In short: Well organised and enjoyable race in great surroundings In full: Nice sunny morning at the lower levels, bracing side wind on top of the downs. Only one really stiff hill, the rest is nicely undulating and the freewheel down the Bostal is nice preparation for the last couple of miles.
Plenty of smiling faces out and about on the course and good rapport between runners and marshalls alike.
A most enjoyable race, and one which I look forward to doing again next year. Date of review: September 24, 2013
In short: lovely course really enjoyed it In full: A very well organised event, parking was fine the course was tough but enjoyable at the same time, it was well marshalled and very friendly. The only downside for me was the unique medal apart from the writing it was exactly the same as i got the day before at the Henfield seven stiles fun run i really thought we was in for a treat....will i be back again next year ? maybe. Date of review: September 17, 2013
In short: Great route and good atmosphere In full: Well organised - loudspeakers announcing important information such as what location the different races were starting in). Bo Peep Hill - very steep but a lot of people walked up it so there was no pressure. Water stations - well thought out places with plenty of water supply. Race Marshalls - enthusiastic especially in the windy weather! Always great to hear your name on the loudspeaker as you cross the finish line. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Firle pPace is and beautiful place to start from and the view from the top of the Downs are well worth the climb. Very well organised. Small and friendly. In full: A fantastic location and a lovely course if you don't mind a long climb in order to get great views. Well organised and started on time. Small number of competitors which made it very friendly although more could be accommodated with ease. Pleased not to get a medal that I never know what to do with and instead selected a useful towel. Shame I wasn't able to stay for the prize giving as the cakes looked great and I know there is a nice pub in Firle. Date of review: September 11, 2012
In short: Scorchio, upwardly steep in places, fun in others, Informal friendly atmosphere In full: Mix of track, trail, fields and downland with fabulous views. Weather clocking in at 27 degrees made this a real test especially on the 5k, 220m climb to the top of the beacon. Well placed water stations and marshalls. Smallish field deserving of more. Joined the 10k runners on part of the run which was nice. Goody bag a slightly bemusing choice of towel, spiffy sportsbag or thermal mug plus a scrummy clif bar and vitamin drink but no medal. Enjoyed friendly organisation and encouragement. Lots of brilliant home made cakes and food at end. Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: Great event and will be back In full: This was great, I was surprised that there were not more people racing and this probably detracted from the atmosphere slightly but I don't think people realise what they are missing. A fantastic course with wonderful scenery and magnificent views from the top. Parking was easy and overall great organisation. Date of review: October 12, 2010
In short: (10k) Super setting. Tough climb up Bo Peep. My Garmin showed 12k not 10! In full: Firle place is a great setting, the views North and South up top are stunning. Terrain was varied but manageable. It was so windy up on Firle Beacon i was sure my number was going to blow away! As briefly mentioned in the summary, my Garmin measured the 10k as 11.95k, which was a bit of a shock when you've paced yourself for 10, was barely hanging on at the end, LOL. The goody bag was ok, with drink and snack in it. Would slighty err towards the medal camp as i have a cupboard full of bags. Must thank the Clif guy for all the Peanut Butter Energy Bar samples i snuck away, hehe. Surprised by low turnout, but there were runs at Bexhill and East Grinstead on the same morning, so probably understandable. If the few minor flaws mentioned here and elsewhere were ironed out it would become a 100% not to be missed event. Date of review: September 30, 2010
In short: Lovely fresh air blast on the South Downs In full: Well organised, no chance of losing your way as there were plenty of stewards and signs directing us. Friendly atmosphere amongst the runners not wearing headphones. If you prefer smaller events held in beautiful rolling countryside and don't care about PB's, this is for you. Date of review: September 29, 2010