In short: Good race, could be great... In full: This is the second year I've run this race and am happy to say that the organisation was better than last year. That's not to say that this year was seamless; there were half a dozen places that needed to be waymarked better and at least another couple of marshals at tricky points along the route would have been appreciated.
Other than these somewhat minor gripes this is a great race that deserves more attention. This race will definitely be in my race calendar again next year. Date of review: May 6, 2009
In short: Just do it! In full: Great race as ever - excellent organisation, great course, super marshalls (needed one or two more at one point). Perfect running conditions on the day too. Date of review: May 5, 2009
In short: Them hills be silly but it's a great event In full: u know it's all gone slightly weird when people are hang gliding beneath you. this should perhaps be renamed the Humpty Dumpty marathon as you never stop going up and then down, and you will feel in pieces as u see the hills confronting you at the 18 mile mark. This was my first mara and thought it was a cracker - great views, well organised, a nice mix of runners and the volunteers did a superb job (why Rich Tea biscuits tho??). will definitely do it again but, ahem, will look for a flatter, more normal marathon in the meantime. Date of review: May 5, 2009
In short: Very welcoming, very challenging, very scenic, very satisfying In full: An excellent race - very challenging route, but what spectatcular views from the top of the South Downs out across England. Tough but very satisfying to complete. Date of review: May 5, 2009
In short: South Downs splendour makes up for the toughness of the course In full: I've run the full marathon four times now - lack of miles in legs restricted me to running the half marathon this time around - still a very tough but very enjoyable run - very friendly event - cakes at the finish much appreciated. Date of review: May 5, 2009
In short: Excellent trail/path run In full: Did the Half and thoroughly enjoyed it. Tough and hilly with magnificent views. Friendly water stations with cake at the halfway point and end!! Date of review: May 4, 2009
In short: Very Hot, Very Hard, Very Hilly...... Loved it! In full: What a great 1/2 marathon. A never ending single file 2 mile hill on a chalk path to start with followed by more hills and more hills! Hard terrain all the way round especially difficult on the down hills. Views were fantastic... so if you like a challenge and enjoy great views have a go at this one. Only Neg is that after a 2hour drive to get there, having to walk all the way across the park for the ladies loo's to find there only two and queueing for ages was a pain. Date of review: May 4, 2009