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
In short: Fab event In full: Fab race perfect for faster runners and run/walkers. Marshals amazing, lovely friendly atmosphere and support from faster runners around the course. Will be back next year. Thanx to ARG, Dr Rob and his team. Date of review: September 18, 2011
In short: Lovely race and ta for the cool weather In full: LOL at the fact they brought the start forward to embrace the cooler weather and nearly made it rain. The cooler weather meant that this race was as enjoyable but much faster with several people recording PBs this year. It's a must in the Surrey calendar and would recommend that everyone do this race at least once. A lot of effort goes into organising events. Thank you DMVAC and look forward to seeing you again next yr. Date of review: June 5, 2011
In short: Well done Oddballs In full: Despite being forced to move venue this year the Oddballs pulled out all of the stops to put on another magnificent race. The course was scenic and much more lumpy than expected. Great muddy bits and interesting trails distracted the mind from the strong wind. Super marshals and a fab tech T made this a very worthwhile day out. Thank you! Date of review: January 16, 2011
In short: Thank you Dr Rob In full: An excellent race. One of my favourites of the year. A particularly huge thank you to all of the marshals who turned out today. You were awesome, especially those who turned out in fancy dress. Mr Grim Reaper, I salute you :0) Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: A Dr Rob special, what more can you say In full: 5th year of completing this event. First real run since recovering from a stress fracture. A great way to spend a summer afternoon. Thanks to all the marshals for your support, it does make a difference. Well done Rob for another great event. Date of review: June 20, 2010
In short: It's a unique event In full: The London marathon is a unique event. And yes, you wouldn't necessarily pick it for the quality of the tee-shirt and yes it's so packed you can never really get into your running stride unless you are at the front and yes, people do seem incapable of getting themselves into the correct pen. But that's kind of not the point of this event.
The expo, the atmosphere, the amazing feeling when you pop out of the tunnel and get a massive view of the London eye and Big Ben. The screaming crowds that keep going even for the back markers, the support from the masses of marshals and helpers. The amazing people who are there participating to raise money for so many good causes. The clockwork organisation that ensures there are plenty of toilets and water and energy drink and first aid assistance en route and you get your number on time and en route entertainment and lots to eat in the goodie bags and a really nice medal you can wear with pride, all for about Â£28 which I think is a bargain. If you want a fast marathon for proper runners, go and do Abingdon. If you want a festival and to experience one of the best days of your life then London is the one for you. Date of review: April 26, 2010
In short: A huge well done to all concerned! In full: It was a great event. It was evident that much thought and hard work had gone into it.
The only downside for me was the long out and backs which personally I hate. BUT there really is no alternative unless you run for the hills which lots of people moan about. So the organisers made the best of limited route choices and did it extremely well.
There is no doubt that this will be a well supported and successful marathon and from what I saw yesterday it deserves to be. Date of review: April 19, 2010