In short: Fab race - challenging but such fun! In full: Tough, hilly and more mud than I ever knew exisited but I so loved this race. I'd decided to put enjoyment over pace and I couldn't have chosen a more beautiful and friendly race.
Marshals were wonderfully stoic standing in the pouring rain encouraging us along. Lots of jelly babies and the frequent water stations. It was great to have my name called out at the finish too.
Showers were provided to wash off the mud. Brilliant home baked delights were simply the icing on the cake! Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: I said I wouldn't ever do it again... In full: but now it's been 24 hours I can't wait till next years! It does seem to be mainly a race for serious runners with their compression socks and ridiculous pace, but there is room available for those not as fast or fit.
I still cannot get over people who came in around the 2 hour mark as it's ridiculously unforgiving on the ground, especially with 6 inches of mud to slide about on, but good on them and one day I hope to get even a little close to where they are.
The scenery was beautiful, the water stations were plenty with excellent marshalls cheering you on. Completely recommend for the challenge and experience, although some people did take it far too serious, there were others who chatted to me and made me feel welcome (I was alone).
If you're debating about it, I'd say go and give it a try anyway! Date of review: June 25, 2012
In full: Really enjoyed this race, all the marshals did a fantastic job. What more can i say banana, cake and water at the finish line and a hot shower, Great race i will be back next year with a bit more hill training. Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: A bit hilly - but massively muddy! In full: First time I'd done this. Entered on the day despite some reservations about the weather. Glad I did - great atmosphere, very enthusiastic marshalling and lovely scenery - woods, downland and poppy fields. Not as hilly as South Downs or Greensands, but a few shortish but sharp hills - made much harder by the additions of very slippery mud (admittedly outside the organisers' control). Might be relatively fast if the ground is dry.
Very narrow path for firts 3-4 kms, with limired overtaking after the starting bit round the playing fields, so racing snakes might want to push ahead. Bit dubious about some of the distance markers, especially the last km (I hadn't slowed down that much), but a very enjoyable race. Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: Muddy, hilly, gruelling, yet quite brilliant In full: Tough but beautiful terrain, lots of lovely mud, friendly, helpful marshalling, all-round great organisation including super-quick results - an excellent race. Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: Muddy,hilly,muddy then hilly again! Great race In full: Did this after Brighton Marathon, harder than 26 in my opinion . Great race very enjoyable and a great challenge. Organised well ,great scenery , gels would be a good idea . Shade over 18 miles on my garmin by a mile and a bit ,but I don't care,it was brilliant .!!!!!!!! Date of review: June 25, 2012