for Paris! In full: A very wet day and we got lost on the way there arriving 20 minutes late. But very helpful marshalls pointed us in the right direction. Good mix of runners, many using it as a training run for London, Paris or Edinburgh. Great enthusiastic watering points with plenty water and orange juice. Lots of toilet options at the end and a great cup of tea and piece of cake for £1! Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Perfect London build up In full: Just got back. The weather was a bit grim - the marshalls weren't! They were very friendly and did an excellent job. Gently undulating course that, on a brighter day would have been quite beautiful. Some of the route was a bit random - at one point we were jogging between lines of cars in a car park - but that was fine. A few car drivers were all too ready to splash runners unfortunate enought to be by puddles at crucial moments, but you'll always get that sort of motorist I suppose! Good water stations - practically spot on mile markers, nice tea and cake at the end, easy, free parking. Thumbs up! ;) Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Great established race In full: The second time I've done this race and it is top notch. Very well organised, lots of friendly marshalls, lots of water stations doing water and squash. A top race.
I would love a T-shirt as well as a medal to show off my exploits and I'd happily pay for it. Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Great Gauge for London In full: Lots of positives from this race; Marshals were fab and encouraging, mile markers and signs for water and warning drivers that runners are on the road were a plenty and very visible. Nice and cheap entry, non too strenuous course and nice support early on by those up and about in Cranleigh High Street early on.
The only issue I have, and this is me perhaps being bitter is that it would have been nice to have got some kind of memento for winning the 21 miler. All that effort for nothing more than a verbal pat on the back makes it seem very fruitless. It even shocked those at the finish line that I was the first guy as they had no way of telling if I was part of the 15 or 21. Just maybe for future years and the next winners, a little cheap and cheerful trophy would make this run a little bit more special. Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: A very well organised event with lots of very helpful and cheery marshalls despite the rain. Mailny country lanes with a few gentle undulations. A great pre FLM event. Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Superb value, well organised and great training run for London. In full: Really enjoyable course (apart form the uphill at the end of the 6 mile loop!), well organised, enthusiastic marshalls, superb value for money and a really pleasing time. Would recommend it to anyone training for London. Date of review: March 27, 2007