In short: Best views and scenary in a race so far. And great trophy at the end too. In full: I have to say that this run is the hardest but most enjoyable run I have done yet. The hills just kept coming then about 5k in it went down long enough to catch your breath before coming up another hill. Its the first race I have been able to sprint the last bit too. Even though that was up a hill. Everyone there was so nice no shortage of drinks as they were there 3times round, unusual in a 10k so I think they knew how hard it was going to be and made every necessary arangement to make it easy. I know I needed more drink as them hills just made me loose my breath. The trophy at the end was good too. Im getting a lot of neck hangers so it was a nice change. Date of review: September 3, 2007
In short: Hard, tough course, but well worth it. In full: I have always loved the town of Arundel, and to go there to take part in a fringe event of the Arundel Festival was special for me. The organisation was as smooth as silk, that you barely noticed it. There were two drinks stations, one at 2k and one at 5k, very sensible given the unforgiving climb to 5k. Friendly marshals, wonderful crowd support and a good mix of runners of all abilities. Every runner was well received.
The course was very challenging, and really tested your reserves of stamina. Not one for PB hunters, you need a really flat course for that. After the last climb at 7k I really wanted to get a good head of steam for the final descent but didn't have the energy to go really fast as I wanted. So this event, like the Hastings Half Marathon, is a really good fitness test.
There were two major highlights in this race. The first was the wonderful views that rewarded all your hard work during the climbs. Glorious views of the South Downs at 5k and stunning views of the River Arun weaving its way through the park at the top of the hill at 7k. Unforgettable sights. Second, the memento - a beautiful perspex hologram paperweight in presentation box. How generous, and no doubt well earned!
All in all, this has to be one of the very best races in the calendar, in all respects. Next year? Never in doubt. Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: Great Fun going down the Hills! In full: steady climb to the top, Super fast descent for 2k, followed by 1k of climb, then downhill again through the Castle, and a short sharp climb to the finish line.
£7 entry, and a great memento!! Bargain! Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: Ignore the climb. Just enjoy the scenery! In full: Wonderful event. Very well organised and friendly. The climb was hard but worth the effort to see the view at the top. Nice glass paperweight as a memento. Will definitely be back. Very well done, Organisers Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: Great location and scenery, and friendly organisation and crowds at the finish. Long slow climb to start with followed by a downhill and a further shorter climb at 7k. Date of review: September 4, 2006
In short: Great scenery, hard race In full: Fantastic route through the grounds of Arundel Castle. The first 5.5k virtually all uphill so not good for PB but a great work out Date of review: August 31, 2006
In short: Great race, need to practise hill climbs before though!!!! In full: Not PB potential but a great race. Great atmosphere and scenery. The beginning and the end of the race goes through Arundel Castle which is worth doing in itself. About the first 5k is on a tarmac incline through Arundel Park to which you then have to run down Target Valley. There is another 0.5k incline. The finish this year ended going down the high street instead of up which I found was quite narrow. Glad there were more water stations this year as it gets quite hot running uphills! All in all a good race and look forward to doing it next year. ;-) Date of review: August 30, 2006
In short: The hills are alive with the sound of ... people running up hills and down hills, rather steep ones, and then back up another smaller but just as steep one and ... finally finishing. [Julie Andrews is my mum.] Date of review: August 29, 2006
In short: Lovely setting, just don't under estimate the climb In full: Really beautiful setting, well organised. Because of the steady climb for the first half of the race it is really difficult to pace yourself, and just when you thought it would start to get easier at the top, the path becomes uneven, then when you are getting used to the uneven track and heading downwards they throw in another punishing climb which just about finished me off! Nice atmosphere and a great crowd cheering you on at the end. Might take me a bit longer to convince myself I enjoyed it and to try again next year Date of review: August 29, 2006