In short: This aint no flat, road marathon... In full: If you want to enter your first marathon, where the organisers have it bang on, then this is the one for you but be warned, this is no flat, monotonous road race, but a grown-up trail run with magnificent scenery and wildlife on the North Downs between Farnham and Guilford. Epic!..
I found it tough going this year, but the crowd support, marshals and the trails just keeps you going so, in short, this is the toughest marathon you'll do in the area. If you are a trail runner, you'll love this for the variety of terrain and has enough hills and potentially mud if it were a wet day, to keep you interested. Thoroughly recommend this one. Maybe it will be a wet one next year to make it even more challenging. :-) Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: First one of the series. In full: Always worth the wait and the anticipation this one and a finishing time to build on for next month. If you don't get a good time, but have a good time, there is always July to make amends and August to pull out all the stops to try and get that PB you so dearly deserve!.. Or you could just run around the streets and houses of Yateley and soak up the atmosphere. Either way you'll enjoy the experience. In short, a compelling mid-week 10k of the highest standard. Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: The only race that I've run where the down hills are worse than the ups!.. In full: I paid for the 'suicidal' down hills again and even had someone try and stop me from almost falling down them, but decided to press on. Oww!, by 9 miles my calves were strained and had to resort to a hobble. Luckily I managed a sprint finish and ran 5 minutes quicker this year!.. You never know what is going to happen in a race.
I thoroughly recommend 'The Marlow' though still, especially with the ideal conditions we had today. The strength sapping hills are fun to run with the lovely scenery in the country-side, so have scored this race highly. Date of review: November 6, 2011
In short: Pure PB Paradise. In full: Very quick run on well marshalled roads made for a guaranteed personal best for me. This was my second only road marathon (off-road 4 weeks ago) and I found it extremely quick and flat (except for that subway!..) but was a little annoyed with the finish. Before entering the stadium for that ‘running track sprint’ we had to go through a little detour when we are all, how can I say it, a little bit tired and wanting to finish. Apart from that, fine. Average scenery with narrow country roads, but I knew it was all about that PB… Date of review: October 16, 2011
In short: Farnham to Guildford the scenic route. In full: If you were paying for a taxi to take you from Farnham to Guildford and you were taken on this route, you would be none too pleased, but to run it is a different matter!..
This was only my 2nd ever marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it (except for being sent the wrong way once) for some strange reason. Was it the narrow trails through glorious countryside, the flora and fauna with the 'wooly bullies' in the field that we all ran through, or perhaps the crowd support (especially from the wife and kids at various viewing points) I am not sure. All I know is that I will definitely be running this again next year. I am now a convert to the full marathon after years of running 'halves' and trying to avoid 'the big one', so I am one happy camper. :-)
The only real issue was in entering Guildford where we crossed a main road (that was OK but the roads are not closed for this event) and missed the next check point, but all was well once we doubled back a little and continued on our way again. Thanks to the marshals, but please cheer up next time, it could be worse, you don't have to run it!.. Date of review: September 23, 2011
In short: Lovely run in a beautiful location. In full: Wellington College is a lovely place for a run. If you are looking for an enjoyable and safe 10k run through beautiful surroundings, then look no further than the Sam Run. It starts off on grass, then onto tarmac, back to grass, through woods with views of a lake, back to road and then onto tracks before more grass again to get you to half way so as you can see it is a real 'multi-terrain' run. A real joy, but boy, it was hot!.. Date of review: July 3, 2011
In short: Lovely local trail run through the woods at the Lookout. In full: Another brilliant run in the Lookout woods, which never disappoints. This year slightly damper under foot which made parts of the course a little easier whereas last year may have been more sandy. Always plenty of parking and always well signposted around the course, makes you think they may have done this before. ;-) Will be back again next year for more of the same. Date of review: June 15, 2011
In short: A wet Wargrave for once!.. In full: Damp, but far from dreary this year, and the hills were still there to catch out the weary traveller!..
This was my first time here and found the course to be not as tough as was billed, so maybe it was all that rain that kept me cool and the cold kept me going as I managed to gain a rare PB for the distance. The undulations were certainly there, but there were a few ‘PB Boosting’ down-hill stretches which certainly did not go a miss and the friendly marshals (and soggy scouts) braved the conditions admirably; so thank you very much, Wargrave Runners, for hosting this excellent event and hope that it is bright and sunny for you next year. Me? I think that from now on I prefer the rain …
A really well organised and interesting, rural route. Date of review: June 12, 2011
In short: A nice run only let down by the distance. In full: I don't want to be too negative here, so lets get it out of the way first. It is the distance...
I love a good 10K which this was billed as and really would have been had it actually been 10K. A real shame as the route itself was an interesting meander around the grounds of the Rugby Club pitches and training area, so that said, I enjoyed myself running and looping back on myself and seeing runners coming the other way. A good bit of fun. Unfortunately there were not anywhere near the number of marshals required for this 2 lap trail run, as the course was easily shortened by people cutting corners. What is needed next year are dozens more marshals to herd the runners around them to really make this a perfect mid-week 10K. Not 9 or 8 and a bit, but 10 kilometres so we know how fast we ran the distance in please. :-)
Well done though St Michael's Hospice for a fun event and for the bananas and water at the finish.
In short: A Real Occasion!.. In full: The weather was kind to the 800 or so runners on Wednesday evening, warm and sunny before the race for the warm-up and cool after the race had finished.
This is always a top, local mid-week race that cannot be missed, helping the club runner to chart their progress through the summer months, as well as a ‘give it a try’ 10k for the novice or occasional fun runner alike. The run is always well sign posted and marshalled along the route with clear kilometre markers for checking the watch to see how you are doing, before the final K which rises before the ‘200 metres to go’ sign to spur you on for that all out final sprint over the line… A firm favourite in my race diary, so bring on July!..