In short: Friendly marathon across the rural Hetrfordshire countryside. In full: Had a lot of fun at this event due in no small part down to the way the event is organised and secondly all the friendly runners who help each other round. The route is very scenic in places and is not too taxing with only a few small hills.
All the well stocked checkpoints were marshalled very well by happy volunteers as was the race HQ. My thanks to all at FVS Date of review: July 20, 2009
In short: if you want to have fun, this is the race. In full: this was my first time to do this challenage, and i choose to the marathon. it was greatly organized with the marshells around the route and the check points were you get a nice cold drings and bread pudding. this is a run that you really can enjoy yourself and have a laugh with the other runners trying to find our way around the beautiful country side, great fun. roll on next year i will be back. patrick gallagher
In short: Lovely, mainly flat trail run. However it's important to follow the instructions rather than follow other runners, otherwise you could do an extra 4 miles like me! Date of review: July 20, 2009
In full: Another superb running of the Fairlands Valley Challenge! If you're looking for a great trail marathon, this is it.
Friendly marshals at every checkpoint, plenty of squash and bread pudding, loads of runners to chat to on the course, lovely course, easy to follow directions and a BBQ at the end. Even the downpour at 23 miles didn't spoil it! Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Really good one for first-timers! In full: Being my first I didn't know to expect but really enjoyable. Friendly and welcoming, well organised. Bit daunting given detailed instructions and shown the start but once I'd joined others who know the route... no problem. Check points a welcome break. Scenery beautiful, truly xcountry. Weather cool and heavy rain at the end which was really pleasant. A fun run, I'd recommend it to everyone. (remember it can't be a pb!) Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Very well organised and friendly event. In full: Great way to get a long training run in. Very well organised and friendly race. Varied start times are a great idea as you can just go off and run and do your own thing. Instructions were very detailed and helpful (did get lost at the end, but that was not down to the instructions given!). Will be back to do this event again. Thanks to all the FVS who were extremely friendly and supportive and put up with those horrid heavy downpours of rain. Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Good in parts In full: I ran the 18-mile option. Route instructions had run out when I registered, and I ended up with Page 1 only, which I realised when I turned the page at Checkpoint 1 and found - a blank! That rather spoiled it for me. On the positive side the checkpoints were friendly and well stocked with drink and food (including bread pud). The finish was an anti-climax, no finish line but I'd long since given up on any sort of reasonable time. Still, the drinks, snacks and BBQ were good - thanks to FV Spartans for laying that on. Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Fantastic multi-terrrain event - best run in the calendar!! In full: A fantastic multi terrain marathon, 18 ,miler or 12 miler, depending on your inclinations. This event is superbly organised, tremendous value for money and has lovely scenery... long may it continue...my favourite event of the year. Date of review: August 2, 2008
In short: 1st Marathon I've finished and I'll be back In full: The atmosphere was great it had the feel of a Sunday club run, very friendly runners and walkers. Well organised and a lot of fun I really enjoyed my day Date of review: July 25, 2008
In short: Once again, a brilliantly well organised run. Thanks FVS. In full: The weather was really kind this year, not too hot! The staggered starts meant that I was on my own for more time than usual, but that was fine - I wasn't tempted to follow people who were going the wrong way and who kept overtaking me when they got on course again!! I really enjoy this event every year. Thanks Roger and everyone. Date of review: July 23, 2008