In short: A very tough half-marathon but strangely enjoyable!! In full: This is probably the toughest half-marathon I have ever done, majority off-road and loads of killer hills. Being an 'out and back' course you knew you had to go back up the nice downhills you did in the first half, including the set of massive steps!!
The organisation of the event was first-class right from the detailed instructions that were e-mailed out in advance, through the parking, collection of race numbers, the race inself and the excellent cooked breakfast at the end.
There were a lot less marshalls than other races I have done but this wasn't a problem since the orange arrows on the route were very clear. The weather was good too (it would have been very muddy if it had rained) which meant that there were a good few spectators out, especially at the halfway point.
The race isn't the cheapest but you do get a lot for your money (t-shirt with you name on, quality medal and a momento, plus the breakfast) so all in all I would say it is excellent value.
The wife carrying race at the beginning was also a very amusing added bonus!!
In short: Glorious, eccentric, astoundingly beautiful scenery, very friendly, great goody bag! In full: This race is an absolute delight. Perfect if you're having trouble with your negative splits and the hill at 12 miles is exceptionally useful to try and determine what your MHR really is! Will be back next year. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: A must-do-half! In full: Excellent organisation & atmosphere and a really picturesque, challenging course. A must do annual event for those with summer marathon plans. Pity it fell on the same day as Steyning. It would be great if that could possibly be avoided next year. Date of review: March 12, 2010
In short: Ow In full: My first half-marathon, and a great experience. The course is a tough and hilly out and back, with a steep and unwelcome flight of stairs about at about mile 12, but the last 1/2 mile is a lovely sweeping downhill. Just as well, as I fear I may not have made it to the finish otherwise.
Marshalls and spectators were all very encouraging, food stations had a generous selection of Jelly Babies, Jaffa Cakes and Mars Bars, and you get a splendid technical t-shirt with your name on, a classy trophy and a big bling medal. Brilliant. Oh, and a carrot. You also get the National Anthem to start you off, just like a proper athlete.
Not without its hazards - I did fall over on one of the downhill runs and lose a bit of skin, and I was chased up the steep climb to the tower by an over-enthusiastic and slightly out of control horse, but it certainly made me run faster.
The one surprising thing for me was the large number of people who entered and then didn't turn up and run. This is a great race and it fills up very quickly - please don't take up a place if you're not prepared to run up the hill on the day! Date of review: March 11, 2010
In short: Fantastic race, my first half Marathon ever, a bit of a baptisement of fire but enjoyed every second! Should hopefully ease me into VLM which should seem easy do to the lack of gradients to climb Date of review: March 10, 2010
In short: Most fun you can have in running shorts In full: My first race in 10 years and I loved every minute. It's a tough course and you need to be careful - I properly stacked it on a fast downhill section - but the scenery, atmosphere and satisfaction of completing this course made losing my toenails all worthwhile. Date of review: March 10, 2010