In short: A Fun Gallumph in the Surrey Hills on a Sunny Sunday Morn In full: Wonderfully organised and well done for such good path markers and marshalling and I am impressed with the cartographer came up with the race route. Very hard, very beautiful and what a wonderful morning galumphing in the woods with 246 others. Now when will my thighs stop aching! Date of review: July 26, 2011
In short: A stunning course, superbly organised and marshalled by Blackwater Valley Runners. In full: This is the second time I have run this course and thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery, organisation and marshalling could not be faulted. It was also nice to knock 20 minutes off my time last year. Well played BVR! Date of review: July 26, 2011
In short: My Goodness that was tough .... In full: First things first - This is a beautiful course, it will reward whoever wishes to be rewarded for their efforts - and those efforts will be substantial - This is by far the hardest physical challenge I've undertaken - As a new runner (13 months in) at the age of 48 I have to say I underestimated quite what this course might do to me. I was absolutely exhausted at the finish ..... and then I had to drive an hour home.....
The layout of the course was superb, but the Marshalling - my word, the Marshalling - if these wonderful people are not in charge of The Olympic Games next year, then the whole thing will be a mess - This group of men and women were just fantastic - encouraging, informative and lovely. The group at the criss cross point near the top of the course (who we saw 3 or 4 times) were amazing - The first time I saw them, I mentioned the course was harder than my first marraige. From then on when they could tell I was struggling a little, I got a cheer as well as the refreshment and, I have to say, a bit of a chat too - great people, great course - much, much too tough for me. See you next year! Date of review: July 26, 2011
In short: It's all in the name In full: Very tough. Even after going at a snail's pace my legs really hurt. The hills were not even that steep, I didn't have to walk them, but there were so many of them. And there weren't really any flat bits at all, seemed to be up or down. Nice scenery, nice marshalls, plenty of water stations and well marked course, and good value for money. Would recommend this to anyone who wants a bit of a challenge. Don't know whether I will be up for it again, though, ask me when my quads stop hurting. Date of review: July 26, 2011
In short: The clue is in the title......so how come I missed it!My running partner said he would rather run a marathon and he hates marathons! In full: Ouch! That was hard work.......I knew it wasn't an easy race and I knew not to expect a good time but I thought undulating would include a bit of flat but no.....downright hilly is what I would call it and bloomin' hard work. That aside it was great, scenery fantastic ....what a view at mile 8 ! The marshals were excellent, friendly, helpful,laid back and obviously enjoying it all. Fellow runners were chatty when possible ad encouraging as always.....felt sorry for the chap who told us it was his first half tho.....didn't deem keen to do another....talk about baptism with fire! Not sure I could do it again but maybe in a week when my body has recovered I might just be persuaded .... Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: never again ( until next year ) In full: this is one tough race, i was ready for the long hill climb at mile 11 but not the hill climbs at mile 1,3,4,5,6,etc... however it is a fantastic course marked out to perfection not only mile markers but also descriptions of what to expect ahead. brilliant marshalls and race organisation. really enjoyed the finish and chatted with so many friendly runners in the car park about how we all found the course. i must be mad but cant wait to do it again next year ! Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: Tough hills and brilliant organisation. Great race. In full: What a good race. All off-road, mostly on wide tracks within woodland. It is multiple lap but done cleverly with several different circuits. It was also the best marked race I have ever been on. The hills down and up are long, long, long - my Garmin finished with 1,500 feet ascent which isn't bad for a half marathon! The view from Holmbury Hill was pretty special. Marshalled brilliantly, good HQ, orange squash as well as water at the frequent stations. And a nice sunny day to add to it. If you want to get ahead, start near the front as there is a styal 1/4 mile in that will certainly slow things down - I had hoped for a similar queue on the return at mile 13 but, unfortunately, not.
An excellent well-organised event. Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: Sandy slog up and down the long hills though the fir forest In full: Always come back year after year but one of the hardest races I do in the year. By the end you are shattered. That long last climb from 11 to 12 miles is a killer. Not steep but man 'o man it seems to last forever. Great organisation and the marshals are a nice friendly lot. Water stations placed just at the right times with the course visiting them more than once. Those long hills really take it out of you and the count down is not miles but how many of the long hills you have left to do. Date of review: July 25, 2011