In short: great experience , great views but nhard work but rewarding In full: second time did this race and very hard as all hilly either up or down there is no flat running at all , but 2012 was a wet one and the mud was thick and water everywhere , we all got covered in thick mud but with smily faces Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: A brilliant race- much enjoyed! In full: A drizzly cold day, so many thanks to all the marshalls, standing out in it, and remaining cheery, a great atmosphere, and very friendly. Loved the course route, recommend doing this one. Excellant organisation, everything well thought out, and ran smoothly. Even toilet paper was being replaced in the porta loo's before it ran out. Very rare at run events, to think of small details. Nice medal momento, and huge supply of cakes to re- fuel on at the end. Thank you organisers.
In short: Cold, wet, muddy and hilly. What more could you want?? In full: My first 3FM. Absolutely loved it. Cold, wet, heaps of mud and loads of fun. A challenging, hilly course, but glorious scenery. The extra mile is a really nice touch. Note to self, trail shoes are good when running a trail run! The marshals were fantastic - anyone that sits for hours at the top of a hill in cold, wet weather deserves a big thank you. Great feed stations with cake and jelly babies kept me going. This is easily one of my favourite races and I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 9, 2012
In short: Tough, but good fun In full: Some tough rutted tracks, and heaps of mud. This is a hilly course, with little on the flat. A great sense of achievement on finishing. Thanks to the organisers and marshals for a great day out Date of review: May 9, 2012
In short: Superb day out on the South Downs In full: Top race, well organised, great water / feed stations, tough hills, loads of mud. Def be back again!!! Well done to all involved. Date of review: May 9, 2012
In short: Mudfest In full: 3rd time and although by far the wettest it was also the best yet. The atmosphere and organization has really come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years and this is one of the best off road marathons out there. Great bunch of people. Tough as nails. Some great scenery. What more could you ask for? The kind of race to lure you away from running on the pavement. Thanks to all the marshals who give up their time to stand out in the elements and make these events possible. Well done to the organizers. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In full: I am going to repeat most of which has gone before but so what. I just LOVE this event !! It was like Steyning Stinger Revisited !! Just brilliant fun if quad crunchingly knackering. I only entered a few weeks ago having ran hard and fast at Brighton and was due to run Shakespeare last Sunday which was annoyingly cancelled very last minute. This run more than made up for last weekends disappointment, and boy,I'm glad I did enter and never again will I dither. I love the South Downs even if the weather is trying to blow us over to France. I did it in 2010 and it was very similar but this time, I dressed more appropriately and glad I did. Never mind that it is May, get those gloves, hats, Buffs on ! Fantastic marshaling with lots of smiles to go along with the cakes and wet jelly babies. Lots of chatty runners out there as well and most happy to smile and grunt at you. Bit of a mass bundle at the start but I know the route so was quite happy to walk up that first hill and natter. Thanks again for a brilliant event and it will be a yearly one for me now, never mind the weather. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: Leaving aside the weather - an alright event In full: Came today with the anticipation on doing a hard trail marathon and my expectations were more than met. Does it always rain in the South Downs? I know I can’t blame the organizers for the heavens but would be nice to do a race on the South Downs where the heavens aren’t tipping out the laundry! That aside, trail shoes seemed the order of the day and grip was found all the way around.
The start was a bit congested with very little overtaking spaces during the first 2 miles – didn’t like the bunched up feeling and given the slippery conditions, I’m wary about others around me slipping over and taking me out! Given the use of chipped timing, maybe a self-determined staggered A & B start might be advantageous going forward.
No idea what the point of the timing signs were – the 7 that I saw that is. Apart from the last three ( 3 miles to go, 2 miles to go etc) they didn’t correspond with my garmin very well. The halfway marker was at 14.9 which seemed an odd place to place it and didn’t do much to lift spirits! Seemed obvious the route to take with appropriate signing in place so no probs there.
Marshalling was ok, and it was good to see plenty of non-choc items available at the stations along with some encouraging smiles. It would have been nice to have a cup of tea at the end but the cake was nice at least. One negative point was the crossing across a busy A-road at 7m which was not good with just one marshal. But on the way back at 15 miles was atrocious with no one at all! Runners are a mad bunch and really need protecting from themselves at times if only to get them to stop competing with fast cars!
All in all, it was an ok day but I can’t help thinking why this was so highly rated given some of the other events I’ve attended during the years. Just a few tweaks needed, I suppose. One to tick off the list but unlikely to draw me back again. Date of review: May 8, 2012