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
In short: Thankyou marshalls! In full: My first Stinger. No more to say about mud and rain. As one of the slower runners, the wind chill factor made me feel like I was going to collapse with hypothermia towards the end but there were moments of hilarity too - like chains of runners holding hands to slide down woodland mud banks together. However, if I felt cold, I can't imagine how it must have been for the marshals - big thankyou! One point that disappointed me - in the last two miles, the thing that kept me going was the feeling of how good it would feel to have a medal well earned around my neck - there was only a mug. Nice touch on the breakfast though. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Ughh tough made tougher with the weather! In full: So many things went wrong for me on this race (wearing the wrong shoes was not a good start) and yet not one of them were down to the organisers. I’m sure the views are great on a clear day, but with loads of low cloud and rain, visibility was not good. Weather was awful and by the end, it was running through the “streams” flowing down the paths that were doing me in. BTW the route was well marked and didn’t get lost once (I like the little signs saying not this way!). Kudos for the volunteers who braved the conditions – it kept our spirits going.
My only criticisms are: At the waterpoints, it was either chocolate, chocolate or… chocolate biscuits. Some fruit or other alternatives would have been appreciated. After all, not everyone can eat chocolate! And whilst someone commented about the medal/mugs, I don’t mind but prefer it if they do have the date on it. Certificates do nothing for me, we give them to kids for fun runs.
Loved the hot full breakfast at the end, very efficient and welcoming with plenty of rolls, tea and coffee to hand. The kids helping were great, though saying “sorry for the wait”, when it was 2 mins was just farrrr to courteous for me :) They did a great job.
Not sure if I will do again – 830 start was a tad early on top of the long drive down.
In full: I was really looking forward to this race.Awful weather all day ment it was going to be a challenge.Having run marathons and Ultras before i thought i knew what to expect. What i did not expect was mud,mud and more mud. The first few miles where a nightmare. Absolutely pointless trying to run,even my Nike Trail shoes gave up. The bad weather seemed to keep most people away as the event felt very elitest, i even overheard a runner moaning about slower runners getting in the way. Overall well organised but this isnt a marathon. Its an Ultra Trail. And no medal, that was a suprise. Would i do it again ? No. Date of review: March 5, 2012
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