In short: Really enjoyed this last year as a fairly new runner but with a bit more experence I found this year quite frustrating . Had to queue for what seemed like ages to get over the stiles and got caught behind a really slow runner on a narrow track Date of review: June 1, 2009
In short: Testing scenic run, difficult to get a rhythm In full: This remains very much a low-key, friendly, pleasant and not too testing run from a pretty Sussex village out into the undulating wooded wet claylands of the Weald and back.
There was substantially more road running than last year because the second half of the route, instead of going east through Ardingly College, now heads SE along the Ardingly reservoir road and along a busy B road to get back to Lindfield. This road section is followed by a long trek across very bumpy grass fields, not a good or pleasant running surface at all.
Contrary to what a previous reviewer says, the course does contain significant muddy and slippery stretches in its first half, plus a series of kissing gates and stiles that caused long queues for the runners.
Overall the course was short this year - 5.9miles.
The marshalling however was very good. However, although there was a water table at halfway, there was no water table at the end, and no mementoes. The race doesn't have a UKA licence so doesn't have to adhere to UKA standards. I noticed runners who would be underage for a licensed event. Not many club runners.
Doubtful will do it again next year. Date of review: May 27, 2009
In short: Well organised low-key off road run In full: Well organised, friendly marshalls, very pleasant scenery. No real hills, gentle undulations. No mud this year, just a couple of "sticky" patches. Overall very nice friendly race - to be recommended Date of review: May 26, 2009
In short: Great cross country course In full: This is the fist race I have ever taken part in. My preperation was terrible, as I only agreed to do this the night before! Great race though across varied terrain and I will certainly look to enter some more races. Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: Friendly village race over undulating paths. In full: This was a challenging, but fun race. Roads, muddy paths, woods,fields and stiles meant you couldn't be bored. Genuinely undulating; no tough hills, but never properly flat. The odd distance meant running was more important than time, so you coul;d enjoy the countryside scenery. Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: challenging run but not as tough as previous years In full: a well organised race apart from the parking ! lovely course but seems to have changed from 2007 , not as many hills !! thankfully the rain held off . will pencil this one in again for next year . Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: A quagmire but so enjoyable In full: This was a real XC and something I haven't done since I was at school, which was a very long time ago! No PBs here but very well marshalled and lovely scenery. Date of review: May 30, 2008
In short: Testing hilly scenic XC run in Sussex countryside In full: This is a low-profile, friendly, well-organised (with comprehensive marshalling and signage) fun run. 6.7 miles long on GPS, it starts from the pretty village of Lindfield and heads out into woods and fields of the Sussex Weald. Varied running surfaces from tarmac and hard paths to grass footpaths and ploughed fields, and constantly varying scenery. Very up and down. Very muddy in places. Many stiles and kissing gates - too many to count - so all in all no PB, but the run itself compensates. Negative points are tardiness in putting the results online (they're still not there as I write), and meagre refreshments available at the end. But overall everyone I saw had a good time, inspite of inclement Bank Holiday weather. Date of review: May 30, 2008
In short: Plughole blockingly good In full: Very glad that some organisers are willing to risk a smaller field for an interesting course. First 'XC' race I've found in the south worthy of the name. Date of review: May 30, 2007