In short: Doctor Rob does it again! In full: Fantastic race! Started with watching the wife-carrying championships, and then a short briefing before the off. There was time for singing the national anthem before we started on the trek up to Leith Hill summit. Spectacular scenery throughout: picturesque villages, varied woodland and open spaces. The slog up to Leith Hill varies in gradient, but the the first half is all uphill. Strangely enough, the way back down isn't ALL downhill, and a killer hill in the last mile can sap the legs. It's not a PB course, but it's a fine race. The finish has medals, tee shirts, a memento, not to mention Haribo and jelly babies for the competitors. Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: Ow. Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow! In full: Tough route, without being suicidal. Well-marshalled, well-run water stations, fantastic goodie bag, plus a full fry-up and the opportunity for a post-race swim. Wonderful job!
The atmosphere at Leith Hill Tower is something else: dog-walkers, bikers and fellow joggers all stopping to cheer you on as you go through.
One of these years, the 12Â½ mile hill WILL be conquered... Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: 25th Anniversary and they couldn't organise the start? In full: Race itself was nice enough: flat, through closed country roads. The weather was awful at the start, but brightened up for the first hour or so. The hike from the recommended parking places to the start was pretty unwelcome in the conditions.
The start, however, was appalling: few audible announcements of the impending start; a queue 100m long for the baggage tent with 2 mins to go; NO announcements of the graded start positions, so the first mile was a mess of slower runners in amongst faster; runners moving against the flow to get TO the start, after the gun went off. Absolute shambles.
At the finish: was there a water station? Not that I saw.
For a 25th Anniversary, I'd have hoped for something a bit better organised. Date of review: February 22, 2010