Surrey Slog Half Marathon

Any takers for this one?

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14/05/2006 at 20:24
Being just up the road from this one, it looks a good run - anyone any experience of it?

Is it more off road than on?
09/06/2006 at 16:36
Hi Lorenzo
The event is all off road with lots of sand & hills around the hurtwood area.

A very friendly race with lots of help from the marshalls on the way round.

13/06/2006 at 10:07
This is a brilliant race - I've done it twice and hoping to do it this year.

Very much off road - there's just a bit of tarmac at the very start/finish, the rest is mainly sandy paths with a few rockier bits. Do-able in normal shoes, although I wore race flats to avoid turning my ankles.

Lots of climbs/descents, and a glorious view from the top. Shady forest, so well protected from sun & wind.
13/06/2006 at 10:12
Is it getlostable? I could be tempted ...
Cheerful Dave    pirate
13/06/2006 at 11:48
I got lost once, but that was because an arrow had been misplaced and the leaders were out of sight. The next year the same junction was festooned with arrows aplenty, fortunately all pointing in the same direction.

So in theory yes, you could get lost, but the course marking and marshalling is pretty good.
10/07/2006 at 18:09
Just got my pack in the post. Looking forward to this one. Never done an XC before, so could be quite a challenge!
15/07/2006 at 10:13
1 week to go - first X-country race for me as well!!
19/07/2006 at 19:47
best of luck lorenzo!
19/07/2006 at 20:49
And you Kelburn - not sure what number I'll be as I lost my original and have had to request another one!

Hope I have more luck on the day itself.

24/07/2006 at 15:39
Hard wasn't it?

Fourth time for me, each time I forget just how 'undulating' it is.

But strangely enjoyable...
24/07/2006 at 17:30
Well, I was going to do a 5km in Luton but was stuck at my parents in Croydon, saw this in Runners World so gave it a go... Boy that was more than I expected.

That must be the toughest race I have ever done !!! It says one lap and it sort of is but it loops back on itself a bit. Passed one water station four times ! On the last pass, I said to them "Nothing personal but please assure me I won't see you again today :-)"
24/07/2006 at 19:36
That was such a hard run! It was my first XC and I really enjoyed it. I thought the marshalling was excellent and the whole event was well organised.
24/07/2006 at 22:09
V. enjoyable with hindsight - had a tough patch between 6 and 7 miles, especially as some friends had warned me of the pull uphill between 11 and 12. Having said that the last couple of miles weren't so bad and I felt good at the end, knowing that I can do better next year and as Arnie says, I'll be back to beat the 1:53 I got round in.

Agree wholeheartedly with Kelburn about the marhsalling and the organisation - the best I've seen!! Many thanks to all the helpers.
25/07/2006 at 10:06
Can I echo all the comments above about the brilliant marshals. Having had a bit of a fall around the 6 mile point, the concern and support of the marshals all the way round was fantastic, kept me going with a smile rather than a grimace as I hobbled round. Plus thanks to all the runners who cheered me at the end, it was much appreciated.

I'll definitely be back to have another try as it was a great course and well organised event.
25/07/2006 at 21:19
Anyone know when the results are due to be posted on the website?
25/07/2006 at 22:39
just had a look, nothing yet....
26/07/2006 at 09:29
Results are up!!

Quite pleased with 37th place, Lorenzo you were 40th, another mile and you would have caught me!!
Cheerful Dave    pirate
26/07/2006 at 09:34
Results are up now.

Usually I spend the last few miles of this one telling myself 'never again!', but I actually enjoyed it this time, probably because I avoided charging off like a nutter which is what I normally do and managed to save something for the second half. Very clever course, great marshalls, everyone should do this one.
26/07/2006 at 22:49
40th - not too bad!!

Tanner - the speed you were doing as I saw you in the distance I suspect it would have taken more than a mile. Is Mr Stanley pleased with his 18th?
27/07/2006 at 08:46
Pleased is not the word for it! Gloating more like.

He hasn't stopped talking about it all week.

Quite right too.
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