In short: Tough but enjoyable - second time at this race and i'll be back next year! In full: Perfect weather conditions. An early mist and slight breeze kept the worst of the sun's heat at bay early on. Running across the top of the downs before descending into the mist of the valley floor was one of the defining moments of this years race. Not for the faint hearted - the hills are tough! but the marshals and people manning the water stations are very enthusiastic. The last two mile drag back across the cliff top path are hard but the sprint down the zig-zag at the end is fun if there's a few of you finishing together. If you fancy this race remember that it is a cross country so take your own drink and any water station is a bonus. If you enjoyed this race and fancy something similar, but with a twist, try next years Sleepwalker Midnight Marathon. Date of review: October 21, 2007
In short: Not for the faint-hearted (although faint-hearted+dim is probably ok) In full: Any complaints about this one are entirely directed at myself - perhaps a race too far after the New Forest mara. I run around these hills a lot so I should have known what to expect. Doh.
I thought this a well-organised, great value race in beautiful surroundings. It is, however, bl**dy hard. Felt worse after this one than after either of my maras.
Back next year for round 2! Date of review: October 18, 2007
In short: Very enjoyable, scenic run in the South Downs. In full: Great variety of scenery and I found some of the downhills almost as hard as the uphills. Found the final drag along the clifftop difficult and couldn't wait to se the zig-zag. Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: A tough old race but don't let that put you off one of the friendliest off-roaders on the calendar In full: My third time of doing this and getting ever slower - scenic but testing course - well organised and very friendly event - good test of duration and endurance. Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Great scenery, great marshalls, great race. In full: As a first timer to the race it was hard but enjoyable. It felt very hot and I'm glad i carried my own drink aswell as the stations because the heat zapped me. It shouldn't be that hot in the middle of October! The marshalls were very friendly, special thanks for those in the cow fields and guy on his mountain bike.... Enjoyable day! Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Great tough race...already thinking about next years, it's that good. In full: Hard, hilly and a real treat. It just about has the lot: great course, real physical challenge, very friendly low key feel and outside of a fell race, just about the best value for money going.
If you like this sort of thing but haven't done it yet, then do it. If you're not sure, then give it a go, you'll end up as a convert.
Many thanks to everyone who helped put this on and to all those who took part; see you again next year - HLS Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Tough race, highly recommended In full: First time to do this one and I loved it. The scenery was amazing, easily made up for the crazy hills. Friendly marshals and friendly competitors. Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: A beautiful course and the weather made it even better. The hills, as expected, were tough but made the course more interesting. Nice medal and wonderful marshals. All in all, a fab race. Date of review: October 15, 2007