In short: I've done this race many time in the past and absolutely loved it. In full: But this running of it left me feeling slightly disgruntled.
I appreciate that 99% of runners will have had a completely different experience of the event and that certainly seems to be backed up by the other ratings.
However, this year I opted to run with a friend. We found ourselves very much towards the rear of the pack which is fine, it's a position I'm used to.
The day was glorious, scenery never better and it was great to see so many familiar faces.
I know this course really well and so as we plodded up Lower Road towards the Ridgeway I was surprised to see the chap in front of us carry on. The girls in front of us called him back so he didn't go too far wrong but when I looked there was no sign, no marshal, no indication of the turn anywhere.
We carried on and up to the junction at the top of Young Street and used to seeing Fire Engine and Ambulance stopping traffic I was very bemused to see nothing, no fire brigade and once again no marshals. It was very disconcerting trying to cross the busy road junction without assistance. And unfortunately it set the tone. We clicked off the route and (apart from the water station) never saw another marshal until we got back out from along the river in Leatherhead about 400m from the finish. Including the roundabout at Givons Grove where we took our life in our hands to cross over.
When we got back we were also gutted to discover they had run out of medals (bring out last years offering instead) and most importantly there was no cake left.
I normally love this race but the whole experience made me feel really unwanted. We may as well have just plodded round on our own for an hour.
I will be back next year and I keep my fingers crossed it will be a better experience. Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: My love affair with Beachy continues In full: In testing conditions this year it was still an amazing experience. The organisation is brilliant at this event (although we did encounter a few of the water stations hoarding the food they had been given to hand out, what was that about?) the route is stunning and challenging and fellow participants chatty and encouraging.
But the highest words of appreciation must go to the marshals who gave up their day to stand in freezing winds and rain for our benefit. You were all amazing. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Beautiful views of the whole of the South Coast In full: A lovely little race. There were millions of marshals all nice and cheery although I had to kill a couple for telling me not long to go about four miles out. The course is a good mix of Tarmac, mud and chalk making the descents fun :0). There is a hill in the middle which one may describe as massive if you're not a hill fan. Personally, I loved the climb, the views and a descent as good as any you'll find on the South Downs. The mile markers were well out and I personally could have done with another water station. But overall, a really nice race. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Fab race, well done Dr Rob In full: Love this race. Scenic, off road, superb organisation, happy friendly marshals, easy quick number pick up. Thank you to Dr Rob and the Ashtead Running Group Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: Thank you Reigate In full: Our Improvers group who used this event for their 'graduation' had a ball. We love that we are made to feel really welcome and supported here. The marshals were fab. Organisation is great. The start/finish in priory park suitable and convenient and the route is lovely. Thank you and see you next year Date of review: July 4, 2012
In short: Thank you Tadworth AC In full: A lovely race that I hadn't done for a couple of years. It was great to kick start the new year with such a nice race. The marshals were extra-ordinary this year. Cheery and supported, each and every one and it was very much appreciated. Lovely course, well organised. Thank you to everyone involved. Date of review: January 2, 2012
In short: Lovely half-marathon In full: A lovely way to end the year with a warm glow. Despite the grumps I didn't have any problems at all. No queues for stuff, bus transport worked brilliantly, the walk from the bus drop off to the school wasn't too taxing, loads of loos, the timing pens all seemed to work ok, nice memento, plenty of water stations, loads of cheery marshals and a truly undulating course in a pretty area. Obviously a lot of care and attention had been put into the race, some of it at great cost to the event to ensure everything went smoothly. And it worked, definitely one to put in the calender.
In short: Love it, love it, love it In full: The guys at Beachy did a brilliant job this year. Easy to pick up numbers. Loo queue not too bad. Fab weather out on the course and well stocked checkpoints with cake, mars bars, sausage rolls, crisps and very welcome tea and coffee. But what really makes this event is the runner camaraderie and the bloody amazing marshals some of who must be out there for hours and a still cheery and smiley.
Thank you all for organising a great race. :0) Date of review: October 22, 2011
In full: Lots of cheery marshals and support from the local villages makes this event. The new route made an interesting change with a little more challenge in it. We've done this race lots of times and it's always worth the trip down to the New Forest Date of review: September 25, 2011