In short: Top quality low key hilly off roader. In full: Very well organised, friendly race over some nice trails. Great views, good climbs, quick descents and consistently spot on cheery marshalling. It was a last minute decision to come over from Brighton and run, but I'm very glad I did.
See you next year - Raymond H Date of review: June 2, 2008
In short: Great course, fantastic organisation and beautiful weather. In full: Great course, fantastic organisation and beautiful weather; what more could you ask for? Well I got to meet some RW forumites (albeit briefly) and managed a marathon pb (but then I've only hilly off road ones); so I am a very happy chap...just waiting for the results now.
Congratulations and a really big thank you to all those involved in making this happen; you should be very proud of yourselves - HLS Date of review: March 2, 2008
In short: Great tough race...already thinking about next years, it's that good. In full: Hard, hilly and a real treat. It just about has the lot: great course, real physical challenge, very friendly low key feel and outside of a fell race, just about the best value for money going.
If you like this sort of thing but haven't done it yet, then do it. If you're not sure, then give it a go, you'll end up as a convert.
Many thanks to everyone who helped put this on and to all those who took part; see you again next year - HLS Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Great race - one to mark in your diary. In full: Great race from before the start through to after the finish. I loved the mud, but the organization and the course are so good I'll come back and try it in the baking heat next year. A very big thank you to all involved. Date of review: July 2, 2007
In short: A great race. Hard and beautiful. In full: Did the 1/2 last and the full this year. Apart from needing just one more sign post on the hill above Coombe farm (I think the spelling's right), there is nothing I'd want changing about this race.
The course, competitors, marshalls and organisers all come together to make this a genuinely special event. Anyone who loves running off road (especially over the hills) will love the 3 Forts marathon. Anyone who wants to try out off road racing, won't go far wrong with the 1/2.
Many many thanks to all involved; see you next year.
p.s. If the organisers could arrange a shuttle bus service to Worthing station, it will save me an extra three mile walk next time. :-) Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: 2nd time for me and it was just as good as I remembered. In full: Great race and a huge thanks to all those involved (given the similar sized fields, I think the Sussex Beacon organisers could look and learn...particularly when it comes to routing and road closures).
Also a big hand to all the spectators who make this such a feel good event; thanks for taking it on board as your race as well as ours.
As far as the complaints others have made: the two that seem to have some substance; well maybe an entry and exit to the baggage tent would be a good idea, and perhaps goody bags should be done away with all togeher (just have the horse brass and a cold sports drink). However, I do think people are missing the point a little...it's a great route with tremendous support...enjoy the run!
Cheers - HLS (1.29...faster next year) Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Good and fast after the first 2k In full: I really enjoyed this once we got out of the residential section, and after I had got over being nearly sent sprawling by someone pushing through and catching my heels (subsequently went past the person responsible at about 3k when he was puffing and blowing). Why don't people treat the time slots seriously?
When you get out in the country this a lovely quick course, with the last 2k being down hill just inviting you to really stretch your legs. I'll be back next year to push a lot harder and try and knock another chunk of my pb.
In short: Great course poor organisation. In full: Weather was great (even what wind there was blew in the right direction)and the course is flat as a pancake.
I thought it was very congested up to about 1.5/2km (prospective finishing time sections would be a good idea), and that the distance markers were really very poor.
But the worst bit was the baggage store; it took longer queing for my bag than it did doing the run.
If the organisaers look at this please pay a bit more atention to some of the details and make this a really special race; it'll do the course and the setting justice. Date of review: November 20, 2006
In short: My first and I was shocked at how hard it was...but what a great race. A very big thank you to all those who helped make it such a memorable event. I will be back. In full: Fantastic organisation, gorgeous scenery and really challenging terrain. The support on the way round, (from marshalls, feed stations, spectators and family...God bless em) was hugely appreciated.
Hills, steps, wind strong enough to pull my number off, hills, mud, more steps and even more hills; add them together with all the wonderful people involved (taking part, organising, helping and supporting) and you have a genuinely tough but hugely rewarding event.
I will be back next year, hopefully having learnt a thing or two; if you're thinking about doing it get the application off in good time to avoid disappointment. Date of review: October 28, 2006
In short: Thanks for a great morning out. In full: First Jog Shop Jog and I loved most of it ( can't say I loved the pain but the rest of it wouldn't feel the same without it); scenery, atmousphere, challenge of the uphills, challenge of the steep descents and the support of the marshals were all fantastic.
Had no problems with the directions, but then again being a local I have run the course in training; maybe an extra marshall on the windmill hill in Rottingdean and an extra drinks station between the base of the Big W at Kingston and the run down into Rottingdean wouldn't go amiss.
Apart from that just a big thank you to all those involved (organising and taking part); keep up the good work and see you again next year).