In short: Glorious English race In full: Beautiful day for a run through classic English countryside. Very smooth organisation - Well done to Events to Live for continuing this fantastic event! Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: Charming, scenic and hilly course, with good marshalling. But let's have the kilometre markers back please. In full: Generally a highly enjoyable morning out; my only criticism is the lack of kilometre markers; particularly as headphones were banned so my phone's GPS couldn't be called into play. If it costs money to mark the course, stick 50p on the entry fee. Special thanks to the marshals who offered words of encouragement on a very hot day. Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: Next year I want to do all of it at the pace I did the 1st 6k (then I crashed) In full: A lovely event. Just needs a marshal near the yha hostel to cope with crashers, as its a long walk down to the road from there dripping blood. Date of review: February 8, 2011
In short: A great race, tough in the middle, but some long downhills as well! In full: One thing I found is that the first couple of K is quite slow as you have to run in single file and cannot overtake. I normally prefer to start towards the back and work my way past people, but I got stuck behind runners a bit slower than me. So I'll start nearer the front next year. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable off road race In full: A very enjoyable low-key off road race. All aspects of the organisation worked well, there was abundant (on road) parking, plenty of toilets and the school was a convenient (and charming) venue for the start and finish. The course was as scenic as you are going to get, it was quite congested at the start but the filed had spread out after a mile or so and I don't think that it made any difference to the timings. Certainly a course for those comfortable with ascents and descents but very well marshalled and waymarked so it would have been hard to get lost. I agree that the distance was closer to 6.5 miles per my Garmin but I don't think that this matters as PBs for courses like this can only ever be race-specific. Very beginner-friendly and would be a good introduction to trail running. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Harder than I thought it would be but very enjoyable. In full: A really nice race to take part in but not without its tricky bits, one of the hills just keeps on going. Some areas of congestion near the beginning but is spread out nicely after that. Friendly and very well organised. GPS recorded 6.5miles at the finish? Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Fantastic, fun morning out in the Surrey hills - loved it! In full: There were definitely a couple of brutal hills but balanced by some great fun 'wheeeeeeeeee!' downhill sections, and the scenery was (almost) enough to distract from the pain. Much of the first half is very narrow, so if you're after a decent time don't get stuck at the back like I did (not that it mattered to me!)
It was well-organised, with a nice, friendly atmosphere, and the marshalls were excellent - enthusiastic, encouraging, friendly, helpful.
It is quite expensive for a 10k, but it's for a great cause, and I think it was well worth the entry fee.
All in all, a brilliant race, I will be back next year.