In short: Absolutely splendid. Relaxed and very well-organised event with perfect weather In full: Seemingly like most other participants this was part of my prep for the London marathon and as such it was perfect. One could treat it as a lovely Sunday morning run that just happened to have a few hundred other people along for the ride - so I could relax into a comfortable pace and, every now and again get a little bit motivated and try to catch or keep pace with somebody a bit faster. Organisation was spot on and the no frills nature added to its charm. For Â£10 any kind of medal is a bonus and the oft praised "Jelly Baby Two" were worth the entry fee on their own. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Much more interesting than Worthing In full: The course caught me out a bit a few more undulations than expected but they were all gradual ups. Views & support around the course just average but good event & much better value & more interesting than Worthing which is usually on the same date Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: low key race in countryside, good marathon prep, good marshalling In full: 21.2 mile race excellent practice for spring marathoners. The hill at 16 and again at 21 miles a bit cruel but at least the race ended on downhill! Curious positioning of finish meant I didn't know where the end was but then I was all the more grateful when I turned the sharp corner to see it in front of me! And with the 15 mile option at least I could tell myself that the runners overtaking me were going for the shorter option! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Good Marathon Prep In full: Nice race through countryside on tarmac roads. Thought there were quite a few undulations. Good marshalling, plenty of drink stations and good mile markers. Congested start running into oncomming traffic and busy finish too. If I was to be picky, I could say that the results could have been posted a bit quicker. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Very enjoyable and well organised In full: The course was very pleasant and the marshalls were excellent - all very encouraging. It was a little congested in the first mile or so, and I agree with Grayster H's comments about the traffic on the road near the finish, but overall a very well organised run and ecellent preparation for an April marathon. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Great marsahalls as always. In full: Great race as always. Marshalls are some of the friendliest in the country. Loved the jelly babies at 10 & 16 miles!!. Medal not so good after such a long run. Soitfire 20 was much better!!.Well organised and great scenary. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: professionally organised, unbeatable value In full: Many thanks to the organisers and marshals for a great 2010 event. Good course marking and frequent water stops make this very useful as a pre-London training event. I like the idea that people are allowed to start early if they don't think they'll make the (fairly generous) cut-off time, though how they get up even earlier on the day the clocks go forward is beyond me. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Great distance and event - shame about the traffic at the finish In full: This runs across a pretty quiet rural road course with 3 visits to Cranleigh town where there was some decent support. The course is fairly flat (except for that hill at 14/20 and one quite early on). Nice mixed participation. Excellent marshalling. Quite frequent drinks stations (although I think I would have preferred one more and all serving orange) and thanks to the jelly-baby-duo.
Downside was the unclear and cluttered start which was pretty congested for first two miles. Finish line was, in my view, fairly dangerous cutting across an open road. When I ran in there were cars stopped on either side and I had to dodge though the middle avoiding wing mirrors. Looks like an accident waiting to happen plus some pretty disguntled drivers giving verbal after you've done 21m is not good.
This is great pre-marathon race training and really good value. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Well organised low-key scenic run, great for marathon training In full: Really well organised event, great value, well marshalled, and lots of water stations. Nice sized event, really nice atmosphere but quite quiet and low key (which I liked) but the route is not lined with vast numbers of supporters cheering you on if that's your thing. Really nice route, scenic, and a few slight inclines, but generally pretty flat, and good for marathon training. Date of review: March 28, 2010