In short: A challenging course but really worth it! In full: I've always enjoyed this race. It is one of the most scenic ones on my calendar. The course is challenging but the views of the Castle and at the top of the Downs make it really worthwhile.
The support is great in the town, especially in the finish area and there is great support from the marshals along the route of the course. Thanks to all the marshals and the 1st Arundel Scouts for orgainising the event, it's a cracker!
I really like this race and I hope to get around it faster next year. Date of review: August 29, 2012
In short: A really great race. In full: Well organised, marshalled and plenty of water stations. The course has some hills in it but none are too challenging. I like the local support all around the course and running through the start/finish area at the five mile mark is a good to get that support in the middle of the race. This has become one of my regular races. Date of review: November 3, 2011
In short: A really great race. In full: This is well organised and friendly race that takes you through Arundel Castle and up to the top of the Downs to the north of Arundel. It is quite challenging with the first half being the climb up to the turnaround point and then back down through Arundel Park to the Castle and the finish. Thanks to the 1st Arundel Scouts & the marshals for organising this event. Thanks also to Sussex Sports Photography (AntBliss.com) for the free photo downloads.
In short: Post finish organisation needs to be looked at. Other than that I enjoyed the race. In full: I enjoyed this race despite the weather.
I second most of what has already been said. I did not see the expected finish times marked anywhere at the start and the only mile marker I saw was the 11 mile marker after I'd finished and I was walking to my lift on Marine Parade! The finish line congestion and bag collection must be looked at for future events.
The "crush" at the start and in the lanes were as I expected, awkward to get round some groups of slower runners but I've found that with most mass start races. What was not nice was actually having to stop at the start of the lane before the seafront due to a severe bottleneck. Once the pace had settled on the seafront I found it easy enough to make progress.
At the end I made it over the finish line without having to queue but then stopped just over the line in the funnel. I felt that people were not being ushered out of the funnel by marshals at all - the man on the PA system could be heard trying to move people along in the finish area as I was approaching it but who pays attention to that after you've finished? Perhaps the water and bananas should have been after the chip removal and medal collection points. Also if the chip removal people had been in two lines along with the flow of the finish rather than across the flow then that may have helped.
I will probably be back next year as I was not affected this time! Date of review: February 23, 2010
In short: Fast, flat course. Enjoyable race. In full: I think this is one of the better races on my usual calender.
I think that the water station at just before the 3K mark (which doubled up as the finish water station) and just before the turn at 6.5K were sufficient for most - I usually don't drink during a 10K.
I managed to take all my own KM split times so I was able to see the marker boards for most - the 3k one was as we passed the start finish and I did not see a marker there but it was easy to work out from the info supplied with the race numbers. I previous years I did not see as many markers.
The "Sea Breeze" usually evens itself out as you are running against and with it for the same distance - although I think that it is easier to have it in your back for the run to the finish like this year.
With the course being so flat it makes this race for those that care about such things a definite one to go for a PB. Date of review: November 19, 2009
In short: Good race, well orgainised. In full: I enjoy this race. This year it was run in the opposite direction and there was a slight course change to last year to make up for the supposed shortness of last year. No one has complained this year so it seems to be close to the 10K mark!
The hills are not too steep but do seem to continue for some distance. Care has to be taken in the forest (there were signs to this effect) as I had a man stumble onto his hands and knees just in front of me - thankfully he was not hurt.
I noticed the results were posted on a board next to the track at about 12:30pm so that is quite impressive. Date of review: October 28, 2009
In short: Well organised. Great family day out in Reigate's Priory Park. Finishers medal and t-shirt. In full: This is a really nice five mile race and it has a host of support races over one mile for the whole family. It starts and finishes in Priory Park in Reigate and it has a family fun day organised in conjunction with it. This year was the tenth anniversary race.
The course is predominately on open public country roads but it is very well marshalled and so there is not much traffic that is encountered. The course is not too difficult apart from the hill at around the four mile mark, the severity of which can be judged by other peoples comments! The section of the course in the Park is over grass for the start and finish.
The chip timing is currently only for the finishing time and position and no chip to chip time is given. It is not that necessary as there quite a small field that it takes about thirty seconds to clear the start.
There is a medal and t-shirt for all finishers for all of the races as well as refreshments. Date of review: May 5, 2009