In short: Excellent facilities, good value, well organised, great cakes! In full: First time at this event. Would recommend it for many reasons: well organised, good scenic, rural route, superb pre and post-race facilities, great marshalling and fab cakes.
The route: definitely NOT fast as plenty of grandients up and down. However, it is on mainly quiet country lanes and fairly traffic free. However, one section does pass along a busy road that leads back into Cranleigh. This can be slightly uncomfortable when being passed by fast moving traffic and quite close! Also, section through Cranleigh is a biit of an obstacle course and could be awkward with big groups running through. The 6 miles loop though is very pleasant and more rural. Well signed and Marshalled course throughout.
Fab facilities at the Leisure Centre for a welcome hot shower after. Needed it this year(2013) as it was bitterly cold with snow flurries. Nice selection of cakes and nice to have post-race massage available. Plenty of shops and cafes in Cranleigh and only a few mins walk from the Leisure centre.
Only minor points: perhaps just have one, clear announcement at the beginning at the start line. I didn't see a need for 2 separate announcements by 2 different people as they were almost identical in their content! A bit confusing and only useful for the few people on the startline in front of the announcer. Perhaps a countdown aswell and would be nice to have category prizes as well as finisher's memento.
In summary: a great road run, well marshalled with great facilities and cakes. Superb value for the entry fee.
Thanks to all the Marshalls, helpers and organisers, particularly for standing out in the awful weather this year(2013). A credit to you all. Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: Great pre-marathon training event along undulating rural lanes in very pleasant countryside. I have run it several times, but never in anywhere near such freezing conditions! Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: Fantastic value - can't fault it In full: This is an ideal marathon build-up, and the past couple of years have seen glorious spring mornings and high spirits. Not so this year, as the the bitter big freeze brought temperatures down and a chill to the bones.
It didn’t bring spirits down however, and it was only this year that I fully appreciated just how many kind organisers and volunteers gave up their Sunday to stand in the freezing cold to marshal and give out refreshments – always smiling and always encouraging.
Let’s remind ourselves – this race costs £12. That’s TWELVE QUID. You get 21 pretty challenging miles for that (or 15 if you prefer), great organisation, and a really nice friendly atmosphere. Unmissable.
In short: Great pre-marathon training race. In full: Many people using this as a pre-marathon run so lots of support, friendliness and camaraderie on route. Ace marshalls too, thanks guys! Crowded at start but that's to be expected. Undulating route is nice as it makes the course more interesting. There are lot of uphills but lots of lovely downhills too. Takes its toll on the calves mind. Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: My favourite pre-marathon run. In full: A brilliant couse, friendly runners, great marshalls and a nice medal at the end of 21 good miles. Thank you to the marshalls in the very cold conditions. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Brass Monkeys In full: I would like to extend my thanks to the marshalls and volunteers who stuck out the freezing conditions with good humour and still managed to encourage the runners every time we passed them. There were regular drinks stations lined by eager drink dispensers right to the finish - well done everyone at Cranleigh. Solid event, maybe light on instruction, but unless you are in the lead who cares? Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: The marshals did really well despite the freezing conditions. Course nice, pretty countryside . Course is definetly undulating!!! Nice medal at finish. Everyone very friendly. Fancied a massage after but it was so cold I went straight back to my car. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Confusing, unfriendly and poorly organised In full: Pre race instructions in the mail were rather commanding and unfriendly, but I'm sure they meant well. The online route maps weren't particularly good and there were none available in the race HQ for spectators/supporters. Given that proceeds from refreshments were meant to go to charity it was beyond belief that there was no one to serve prior to the event. We ended up having to help ourselves. No queues for loos though. The start was confusing and briefing couldn't be heard from the middle backwards. Only knew we'd started because the pack started moving. Route was nice and mile markers obvious but through the town it wasn't obvious where we were meant to go. Marshalls could have given a bit more direction when runners were more spread out. But I did appreciate them being there in the bad weather. Good value for the distance but definitely wouldn't do it again. The pressure of the time limit made it mentally tough and I thought it was poorly organised. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Excellent In full: Excellent race, nice atmosphere between the runners, spectators, locals & marshalls, brilliant value for money. I really liked the course, thought it was quite quick if anything with some good quality road particularly on the first lap, thank you very much to the volunteers especially in that weather, one of the best "no nonsense" races I've ever done & one of the best value, perfect for London, I'll be back to do this again, excellent. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Fast enough with some challenging hills In full: This was my final pre-London marathon test and, despite the freezing temperature and falling snow, it was a good morning. The route is mostly on open roads and the local drivers were friendly enough. It takes a bit of willpower to keep going after 15 miles and complete the full 21 mile race. Well organised, friendly marshalls and a medal at the end. What more could you want from a local race? Date of review: March 24, 2013