In short: WOW - Simply GREAT! In full: My very first attempt at the 'Badger' and well worth the 2 1/2 hour journey down south. The organisation was superb, so were the many, ever so friendly & encouraging helpers at the start, en route and at the finish. A super t-shirt, plus a bottle of fine Ale - all in all a superb event! Loved the many hills, the gorgeous scenery, especially the woodlands. No doubt that I will return, to do it all again - can't wait! Well done everyone for giving us such an enjoyable event! Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Scenic, interesting course with some killer hills and tough surfaces, but great fun In full: Organisation was good. Directions to car park from marshals very clear and easy to park close to the start of the race.
Registering on the day was very straightforward.
Lack of toilets was very frustrating. Quite a few runners having to run into the bushes just before the start. Aside from this organisation was very good.
Marshalls were all very encouraging and gave clear directions. Signage was good in general, but there were one or two places where it was pretty obvious, but just not 100% clear (for a paranoid runner who has taken a wrong turn in the past) which direction to turn.
Plenty of water stops along the way and gels being given out.
Very few non-runners out on the course, who all seemed very friendly and made an effort to make way.
The course was scenic and hilly, with some steep bits in places and some long downhill sections. As a guide pace dropped to 10min/mile+ on some uphills and down to 5min/mile on some downhill sections.
Lots of tree roots and gravel in places which was fun rather than annoying. A nice long downhill section on a good surface for the second-to-last mile and the last mile pretty much flat so a good course for a fast finish.
There was plenty of water and orange and blackcurrant squash at the finish. Also sliced oranges, pineapples and watermelons which were lovely. Decent technical t-shirt and a bottle of beer.
Friendly atmosphere and I plan to do it again next year. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Couldn't get better for a scenic run In full: Mainly off road with some tough uphill sections but all comes good with a downhill/flat last 2 miles. Great scenery and a privilege to be running in one of the best half marathons. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: My 2nd year confirmed this to me as one of the best races on the calendar! In full: Events To Live put on fantastic races, it must be said. Yes, they are helped by the lovely scenery around the Box Hill area, but they seem to do everything right to make you have a good race/day.
This years (2014) Surrey Badger Half was my 2nd and every bit as enjoyable as the previous year. It's a challenging 'lumpy' course through some scenic trails in the Dorking countryside. But the difficulty of the running adds to, rather than detracts from, your feeling of happiness.
Great course, brilliant organisation, lovely marshals and overall a fantastic atmoshphere make this an event you should definitely do!!
Thumbs-Up to ETL for another great day in my running life :-D Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Scenic, hilly, firendly event In full: This is not the easiest of half-marathons but one of my favourites. If you like a fun atmosphere, scenic off road middle section, with a few hills/ undulations thrown in and a great wicking t-shirt plus berr, then this is for you! Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Fantastic race - country running In full: Pre-race organisation is excellent, and parking on the day is very easy. Quick registration and plenty of toilets. Nice start area and lots of atmosphere at the start. The course is mostly shady, which was very welcome today. There was a lot of banter out on the course and the marshals and water stations were notably excellent. The course marking was perfect. The finish area was great with great t-shirt, lots of fresh fruit (delicious!) and a bottle of Badger beer - how apt.
One unwelcome occurrence (not the organisers' fault - far from it) were other runners wearing MP3s/iPads and actually playing music as they ran along - not using headphones - so that everyone has to listen to it. This is just downright anti-social.
Please comment (agree/disagree?) over on the Forum thread at http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/general-running/anti-social-music-broadcasting-runners/278192.html
Other than that unwelcome development (again, not the organisers' fault), the Surrey Badger is one of the best races in the UK - no doubt about it! Another triumph from Alan, Nicky and the excellent helpers and marshals from Events to Live. Roll on the Bacchus! Date of review: July 13, 2014