In short: They said this race would be "tough". They weren't joking! In full: More ups and downs than the latest ride at Alton Towers, but still fast.
The route took in plenty of narrow country lanes, with a lot of tree cover - useful today with the hot afternoon sun. The drink station was well-staffed with lots of supplies, and some friendly people cooling the runners with water spray too (thank you!).
Aside from the near-guarantee of a PB(!), what makes this race so special is the village-fete atmosphere. It's wonderful to be involved in such a traditional "English" event, with cream teas, Punch & Judy show, cakes from the WI, etc.
Huge kudos to the South London Harriers, and the organisers of the Chipstead Flower Show. Today was about so much more than just a flat-out race. It was a fun day out, and thoroughly appreciated.
In short: Good to get the hills over with before half way, and to have water just after them. In full: A very village fair type of run, with the friendliness and slightly amateur start/finish that goes with that. Unlimited water before as well as after race very welcome. Better loos than the average race. Marshals on route good. Pity that there was quite a steep camber on the road for the first mile or so and the last couple of miles, made it tempting to run in the middle of the road - but not really anything the organisers can do about that! Date of review: July 14, 2007
In short: Lovely day out for the whole family In full: Excellent day with beautiful weather with loads for the family to do. This was only my 4th race so it was nice to move up my usual 10K to a 7 miler.Definately come back next year Date of review: July 18, 2005