In short: Awesome hilly race in the Surrey hills In full: This race has moved to a new slightly shorter course this year but is still excellent and run by a friendly team of organisers.
The scenery is great.
Glad I did the 21k option even though it was hard on the second loop. The small field were the friendliest I have ever met at a race with everyone offering encouragement as you made your way round and a good post race atmosphere. The climbs are tough, but as everyone ends up walking them it is nothing that is not conquerable. I agree with the the other review that trail shoes are a must. The bountiful amounts of free brownies at the finish is a great touch. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Best trail race I have done In full: Really great race, fantastic organisation, stunning course and really good marshals. Did the 10k option and wished I'd picked the 20. There are 3 tough climbs but the rest is well runnable. Trail shoes are a must. Probably the best trail race I have done. Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: Punishing but fun In full: Expect to ache in unfamiliar places after this race. Mostly runnable with a few sizable ups and fun downs. Trouble free registration, well marked and marshaled - and even a bonus extra waterstop :) Looking forward to the next one. Date of review: July 9, 2013
In short: Brilliant race, you must do it once! In full: Pre Race - Quite nicely everything is now at the start area of the race rather than being at the car park.
Race - Hard course (there are 7 hard hills that will sap your legs - double if you do the 24k), however amazing scenery, amazing marshals, amazing other runners. And some of the downhills and flats are rapid. I posted a 02:38 but can normally easily run a 24k in 02:15.
Finish - A nice medal, and as much fruit, water and cake as you can handle. And great post race feeling and camaraderie with other runners.
Conclusion: Great race, which if you are a trail runner you must do once. After this race your legs will hurt but you will never fear a hill again. Date of review: July 9, 2013
In short: Great event but too much climbing to call it a run In full: The second of a series of three. A good event very well organised; the brownies and flapjacks at the end are a great touch. The atmosphere is good and friendly too, certainly not elitist. The only issue is that quite a few of the climbs are so steep and narrow that they can only be walked and it's diffcult to pass anyone. The G3 series is better. Date of review: July 8, 2013
In short: An exceedingly tough outing on a sunny Saturday morning In full: I did the 24k run this morning, and the second lap was tough. It got hotter and the uphills (just walking up, mind you!) were sapping. The marking was excellent and all stewards cheery and helpful. Good to have gels and jelly babies at each water station, but the gels did taste like mud! A great race but one that hurts in funny places. After the Meon Valley Plod the toughest I've done in this part of the world. Judging by the results, anyone who can do that lap under 1 hour is quite a runner! Date of review: July 6, 2013
In short: Awesome race with great scenery and a great atmosphere with the other runners In full: This is an awesome race. Can't believe more people don't do it. The scenery is superb on the Surrey hills with some great views as you run. The marshals were all really friendly and encouraging. They were also excellent when the route crossed a road. I can't fault the organisation really other than a really minor point with the arrows in one place, but that is more my fault than theirs - I should keep my eyes open. It is all off road and the hills are real beauties.
At the finish there were loads of excellent brownies, flapjacks, bananas, oranges and plenty of water. The friendliness of the organisers and other runners at the end was better than any other race that I have done. Also noted that everyone was cheering the competitors as they finish.
Ignore the PB potential of this race as the attraction of this race is the scenery. Also the odd distance of 24k should not put you off.
I will definitely be doing the next one. Date of review: July 6, 2013
In full: I must have done hundreds of races in my time and I've only walked once before. A marshall told me even the winner had walked up one hill. So if you like running instead of hill-walking, like me, this isn't for you. Still, good for fitness and I suppose the clue was in the name! Great cake at the end! Date of review: July 14, 2012