In short: For my first 1/2 this was a lot of fun! In full: The mini Mars bars at about mile 8 really perked me up! Also the flexible start time is a brilliant invention - means I wasn't overtaken for quite a while as I started 25 mins before the rest! Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Its a personal challenge over some difficult multi-terrain. In full: You do not have to wait for the "mass start", which was a particular bonus. The elite overtake you at speed a while later !!! Some difficult under-foot conditions - requiring some caution at times. Very well organised and marshalled. The end of event breakfast was also a BIG plus. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Well organised winter marathon/challenge. In full: was a bit concerned about finding my way - lots of arrows - however couple places not really sure - went back to one checkpoint to ask the marshalls who eplained the route - would not have gone that way otherwise. had a great - long day - out on the downs.
I have renamed the South Downs as the Soouth Sludge after several parts of the grey/clay/chalky sludge !
So different to the white hard glaring downs on the Three Forts !
In short: bit harder than the 3 forts In full: Did wonder what i was doing at various stages of this race,mainly round the cissbury area. But still got round and enjoyed nearly every minute of it. thanks to the great marshalls. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Well organised trail event. In full: Well organised - lot of arrows but one or two places were not clear - marshalls on the course were great - very helpful - great full breakfast at the finish. Highly recommended to anyone who likes trails events and does not mind a bit of mud !
Facilities at start ok - except "gents" really need urinals - long long long queues to use the 2 cubicles.
In short: Top 3 Off-road UK Race! In full: 26.2 miles of fantastic scenary, without any main roads, brilliant weather, excellent route marking, friendly marshalls, fab breakfast & great to receive a momento other than a medal. I'll be back........... Date of review: March 6, 2006