In short: A Decent Event In full: I thought the race was you're standard 10 k. The 10 k Transcendence runs at Battersea Park are actually better for a fast time, being a 6 lap race and there's a better atmosphere (good scenery, more marshals etc).
I always think it would be beneficial to have a marshal at the half way point (shouting this to the runners) and even to have a clock there, but no race seems to do it. I think its certainly relevant for those who haven't done the race circuit before, or who are struggling round and aren't constantly looking at there watches or looking out for markers.
The piece of cloth that was handed out as a memento was very amusing. Date of review: August 16, 2009
In short: Not as tough as you would think! In full: Reading the reviews from last year, I was concerned that this race might be a half marathon version of the 'Jack & Jill 5 Mile' event near Hassocks in West Sussex, which basically involves running up and down the Downs twice (very steep long climbs). However, this course wasn't too bad in terms of hills (my first half marathon [first started running 6 weeks before]and my time was just over 2 hours). I felt that most of the course was downhill and the inclines were generally no greater then 50 m in length. Obviously if it hadn't have been raining so much in the days leading up to the race, it would have been easier.
Its a good first test for a trail runner (I would say), but certainly run the first half of the race slower, as the course does start to effect you from around the 9 mile mark on.
In saying all of this, it really depends on what kind of courses you run in practice, as to how hard you will find this event i.e. if you've only been running on the flat (roads), you're probably going to struggle to get a good time at Milland.
To finish on a positive, you get a very nice medal at the end, and the whole event is run very well in beautiful surroundings! Very enjoyable! Date of review: August 6, 2009