In short: Well organised and very well marshalled trail event over the South Downs. In full: Excellent event,great scenery - 4 tough climbs (stings) nice momento and a full breakfast at the finish ! Date of review: May 4, 2010
In short: The best value race I've ever entered In full: This is the best value race I have ever entered. Great organisation,uses the local school so changing room and facilities. No set start time so no standing around getting cold (it was -4c), and no crush at the start. A hard route but rewarded with stunning scenery. Great organisation with drinks and snacks at on route. At the end a shot glass as a momento and a free "full english" cooked breakfast. Then to top it all FREE downloadable pictures. You just cant get better value, puts some other races to shame. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Outstanding. In full: Slow, slow plodder just getting back into distance so decided to do the half. Absolutely wonderful - couldn't fault it. Beautiful, brilliantly organised, friendly, well marshalled and signed, great value for money - etc etc etc. Loved it! Still grinning a week later... Date of review: March 13, 2010
In short: Not a PB course but one that every runner should tick off. In full: Challenging course. Very well organised. Good momento. Check points well stocked with water and food options. Can be muddy and slippery in places so off road shoes would be advantageous. Date of review: March 9, 2010
In short: Superb weather and decent conditions underfoot, and my most enjoyable Stinger yet! In full: A glorious day for running in the South Downs. With superb weather, the course was really enjoyable this year and you were able to take in the views of Brighton (and Shoreham I think) and the sea.
It was extremely cold, and the paths were rutted and frozen. This made a change from the usual mud, but care had to be exercised - one downhill stretch in particular was extremely slippery with a group of us losing our footing a falling in a heap!
The course started to thaw out a little in the latter stages and the muddy section from 19 to 21 niles was really tough going.
For an offroad marathon, the signage was fantastic although I along with some others went a little offroute around 13 miles but picked up the route again at 14 miles. No problems thereafter. Also, plenty of water/feed stations manned by really friendly and welcoming helpers - I partook with the mars bar cuts which kept me fuelled up but probably slowed my pace! St John's also were noticeably present at regular points which was reassuring.
As I decided to run at a comfortable pace rather than trying to race it this year meant a comfortable course-worst in terms of time but a course-best in terms of my enjoyment.
On your return to the event HQ, you were presented with the shot glass, a cooked breakhast and as much tea and coffee that you wanted (all free).
It's days like this that I remembered why I fell in love with running!
Thanks again to Steyning AC and see you in 2011. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: To hell and back, to heaven and back! In full: Others have said it all, so I won't repeat. Would I do it again? I have put 'No', because I found it so very tough, but I would reccommend anyone else to give it a go .... just for the superb scenery. I do lots of marathons once, love them, but would not repeat them. I managed to go off course just past the Chanctonbury Ring, coming to a T junction with no markers. I eventually rejoined the course by the 14 mile marker after 3/4 mile of exploration. Probably my fault! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Fantastic event - great atmosphere - one issue with route marking In full: Fantastic event and great organisation. Unique atmosphere - relaxed and welcoming, very friendly. One issue with route marking after mile 17 where markers showed two routes - I and others took the wrong one (a return marker) making it a 27mile outing! Great event - would highly recommend and I will do it every year. Date of review: March 8, 2010