In short: Tough, but fun. In full: My second time doing the full, and it didn't get any easier. An excellent race, very well organised, and my thanks to the marshalls, who were great. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Stunning, well-organised, but tough. In full: My first time doing this race, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It felt as though we covered every possible way of climbing Box Hill - some more than once. Thanks for the excellent organisation and cheerful marshalls. The other runners were very friendly (including the one who hauled me out of the dirt after I went full length over a tree root). Next time I am taking a rope for the Eiger Steps. Date of review: June 14, 2015
In short: Great race - well organised - scenic - a few hills. In full: I enjoyed the half. A few tough hills, but nothing too bad. Very well organised, with plenty to eat and drink on the way round, and at the end. I particularly enjoyed the golden syrup cake. Well done to the organisers and marshals. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Magnificent race - horrendous weather - hilly.. In full: Great race - but very wet and muddy. Well organised, excellent medal, shirt, breakfast. It couldn't happen without the marshalls, who were superb - even the one who told me I looked like a drowned rat (true). Most runners pretty hardcore, but there were a few doing this as their first marathon. Date of review: October 13, 2013
In short: Tough - but fun - well organised and great food/drinks and goody bag. In full: Did the full for the first time this year - and thoroughly enjoyed it, although it was hard work. Organisation was superb, and no chance of getting lost with all the marshalls. I did wonder whether the slightly manic marshall just below St Martha's managed to keep up that level of enthusiasm for all the runners. Great support all the way round, with plenty of snacks - and a good bunch of fellow runners. Excellent goody bag. Thought I was hallucinating when I saw the monk. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Well organised, scenic, slightly hilly. In full: I really enjoyed this race, which was very well organised and marshalled, and had good support. There are a couple of decent hills in the first 5k, which probably add a minute or so, but the second half is almost all downhill or flat. Date of review: May 22, 2013
In short: Great race - lousy weather - lots of mud. In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this, although the mud made it hard work. The marshals were superb - the cake at mile 21 set me up for the last few miles. Chatted to lots of interesting runners along the way - I thought they were a very friendly bunch. Very well organised, and loved the home made cakes at the end. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: Fast, flat, well-organised. In full: This was a well-organised race with a great atmosphere, and a fast course. The power station at mile 21 is pretty depressing, but hard to see where else they could send the course at that stage.
My only issue was with the start pens, which seemed pretty arbitrary. Despite putting 3:20 on my entry form, I ended up in the blue pen, behind a mass of slower runners. I passed hundreds of red pen runners in the first few miles. It probably didn't make much difference to my finish time - but I did only miss out on a new PB by 25 seconds, so who knows.
But overall it was a great day out - and I may well be back next year. Date of review: April 19, 2012