In short: Challenging but really well organised race! In full: It was the first time that I have done this race. It was well organised, there was plenty of parking and loos right near to the start. It certainly was undulating but lovely weather and countryside views. The music at the finish certainly helped on the final mile! Really nice touch that the Race Director was at the finish congratulating runners. Nice medal, chocolate bar and squash at the end. Thanks to the organisers and marshalls. Date of review: March 19, 2014
In short: Cannot fault it; organisation, route, facilities, atmosphere - all brilliant! In full: As with all 'Events to Live' was brilliantly organised, a great route, marshals were superb and overall a brilliant race. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Perfect way to test your marathon training In full: This was my first time running this race, but I knew the organisation would be great as I've run Bacchus the past two years, and Spitfire didn't disappoint! The 20 miler is two laps around the course. I found the first 2.5 miles in the aerodrome quite boring, but once we left and headed into the surrounding villages and country lanes, the scenery definitely picked up! The weather was utterly gorgeous, the marshals were super friendly, and everything was clearly signposted. Others have commented on the hills, but I found the course to be undulating at best - certainly nowhere near as hilly as Bacchus or my usual long run route through Hampstead Heath. Getting to the start from London via public transport was a bit tricky - train to Guildford then a £20 cab to the aerodrome, but that was the only real downside for me. Otherwise a fantastic run which was really just a great supported training run with a medal and chocolate bar at the end! Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Excellent, well organised, challenging In full: I feel bad for using this race as marathon prep as in it's own right it is probably the best, most well organised event I have run in.
Ample free parking on the airfield, right opposite the start. Helpful marshals on site and very encouraging out on the run.
Airfield section was good, many will recognise as the Top Gear test track. You've done 3 miles by the time you hit the main road. The course is challenging and undulating. It was very hot, may have found it easier on a cooler day! Well stocked and frequent water/jelly baby stations with good marshalling.
The race is 2 laps so a fair few runners finish after 1 as their is a 10 mile race at the same time. It gets a bit quieter now and you can sense the serious business has begun!
Gradual climb up to the airfield entrance seems to go on forever, but before you hit the 19 mile marker you can here the PA system pumping out music.
Finishing straight was line with supporters. Nice quality weighty medal and a chocolate bar at the end. Cheap bacon rolls and tea too!
In short: Excellent Marathon prep. race In full: An extremely well organised, well marshaled 20 mile race. Can't fault the organisation at all. The course is undulating with some testing short climbs but with some generous downhills to match. A lovely medal at the end and the mars bar was scoffed down! It was rather warm today and at the end i was seriously de-hydrated and thankyou to the marshal who served me cup and after cup of water and waited for me to recover. Very kind of her and much appreciated though i could hardly talk! Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: Brilliant!!! In full: My furthest ever distance, so it was a hard race for me, once off the airfield its pretty much either up or down all the way through the nice country lanes (nothing too brutal), water stations perfectly positioned and plenty of gels and jelly babies etc, the marshalls and water station folks where awesome, i cannot praise this race enough, it was the best ever, the organisation was perfect as exspected from RTL and the weather was simply lovely, this will be hard to beat! Thankyou so much everyone involved Date of review: March 16, 2014