In short: Absolutely brilliant event In full: I can't fault it, excellent organisation, brilliant scenery in area where I train daily, great marshalling, very kind and supportive marshals, cheerful welcome at finish line and a very nice tech t shirt, gearing up for forty next year Date of review: April 23, 2011
In short: Brilliant Event! In full: Well organised with excellent food & drink stops...friendly & supportive marshalls & volunteers + as this was my first time of running this distan, well appreciated cameraderie between all the participants! Cannot recommend this race too highly. Well done Compton Harriers! Date of review: April 7, 2010
In short: Excellent organisation, marshalls, scenery and food In full: I'd like to echo all of the positive comments on here on what was an excellent day. Very few races can boast a cooked meal for all finishers, which was much welcome.
Went nearly two miles off course at 17 miles due to no flour mark at a t-junction after the farm, but I won't blame anyone for this. Lost me a few places, but this ended up being even better marathon training!
Can't wait for next year. Date of review: April 6, 2010
In short: (Compton 20) Marvellous - and the rain held off for the duration! In full: No point in repeating all of the richly deserved high praise from other competitors, but some highlights: beautiful scenery, enthusiastic marshalling, well-run organisation, nice top and welcome unhealthy lunch at the end! Course reasonably challenging, definitely trail shoes territory, a couple of sharpish hills in the middle section. Definitely a favourite. Date of review: April 6, 2010
In short: Probably my favourite race wach year In full: Love this event, only wish it was more than once a year. A summer or autumn version would be fantastic. Much more mud to get through this year but just as enjoyable. Glorious scenery, plenty of undulations & a couple of unrunnable hills. Already looking forward to the next one. Maybe one day I'll attempt the 40. Date of review: April 6, 2010
In short: Well organised, low-key, excellent event (20m Downloand Challenge) In full: I highly recommend this event. Parking easy. Race number collection easy. No big queues for toilets. All runners (20m and 40m) set off together into beautiful countryside and footpaths. The preceding rainfall made the course quite muddy in places but it could have been a lot, lot worse. Weather was kind during the race. A few really good points to mention:
- fellow participants were really friendly and chatty. - the water/feed stations were excellent. Jaffa cakes, biscuits, jelly babies, ritz crackers, water, squash, fizzy drinks, hot drinks. Just what was needed. - friendly and supportive marshals
Like the rest of the event, the finish was very low key but I was happy with my cup of squash, creme egg and t-shirt. I had to miss the grub as I had to rush off afterwards.
A very well organised event for those who enjoy a nice run through great countryside. Date of review: April 6, 2010
In short: Compton Harriers couldn't have done anything more - the perfect event! In full: Positives: Good pre-event communication including route available to download on garmin (beyond my expertise) or in printable form (more to my liking; sign-posting to venue was fine and the parking was well marshalled; event venue had good facilities including plenty of toilets, and showers for afterwards; registration was quick and easy, and we all lined up for the start in plenty of time;
Once you got going, the first thing I noticed was how well marked the route was. This rendered the instructions that I carried as surplus to requirements. However, I did take a couple of detours due to lack of concentration and when the flour had got churned up in the mud - no problem and just added to the sense of adventure;
the main positives for me was the marshaling and checkpoints/feed stations. The friendliness and enthusiasm from every individual was at a level that I've rarely seen. I enjoyed cups of tea, jaffa cakes, jelly babies/beans and there were plenty of water/orange/coke etc also on offer; At the low-key finish, you were cheered in by the small but supportive crowd, handed a creme egg, and a super techie t-shirt; A hot shower, and then a cooked meal (chips, sausages and beans) and hot rice pudding for dessert capped off a fantastic day;
Negatives - absolutely none.
With all the effort put in by Compton Harriers, all we had to do was run. I did the 40, and I can't recall enjoying an event as much as this. The fist 20 miles was more scenic but also more hilly than the second half. We also had the best of the weather for the first half. The feelgood nature of this event was shared by the competitors and I chatted and joked with almost everyone that I met along the route.
Apart from the hills and the distance, the main challenge was the muddy terrain. It had rained heavily for most of the week preceding the event, and the conditions underfoot were challenging. My trail shoes weren't up to the job and this left me slipping and sliding. With the many puddles, I eventually came a cropper trying to scurt around them - the first fall left me merely caked in mud, but the second fall head first in a deep puddle rendered my route instruction suitable illegible and fit only for recycling. Being out for so long, the weather turned as the wind picked up and the rain came. It then got tough but my conservative pacing saw mw through okay.
Despite coming home in well over 8hrs, I had a big smile on my face, and I'm still smiling two days later. It's days like this that running is the best thing in the world.
Thanks to everyone at Compton for a very special day.
In short: Good value, great scenery & smooth organisation In full: Brilliant value, and well organised. Just shows how well a small club can put on an event by concentrating on what runners what, instead of keeping sponsors happy. It's a fairly challenging 20 mile trail run, not as hard as Grizzly - I ran Compton 30 mins quicker than Grizzly. This year rather slippery underfoot due to several days of heavy rain, but not heavy mud. Parking and registration at the school all went smoothly. The toilets are dotted around the school and with a little perseverance, one with a short queue can be found - paper ran out though, so make sure you have your own. The course was generally well marked, although a few junctions could have done with more flour, just to confirm the right way. Great marshaling - thank you and drinks every 5 miles, with snacks at the later points. A good T-shirt and a school dinner at the end finished the day off nicely. Date of review: April 5, 2010
In short: Excellent organisation. In full: Thanks to the Harriers and all their helpers. This was as tough as I expected it to be. I'm sure the course feels very different when it's dry. Easy-to-follow route with terrific drink stations. Date of review: April 5, 2010