In short: Tough, scenic, and beautifully organised half marathon. In full: I did the half - just up to Leith Hill and back and it was glorious. Tough hills, brilliant atmosphere, and a cooked breakfast - it is everything that a race should be. My legs ached but it put a smile on my face. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Tough but brilliant! In full: Came last and just squeaked in before the cut off but loved it! Gorgeous scenery, fantastic weather and the organisers are lovely brilliant people! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Stunning, challenging course over beautiful Surrey countryside In full: The only negative was the removal, by members of the public, of route markers. Runners got lost! Perhaps signage publicising the event would have helped people realise what the plastic strips were for! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: The best half mara in England In full: This is the second time I've done this route (Leith Hill) and although it's pretty tough it is an enjoyable scenic run. Miles 11 - 12 are grim! By far the best half marathon I've done. The organisation is impeccable and the breakfast after makes it all worthwhile! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: The most gruelling marathon you can do through stunning scenery you'll never see due to the sweat, tears & concentration on not falling over! In full: OK, so you do get to see a lot of the beautiful scenery on this run but you have to concentrate hard on the fairly technical course underfoot and that in itself was as much of a challenge as the physical aspect. That said, the course is amazing, the marshals are brilliant and the other runners all helping each other along with words of encouragement is great. The only downside I can come up with was the yellow marker tape against the autumnal yellow background was tough to see in some of the sections but that may have just been down to my frazzled brain! Congratulations to Dr Rob and his team for putting on another truly special event. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Extremely challenging but strangely addictive. In full: Awesome, extreme, quirky, fun, hilly, trail, mildly dangerous, fast in places, slow in others (those last steps), roll on 2017, or dare I say it - the picnic in 2016. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Enjoyed it so much I came back! In full: Ran this last year as my first marathon, which always raises a few cheers of sympathy on the start line. Came back this year to revisit what is a truly memorable event and course, and although I was slower than last year (I blame the man flu, and leaving my training late) I enjoyed the whole experience so much more. Probably as I knew just how many hills to expect, and wasn't daunted when yet another arose in front of me.
Superb work by Dr Rob and team as always, will almost certainly be back in 2 years time, such a shame it won't be here next year! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: What a day! In full: Firstly a big thank you to Dr Rob and all the kind marshals you made a good day fab! Secondly a big thank you to all the fellow runners, everyone was working hard and everyone had a smile and words of encouragement. A very challenging course, which you are never going to get a marathon PB on unless it's your first! The course is forever changing, so it's always interesting. You do need to keep concentration, because it would be easy to run off route or trip / slide over. This will be one of my favourites and all things being equal I'll be back for more in 2 years time :-) Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Harder than nails, magnificent and monstrous. In full: A no messing harder than nails adventure through the Surrey Alps.The glorious scenery is matched by the uncompromising downs and ups- mud, trail, stone, tree roots, puddles/lakes, a temple, waterfall, monster hills. Add on 15-20% extra above a normal marathon or better still treat as an ultra and enjoy the views. Easily the hardest and best marathon with a friendly mix of runners and indefatigable stewards- with a bit of british eccentricity- singing 'Jerusalem' at the start and rewarded with a Carrot and a full English breakfast at the end.
All organised by the director Rob- amazing accomplishment, amazing day, amazing people. Stick on your list of runs to do but not as a first marathon! Date of review: October 12, 2015