In short: Couldn't ask for a better local marathon! In full: This race passes within 50 yards of my front door so I was probably better prepared than most, especially as I also ran it last year. Running up St Martha's never gets any easier though! Fabulous organisation again. There are as many marshalls as runners. Don't be put off - the course is tough but eminently doable and on a sunny Sunday morning it really doesn't get much better. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Nothing like a road marathon; tough as nails & great experience In full: This marathon will separate the men from the boys. I found it incredibly hard going, and was fully 30 minutes off my marathon PB. There is about 1500ft of elevation - if that doesn't put you off, you are in for a great day out. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Tough and challenging race with some amazing views and well organised. In full: Lots of water stations, with plenty of drinks and nibbles along the way. Surprisingly amount of support out on the course from walkers etc including a teenage cheer squad at one stage! There were a couple of points (especially on the way back) where the route marking was a bit vague and also at a couple of the marshal stations. But in fairness they were trying to provide refreshments etc so can be forgiven. Overall a great race which I would probably do again and would definitely recommend, although not for the faint hearted!
In short: Tough but amazing British countryside scenery! In full: This was a torture run! It was not as tough as Trionium Midsummer Muro (half marathon) at Box Hill but as this race was a full marathon, it was brutal. There were quite a few ultra marathon runners in the race. They were all wearing the ultra marathon 'finisher' t-shirts. Basically, this race is pretty much for the hardcore runners. Because the race was a full marathon and brutal, it is so far the most rewarding race I have ever done! The feeling I got after crossing the finish line was awesome! If you want a real 'challenge', this is it! Oh... I wish they had non sweet foot at the water stations. I got sick from eating too much sweet stuff. Maybe some crisps or pretzels? Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Why do a boring road half marathon? In full: Well organised race with a fab medal and t shirt. Lovely course - lots of hills, a variety of different terrains to try your hand at, friendly fellow runners and the most amazing array of cakes I have ever seen grace a finish line. Date of review: September 13, 2015
In short: Great off-road race that is well organised. In full: Great trail marathon in S England. Definitely not the toughest in the South, but a big extra challenge for those used to flat roads. Note: there are styles and gates, some of it is single track and impossible to overtake so don't enter with a set time in mind as this adds minutes to the course. uJst enjoy the run through the beautiful Surrey Hills and the great views. Date of review: September 13, 2015
In short: A tough Marathon In full: This was one of the best organised and marshalled race. There were plenty of marshalls and water stops along the way. I found this marathon very tough as it is very hilly and sandy. There are a lot of narrow paths with nettles and thorns on both sides. There are some very steep down routes and having personally fallen, care is needed. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Super friendly, amazing scenery (but with some killer hills) In full: This was my first marathon and I felt really welcomed. There were loads of marshalls, all very friendly and encouraging. Plenty of water stations. The route was super hilly and I thought I had trained on some big hills, but nothing like these. I didn't think I'd have to walk up them but I did. Some were so steep there were steps cut into the side of them and there were also a lot of styles to climb over towards the end. I found all the runners really friendly too. It was easy to chat to people as you were going. I have no idea how anyone could actually run all the way round! But looking at the results afterwards people completed it just outside 3 hours!! It's definitely more about the experience than setting a PB. I found it a wonderful experience and more tough than I imagined, but more enjoyable too. I would recommend it to any countryside lover. Date of review: October 6, 2014