In short: Third time and still love it In full: Weather has been different every time I have done this race - wet and windy this time (at least there was no snow or hail)
Love the staggered start, breakfast, route marking, general organisation, friendliness of other runners, on route and at the breakfast table, the grunts and groans of fellow runners peeling off their wet kit.
Big thanks to the marshals - at least running about keeps you warm, standing still must have been freezing
My only negative is that the mist and rain obscured the fantastic views - not something the organisers can control.
Be back again next year Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: The hardest thing I have ever done In full: I've read and agree with many many of the positive comments of yesterday's event. The marshals were wonderful: I tried to thank each one and I hope they heard through the wind and rain. The Mars bars at the water stations were a nice surprise and the breakfast and the indoor changing area at the end were very welcome. What I think needs to be added is just how hard it was....I have run several events that are thought to be testing, including Beachy Head and the Grizzly so I felt reasonably confident that I could cope with the Sting despite the vile weather. However, this tricky course was made even more punishing in those conditions: the specially slippery mud slowed us even on the descents and we were out there a long time in the combination of biting wind and rain so I was pushed to my absolute limit and chilled to the core..... I feel genuinely proud of surviving that test but it is not to be undertaken lightly! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Wonderful! In full: 3rd time doing the full. It was my slowest effort in the worst weather and I loved every yard of it.
I loved the staggerd start. I loved the mix of half and full marathon runners. I loved the hills...up and down. I loved the mud. I loved the low key finish, in a sodden field. I loved the full English breakfast. And I loved the marshalls...god bless you all.
It's monday morning, I'm still smiling and dreaming about next year's race with gleeful anticipation.
Many thanks and very best wishes to all those involved in putting this wonderful event on.
In short: A lovely, muddy, challenging race. Very well organised with great marshalls In full: Where to start?
Yes it was horrible weather; wet and windy which meant we were stomping through thick wet mud for a lot of the course. But this added to the fun; it was great to splash through the muddy puddles. If parts of the run weren't in a cloud, the views would have been spectacular.
The organisers and marshalls deserve a special mention. I really liked being about to start whenever you want and the hot drink and breakfast afterwards were very welcome. The marshalls were great, really encouraging and they all seemed happy to be standing out in wind and rain whilst a load of loons went by. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Fantastic muddy madness. In full: Brilliant as always. Just the half for me this year. Conditions meant a PB was never on the cards, but pitting yourself against the mud, wind, rain and hills is what it's all about. Really enjoyed it. Big thank you to the marshalls for doing a great job in horrible weather. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Organisation second to none!! In full: I wish Steyning AC could control the weather as well as they do the organisation of this great race!! Weather horrendous so not possible to see the views although having done this before I know they were out there somewhere!! The marshalls were absolutely fantastic - standing out there on what were some of the most bleak spots on the course but they still smiled and encouraged everyone. You were all absolutely wonderful. The brekkie afterwards was brilliant and again so well organised - even to the great children waitressing and clearing the tables who were giving the strong impression they were actually enjoying doing it! Very many thanks to each and every one of those who made it such a friendly and enjoyable (?!!) day Date of review: March 5, 2012
In full: After yesterday I have decided thatI just love this run ! Did it in 2010 and it was very tough. Revisited it yesterday in what was really quite appalling weather. I had an absolutely fantastic time due mainly to the "all in in togetherness" I felt from other runners and also because of the amazing, brilliant, friendly marshalls who stayed out there in pretty vile conditions. It was my 25th marathon and it has now moved to be in my top 3. I love the staggered start, I love how there are half marathoners out there and also walkers. Well run HQ with a free fried breakfast at the end.....awesome. I am abit of a medal-holic and would just love to have been given a medal but am happy to settle with a mug plus a certificate that can be sent out to you if you so wish. Very challenging route with 4 'stings' or bloody big hills..lots of 'smaller' hills as well. Mars bars at well placed water stations with choccie bics. Not a big fan of eating whilst running but yesterday I think I managed to scoff a few Mars Bars !! So, many thanks to Steyning AC and helpers (including children handing out brekkie at the HQ) for a fantastic event. It will be on my yearly marathon calender now for sure. Date of review: March 5, 2012