In short: Challenging but fun In full: All credit to the organisers and volunteers on the night, it must be difficult to arrange an event like this at midnight during the White Night Festival AND keep the entry cost to a minimum. £10 for a half marathon is a bargain, not counting the head torch and tshirt for all runners.
The route started with a hill, which killed my calves - I had cramp by mile 3. The stretch on the South Downs was a bit dark and spooky but possibly my favourite part of the whole race.
It was really tough but I'm glad I did it. I probably wouldn't do the course again, unless friends or running club were planning to go as a group, as I can't imagine being able to get a PB, but I thoroughly enjoyed the event. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Another fantastic event from the British Heart Foundation In full: A new fixture in the BHF "London Jogs" series. Great vibe, wonderful organisation, well done BHF! Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Brilliant challenging race, shame about organisation! In full: I ran the South Downs Relay Marathon yesterday, it is a fabulous course - a very challenging and rewarding race with stunning views and friendly fellow runners. (Hats off to all the full marathon runners, I don't know how you did it!)
I have to make a couple of negative points about the day though:
1. Spectators and supporters - I noticed at some of the change-over points and water stations that had portaloos there were massive queues and spectators were making marathon runners who needed to use them join the back of the queue. If you are going to be standing around waiting for a friend to get to the check point, then let a runner nip in and use the loos ahead of you! Also, please be considerate of other runners - once you have seen your friend go through the check point don't all rush for the carpark exit blocking the way for runners coming through! (I noticed this especially at the end of Stage 1)
2. The carparking and marshalling at the end of Stage 2/beginning of Stage 3 (just before Cocking Hill) was TERRIBLE! There was no communication between the marshalls, traffic backed up everywhere, making it very difficult for runners to make their way safely across the crossroads. We needed to drop off a team member and wasted so much time A, trying to get into the carpark and B, then trying to turn around while the marshalls kept sending cars down the lane behind us even though they were told there was no parking space. We ended up wasting about 10 minutes due to this mess-up and finding somewhere safe to drop off our 3rd stage runner. Our 2nd stage runner had finished and was waiting around before the 3rd stage runner could get to the change over point! Poor 3rd stage runner didn't need the additional stress just before attempting The Stage of Doom!