In short: Long steep climb but worth the view! In full: First time taking part but there was a friendly atmosphere. Long and steep climb to the top of the South Down's but we'll worth the view when you get there. All downhill after that, fairly quiet and peaceful running along cycle paths and flint tracks back into the city. Would definitely recommend as a good but enjoyable challenge! Date of review: October 11, 2015
In full: First time running this race,the trundle is steep but the rest of the route is quite fast so you will still finish in a reasonable time. This isn't a brutal hill climb race,it is a race all standards of runner can enjoy. will run again in 2015.. Date of review: October 17, 2014
In short: Super race In full: I really enjoyed the 'Chi half'. Great organisation and good atmosphere at the start/finish zone. Great to run through the town centre. Excellent mix of road, path, trail, grass and woodlands. Hard work getting up the Trundle, but you are rewarded with brilliant views from the top. It was nice to briefly pass slower/faster runners at the top.
Fast finish along the cycle path and great support. Really recommend this race for clubby types and beginners alike. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Challenging race, but very enjoyable. In full: This was my third Chichester half marathon and I definitely will be back (with more hill training) next year to master that hill. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole race. Marshals were very helpful, water stations well stocked with bottled water and locals suporting along the route. Thank you very much to everyone who made this race so enjoyable! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: tough but great fun In full: really enjoyed this one, superb route with a mix of everything. Getting up The Trundle was hard work but worth if for the magnificent scenery. Very well organised and marshalled, some good support from the public just made the whole event very welcoming. Recommended Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Great race. Lovely scenery. In full: Organisation spot on. Steady start through Chichester before gradual climb to bottom of the Trundle. About the 4 mile mark it becomes steep! Another 2 miles to the top and then it's mostly downhill to the finish. Nice goody bag too. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: My first half marathon. A great experience and I want to run it again. In full: I was nervous doing this my first half marathon when I found out the terrain was mixed, there was a huge climb and it had been raining the week before. I shoudln't have worried. The organisation was amazing as was the support along the route. Gorgeous scenery and achievable effort. I had a great run and despite thinking I might only run one half ever I finished wanting to do it again. Great run. Date of review: November 3, 2012
In short: Well Organised and great scenery In full: The weather was perfect, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed as much crawlling up the trundle in the rain, it was a challenging course and would have found it harder if I wasn't running with a friend. The last few miles seemed to go on and on but will be back next year. Very well organised. Date of review: October 19, 2012
In short: Great scenery half way, friendly marshalls, value for money, needs slight route changes In full: For a first time event, it went quite smoothly. always a test and the organisers did quite well. The start and finish area is good and nice to have good catering & refreshment facilities and merchandise outlets. The fab weather helped!
The course: very mixed terrain! Strongly suggest varying the start and the run through the underpass. Potentially very dangerous. OK for the first few front runners, but could be a prob when the masses stream through. After that, a nice meander on back roads across fields, then up the long climb. Steepish near the top, but fab views. As a 'local' i knew what to expect. There is a long descent, followed by a long, straight, flat 5 miles on tarmac back to the finish. Lots of loose dogs here, so could be a prob. I nearly tripped over one of them! Some Marshall positions and route signage needs to be tweaked a little as not very clear. Particularly, as Tom Frost said, the Marshall at the start of the old railway line just off the main road was standing in the wrong place. I suggested that she move forward near the split in the path. She agreed. Otherwise, the rest was good. Plenty of Marshalls and all very happy and helpful. And plenty of water stations. Perhaps introduce cups next time? A huge waste handing out bottles just for a few sips!
Nice goodies at end, but agree, the medal was a bit 'naff'.
In summary: a very challenging route, great facilities and a nice city to run in. Just needs some slight changes and this could be a great race for the future and become popular.
Many thanks to all the Marshalls, helpers and organisers for a great event and thanks to nature for the superb weather.