In short: 10 out of 10 In full: I selected this race as preparation for my first marathon in May and I’m so glad I did – simply put this race was everything I could have hoped for and more.
I was quite nervous about getting to the venue as there was a note on the website saying not to trust your Sat Nav as it would take you to the wrong entrance; however the race organisers had put signs up well before the venue so you couldn’t get lost. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who found it really useful.
I found this event was really useful for finding my “marathon pace” and had some good hills in for variety.
Whilst I was running with my own water supply, there was plenty of water on route, energy gels and sweets.
Parking was effortless and plenty of loos too.
Massive thank you to the race organisers for putting on a great race and the marshals who would have been standing outside (on not the warmest day on record) for hours, but were so warm and encouraging – these people really do make an event.
Couldn’t recommend this event highly enough! 10 out of 10 for sure
Finally, for those runners who like their Bling after a race – you’ll love the medal!
In short: An excellent, well organised and perfectly timed race. In full: Perfect even for beginner marathon/long distance runners like me. A great run with amazing volunteers and food/drink stops everywhere. Very pleased I did this run. Great medal too! Date of review: March 5, 2013
In short: Perfect event for pre marathon 20 miler In full: My longest run ever, in preparation for my first ever marathon. 20 miles did not seem to bad, as this event had everything needed to make it as painless as possible. Well signposted for arriving by car, loads of parking just a short walk from toilets and start. I had collected my number already from the shop in Ashtead, so all I had to do was join the relatively short loo queue, then get to the start. As no-one had earphones, there were plenty of folk keen to chat to pass the miles. All the marshalls were friendly, even they looked freezing cold. Lots of water stations with gels and jelly babies. I wondered if it would be tough to run past my car at the start of the second lap but it wasnt a problem, and at least on the second lap I knew where the hills were. Great medal, and nice handshake at the end. Roll on London - I am so much better prepared now! Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: A very well organised race... Will definitely be back. In full: I as dreading 2 laps but somehow this course doesn't seem repetitive ... By the time you get out of the airfield second time round you only have roughly 7-8 miles to go. A very little hills that are quite challenging second time round which makes this a good prep run for a spring marathon. Loved the ease to park right next to start line, great stewards, fab water stations with energy gels, one of the best medals I've received lately, a friendly well-done handshake by the race director at the end and an easy exit to go home. What a great event indeed. Thank you. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: A great race in itself and good warm up for marathon In full: Few people out to cheer on the runners but the atmosphere was really nice, conversations flowed and a good social long run for the first 10 before most runners then went to work for the final 10. Plenty of space to overtake on the open public roads and the airfield start great for avoiding a congested start. I will be back to race another Events to Live event as it was organised by runners for runners. The no headphone rule made it the more sociable too. Undulations ideal for training and the headwind going east on the airfield was great preparation for Brighton seafront in April. Has the potential to be a popular race in years to come and the price was very reasonable. Only minor gripe was no date on the medal although the ribbon contained the date but like most runners I run for the enjoyment and a potential PB. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: What everyone else said: Excellent In full: Great organisation. Great stewards. Course was tough (for me!) but really good. Car parking and facilities were excellent. Very welcoming - and while I dreaded the "no headphones" rule - it actually worked out really well - being able to chat to a few runners on the way round. Thanks to the organisers and volunteers. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Excellent organsation and ideal running conditions In full: A very enjoyable event, excellently organised and an attractive course. I'd previously run it twice in the autumn (when they still did an autumn version) and got very cold and wet both times. It was a treat to run in dry conditions which were ideal for the distance. Starting on the airfield means there is plenty of space though by the second lap it felt as though we were never going to escape into the countryside. Thanks to all the wonderful and encouraging marshals for turning out on a cold day. As mentioned already, it was very nice to get a handshake from the race director as we crossed the line.
In short: Superbly organised and very friendly race In full: A very enjoyable event, excellently organised and an attractive course. Starting on the airfield means there is plenty of space and no crush at the beginning so you can easily hit your pace from the off. Thanks to all the cheerful and encouraging marshals for turning out on a cold day. Very nice to get a handshake from the race director as we crossed the line - can't remember that ever happening before. Well done everybody. Date of review: March 4, 2013