In short: A great day out, before, during and after the race, In full: This is quite a unique event featuring wine as well as water at the numerous stations along the course! The hog roast afterwards is a great addition rather than just drifting off as is normally the case.
The course itself is quite hard being steadily uphill for about 8 miles, with a long descent at the end. It's quite grueling and I think my time was slower than on courses with more ascent/descent.
What else? There's a DJ at the start/end, tea, coffee, cakes and melon slices upon finishing.
The great views and scenery I sort of take for granted because I live in Dorking but they are fantastic too.
All in all a great day out. If you're really keen you can do the marathon version as well, a double dose. Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: One of the highlights of the year In full: The only problem with it this year was the field had expanded so if you not in the leading group there was a lot of "traffic" in the first 1-2K. Shame as I would have probably beaten last year's time otherwise! Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: A great race, tough in the middle, but some long downhills as well! In full: One thing I found is that the first couple of K is quite slow as you have to run in single file and cannot overtake. I normally prefer to start towards the back and work my way past people, but I got stuck behind runners a bit slower than me. So I'll start nearer the front next year. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Even better than ;ast year! In full: I was happy enough with it last year but everyone starting at once was a big improvement, as was the fact that it was much closer to 10k (9.92 I made it) Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: A great race. It's hard but there aren't that many sections where I have to walk (unlike say the Knacker Cracker), which is ideal. In full: It's overwhelmingly uphill on the way there and downhill on the way back but there are pockets of the opposite gradient. The climb up to the temple at the end is really really tough. The organisation was good with plenty of food/water stations. There weren't many marshalls but the course was clearly marked thoughout. Finally the goodie bag and breakfast were nice extras and I got a baseball cap thrown in by Dr Robert as well. I'll be back next year for certain. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In full: The start was pretty chaotic as people at the front started walking as it was steep. This meant everyone further down the field had to walk as it was only a narrow track. Consequently I didn't run the first 500m at all because I happened to start near the back. I'd prefer a staggered start in groups of 100 to avoid this.
Another complaint is that the race is not 10K at all, it's actually around 9.5K! The markers for each kilometre were quite often completely in the wrong place. Why pretend it's 10K when it's not???
As for the actual race it's great scenery, really hard as there are a lot of big hills and you are running on sand for much of the course - at times it is like running on the beach.
A good day but don't pay any attention to your time. Date of review: August 24, 2009