In short: mud, sweat and cheers (2) In full: My second marathon of the weekend was never going to be the 3.45 that I did a couple of years back but despite the horrible weather and wallpaper paste consistency chalky mud, I still loved the race. Exceptionally well stocked checkpoints and amazing views made the race really special. I enjoyed the second half much more than the first and the last 2 miles downhill, well a 7s and a 6.10 for the last 2 of a course like this put a smile on my face.
In short: Great course, stunning views (in fine weather!), fantastic marshalls. In full: I would like to thank all the marshalls who spent a long day out on the hills in horrible weather just to keep us fed with jelly babies, bananas and cake. They remained cheerful and encouraging throughout. Great course with nice big in-yer-face arrows that you couldn't miss in advanced stages of tiredness. Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Great race - lousy weather - lots of mud. In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this, although the mud made it hard work. The marshals were superb - the cake at mile 21 set me up for the last few miles. Chatted to lots of interesting runners along the way - I thought they were a very friendly bunch. Very well organised, and loved the home made cakes at the end. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: Muddy hills galore In full: Loved every dirty muddy slippy mile, you can't change the weather only deal with it as best you can (note to self trails mean trail shoes lol!!!). Marshalls out there were fantastic really surportive and an amazing job in awful conditions. Hope to be back next year,on a dryer course, thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: The weather made this one hard In full: It was cold and wet - not what you expect in May - and all the mud made the going rather hard work (not experienced anything like this in all my training). In good weather the views would have been amazing but for this race it was head-down and get on with it. Didn't find the crowd all that friendly compared to other trail marathons but this could the weather or maybe that I'm a bit quicker these days so with the serious runners.
The volunteers at water stops and the marshals were possibly the best I've ever come across so many thanks to them all for sitting out in grim weather for many hours. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: Challenging but worthwhile race In full: I've run one or two races in Sussex (inc Beachy Head) and I've always found them far more interesting than the average road race. This was no exception, with plenty of hills and lots of mud thrown in for good measure. I didn't anticipate the latter but its something to be mindful of next year if it rains a lot.
The course is scenic and has some punishing hills. Its also fairly tight in the first mile or so, so if you want to push on try to get a good start.
The marshals were great and there was a good amount of bananas, jelly babies, biscuits and drinks at the aid stations. I also really enjoyed the home made cakes at the end.
Oh, and there was plenty of space for parking too.
All in all, its well worth doing, but make sure you get some hill training in beforehand.
In short: Well organised South Downs Mudfest In full: After the Stinger in March I didn't think we'd get another South Downs mudfest. Wrong ! This (full marathon - 27m+ in fact) was almost as bad, heavy rain much of the week and on the day turning the Downland tracks into slippery, mud covered tracks. Very cold and raining at the start, conditions did gradually improve but still huge thanks to the army of Rotary Club volunteers who made this event work. Several hours on top of Devils Dyke or Chanctonbury handing out cups of water and biscuits to bedraggled nutters can't be much fun ! I didnt think the atmosphere was quite as good as similar races, but that might have been down to the conditions. Some killer hills as you'd expect, made much harder by the weather. Some good (home made - yum) snacks at the end but hot drinks would have been welcome on such a cold day. The few distance markers were generally hopeless ('half way' being worryingly at 15 miles !), but otherwise a nice local event, well put together by a dedicated band of volunteers. Easy parking and start/finish arrangements, and very cheap to enter at £20 including chip timing. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: I LOVE this race! In full: Challenging but thoroughly enjoyable race. Excellent organisation and marshalling, right number of water stops and good signposting made for a problem-free race with immediate posting of results on the race website.
Definitely a top five favourite run for me! Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: Great as usual - really liked the addition of mud for this year! In full: Thanks to all those involved in putting this on. It's my third time and they've all been a pleasure. The route is great (and much better signed than last time I did this), aid stations just right, good company on the way round and one of the best finishes going. Added to all this was a huge helping of mud, which just increased the fun. Keep up the good work Worthing Rotary. Date of review: May 6, 2012