In short: Awesome views, brutal hills and a fryup brought to you by children at the end In full: This race is a favourite. With a small number of entrants, and guaranteed bad weather this was my second in a row, and a much muddier attempt. A really friendly atmosphere with just the right amount of water stations (sweets, biscuits and chopped up mars bars on offer). The scenery is lush with Chantonbury ring being the welcoming indicator that the downhill descent to the end isn't too far off. There's not exactly much in the way of 'flat' sections but the best part of the race by far is going back to the local school at the end and having a cooked breakfast served to you by school children (I'm pretty sure it's all legit), as you are unable to walk properly and serve yourself. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Hard, gives you a sense of achievement In full: I would like to thank the marshals, organisers photographers and all the helpers on making a great day. An awful lot of people went into making this event a real success. The wind was horrendous at times, and some of the puddles could easily have swallowed me up. But, the help and encouragement got me through and I feel that any other marathon that I do this year will be a lot easier. See you next year, I need to improve on my time.
Thanks very much on a great day.... Date of review: March 4, 2014
In short: Wonderful course, challenging, scenic, brilliant organisation, amazing value In full: First-time runner, flew over from Amsterdam - what a great event, and worth every penny... Hard slog through the mud in the first few miles but wonderful when breaking out on to the downs. The organisation was phenomenal, from the flexible start through the great signing and marshalling and the best post-race breakfast ever :-). I'm already in a fight with my wife about who gets to do this next year... Date of review: March 4, 2014
In short: A tough mudfest, but terrific In full: As a newbie to this I'd heard many people raving about it for years, and now I know why! Fantastic organisation, ranging from the signs into the car park through to loudspeaker announcements inside the school hall, aka Race Control, and all done in a friendly, humorous and efficient manner. Favourite comment - at the start when seeing my black outfit I was told "oh no, the helicopter will never find you dressed like that...." Love it! As an unprepared newbie (I did the Brighton Half as 'preparation' 2 weeks before!) I realised that this was tougher than I'd anticipated - I was only running the Half but virtually the whole of the lower trail was thick mud - thats about 6 miles of it before the first of 2 (4 for the marathon) 'stings'! The weather was fine, a little blowy but its all in the game. The marshals were tremendously encouraging, and all drinks points also had chocolates and sweets to grab - superb thank you! The views on the Down, especially as you go up to Chanctonbury Ring, were terrific as always (the the pain in my legs was making me think otherwise at that point!).
I can't compare previous events, and I know the course changed slightly. All I can say is that this is what running is all about, its friendly, tough but you're only against yourself so its eminently do-able, great (if not terrific!) value (the medal is superb!) - forget PB's, get out there, and have a blast! See you next year Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: Friendly race, great marshals, superb scenery and great trail! In full: Really enjoyed this race. Yes, it was horrendous underfoot (the mud quadmyre was very interesting!) but it was a glorious race. The marshals were all friendly, the aid stations a good space apart.
Good spirit amongst competitors and supportive as well (i pulled a girl out of a bramble bush after she slid and fell over in the mud/bramble mashup).
Great value for money. Free race photos, great medal, free breakfast afterwards, free tea and coffee, excellent parking opportunities.
Only thing that i'd like to see changed is their stance on Dogs. I think that the route is ideal for it. All trail, plenty of other dog walkers around. Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: Mudfest don't wear a vest ! In full: Wonderful tough boggy slippy marathon, scenary amazing but this event is tough, why make things easy, life is always a challenge and looking back although I didn't smile for 25 miles , finishing felt brilliant and rewarding. Organisation was very very good. Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: Harder than anticipated due to loads of mud and headwind. In full: Even though they're flat, the first and last miles almost seemed the hardest today due to the mud! It's probably a different race in better conditions. Some great hills along the way. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: Tough, scenic and friendly! In full: Such a good race this. Certainly one of the classic off road marathons down south. 4th year running for me and 2014 didn't disappoint. Mudfest and headwinds made it extra hard. Very friendly marshals, fantastic new medal, super breakfast on top of a hard to beat course. Highly recommended. Book early for 2015. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: What a beast but what fun! In full: Just got back from the 2014 event. The weather held out but there was - of course - a fair bit of mud to contend with. Loved the race, the atmosphere, involved marshalls, a lovely brekkie at the end.
But the course is tough. Hilly, windy and muddy. I also felt that there were very few easy bits where you could just plod along. So, you have to be strong for this one, but if you are, you'll love it. Date of review: March 2, 2014