In short: Pretty and horrendous In full: Every time I come to the South Downs for these sort of events I'm always won over by the glorious scenery that you get from the high points round the course and yeterday despite the rain, wind and even sleet at one point found the whole experience totally uplifting. This was my first time on the 3 Forts marathon and I was very happy overall with the organisation and found all the marshalls to be encouraging even though they all had to stand out in what was awful weather. The drink stations were plentiful and as one other reviwer has already mentioned I hardly hard to use my drinks bottle all the way round. I also would like to see more in the way of jelly babies or something similar as opposed to biscuits, which don't go down so well. Also a nice cup of hot tea at the end would have been welcoming to finish with. Overall brilliant race and I for one will be back again next year. Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: Great Jaunt Across West Sussex countryside In full: Second time for this marathon. There were ample drink stations & the bottle that I took round the course barely had to touch. There were a few erratic mile markers from mile 7. Either have them every mile or other mile or don't bother. Medal at the end was a bit lame. Same as previous & no year on the ribbon.
Marshalls were brill & the course was well signpost.
The rain wasn't too bad. More showers than rain & better than a hot day. Loved the clouds sweeping up the Downs on the high-points. Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: Excellent event despite the atrocious wether conditions In full: Great event but very tough, especially with the weather condtions this year. All the marshals & volunteers deserve praise for this support & getting soaked themselves. My thanks should also go to numerous people (one was a Horsham runner) I ran with but especially to Lucy (Sandhurst Runners), the leading lady, who I ran with for a number of miles towards the finish (overtaking 4 other ladies in the process) & who kept me going with our interesting & distracting conversations along the way...a great performance after her 3:19 pb at London. The cameradie at these events is what makes taking part so enjoyable & full marks to the organisers who perhaps next year may introduce jelly babies at the drinks stations as well the hard to digest biscuits....a glass of cider wouldn't have gone amiss as well!!!! Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: The tough one! In full: Do you know what 3450ft of climb means? It means 12% of the way to the top of Mt Everest! And the weather this year was AWFUL. But fantastic organisation, lovely biscuits etc on the way round. And for once I was even thinking about doing it next year before I finished.... Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: ps In full: ps - meant to add to my earlier review - thanks again to my husband (who again wasn't able to run) - for his support. It is appreciated!!! It was good to see him cheering me on at the half way point - just a shame hae had such a long wait in the pouring rain..... Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: Great day out despite the pouring rain In full: I opted for the half marathon, and even though I found the hills hard, really enjoyed it. Plenty of water stops, several marshalls and reassuring that at about mile 7 they were checking your race number to see if you had made it that far.
Would love to do it again, though I hope next time there will be more toilets. The ladies were quite a long way from the start and there were only 2 that soon got blocked.........
And hopefully next time I won't take a tumble. Thanks to the ladies who helped me up though - just after I'd overtaken them and was on a roll (literally) going down hill. Date of review: May 2, 2010