In short: Next year I want to do all of it at the pace I did the 1st 6k (then I crashed) In full: A lovely event. Just needs a marshal near the yha hostel to cope with crashers, as its a long walk down to the road from there dripping blood. Date of review: February 8, 2011
In short: A great race, tough in the middle, but some long downhills as well! In full: One thing I found is that the first couple of K is quite slow as you have to run in single file and cannot overtake. I normally prefer to start towards the back and work my way past people, but I got stuck behind runners a bit slower than me. So I'll start nearer the front next year. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable off road race In full: A very enjoyable low-key off road race. All aspects of the organisation worked well, there was abundant (on road) parking, plenty of toilets and the school was a convenient (and charming) venue for the start and finish. The course was as scenic as you are going to get, it was quite congested at the start but the filed had spread out after a mile or so and I don't think that it made any difference to the timings. Certainly a course for those comfortable with ascents and descents but very well marshalled and waymarked so it would have been hard to get lost. I agree that the distance was closer to 6.5 miles per my Garmin but I don't think that this matters as PBs for courses like this can only ever be race-specific. Very beginner-friendly and would be a good introduction to trail running. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Harder than I thought it would be but very enjoyable. In full: A really nice race to take part in but not without its tricky bits, one of the hills just keeps on going. Some areas of congestion near the beginning but is spread out nicely after that. Friendly and very well organised. GPS recorded 6.5miles at the finish? Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Fantastic, fun morning out in the Surrey hills - loved it! In full: There were definitely a couple of brutal hills but balanced by some great fun 'wheeeeeeeeee!' downhill sections, and the scenery was (almost) enough to distract from the pain. Much of the first half is very narrow, so if you're after a decent time don't get stuck at the back like I did (not that it mattered to me!)
It was well-organised, with a nice, friendly atmosphere, and the marshalls were excellent - enthusiastic, encouraging, friendly, helpful.
It is quite expensive for a 10k, but it's for a great cause, and I think it was well worth the entry fee.
All in all, a brilliant race, I will be back next year.
In short: Tough on the legs but a fantastic way to spend a morning In full: For the first half of the race there's no let up. Right from the start you are going uphill. Narrow in places which means serious runners need to get to the front early. Dry and cool, which made for perfect conditions. If it was raining you'd really need some serious trail shoes. Overall, thank goodness for the second half of the race (largely downhill). Well organised from the local primary school. Managed to avoid oncoming car on my sprint down to the finishing line. A finishers medal would have been nice but the technical t-shirt with runners names on the back is a nice souvenir. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Glorious scenery - biggish hills (for SE England) - what more could you ask for? In full: First time on what is clearly a very special race. Lovely run up onto the North Downs and back again. Almost all on trails, some of which are very narrow (making overtaking, particularly on some of the steeper sections, a bit difficult). 3 biggish hills, with a couple of steep sections.
Enthusiastic support, good atmosphere and excellent marshalling: particular thanks to the marshall who need nearly mown down trying to slow down a very bad-tempered driver on a back country lane.
Slightly expensive for a 10k (but it is in a good cause), and the technical t-shirt is good. Some slight room for improvement on the admin side: I wasn't the only runner who wound up in the fun run, rather than 10k, finish lane due to confusing signs and a route map/course profile at the registration would have been useful for first-timers. Parking is obviously a problem, and an arrangement that doesn't require driving out amongst the finishing runners would be good.
But, overall, a beautiful jaunt over the North Downs. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: Everything you could want from an off-road 10K - fantastic! In full: Superb organisation, great atmosphere, wonderful marshals, challenging & scenic route, tea & cakes to finish.... What's not to like?? Date of review: February 6, 2011