In short: Great prep for Beachy Head In full: A lovely but very challenging race, well organised with some nice touches, encouraging marshalls which really helped! Beautiful (if slightly warm) weather made the most of the stunning scenery so it wasn't just the hills that were breathtaking! Will be back no doubt! Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Another great race - tough but keeps calling me back! In full: I can't sty away from this one - my 3rd running and great final training for eithe Beachy Head or Snowdonia marathons two weeks later. Thanks to all the marshals again, doing a great job as usual. Nice to be cheered off by the 8k racers beforehand! I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Thanks once again In full: Many thanks to Sam and all those who help him put this on; once again it was a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
If they want to chnage anything then:
1. Ask runners to keep to the off road cliff top path (not the tarmac cycle lane) between the marina and Rottingdean both on the way out and the way back; it's advertised as a trail race so this would seem to keep with the spirty of the event.
2. Place the Rottingdean water station at the top of the road by the reservoir; no need to interupt the long down hill and brings it a bit closer to the previous one.
Cheers - Raymond H Date of review: October 14, 2009
In short: mountain goats would struggle In full: never done a race over 13 miles before and i dont think this one was designed for novice long distance runners. challenging is not the word but very happy with my time. More of a race to trin for than a marathon trainer i think maybe i will do some more hills before trying it again Date of review: October 12, 2009
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