In short: Tough and hilly but well worth the effort for the great scenery In full: For me the steep hills were not runnable but there were others walking too and it was very friendly. Thank you to all the marshalls and those who gave up their time and were so supportive. My only minor criticism was we could have done with a few more arrows - one on the slope down to the finish would have been good, when there wsn't one I wondered whether we had to go down a different way. Overall great preparation for Beachy. Date of review: October 12, 2008
In short: Very tough but great fun In full: Another wonderful late october day to run through some of the most beautiful scenery the South Downs near Brighton have to offer. Actually a bit too hot for comfort for the last few miles... The marshalling was excellent, the route is tough, but the atmosphere was wonderful. Definitely one to do. Date of review: October 12, 2008
In short: Low key friendly event with a scenic and varied route In full: Perfect weather for it this year with early fog burning off for the first half giving great views of cloud filled valleys and hills looking even more epic. Marshalling is friendly and good but not as extensive as other courses and there are few water points. However, part of the appeal is its low key feel and its up to you to plan your water and food, not fall down badger sets etc. Much of the course is on farm tracks or well established footpaths so not too technical if, like me, you're a road runner who only does occasional trail runs. Date of review: October 12, 2008
In short: A challenging race only for the very brave!! but fun. In full: This race was very challenging and got one of my worst times ever! However, the views were spectacular and I really enjoyed the race. I will be back next year and will be up for the challenge of getting a better time and trying to run up some of the hills!! My only criticism is the signs are few and far between and this could have been better. As one of the slower runners I was often on my own and was not sure if I was running in the right direction. I took one wrong turning and unfortunately other people followed me! Bigger sign and more signs would improve this otherwise well organised race. Date of review: October 12, 2008
In short: Tough but enjoyable - second time at this race and i'll be back next year! In full: Perfect weather conditions. An early mist and slight breeze kept the worst of the sun's heat at bay early on. Running across the top of the downs before descending into the mist of the valley floor was one of the defining moments of this years race. Not for the faint hearted - the hills are tough! but the marshals and people manning the water stations are very enthusiastic. The last two mile drag back across the cliff top path are hard but the sprint down the zig-zag at the end is fun if there's a few of you finishing together. If you fancy this race remember that it is a cross country so take your own drink and any water station is a bonus. If you enjoyed this race and fancy something similar, but with a twist, try next years Sleepwalker Midnight Marathon. Date of review: October 21, 2007
In short: Not for the faint-hearted (although faint-hearted+dim is probably ok) In full: Any complaints about this one are entirely directed at myself - perhaps a race too far after the New Forest mara. I run around these hills a lot so I should have known what to expect. Doh.
I thought this a well-organised, great value race in beautiful surroundings. It is, however, bl**dy hard. Felt worse after this one than after either of my maras.
Back next year for round 2! Date of review: October 18, 2007
In short: Very enjoyable, scenic run in the South Downs. In full: Great variety of scenery and I found some of the downhills almost as hard as the uphills. Found the final drag along the clifftop difficult and couldn't wait to se the zig-zag. Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: A tough old race but don't let that put you off one of the friendliest off-roaders on the calendar In full: My third time of doing this and getting ever slower - scenic but testing course - well organised and very friendly event - good test of duration and endurance. Date of review: October 15, 2007