In short: Challenging mainly off-road route with some glorious views over the South Downs In full: A friendly small race on the South Downs with some killer hills. A gentle on-road start for the first 4 miles or so before the big hills kick in at about 5 miles. Fantastic views from the top make it all worthwhile and a downhill to finish.
A very small gripe is the distance between the last two water stations - about 7 miles I think. If it had been a hot day I would have really suffered at this stage.
Also it's billed as 90% off road but at least 6 miles are on pavement or tarmac - just something to consider when deciding on the shoes to wear.
Overall a fantastic run, well worth doing. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Another tough day out on the hills! In full: This was my fourth JS and I spent much of the run asking myself why I was doing it again. It is a tough cookie and the field seemed smaller and a bit faster this year. Its a great course though - lovely views and its always good to be out off road in the countryside. Great prep for Beachy. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Testing run for anyone,wether a pro,or a casual runner. In full: One for the brave if you have'nt done this distance.Supposed to be a marathon trainer but i think it is a run that is unique,and should be one to train for, and marked in the diary as a yearly "pilgrimage". This run is more of a test for oneself rather than a race.Friendly people ,great views and a pleasant atmosphere.See you next year. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: great uplifting scenery, fantastic, killing hills, but not enough water on the route In full: It was an unseasonally hot day, and running up through the low-lying mist was glorious. The hills were as dastardly as advertised, but i felt that four water stations on a 20-mile route were not really enough and there was one 6-mile stretch between stations which is too long with all those hills. Marshalls were great, as always, but could have done with someone at the top of the final zig-zag down to the finish as when you're that tired, you can't remember where you came up! Date of review: October 18, 2008
In short: Scenic, hilly and welcoming. A fun course up and around the South Downs. In full: While I was using the JSJ20 as preparation for the Beachy Head marathon I was hoping for a fine day out and wasn't disappointed. The course was beautiful in the sun and mist and quite challenging (though not as tough as expected). Mostly off-road although the long descent on the road towards the end was very painful. Worth a detour! Date of review: October 14, 2008
In short: A great, testing, long run. In full: This run will test you in new ways - it has hill hazards, off road hazards, horse hazards, cow hazards and scenery so beautiful and distracting it is a hazard!
The unusual distance of 20 miles means that this very tough and hilly run will leave you with the same satisfyingly knackered feeling of having run a marathon.
The run is well marshalled by enthusiastic and smiley people, some of which have hidden treasures like mars bars. There are plenty of drink stations along the route - unusual from other small off-road runs in the area but very much appreciated for it.
The run is excellent value and I'd recommend it to anyone. A lovely way to see the downs and get leg ache the next day! Date of review: October 13, 2008