In short: Great atmosphere which made a very cold morning glow with warmth In full: A big thank you to the people of Hastings who came out in large numbers with rattles, claxons, saucepans, church choirs, oranges and jelly babies to cheer us on. A great event that runners should support, if you haven't run the Hastings Half before make sure you do next year, it is the 30th anniversary. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: If there is a better way to start the year I haven't found it yet! In full: Fun from start to finish. So good to see a higher percentage of runners than normal in fancy dress and the oufits seem to be getting more and more complicated. No bonus hill this year, thankfully but Dr Rob did his best to add to the muddy conditions by having us all parade up and down several times before the start. Not an event to be rushed but well done to the guys and girls who made it back to the finish in under an hour. And congratulations to the lady taking part in and finishing her first organised event. Support from runners and marshals was superb and as always Dr Rob, the Roblets and Soup Dragon put on a very good post race spread. Medal, T-shirt, cap, sandwiches, carrots and of course the soup all appreciated. This event leaves you with a very warm, happy feeling. What other event also gives you the chance to win a luxury, catering size block of cheese or jar of Branston Pickle in the free post run raffle :)
In short: A big thankyou to all the runners from one of the volunteers In full: I would just like to thank all the runners that took part in the Tempest 10 and Spitfire 20 for their enthusiasm, spirit, cameraderie, appreciation and gratitude they expressed towards all of the marshals out on the course and volunteers at the finish line. I was one of the team removing the chips at the finish and can say that, without exception, every runner I helped thanked me, looked happy and proud with what they had achieved, no matter how tired and weary they were. It made volunteering at this event so worthwhile. Well done to you all, particularly those who had run the distance for the first time. Wishing all of you going on to compete in a marathon the best of luck. Date of review: March 19, 2012
In short: Top event In full: Great to see the regulars at this and the co-run Spitfire 20 return for another fantastic morning in the Surrey Hills. Overal numbers seemed much higher than in previous years but pleased to say that the organisation coped admirably, plenty of car parking and portaloos at the start and enough water stations, gels and jelly babies around the course to keep you going. As usual all of the marshals were incredibly supportive, waiting on the course to cheer in the last runner nearly 5 hours after the start. An excellent run for beginners and those training for a marathon, the comaraderie amongst fellow runners is brilliant, full of support for each other. It is like a good training run in the company of your best friends. I only did the 10 this time before taking up position in the finish funnel removing runners chip timing devices. Not sure which is worse doing the extra 10 or sitting on a small stool for a few hours ;) Without exception every runner I met at the finish looked happy and proud of what they had achieved and I would like to thank them for the way in which they showed their appreciation of the marshals and other volunteers on the day. Date of review: March 19, 2012
In short: Proper cross country In full: A no frills, does what it says, proper run in a great, scenic, park. One would expect a hill or two and a bit of rough ground. Makes you as happy as a spring lamb running about in the countryside. Nice not to be bombarded with plastic bags full of rubbish that you wouldn't want at the finish. Excellent value for a chip timed event. Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers, it isn't often that an event can be run so well by a non running organisation and thanks to the Sackville family for letting us all run around their garden again. Looking forward to the Eridge 10 and Sevenoaks 7 and will be back next year. Date of review: March 15, 2012
In short: First olympic event of 2012 done In full: Washing machine now completing second olympic event of 2012. I knew that I shouldn't have worn my best suit! Great fun and a wonderful way to start 2012. Innovative 'extra half hill' bonus - just in case we still had some energy left to be sapped out of the legs. Fantastic cameraderie amongst the runners and great support all the way around from marshals. Felt sorry for the guy running with a snorkel for not getting the opportunity to try it out crossing the River Mole this year. By law of averages next year it should snow, put my name down now for the 10th Anniversary featuring the Juniper Top Cresta Run. Date of review: January 1, 2012
In short: A testing challenge but fun In full: You certainly know that you have run this one! Great spririt amongst the runners and marshals with a lot of encouragement throughout the run. Not a race for me, more of a personal challenge which I hope to repeat and try to run a little bit more up Box Hill next time without slowing to a walk. The final, easier, hill felt just as hard as Box Hill after the others, but a great descent helped get dead legs moving again. Well done to all finishers, marshals for their support and the organisers for not giving up after last year's teething problems and coming back with an end of year event that will be one of the first to tick on the list for next year.
In short: The marshals made this a great run In full: A special thanks to the marshals and support on the course. Some of them put so much effort into encouraging runners that they were beginning to lose their voices. Hopefully a few well deserved drinks will have resolved that now.
A very cold morning but turned into a warm morning after the start.
Hills didn't seem as bad as last year, knowing that there was a nice downhill stretch after each hill helped.
Great views from the North Downs in the sunshine took mind off the running.
One to recommend and do again.
4 minutes quicker than last year and i didn't finish tired, not being able to put one foot in front of the other or trip over the marquee guy rope this year so must have finished stronger.
Only minor comment re directions which direct drivers to the start but not to the HQ carpark which was a longish dog leg drive away. Date of review: October 16, 2011
In short: Still in my Top 5 fave events In full: The new slightly revised course didn't change my opinion of this event. It is an excellent half marathon, one of my top 5 events of the year and will remain one to look forward to next year. A welcoming family spirit exudes from the organisers and marshals touching all runners who take part. The new start/finish at Denbies adds a little drama to the morning helpful marshals and volunteers made number collection and bag drop easy. Despite the best efforts of some locals removing signage, a pre race run through by local club runners and the organiser ensured that the route was well marked and manned at all turns by enthusiastic, attentive marshals. Water stations were in all the right places with gel for those who were beginning to flag on the hills. The course itself is superb, if you have never run a half marathon or tried a trail run before this is an ideal one to start with. Free beer for those that want it, nice tech T (although not quite as classic as last years design, hopefully the badgers will be back for 2012 ) and Fine Fettle on hand for post run massages. Walk, run, race, win. Indeed everyone is a winner at The Badger. Date of review: October 14, 2011
In short: A great race to run In full: It was so hot but managed to complete my first marathon. Liked having the relay running alongside the main event as all runners encouraged each other as they passed. Regular water stations, marshals superb as were the people of Jersey who turned out to encourage us through the heat.Shame it was too hot for many who DNF. Finishing First Marathon 10/10 Running through the cheering crowd of runners at the first few crossovers 10/10 Shouts of come on Serpie on the way round 10/10 Cameraderie of other runners pacing and encouraging each other across the line 10/10 Everyone on the beach cheering us along the final 2 miles 10/10 Police motorbike that stayed with Lizzie all the way to the finish 10/10 Organiser and marshals chering in Lizzie, last finisher 10/10 Lizzie for carrying on through the heat while others stopped 10/10 Date of review: October 2, 2011