In short: Well organised, great scenery, can't wait till next time In full: I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I did the half this year, but will return to do the full next. Stede Hill was a bit of pain, but otherwise the course was nicey undulating and not too hard - although bizarrely EVERYONE seemed to find the short flat stretch at about 10.3-10.8 miles particularly hard, but no-one could figure out why. Didn't seem like much of a camber, road surface maybe. The scenery was lovely and the route passed some fabulous houses. Race HQ was great and the hotel staff were welcoming and friendly. Date of review: November 13, 2011
In short: Fantastic race, very hard but thoroughly enjoyable In full: Loved this race. It was the first proper trail run I have done and the first really hilly marathon. Although it was tough, the scenery, atmosphere and sense of achievement made it well worthwhile. The only slight niggle was the water running out at Checkpoint 3, which meant I had to get to the next drink station with very little to see me through. Love the Littlington station, it was like arriving at a cocktail party in full swing! Given how far into the course I was passing some of the walkers, they must have set off before sunrise, which is pretty dedicated. I was also very pleased to see For Goodness Shakes at the end, love this product since trying the RW sample. I shall wear my Beachy Head T-Shirt with pride and will be registering for next year as soon as it opens! Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: Lovely small race, friendly and well organised In full: The course is challenging, but lovely. The marshalls were amazing, the spectators supportive of all runners and it was a thoroughly enjoyable event, despite the heat and wind! The goody bag was really well thought out, nice to have something savoury after all the sports drinks and jelly babies on the course. Same comment about Portaloos, but I can't imagine how many would be enough! Loved the sponges, don't know why they didn't do this at Brighton, it would have helped a lot. I will definitely do this race again.
In short: Great alternative to London In full: I agree with all the comments about the toilets at the start, more would definitely be nice, particularly for the residents around the park, who wouldn't then have to put up with runners peeing in the bushes on the lap of the park!
I also agreed with the suggestion that it would be better to have the power station lap earlier, maybe it could be switched with the loop down Church Road/Street? The support in the latter was amazing.
Overall, although I was personally disappointed with my time, largely due to a chest cold, I enjoyed the race. I am already signed up for next year and have persuaded my husband to do it too. Date of review: April 11, 2011