In short: Great organisation, very friendly, fun and scenic course In full: Currently a relatively small and friendly event that has the potential to cater for a larger field with a combination of excellent organisation and course marking, helpful and enthusiastic marshalls, fabulous scenery and a challenging course. Not one for the light hearted or those aiming for a PB(!) but definitely one for calendar. Despite the drizzle, I really enjoyed the event this year, and will definitely be back in future years. Thanks to all involved for organising. Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: A tough but fun event In full: A basic village-green event, for hikers as well as runners. Very friendly folk, tea and food in the village hall, accommodating organizer.
The course has some pretty tough climbs,including to Leith Tower, from which stunning views. But also a lot of good and runnable sections. Challenging underfoot, though. Recent heavy rain meant mud and lots of stones and slipper tree roots. To be expected, but still ... the unwary (like me) can easily take a tumble or two.
The climb to the top of the hill at 20 miles is near-vertical, and pretty much trashed my legs from then on.
I've given this a max rating for pb potential because it's the only 40K I know of so pb is guaranteed :-)
Thank you to the organizers and marshals, I enjoyed myself today. Date of review: September 14, 2013
In short: Fabulous route, BIG hills, more toilets and some distance markers next time please! In full: I can't even guess how long it took to put all those orange ribbons round what felt like the whole of Surrey to mark out the route. It was a gargantuan task to mark out and felt like one to complete the route too (we hadn't trained, I did a half marathon last week, but there is an exponential difference between 13.1 and 25 miles!) Unfortunately, some nasty locals sabotaged a bit of the signage, so we ended up doing 42K instead of 40K but that isn't the organisers' fault.
Overall a lovely event, small but it is in its first year and the marshalls at the drinks point were friendly with lots of water/fruit to go around, despite being advised to bring your own.
Major gripe was the lack of toilet facilities at the start (one per gender). Minor gripe is that there weren't any distance markers. Nice medals and t-shirts considering it was a charity event.
If you do not know the area, it is HILLY. And the hills get steeper as you go round the course. You have been warned!! Not sure I will do it again, but if I don't I will be volunteering as a marshall because this event deserves to do well. Toilets permitting! Date of review: September 15, 2012