In short: Absolutely brilliant, in every way! In full: This was my 3rd South Downs half-marathon this year, and I keep going back for more, such is the scenery, the welcome, the organisation and friendliness all round. I ran the full marathon back in 2011, which I thoroughly enjoyed but, unfortunately, I don't have sufficient time to train for marathons. I was mighty happy when the half-marathon was introduced in 2012. I can highly recommend both, especially if you like to run on trails and enjoy some stunning scenery. Well done everyone at 2:09 - you're simply great!
In short: Worth doing In full: Organisation: Excellent. The bib with the chip arrived in the week so there was no need to register in the morning before the race, I find this much more efficient and helpful.
The roads were carefully marshaled at every crossing, there were lots of water stations which made all the difference on a hot day and bottles were given which made it easier to fill out your own bottle if you wanted. Gels were given out at some stations and we were told which brand ahead of the race. There were also lots of toilets. The first time I've seen toilets during the course which was an excellent idea.
The results were published within minutes and were up on the website.
Route/View: You can't go wrong in the South Downs, it was stunning. Also, going from one end to the other was good for me mentally as I felt I was heading somewhere.
Things I'd tweak: Jelly babies PLEASE!!!! Gels were given but sometimes the body craves some simple sugar. I think if you didn't take your own food you might have struggled. Or perhaps this was a sign that it was a bit 'elitey'? This race had a more serious feel than others I've been to so perhaps that's why.
The course was tough with a fair amount of hills but it wasn't murder.
Overall I would do it again. Thank you for great organisation. Great bling and technical tee.
In short: Gorgeous scenery, Butser hill! In full: Bit of an issue with chip timing so start was delayed, this didn't bother me as I was expecting a PW for my first trail half and having heard about the hills. Butser Hill was amazing, spectacular views from the top and running down it afterwards was the best fun you could have with your clothes on! Water stations were very scarce so I ended up getting a stitch as I chugged all the bottles so I didn't have to litter the lovely countryside. Watch out for tree roots after 9 miles, I saw some falls and tripped over myself despite being careful. Beautiful and varied scenery, will do it again and practice going up Butser Hill ahead of time! Date of review: July 14, 2013
In short: Marking the Half, wow what a course! In full: Was going to go to the end of the SD Marathon to give out entry forms to our nearby trail race but saw the course of the half the day before. entries were still open. Thanks Ann! What a course, straight up and down one of the highest hills in these parts, up War Down, nice through Chalton before a hard climb up to Ditcham Park School and a run in to the finish. the last hill(rear of QE park)is not the longest but a killer where it is. Definatly page in for nice year. Be prepared for that hill at the start though! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Stunning and spectacular hilly half In full: Glorious sunny day greeted the 400+ hardy souls trekking up these hills through spectacular scenery. Marshals were friendly, helpful and great. I was disappointed so many runners dropped their bottled water along the downs though. Poor Marshals probably had to pick them up.
Race was a great, but rewarding challenge. Date of review: June 10, 2013