In short: A half marathon that's as hard as a marathon but twice as much fun. In full: Firstly apologies to all those runners around me when I had climbed one particularly hill for the second time and let out an expletive laden and extended curse to the hills of the Monro. Also to those I almost knocked over as I weaved across the last set of steps trying not to collapse in a sweat soaked heap. All I thought at that point was never again. All I can think now is when can I sign up for next year. If you've ever wanted a change from big city marathon's you have to do this. So many hills that there's no point hill training. Just enjoy the fun and unlike me try to save a bit of energy so you can run down the last hill and not get overtaken by what felt like half the field.
In short: Brilliant, atmospheric, scenic, crazy-tough epic adventure of a half-marathon, only skip away from central London. In full: Nothing longer needed other than to recall the lone bagpiper playing laments as you toil up to Mickelham Downs. I doff my cap to this race, and in exchange it gave me a bog-flush, dead-leg and nicked my lunch money. Utterly captivating event and I will be back if I can summon up the courage next year. Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Hardest Half Marathon in Britain In full: Third year running, and this is not getting any easier! Unbelievably tough course, not for the faint hearted, you'll never look at another hill in any other HM the same way (all other courses have slopes not hills!)
I'm writing this two days after the race and I'm still hobbling around, clearly not enough practice! This will add around 1hr to your standard HM time, partly due to the hills and partly due to the fact it's nearly two miles longer at 14.78 miles - it is a country mile after all! Limited entry, what seems like a slightly pricey entrance fee always provides you with a decent medal and technical t-shirt and even picked up a pint glass (although this was for the picnic people) along with a plenty of food at the finish.
This race demands the very best from your physical and mental fitness, it will push your personal boundaries and because of this I will continue to run this race. Next year I am determined that I will complete it sub 3hrs! Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Best endurance race out there In full: This is the second year I've run this race, the first being 2013. It's a phenomenal race and organised very well. It has one of the more friendly atmospheres and a real family vibe. The goodies this year were awesome – white t-shirt, pint glass and medal. Also, they put on a vast array of sandwiches and treats at the finish – which were very welcomed! The course itself is unforgiving and totally relentless, particularly the first 2 miles. It lives up to its name as the toughest half marathon in the UK. This year it was about 25c when we ran and my only knock on the organisers is that they ran out of water on 2 stations. Thankfully they weren’t next to one another so it was manageable. Irrespective, I’d recommend this race to anyone. It’s an achievement just to participate and finish. The scenery is stunning and the participants are really friendly. I’ll definitely be back next year. It’s the only race on my calendar that’s a permanent fixture. Do yourself a favour and run it! Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Got to love the Midsummer delights In full: Third year and as ever the thrill of the downhill at the end is indescribable !! Slower than last year (will blame the heat) but determined to one day get under 2.30 ?! So means I'll be back for a fourth go !! Thanks Dr Rob for your seamless organisation and the start as ever is like nothing else..... :-) Date of review: June 22, 2014
In short: Brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal (one for each hill) In full: A brutal race on a hot day; but for the encouragement of the other runners I would have been a DNF for the first time ever. The sense of achievement finishing beats that of a marathon, and you won't find a prettier last half (downhill) kilometre.
Huge thanks to the marshals, and hats off to the Picnicers for doing it twice.
I keep promising that I'll never do it again, but keep clicking on "Enter" when Dr Rob sends his email around...