In short: Richmond Race - feed stations had only water and lucozade drinks In full: Positives first 1. loved the route generally to follow the thames and sights north to south and back again (not sure about the housing estate divert at 21 and the endless field lap on mile 25 ) all in all - very scenic and great to see the sights of the famous bridges , kew gardens and sion house and areas. 2. marshals were very friendly and encouraging - although I might add there was more inspiration that came from two 11 year old guides at mile 10 than from most of the other millions of marshals - some hired in on the day wearing all over yellow suits - too hot for that ! 3. the finish area was lovely and seamless - great touches from the photos and props so everyone thought they were winners - all round nice feeling when I finished .
Negatives 1. No food at the feed stations at all - only water and lucozade . Some gels or bananas or sweets or cake or anything would have been so welcome especially for the marathon runners .PLease fix this for next year - its inexpensive and can be a great asset and help for runners for future feedback. 2. Toilets - or lack of them at the start . More portaloos required and signs - a large number of marathon runners missed the start because of the severe lack of toilets on site . 3. Directions and parking this year. Given the 8am start - a lot of runners would have struggled to get there for 8am - there were a few car parking spaces around the restricted roads - may a suggest you open the field next to ponds in the park and get runners to park and walk from there - its the finish area and would solve the major issue a lot of people had - easy access to the start = mission impossible !!
despite that minor moan - I think these can all be corrected and fixed for 2017 , I hope the organisers take some of these valid points into consideration . Thank you to all the wonderful friendly runners on the route and the st johns ambulance man past kingston bridge on a bike who gave me half his packet of jelly babies - lifesaver !! Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: lovely event organisation and amazing marshals In full: I have to say this race is quite a gem and so nice to find a brilliant super friendly trail marathon that is so well organised to look after the runners its a positive delight to be taking part ! I look forward to taking part next year and I will be telling people well in advance to book this up for 2017 . Well done the marathon organisers !! Date of review: September 12, 2016
In short: Message from Walter Hill In full: Hi Gareth,
I now have an opportunity to say thank you to you and your team for yesterdays 5 star promotion.
Having represented British Athletics and England Athletics as an ultra runner when I was younger and having continued to run in my later years , I have had many opportunities to witness good and bad promotions.
Yesterday’s Woldinghman Marathon had many strengths. Please allow me to record them.
· I never had to look at the course description as the course was so well marked.
· The novelty of the out and back stretch to Slines Oaks Road allowed camaraderie to develop amongst the runners.
· The number of feed stations were adequate and provided a banquet of food. I never used the gels I carried for 26.2 miles!
· The course is a significant challenge and technical underfoot, what you would expect from a Trail course.
· Amazing vistas that were ongoing throughout the course.
· Your team who helped were excellent.
· The yellow technical T-Shirt was a real bonus.
· Having the names of the runners on the numbers added to the day.
Although I was running with a healing collar bone I never felt at risk.
I have to declare that the thought of running the second lap was a real challenge but once started I enjoyed it even more than the first lap.
My only concern were the road crossings and the steps on the course which I traversed with significant care.
Well done and thank you again and I hope you got to the pub before it got dark.
In short: Keith Simpson Comments - Loved It In full: I completed the inaugural Woldingham Marathon this morning and it was by far the most scenic, friendly, well run and challenging marathons I have done for some time. As it was the inaugural running of this event, it was a relatively small field with just under 70 signed up for the marathon and roughly about the same for the half. The race director, Gareth and his team had everything very well organised and the whole thing went like clockwork - the course was well marked, the aid stations were perfectly spaced, well stocked and manned by very cheery marshals. Race HQ was located in the stunning Woldingham School which is a beautiful country house set in Marden Park, well off the beaten track and dating back to 1842 - I would never have know it was there if I didn’t do this event. Although my legs are still aching, I have already pencilled this event in for the August bank holiday weekend in 2017!
Well done and thanks very much to you and the team for a great event.
In short: brilliant half marathon - leith hill 1/2 In full: another wonderful day spent watching the runners taken on a really tough half marathon course - but the scenary is so amazing , especially the forest section you will never see anything like it again - quite unique. well done to all the wife carrying entrants who make this annual half a special fun event that leaves you happy - and knackered at the end ! Date of review: March 6, 2016
In short: brilliant day on the box In full: well done all the amazing runners on jan 1st - great costumes and superb atmosphere again and some brave souls who throw caution to the wind and mud and take part in the annual KC ! Date of review: January 2, 2016
In short: great race to marshal In full: I never get tired seeing inspiration in front of my very eyes when these events take place - everyone was brilliant , faced their demons and came away bigger and better for the challenges they overcame - amazing !! Date of review: June 15, 2015
In short: One of the Uks best trail runs - the Kent Weald is very picturesque In full: Wonderful organization , marshals very friendly and supportive and knowledgable telling runners they had competed 6 miles 13.1 miles and how far the next check point would be , really great to get accurate information especially when fatigue kicks in , food and drink and energy items were perfect ! Date of review: May 24, 2015
In short: Greensand Glorious In full: Another fantastic event organised by Rob and his team , really fantastic but realistically tough trail route out and back, because it was autumn you get some amazing scenary for the entry . The Surrey Hills are beautiful this time of year and weather conditions in 2014 were also perfect for marathon running . Brilliant marshals who were both highly encouraging and polite to all the tired runners giving us a real positive boost when we needed it - thank you !