In full: I've done this event nearly every year since it started - including in the infamous horizontal sleet in 2007 - but have never known conditions like they were on Sunday. It took a major effort just to keep upright and the downhills were absolutely treacherous. I have never been so cold and wet that I couldn't open my gels or re-tie my laces - many thanks to the kind marshals - heroes one and all - who did both for me!
Was very tempted to just do the half, but didn't want to wimp out and eventually finished in around 5 hours - much slower than usual, but feeling good at the end
In short: Muddy, windy, incessant rain/sleet, hills to give you chills FULL MARATHON- Loved it In full: Slow full marathon female runner.
If you took part in it, you will never be able to forget the experience. The conditions were chillingly hypothermic. I Feel really proud to be one of the 164 ish people to complete the full marathon course in such treacherous conditions of slippery, greasy, tacky mud and punishing incessant onslaught of rain/sleet.
The marshalling were smiling angels, organisers were superb and faultless, scenery was inspiring even though visibility was poor, the course was unforgiving - a great marathon challenge. Full breakfast at the finish invaluable and went down like a treat.
Special thanks to marshals at mile 24 and those back at base for helping thru my slightly hypothermic condition at the end.
Free digital photos from Sussex Sport Photography icing on the cake.
So I didn't have the right kit, but so be it, I still completed it and loved every minute of it.
I now have a stinger shot glass, a stinger cup, but please please please with a cherry on the top, can I next time have a medal! Date of review: March 6, 2012
In short: What a difference a year makes.... In full: My third but definitely not my last Stinger, a great atmosphere as always. Last year was bone dry earth paths baked into tough ridges which were very hard on the ankles, this year was treacle although the Inov8's were brilliant, didn't slip once. Huge thanks to the children on breakfast duty who did brilliantly and especially to the heroic marshals on the coursse - I thanked a fair few on the way round but was too tired to thank all so here it is, fantastic job. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Superb well organised race In full: Fantastically well organised.
Confirmation received through the post within a week of entering.
Car parking well run and organised.
Adequate changing facilities.
Very quick regristation.
Onto the course - tough, challenging, muddy. It's not easy especially in such shocking weather conditions. I guess with nice weather on the day and a dry course this would be amazing - however we were not so lucky with incessent rain and strong winds for most of the race.
Despite being cold, wet and muddy at the end. I loved it. Loved the fact the heroes of the day - the marshalls and those on the water stations were so cheerful and offered encouragement throughout the race.
Free breakfast at the end and hot drink was needed. Free photos too from Sussex photography one of the best race photographers around.
Disappointing no medal after the gruelling run but I don't have a mug to show off my marathon accomplishments so shouldn't complain!
Highly recommend to all runners but expect a tough challenge and if the weather is bad - wrap up warm! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Had my behind handed to me...loved it In full: Really really fun. Awesome atmosphere, with loads of camaraderie. Again, I can't praise the marshals highly enough. Although the weather was abominable, practically everyone I spoke to loved the experience; Thanks to the kids who volunteered in the canteen. Thanks to the French class who gave up their classroom for hundreds of smelly men to get changed in :) Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Unless you did it you could not conceive In full: I felt like a newborn foal or bambi sliding everywhere,a baptism of mud, never thought once of stopping. Fell over twice, once covered in mud I was quite warm, the warming properties of mud certainly work and got a free facial! Fabulously friendly. A huge thanks to the marshals who were the real heros. Usually out mountain biking so was so glad I was not pushing my bike up the hills! Will be back next year! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Oh. My. God. In full: First time I've done this event and boy what a day to start. This feedback begins and ends with the good fellows (and co-opted children, partners and pets !) of Steyning AC. No praise can be too high for the marshalls who were out for hours in just about the worst conditions imaginable - especially up on the top where the cold wind and freezing rain were evil.
Lovely route (on a clear day) was turned into a cloudy, slippery quagmire by the incessant rain, and staying upright was a challenge for much of the race, let alone running. I fell five times, on the last time (400 yds from the finish) I just lay in the mud laughing to myself at the ridiculousness of the whole thing.
Thank you again Steyning for fabulous organisation. Will be back next year, with hopes of better weather, and some better footwear ! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Like running through a hilly bowl of porridge In full: Great organisation, and a challenging course. Many thanks to the organisers and marshals. I'm told its a beautiful area, when the clouds haven't descended, and I believe it. Appalling weather conditions made this event even more difficult. I'm looking forward to coming back next year, being better prepared for the conditions. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Amazing In full: This was my first Steyning Stinger (half) and I loved it! It was cold, wet, slippy, windy and damn hard work but..extremely well organised, brilliant route markers (I particularly liked the 'not this way' sign), a great atmosphere and friendly marshals. I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the marshalls for braving the horrible weather, it was grim running I can only imagine how cold it was just standing still. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: The Best Trail Marathon in The UK In full: This was my 10th Stinger and 70th Marathon. This year was the hardest ever due to the weather and under foot conditions. But I was expecting that. Still a brilliant event. The best in fact. I have been injured for the last 3 months, so it was great to get back to some fitness to do this. It was my slowest but 2 weeks ago my Physio was only allowing me to run 5 miles at most!! Date of review: March 5, 2012