In short: Well organised and charming In full: A very enjoyable event, well-marshalled and well organised, being part of the flower show makes for a nice atmosphere. The course is quite undulating but PB potential is high as this is about the only 7 mile race that I know. Good to have a race on a Saturday and we were very lucky with the rain, which stopped about 10 minutes before the race began. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Very well marshalled on quiet road course In full: Having run badly marshalled races it was great to have a well-marshalled one - shows the value of having running clubs doing the organising. Unusual distance, so very little comparison for PBs. Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: Wet but didn't spoil it In full: It always helps if you have a good run, but I've done this race for 5 out of the last 6 years and quite a few times before that and they've been a mixed bag. The Chipstead Flower Festival, now in its 102nd year, is a blast from the past and helps lift this from an average race to something special. The course is undulating but perfectly runnable even for beginners and there's a great cameraderie plus of course it's on a Saturday which is good for those with other Sunday commitments. Highly recommended. Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: The first time that I can remember not doing this event in blazing sunshine!! In full: A rare Saturday afternoon excursion, a simple an event with no frills but well worth doing. And how them managed to get the Spitfire to do the flying display beggars imagination. Maybe get Shepherd Neame to sponsor the event if they can manage the same in 2012?
I'll be back and remember, every day above ground is a bonus!! :-) Date of review: July 16, 2011