In short: Wonderful views and some great descents. Could easily turn into mud bath if it had been wet In full: Cracking scenery and smoothly organised. All good and not as tough as people said it would be, but then it has been very dry recently. I imagine that this run could be quagmire in the wet, especially with those fantastic 60° descents Date of review: August 1, 2010
In short: What a great race. First time for me but will be back next year. In full: Outstanding organisation.... I anticipated getting lost, however the marking of the course and marshals was brilliant. The "wolf whistle" from the lady marshal made my day. Well done to Tom Frost and all of those involved in today's race. A credit to Liss Runners. Date of review: August 1, 2010
In short: Lung busting and thigh burning stuff! In full: This was my first trail race for a while and it was quite a refresher! I had set myself the challenge of making it round without walking but by mile 7 a long, steep hill just wiped me out. Organisation was great and the trail was really rugged with some dizzying descents and punishing climbs. A nice descent at the end to stretch out very weary legs and really helpful Marshalls throughout. I would definitely do it again. Date of review: August 1, 2010
In short: A Muddy Race In full: I was returning home from Saudi and thought why not give it a go as it happened to be in my backyard.
It was certainly a different experience to say the least, am so used to running on flat surface here in Riyadh, Saudi that doing the hills certainly tested my calves and thighs, they were so sore after the race that I could not even climb stairs for at least couple of days.
The views were fantastic but yep agree that some places were so steep that i was not even sure that i could climb down, let alone run.
Anyway all in all fanatic venue, good organisation, a big thank to Tom and his team (organiser/volunteers) for their wonderful efforts, without them this would not be possible. Date of review: August 23, 2009
In short: Not as tough as you would think! In full: Reading the reviews from last year, I was concerned that this race might be a half marathon version of the 'Jack & Jill 5 Mile' event near Hassocks in West Sussex, which basically involves running up and down the Downs twice (very steep long climbs). However, this course wasn't too bad in terms of hills (my first half marathon [first started running 6 weeks before]and my time was just over 2 hours). I felt that most of the course was downhill and the inclines were generally no greater then 50 m in length. Obviously if it hadn't have been raining so much in the days leading up to the race, it would have been easier.
Its a good first test for a trail runner (I would say), but certainly run the first half of the race slower, as the course does start to effect you from around the 9 mile mark on.
In saying all of this, it really depends on what kind of courses you run in practice, as to how hard you will find this event i.e. if you've only been running on the flat (roads), you're probably going to struggle to get a good time at Milland.
To finish on a positive, you get a very nice medal at the end, and the whole event is run very well in beautiful surroundings! Very enjoyable! Date of review: August 6, 2009
In short: One of my favourites In full: The mud made it much harder and I missed not having the steps and the small ford across a forest path. Enjoyed my pint and rump steak and fries in the Rising Sun in the village afterwards. Definetely the best way to spend a Sunday in August! Date of review: August 6, 2009
In short: Very challenging course. In full: Very challenging course with lots to think about on the way round. Much more enjoyable than a normal half marathon. extreme mud slopes made it more entertaining! Thanx to the very excited lady marshall on the 8 mile marker! Date of review: August 4, 2009
In short: hills and mud - what more could you ask for on one of the best trail runs in the south? In full: good to see the course reverting to its original direction, far preferred it compared to last year but have never known there to be so much mud at this time of year - more cross country than trail at times. well signed and great marshals, thank you liss runners liked the small course alterations which removed some of the road sections and the steps. see you next year. Date of review: August 4, 2009