In short: Good for a first time event In full: Though this was good, except for the delayed start. Plenty of water and food, cheery marshalls, nice medal and a couple of useful items in the goodie bag. agree that the last 2 miles were a bit tough. maybe do it in the opposite way next time, so the "dull, oh my god have i still got that far to run" airfield isn't at the end, and there is a decent distance of wide airfield for the field to spread out at the start, before they hit the roads. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Fantastic, and friendly, very well organised. In full: Very enjoyable race. Brilliantly organised, and fantastic vocal, marshalls. They spurred me on at the end. Highly recommend to everyone. Great goody bag and medal. BIG THANK YOU to you all. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: A good warm up race for a marathon In full: Parking was a doddle but as mentioned by everyone the baggage system needs sorting out as the queues were very long. This wouldn't have been such an issue if the start line was nearer the building. The course was not flat and fast as advertised and for a first time 20 miler the 4 or 5 hills were an unwelcome surprise and the wind over the airfield was a final killer. But having said that it makes for a good training run - but don't expect to get a PB. The girls at the drink stops were very encouraging, I'm sure I could hear them screeching from over a mile away! Marshals were also very polite and encouraging (mercifully not as loud as at the drink points!). Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: My first 20 miler, I loved it! In full: I found the two lap format really good as I knew exactly what to expect and where to expect the little hills on this 'flat' course!
Plenty of water stations although no jelly babies as promised and the enrgy drink was not good. Lack of toilets at the start led to some very grumpy people in the queue.
All in all though, a really good course, lots of good marshalling support, no bottle necks or problems on the quiet country lanes. I'll definatley be back next year but maybe just for the 10 so I can go for the PB! Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Well organised for a inugural race. Scenic run and mildly undulating in parts. Can see this being a very big race in the future once established. Thanks organisers. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Spitfire 20 - excellent race, great venue In full: Dunsfold Aerodrome had plenty of parking and the vast tarmac allowed for the least crowded start I've made on a race with this many participants. They needed more toilets so the start was briefly delayed (the openness of an aerodrome leaves little alternatives - especially for the girls). The Spitfire ran at the same time as the Tempest (a 10 miler, one lap) but things weren't that congested even on the busier roads. After the first 3 or so miles, it packed off down quiet country lanes (with a couple of challenging climbs) and through Dunsfold village. Two laps was fine because this was beautiful undulating countryside on a lovely sunny day. Enough water stations for me and the girls 'manning' them were so supportive, shouting and yelling for all. Avoid the energy drinks - they tasted like mouth rinse at the dentist's. Marshalling was top notch. Miles 8-10, 18-20 were round the top gear circuit (I think we may have done Gambon just before the final sprint). Driving out after the 20 was a breeze for me. All in all an excellent well-organised event. I wouldn't normally choose a two-lapper for will power reasons. In fact had I read the details of this race properly, I would not have entered - and then I would have missed on a great race. Date of review: March 15, 2010