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
In short: Beautiful run but they have to get the basics right! In full: It was a stunning run, the most beautiful I have ever taken part in but when it comes down to raw facts, it’s a race over 13.1 miles, not 13.52. A small group of runners homed in on my debate with a fellow runner to confirm that their Garmin were also showing exactly the same distance. I’d also like to take issue with the comment about goody bags or medals. For the effort of running and finishing such a hard race I’d take a medal over a cheap bag any day… put it this way, I’d rather be showing my grandkids a box full of medals in 20 years time than a bunch of old bags.
I hope this doesn’t sound to hard, but it took the edge off what could have been such a great day… Sorry!
In short: second time, and ten minutes taken off last year's finish! In full: Ran this last year, and it was just as good this year, same smooth organisation and a better bag at the end as well. The only gripe woudl be that the course was 21.7 kms, a bit long, and that they threw in a hill at the end which wasnt' there last year. But a great run, really satisfying, perfect mix of hills and fast downhill. will be back next year! Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Challenging but with lovely views to take your mind off the wind and the hills! In full: A great off road event, well organised and friendly. Tough course in places but amazing scenery and sheep to look at! Really enjoyed myself will be back next year. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Wonderful scenery, killer hill, but it was more like 12k! In full: Lovely race but last minute change to the course meant the 10k was nearer 12k. They might have warned us - meant the finishing line never seemed to arrive. But nice to have the extra 2k under your belt, once it was over. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: A memorable course In full: Nice grounds and run. As expected, steep climb up Downs after some undulating paths - gradients manageable once you're up there. Steep enough on the way back down to need the brakes a little! Also expected, pretty breezy up there. Did ask runner for advice on what to wear but he said my legs would be hurting too much to care - he was right! Spacing of the water stops worked well. Good feel round start/finish but take quite a few quid for the race - the refreshments afterwards are not the cheapest and there were no kindly souls chucking freebie cakes around, although the Clif tent was great. Date of review: September 26, 2010