In short: What goes up must come down!!! In full: A very nice end of season race, well marshaled. and well organised, the race itself offers a challenging start with the first half up hill, but a comfortable flowing downhill in the second half. it would have been nice to have got a medal, overall an enjoyable morning and a race i would do again. Date of review: December 11, 2013
In short: Loved it! In full: As a first-time runner of this race I can say that I thought it was great. The start\finish location at Loseley House was very grand. The car parking was very close to the start\finish, although the use of the grass field might have been an issue if we had had more rain. The course itself was scenic and challenging, although it was a boost getting to the 6k mark and knowing there were no more up hills! I found all the marshalls friendly and encouraging. With the stunning route, chip timing (gun to chip)and free excellent professional photos to download I thought it presented really good value for money too. Date of review: December 11, 2013
In short: If it wasn't on my doorstep, I'd go a fair distance to do it In full: I really like this race. It's testing, appropriately hilly, given the name, and (since the route was changed) stays mostly away from main roads. It's well organised, chip timed and the marshals are friendly and supportive. This year you get your pictures for free - much better than a medal or T-shirt. Date of review: December 10, 2013
In short: excellent - but can be improved In full: Other reviews describe the course and atmosphere very well. I loved it, but it is pretty tough, especially first 5k. Loseley estate is a great start/finish venue. The car parking wasn't ideal and lucky it wasn't a rainy day. Sad that they gave the last bananas away spectators but when last few runners finished there were none left? Might seem trivial but a bit of smack in the chops to them? Free photos is a nice touch and you get between 20 and 40 of you to choose from! Date of review: December 10, 2013
In short: Lovely route and event In full: This is an event I have run for as many years as I have been a runner and I suspect I will always come back. As someone based in Surrey, it show-cases the best we have to offer - and well organised too. If I have two suggestions of tweaks that they could make: - I struggled to park in the muddy field. Could they use the Loseley grounds again? - Given we carry a chip, can there not be a mat on the start line? It took me nearly a minute to cross the start from the back of the field. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: A well organised end-of-year race. Possibly the best road race in Surrey. In full: A very well organised race with marshals at all the significant junctions. I think the most significant feature of the race is that the new route was retained for this year’s course. I can’t believe it has taken all these years for the club to realise that the old route was far too dangerous with the additional traffic generated by the Christmas shopping spree. The new route has all the features of the previous course(s) with the quite steep hill climbs but is even more picturesque. This has to be one of the best road races in Surrey. When heading towards the finish you could see the gantry from about 800 metres away and it was all-downhill so the final stretch was just a sprint. The only suggestion I would make for next year is the grass field being used for car-parking was inappropriate because cars were getting stuck in deep mud even before the race. Could hard-surface car-parking on the other side of Loseley House be utilised in 2014 please?
In short: Challenging fast paced race with a long climb, fast down hills and smooth organisation In full: Really enjoyed this race which was well organised from start to finish. The run started off in front of the beautiful loseley house down the drive and onto the road. We then climbed a short hill past some lovely houses before descending back down towards Guildford and to the bottom of the longest climb in the run to the top of the hogs back (ling buster!). The route took us along the top of the hogs back along a wide, flat track bridle way with stunning views before dropping back down a long hill towards Compton and back to the loseley estate with a fast flat track to the finish. The route was clearly marked with no bottle necks and friendly Marshall's encouraging runners as they past. No tee shirts or medals but plenty of professional photographers out on the route from whom the photos will be free to download. Maybe not a run for a beginner to tackle due to the numbers of running club members present which made it a fast paced event but for me as an intermediate runner it was just the challenge I needed. This is a race I will absolutely want to do again Date of review: December 9, 2013