In short: Lovely low key race In full: My first Epsom 10 miler, it won't be my last. A low key club run providing everything you need. Marshals were fabulous and cheery. Local traffic non intimidating and patient. 2 water stations were fine. The route was lovely and although undulating/hilly had plenty of long sweeping downhills for recovery. Fab race and would highly recommend it. Date of review: November 17, 2013
In short: Even better this year... In full: Dr Rob delivers another classic. I ran the whole of this race with a huge smile on my face. Clockwork organisation, brilliant marshals, a beautiful route even the first aid team came out to cheer us on. Thank You.
This race has the benefits of a low key event with as much 'frills and fancy' as you could ever want. Loved it. Well done Dr Rob and all who helped make it a great race. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: Nice race but In full: On paper the race ticked all the boxes and I desperately wanted to love it so much. But in the end I didn't.
I was at the back of the field and on my own for very long periods of time. Often the marshals were unresponsive, blanking me completely when I shouted a cheery hello and thank you. I was constantly having to ask which way to go and didn't always get a definitive answer. So often I wasn't even sure I was on the correct route. It was just so frustrating and quite unnerving at times. (Big exceptions were the lady marshalling the small loop and the chap splitting the half and full routes, both were fab :o)
Then I came across the three dressed in 'fancy dress'? What the hell was that about? It completely freaked me out, really scared me (not an easy feat by any means) which pretty much finished this race off for me.
There was nothing at all wrong with the race and please don't let this put you off coming along and having a go at it. As you can see, most people love it and had a fabulous time. I guess for whatever reason it just wasn't for me. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Looking a little bit unloved this year In full: Ive done this race a few times in the past and always really enjoyed it. But this year, all of the little touches that make races great were missing. The route is lovely and marshals out on the course were very smily and encouraging. And of course, those are the most important bits. But, no water at the finish, no communication from the organisers prior to the event and no one handing out medals at the finish, (they were just left on the table for people to help themselves) just felt like organisers were just going through the motions this year. Hopefully the will sort it out for next year Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: The lovely ladies from the Epsom Allsorts do it again In full: Beautiful weather brought out short sleeves and smily faces for this annual event famed for tea and cake. Friendly relaxed organisation, pretty route, and welcoming attitude makes this the perfect race for experienced runners and those looking to do their first race.
In short: Lovely run in the countryside In full: Exploring paths and trails runners are not normally permitted on. Everything you would ever want at a race was there. Easy number pick up, clear signage, helpful, cheery marshals, and a bacon butty van with big cups of tea :0). Lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Well done Tadworth AC In full: Really enjoyed it today. Everything well organised, friendly cheerful marshals, plentiful water stations and lovely countryside to run in. What more do you need from a race? Date of review: January 6, 2013
In short: Woohoo, another knacker cracker done In full: Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. From the cheery, encouraging marshals to the monumental efforts made in the fancy dress, to the hills and this year, mud, glorious mud.
Thank you Dr and Mrs Rob and all of the superb helpers who chipped in to make this event one of the favourites on the Calender. Date of review: January 1, 2013
In short: I've done this race many time in the past and absolutely loved it. In full: But this running of it left me feeling slightly disgruntled.
I appreciate that 99% of runners will have had a completely different experience of the event and that certainly seems to be backed up by the other ratings.
However, this year I opted to run with a friend. We found ourselves very much towards the rear of the pack which is fine, it's a position I'm used to.
The day was glorious, scenery never better and it was great to see so many familiar faces.
I know this course really well and so as we plodded up Lower Road towards the Ridgeway I was surprised to see the chap in front of us carry on. The girls in front of us called him back so he didn't go too far wrong but when I looked there was no sign, no marshal, no indication of the turn anywhere.
We carried on and up to the junction at the top of Young Street and used to seeing Fire Engine and Ambulance stopping traffic I was very bemused to see nothing, no fire brigade and once again no marshals. It was very disconcerting trying to cross the busy road junction without assistance. And unfortunately it set the tone. We clicked off the route and (apart from the water station) never saw another marshal until we got back out from along the river in Leatherhead about 400m from the finish. Including the roundabout at Givons Grove where we took our life in our hands to cross over.
When we got back we were also gutted to discover they had run out of medals (bring out last years offering instead) and most importantly there was no cake left.
I normally love this race but the whole experience made me feel really unwanted. We may as well have just plodded round on our own for an hour.
I will be back next year and I keep my fingers crossed it will be a better experience. Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: My love affair with Beachy continues In full: In testing conditions this year it was still an amazing experience. The organisation is brilliant at this event (although we did encounter a few of the water stations hoarding the food they had been given to hand out, what was that about?) the route is stunning and challenging and fellow participants chatty and encouraging.
But the highest words of appreciation must go to the marshals who gave up their day to stand in freezing winds and rain for our benefit. You were all amazing. Date of review: October 28, 2012