In short: Toughest marathon in the South. In full: It certainly earned it's reputation for being the 'Toughest marathon in the South' this year for me, as I really struggled with cramping calves after half way and had to slow to a jog for the rest of the way or, even walking!.. Glad to have had Monday off to recoup and repair. Ace course though so may well be back next year... Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: The only race i commit to do every year. Its by far the best. In full: Gets better and better each year. Loved the witch and wizard and monk. The goody bag included a calendar last year - will miss that for this year. Date of review: September 21, 2013
In short: My 30th marathon & probably one of the best I've done so far! In full: I never write race reviews but i promised myself i would for this one because i was so impressed with everything about the race. From the relaxed no pressure start, the many many many marshals (did someone say 200?), the excellent directions and orange paint, the very frequent & very well stocked water/feed stations (full sugar squash...a necessity & almost never seen!), the stunning scenery that made you literally feel on top of the world, the sense of humour to have fancy dress ghoul marshals toward the end (loved it!), the almost immediate results at the finish to the generous medal, mug, good sized t shirts and cake at the end! Don't be put off by the off road nature and non-PB course, this race is a must-do race. I never used to be an off-road fan but i loved every minute of it and was even still smiling as I came up the hill to the finish & crossed the line :) A massive thanks to the organisers, volunteers and marshals. See you next year! Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: Best marshals ever and overall great atmosphere & scenery In full: Despite it being a tough race physically i thoroughly enjoyed this. it is a very scenic off road race through hills, forests and fields which never gets dull. Marshals are on hand at every turn to guide you. It is hilly so its definitely not one to worry about good times - although i will be back next year to try to beat my 2013 time! Well done to the organisers on a great job. Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: Superb race...faultless! In full: Great organisation, super venue with fantastic views, trails and woodland across the north downs..... very friendly and cakes, biscuits, orange / blackcurrent squash, bananas with a fantastic goody bag at the end!!! Fab support by mashalls on route with treats and water, orange / ribena drinks at the water stations and biscuits jelly babys etc at ea ch station, how cool is that!(10 stations on the half too!)Less chance of a PB here but who cares, the race is so much fun I just enjoyed the event from arrival to end. Its so friendly even the race director stops to talk to everyone while it all still runs like clockwork!! I will be back next year. Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: Brilliant team of marshals cheered us all on & manned the plentiful & excellent feed stations. In full: Perfect running conditions for this tough multi-terrain marathon. Some superb views, a few tough climbs and great atmosphere. The organisation was excellent once again with loads of signs & marshals. Water every couple of miles & a range of sweet & salty snacks. The staggered start means the first marathon runners are coming in with the 2hr+ half marathoners which helps with the atmosphere as does the Farnham Brass Band. Nice T-shirt, medal & a mug for all finishers as well as a range of cakes & bananas. Thanks very much - I'll be back. Date of review: September 17, 2013
In short: Very hard, but scenice and brilliantly organised. In full: Very hilly and a great work out. Great views from the top of the hills which makes the hard slog up them worthwhile and some lovely old woods at their bases. At the end there were free cakes and nanas, water, medals, t-shirts and a great tea mug! For the entrance fee it is well worth it, but make sure you practice hill runs before! Well done to the rotary club for such good organisation. One thing to include though are mile markers. I use a GPS watch so didn't miss the mile markers, but others probably would need them. Date of review: September 17, 2013
In short: Four out of four In full: Fourth time here and it gets better each time. I used to hate this course, the sandy ascent up to St Marthas church, the up and straight back down to St Catherine’s Abbey – but now I know what to expect I embrace the course. A little more surreal this year – being cheered on by several groups of hiking Duke of Edinburgh girls, followed by the sight of an old woman and a wizard in the woods (they were real I’m sure). Marshalls as always were excellent – I think half the county had a marshal job. Plenty of aid stations with water food – so never thirsty or hungry. Good crowd of runners and hit the start line just as it started to rain (although no as heavy as last year’s rain) There was a moan that there were no mile markers – made a nice change (if I wanted to know I could have used the GPS) not to know – just running on feel as a steady pace. Well done to the organisers – ticks all the boxes: good route, easy parking, well marked course, plenty of aid stations and cake at the finish line. Be back next year to make it five out five.