In short: A challenging race for a 10K but great route In full: Never done this race before but includes parts of the Hogs Back and Farnham Pilgrim Marathon routes. Cold day but dry and was wise to arrive early. Very friendly atmosphere with focus on raising money for great cause which can get forgotten in club races, very good value with t shirt medal and goodies. Will now definitely do Hogs Back in few weeks time. Well done to CHASE Date of review: November 9, 2010
In short: Good race but needs a couple of things to make it perfect In full: I ran the 10k.
In summary, a good but trying race (it goes straight up the side of the Hog's Back and through some very sandy sections) with brilliant views in places. Everybody was friendly, the marshalls were excellent and really encouraging, there was a great atmosphere and it went mostly very smoothly.
Car parking was a problem - there was a queue back to Stakescorner Road at 9:25 so plenty of people had left it late to arrive as it was cold. I left the car in Stakecorner and ran to the start area as a warm up.
Number collection was also slow at this time but I was surprised not to receive my number through the post. When I saw the huge and very expensive looking chips, I understood why. Cheap, lace on, plastic card style chips can be posted along with the number and would save a lot of on-the-day work.
The start area was a bit of a mess. The warm up man was positioned in front of the start so that those at the front were the people who had mostly participated in the warm up, not the fastest runners. There also wasn't a start lane meaning that a crowd of runners in a fan shape were trying to squeeze through the start gate.
Lastly, the finish lane was too narrow so that 10k runners, trying to sprint finish, were almost colliding with fun runners jogging their last few yards.
All of the above isn't criticism. The race was really good and very well run. They're just comments that I hope will go a little way to making the race even better next year.
Thanks to all who gave up their time to organise a great event. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In full: My first cross-country, and it will be hard to beat. Fabulous route, lovely scenery, just hilly enough. The uphills were never viciously hard and the downhills were glorious, with surfaces good enough that you could fling yourself down with complete abandon. Very varied too, including sandy and stony tracks and bridlepaths, tarmac, grass and a ploughed field. The numbers of people and the width of the paths did mean that you had to slow down sometimes, but that was compensated by the big hill up a ploughed field and the big downhill stretch on a public (but traffic-free) road. What an absolutely wonderful route! I'll definitely try it again. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Gorgeous run for a great cause In full: Pretty hilly race with some difficult conditions underfoot (mud/sand) mean this is a challenging run, but with scenery this good, a great cause and strong goodwill/cameraderie amongst the runners it was a terrific way to spend a Sunday morning. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: fun run with great scenery In full: great scenery, friendly event - one or two hills - one in particular up to hogs back tests your resolve - but actually a great event - and the final 5ks are more downhill orientated so a good way to finish the event - gets a bit narrow in places so if you are one of the speedier runners - try and start near the front! see you there in 2011! Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Very hilly but lovely course and great atmosphere In full: This is a great race but be prepared for some killer hills. It is not flat/undulating! Was very enjoyable though. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Nice varied course - good stash at the end. Just get there early to register.. In full: The course is nice with a mix of grass, track, sand, tarmac, concrete.. you are sure to find a surface to suit you!
PB would be tough. Course goes a little narrow in parts with a typical Surrey hills climb thrown in for good measure.
Organisation overall was good but.. I queued in the car for 25 minutes getting from the entrance to the car park. Not sure why things moved so slowly but I saw plenty of cars still queuing as I headed for the start line. I'm sure many set off late so get there in plenty of time.
Stash was good. Medal, T-shirt, bananas, choice of cereal bars, choice of lucozade drinks, massages..
I'm sure I will be back next year as this is a good late season run. Date of review: November 7, 2010