In short: Top event In full: Great to see the regulars at this and the co-run Spitfire 20 return for another fantastic morning in the Surrey Hills. Overal numbers seemed much higher than in previous years but pleased to say that the organisation coped admirably, plenty of car parking and portaloos at the start and enough water stations, gels and jelly babies around the course to keep you going. As usual all of the marshals were incredibly supportive, waiting on the course to cheer in the last runner nearly 5 hours after the start. An excellent run for beginners and those training for a marathon, the comaraderie amongst fellow runners is brilliant, full of support for each other. It is like a good training run in the company of your best friends. I only did the 10 this time before taking up position in the finish funnel removing runners chip timing devices. Not sure which is worse doing the extra 10 or sitting on a small stool for a few hours ;) Without exception every runner I met at the finish looked happy and proud of what they had achieved and I would like to thank them for the way in which they showed their appreciation of the marshals and other volunteers on the day. Date of review: March 19, 2012
In short: Well organised, friendly, not easy to get to without a car! In full: This was a lovely race; the marshals were excellent, the music played by the DJ at the end was quality, and the race director shaking hands with finishers was a nice touch. The course is interesting - there seems to be far more up than down, even though the start and finish are in the same place! The cyclists with the 20 mile leaders did a good job (yes, two of them did lap me...) - got people out of the way effectively without being aggressive. Minor quibbles - the race info said there would be a bag drop for those without cars, which seemed to be news to the people in the registration tent, but they did look after my bag for me. The info also said the nearest station was 3 miles away - it was actually closer to 7 but, to be fair, I did have access to a map when I booked, so it's my own daft fault if I struggled to get there! I did feel sorry for the marshals picking up all the plastic cups - a couple of boxes for us to chuck them into would have saved them a lot of trouble. Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: Well organised and fab medal! In full: Plus : This is how races should be organised .. quick and easy on-the-day entry, prompt start, good marshalling, accurate mile markers, PB potential course, jelly babies, water and gels during the race, fantastic large bespoke medal, chocolate, plenty of water supplies, a DJ and the option of a well-deserved leg massage ..
Minus : No iPods/MP3s allowed .. sensible and considerate use of one should be the decision of the runner.
Plastic cups at the water stations ..
I would definitely run this race again! Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: Plus : This is how races should be organised .. quick and easy on-the-day entry, prompt start, good marshalling, accurate mile markers, PB potential course, jelly babies, water and gels during the race, fantastic large bespoke medal, chocolate, plent Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: Not as undulating as suggested In full: Pleasant day for it, despite the forecast- first 2.5-3 miles is flat around the airfield. elevation peaks at the five mile point according to my gps, but the climb was barely noticeable, second half had a couple of hills, but if you don't like hills, you shouldn't be put off, think you'd be lucky to design any route without a couple of hills like it- Only my third race, the previous two being 1/2 marathons-but did better than training with a new PB, and a negative split-so quite happy, and wil do again Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: Very organised and friendly race In full: Started at 9.30 sharp, no queues for the loos, very friendly course, a little hilly at times, great medal and nice touch with the chocolate at the end. Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: Well orgainsied and beautiful scenery In full: The run through the aerodrome was a bit dull, but after the that the lovely Surrey countryside kept me uplifted until the end. It is undulating, but nothing impossible. The marshalls were frequent and very helpful. Nice medal and a bar of chocolate at the end. The massage team was a nice touch Date of review: September 28, 2011
In short: Enjoyable but expensive In full: The attraction for me was to run round the TG race track and the proximity to where I live. That said, I still managed to get lost and had to come in the 'wrong' gate. I missed the turn off so can't really blame anyone but myself. The race itself was fine, interesting enough. I thought the end of the 10 mile was a little amateurish with one water container and an over zealous marshall on chocolate duties. I would do the 20 mile next time but expensive race for what you got. Date of review: September 9, 2011
In short: Good course, but expensive for what you get In full: This is the second time I've done this race, and compared to the spring race, it would appear the recession has hit Events To Live!
There were 8 portaloos, even less than last time, NO CHIP TIMING . . . at £18 entry, this seems unacceptable, no goody bag like last time, and a big queue to get your plastic cup for water at the end.
It's a real shame, because the actual course itself is great, the marshalls are great, and the medal is really nice, but all totally let down by the facilities, and for the price you pay, not worth it. Date of review: September 7, 2011