In short: Well organised winter marathon/challenge. In full: Organisers really care for the runners with all being counted throughout the event - which with this years atrocious weather was extremely important - wondered just after the half marathon split point if I had done the right thing ! However, the marshalss were all there - they even had to open my gels at a couple of CPs ! The thought of a hot breakfast kept me going - well done Steyning - a big thank you to all who looked after us all day. Date of review: March 9, 2007
In short: Excellently organised race In full: Despite the ridiculous weather which made for some intersting running i had a great time even though i struggled to open my energy gels due to not being able to feel my fingers.Credit to everyone involved in the event, from the marshalls also out in that weather.To the cooks and the children handing out the food. Well done Steyning AC Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: didnt know whether to laugh or cry on top of downs ,freezing rain and strong winds .Only did the half cant believe the brave souls who did the full much respect..Marshals fantastic job,well done. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: My first marathon and I loved it. In full: A great race, the marshals were incredible considering the bad weather, everyone was exceptionally friendly. I liked the staggered start as it made the event feel more relaxed. Tremendous support from other runners, my special thanks to Peter Wirtzfeld of Worthing Striders for his enthusiasm, encouragement and support throughout the course. A memorable first marathon, well done Steyning AC, see you next year. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Fantastic fun despite only just getting the feeling back in my fingers! In full: A really great day out, despite the weather, or even because of it! I did it in trail shoes and was glad I did, wouldn't want to do that long downhill stretch without them! I loved the staggered start, it meant I got home quicker, I passed a lot of the back markers in the marathon on the way, and I didn't get overtaken until the end! Everyone had a smile on their face (or maybe a grimace) and the marshals were truly amazing, especially at the tops of the hills. A brilliant day that I'll be back for next year. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Rain, Mud, Wind & Hyperthermia! In full: My 5th Stinger, so I new what to expect. I did the marathon this year (3rd Stinger marathon). A big thank-you to the marshalls for cheeriness & manning the stations in such terrible conditions. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Hard as nails In full: Due to the weather conditions, this was the toughest race I've been in. Horizontal driving rain, gale force winds. I foolishly listened to the lady announcer at race HQ who said that it was mild out, and that we wouldn't need too many layers (I think she should keep her opinions to herself next time!), and went out in running vest and shorts, and no gloves. It took an hour to warm up at the end, and on the top of the downs at 9 miles I was certainly beginning on the slippery slope to hypothermia. Foolish boy!
The staggered starts do make for a lack of atmosphere, and a certain chaotic ambience.
However, the inglorious conditions are the icing on the cake for this terrifically tough race. A classic route (plenty of good views) with a few bumps thrown in (I disagree about having to use special shoes - my Asics road shoes sufficed), great organisation, stoic marshals, and a very practical HQ/Cafe make this one of my top three races of all time.
Total respect to the hard men and women who even completed the marathon yesterday. Date of review: March 5, 2007