In short: A good race, but not as well organised as Steyning Stinger In full: I hear the marshalling last year wasn't great, but there were a couple of places where marshalls were still needed - it was quiet near the back and one arrow at a crossroads could have led to some misinterpretation had I not have found a fellow runner behind me who knew the way! Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Fantastic Race, Fantastic views with Fantasic friendly people In full: This was my first marathon and even though it was pretty tough i had tears nearly i loved every minute of it. Definately back next year. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: At last I went the right way. 3rd time lucky. In full: Extra marshalls on key parts of the course helped direct me the right way. Just knowing I had gone the right way helped me think positive. Went onto to PB for 3 Forts course. But then again I was running 3 miles less. Well done organisers same next year. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: A great race to burn off those bank holiday calories In full: Ran the 1/2. Excellent conditions and the drizzle helped. Apparently 2 or 3 miles away on the coast, there was a downpour. I will be back next year Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: The tough one indeed. The hill four miles from the end was all I needed. In full: It was my first Three Forts and I found it well marshalled and very friendly. There was no repeat of the lead group going the wrong way, reported to have happened last year. The route was certainly challenging and the views along the north edge of the South Downs are beautiful. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: The organisers listened to the comments of runners from last year and the improvements turned a good event into a fantastic one! In full: Last year, lack of marshals, poor/inadequate signposting and the hot weather turned this already challenging marathon into a traumatic 29 miler that left me delirious and dehydrated!
Came back this year to exorcise last year's nightmare. So to today's event - marked improvement in all areas - efficient registration/number collection, abundance of stategically placed marshals which along with clear signposting made it impossible even for me to get lost!, well positioned and well stocked feed/water stations with fruit drinkls as well as water and buscuits/mars bars etc.
Complimented by a great course over the breathtaking scenery of the South Downs with three massive hills to climb, and some sharp decents to batter your knees , ankles and back, this is still one of the most challenging marathons out there (or 27.2 miles according to my garmin!).
Roll on next year for this great event which has certainly closed the gap on Beachy Head Marathon as my favourite! Thanks again to everyone involved. Date of review: April 30, 2006