In short: Run at the home of Top Gear and beyond In full: The Surrey Tempest is a great run organized very ably by Events to Live. The race starts and finishes at the Dunsfold Aerodrome which is the home of Top Gear. It's easy to go off fast for the first 2.5 miles as you run round the track, the remainder of the course takes you through the surrounding villages, it's all well marshaled and plenty of water stops. An enjoyable race, the only slight criticism is the lack of a tannoy system, but the organisers can't do anything about this. Date of review: March 15, 2016
In short: Friendly, well organised race In full: Yet another well organised, friendly race from Events to Live. I've done so many of their races now and they never disappoint. Thank you so much Events to Live - please don't stop organising races - what would we do without you? Date of review: April 4, 2015
In short: Challenging but well organised In full: I've wanted to do this race ever since my husband did it in 2011 (in the days when there was an autumn Tempest as well). The medal was fabulous and I like my bling. Well the medal has got even better and is a lovely bespoke medal designed by Laurie King. You also get a chocolate bar at the end and plenty to drink. I also liked the fact that the race director shakes your hand at the finish and thanked people for their support.
I only drank water on the way round but there were gels and jelly babies as well. It's a great race if you are marathon training (although I am not sure I'd want to do two laps, it must be quite mentally challenging to go through the finish and go round again) and the 10 mile variant is a good test in its own right, or as preparation for a half marathon.
I would have liked a slightly faster time, but it is quite undulating and I still came in as 9th lady, so happy with the position.
Thank you to everyone involved in putting on the race in windy, rainy conditions, not so bad for running in but horrible to be standing around marshalling, at drinks stations etc. Thank you again if you are reading this, your efforts were very much appreciated. Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Fantastic! In full: Organisation was brilliant. Other organisers please take note of the timing chip on shoelaces thing (these chaps gave us the plastic coated twist ties to attach them, then had 4 people with wire cutters cutting them off at the end, much much easier than tying them to shoelaces and having to persuade tired fingers to get them off again). Plenty of emails with info, plenty of signs to get us there, plenty of marshals telling us where to park/toilets/start etc, route well signed and marshaled, jelly babies in abundance. And the bling!!!
The only niggle (and I'm showing how 'spoilt' I am here) was the promised chocolate bar at the end. I was envisaging a commemorative choccy bar (you can get them with custom printed labels these days) but it was just a normal one (which I'll need to keep away from the kids). Date of review: March 29, 2015
In short: Stonking race as always! In full: Have done the 10 twice and the 20 twice - no mara this year so time for another tempest 10. Weather bleak with wind rain and grey skies but nothing could dampen the spirits of the excellent turnout and brilliant as always marshals. Love the airplane medal, thanks guys for yet another successful ETL event. Date of review: March 29, 2015
In short: great race - loved it In full: ETL races always seem to be well organized and supported. plenty of water on course, marshalls where needed and fairly good support for such a rural setting. Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: A great well organised fun race. In full: A well organized race over an undulating course. The water stations were well placed and plentiful on a warmish day and the marshals were happy and a pleasure to see on the day. Date of review: March 19, 2014
In short: Very well organised, great atmosphere In full: Only decided on the day to do this race as my wife was using the 20 as marathon preparation, so thought £25.00 was a tad excessive, that said organisation was brilliant sign up on the day was really easy, plenty of well marshalled parking, nice to get a quick drive on a bit of the top gear track !! Toilets plentiful although did run out of toilet paper post race. I enjoyed the first couple of miles on the track as it got your legs going without the open road to contend with. Once outside the airfield the course became more "interesting" with some quite sharp hills, but as I was only doing them once they were not too bad. The water stations had gel bars and jelly babies and were plentiful so another plus, the last mile or so you could hear the music from the airfield so knew I didn't have too far to go, the final straight was nicely split so the 10 milers could finish easily with the 20 milers able to get past with no hold ups. A nice touch was the race director shaking your hand at the end as well as a very good quality medal and plenty of water and a chocolate bar at the end. while waiting for my wife to finish a vegetarian egg roll and cup of tea was very welcome as well as good value. The weather was lovely so all in all a great race, well organised and a brilliant venue. The marshalls' on the course have to be thanked for their enthusiasm as well Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Fantastic event In full: Fantastic event. Perfect organisation. Great support from the marshalls. Lovely course through the airfield and then the local roads, some hills which felt worse in the heat. Impressive medal and possibly the nicest chocolate bar I have ever eaten! Date of review: March 17, 2014