In short: Gritty steep trail marathon, great views but you earn them, well delivered with smiles In full: A superb event,awesome scenery ,fun athletes to be with and a big challnge. However not for the faint hearted, PB seeker or the cavery runner. You need to take some responsibility for understanding the course, the terrain and your nutrition. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Fantastic race- highly recommended! In full: Had a great day - views from the top of the hills fantastic, perfect weather, great organisation and everyone very friendly - both marshals and other runners. The climbs were not as bad as I feared, and the last 6 miles were probably the easiest (apart from 1 short killer hill) which was a relief to my shaky thighs! Great for the family to come and watch also - lots of room for the kids to run about. Only downside was the pathetic showers at the school - don't know how the school kids manage! Could do with a few more marshals as not sure where to go at a few points - but generally well sign posted with tape and arrows. Most enjoyable race I've ever done - thanks Trionium! Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: A magnificent race through outstanding scenery, I enjoyed every bit. In full: Having completed the Picinc earlier in the year I was worry that this might be nearly as bad, but without all those steps keeping a rythem going was much easier. It was good fun trying to follow the trail of green marks and tape and don't think I took any wrong turns. The organisation was brillient, the marshels very encouraging and helpful. The venue for the start and finish helped greatly being able to shower then a full English to start recovery. Everybody was very friendly and my Union Jack outfit generated much cheering by supports and the public around the course. I hope this is not the only time this race is organised and would seriously contemplate another go, not to beat my time but to enjoy the views along the way again.
Thanks Dr Rob and everybody who made our day one to remember. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Beautiful scenery, friendly, good-humoured. Tricky route finding. In full: A tough Surrey hill marathon on a glorious autumn day. Small, very friendly, good humoured. The marshals were really encouraging (though not enough of them and some folk had taken down the waymarkers, which made route finding tough), the rucksack, t-shirt and medals were handed out by charming kids, and fellow racers were all in great spirits. There was a lot of smiling - a good race! Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Great race, amazing views and gorgeous scenary In full: Great route, frustrating to lose the trail 3 times but all part of the fun really. Was starting to lose motivation around miles 19 and an additional water stop around the 7.5 mile mark and 18.5 mile mark would have been very welcome. Other than that a fantasic race, great t-shirt and medal... Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Couldn't have wished for a nicer DNF - beautiful course In full: Looking forward to the opportunity of returning next year, staying on my feet and not requiring the assistance of a stick to get back! Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Great challenging course through gorgeous forests and trails; hilly but most are very short (thank goodness) good crowd and organisation. Would defo recommend! Date of review: October 26, 2009