In short: Great pre-marathon prep race In full: I'd echo the other reviewers. Very well organised race. Minor quibble that mile markers increasingly inaccurate - mile 9 measuring 8.7 on my Garmin although I crossed the line bang on 10 and 20 miles. Plentiful, friendly water stations. Good marshals and well behaved drivers.
Headwind on runway and a few undulations only mildly challenging.
Very easy logistically with the closest parking and most loos per runner that I've ever seen. Also wins for most stylish medal in my collection. Date of review: March 17, 2016
In short: Great race that I would definitely do again In full: I really enjoyed this race, the organisation was just perfect. There was plenty of car parking right at the start with helpful marshals directing the way, food and drink at the start along with a shop to buy last minute race items. The amount of toilets seemed about right for the number of participants which is almost unheard of in most races. I got in the queue right before the start of the race (which is the busiest time) and was there for exactly 4 minutes! The course itself is great with some really nice ups and downs to keep things interesting. There are hills but I'd only count 3 per lap as proper hills and although they are mildly steep they are also short so it's no problem at all. Having to do the test track section twice is mentally challenging as it gets a bit dull on the second lap but it's a short section and the rest of the course makes up for it. The marshals were amazing, always very positive and encouraging and the other runners were super friendly too with lots of people hanging around after they had finished to cheer on the slower runners (which I appreciated!). Considering what you get with this race; perfect organisation, free parking, great marshal support, free gels on course, photography (to purchase), a pretty awesome medal, free chocolate, and even Red Cross support, I can't believe they only charge £24!! I would not hesitate to do this race again. See you in 2017! Date of review: March 15, 2016
In short: Would run again In full: Well organised run from start to finish. Car-parking well marsahalled on arrival. Race registration quick and simple. Toilet queue survivable. Hats off to course Marshalls - thanks for the encouragement and jelly babies. I enjoyed the course although running into a head-wind at the start of the second lap (around the airfield) was not so much fun but that's what resolve is, right? The mile markers were out somewhat 0.2 at the first. Maybe it was measured at the perimeter of the airfield?? I eventually clocked in at 19.90 at the finish. Chocolate and water at the end is always a nice touch. Solid medal too. This is the second ETL event I’ve run and the organisation and marshals are excellent. Thanks again.
In short: 2 x10 mile loop on mixture of Airfield, Road and Lanes with some good hills In full: Loads of Parking, very easy to collect race number. Plenty of pre run info. No annoucements (but we were told there wouldn't b) and race started just ahead of time. Cool to run on "top gear race track"...then into lanes and roads. Good marshalls..+ve and helpful. Water, sweets and gels available. Mileage markers well out - but just ignored as on the Garmin. Total race only 19.93 miles. Water & chocs at end. No on course spectators or support at end of race as is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Results and Photos availble within 24hours. Cool medal! Thanks for organising Date of review: March 14, 2016
In short: Mostly good, few niggles In full: My first time running this, and overall I did enjoy it.
The organisation was pretty seamless - no queues anywhere and lots of parking. The Marshals were friendly and supportive. Course is a double loop, which seemed to make things quicker by breaking each 10 in half, and had a few bills to contend with but nothing too brutal. It's a nice course, without being particularly spectacular. Pleasant medal.
Couple of things for improvement is the total inaccuracy of the mile markers - given that most comments last year referred to this, I'm a bit surprised it was an issue again. I also measured the course overall as being 19.90 rather than 20. Not a huge deal, but I did run on for a while longer to be sure - I don't think I was the only one!
Personally I think Cranleigh 21 represents better value and has a bit more charm about the route, but I wouldn't rule out the Spitfire again. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: First time, probably not the last In full: Loved the novelty of the race being at Dunsfold and looked forward to doing this course for the first time ever. Loved the medal, appreciated the after-race snacks, really enjoyed the course and to be honest, I can't say I'd do the Cranleigh 21 over this race ever again. Ample parking, toilets and chip timing. Only minor issue was the mile markers were quite a bit out from the very first one, but that's what Garmin's were invented for. Overall, really fab stuff, thank you ETL. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Great pre-Marathon run In full: This was my last big run before Paris Marathon in early April.
I enjoyed the layout of the course and once you are through the airfield the up and down of the countryside was very scenic. Marshalls were very encouraging especially with the weather being as bad as it was. Good amount of water, sweets and gels on hand at all times which is a great thing.
A great finishing medal as well!
My only complaint was the strict 'no headphones' rule which was instructed to me before the start of the race. Some of us only run with music so to listen to the pitter patter of heavy breathing for 20miles was not pleasant. Runners who listen to headphones are generally well aware of what's around them and around a airfield I can't see what the issue is. The cars going along the road were well behaved and gave the runners enough room, so PLEASE allow us to have headphone for next years race.
Overall though a great pre-Marathon race and one I will go back to next year Date of review: April 6, 2015
In short: My third attempt and finally nailed it! In full: The first time I entered this race I put my back out and could not even start. The second time it was very cold and my asthma played up enough to make this the only race I have ever dropped out of. But such was the lure of a 20 miler that I entered again this year. Using it as my big pre marathon training run my goal was to finish. Finishing 25 minutes quicker than I thought I would was a surprise, particularly with the horrible weather. As mentioned by other the mile makers did seem to be out but this didn't really bother me it was still a long race! The organisation was great, no issues picking up race number and chip. Food and clothing on sale at the start. Plenty of toilets right by the start/finish line. Marshalls in all the right places who were encouraging and keeping us safe. The wind and driving rain on the airfield was hard going but once out on the road it was barely noticeable. And finishing (on my own) with the race director shouting encouragement was great. A hand shake a few words to check I was ok and directions of what to do next was just lovely. A grand race. Date of review: April 5, 2015
In short: A good training run, ok for pre spring marathon In full: The Top Gear test track was a draw I must say but running round an airport runway lost its appeal on the second lap (after completing 10 miles). Info about course was fine e.g. map but this wasn't described as hilly. Fine with hills, but before a marathon the downhills can be pretty brutal on the knees and the recovery. The hill at 8 and 18 (same hill different lap !) was tough and not something folks running Brighton, London or Manchester will face, but good resistance training none the less. Enjoyed the run on the whole, mile markers were way out on everyone's watches which gave us all a bit of a shock at mile 9 or 19 as we went through 0.3miles earlier than our Garmin / Nike devices. The last mile measured 1.3 miles and was into a harsh wind (not organisers fault for the wind !!). Date of review: April 4, 2015