In short: My 2nd year confirmed this to me as one of the best races on the calendar! In full: Events To Live put on fantastic races, it must be said. Yes, they are helped by the lovely scenery around the Box Hill area, but they seem to do everything right to make you have a good race/day.
This years (2014) Surrey Badger Half was my 2nd and every bit as enjoyable as the previous year. It's a challenging 'lumpy' course through some scenic trails in the Dorking countryside. But the difficulty of the running adds to, rather than detracts from, your feeling of happiness.
Great course, brilliant organisation, lovely marshals and overall a fantastic atmoshphere make this an event you should definitely do!!
Thumbs-Up to ETL for another great day in my running life :-D Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: My 2nd year confirmed this to me as one of the best races on the calendar! In full: This is a feel-good race par-excellence! Okay, it's one tough old course, particularly when the sun is shining like 2014. But all your effort is rewarded (amazing views, wonderful camaraderie, brilliant post-race satisfaction). And the organisers seem to nail everything spot on. It's friendly, well ran, brilliantly marshalled, reasonably priced. I really can't think of anything that would add to how good an event this is. If you ever get the chance, run it! Train up as much as you like (the more you train the more you can attack those hills) but once you do it, you will almost certainly want to do it again. Date of review: June 22, 2014
In short: A fantastically impressive event. Well organised, friendly & fun but with a brutal hilly course! In full: My first NDR and I'm supremely impressed. Primarily the fantastically fun & friendly event, the brilliant organisation & marshalling and the great T-shirt & Gym towel in the goodie bag (luv a nice towel). And finally impressive was the brutality of the course and how much I want to take it on again another time! Cheers to everyone involved... D :> Date of review: June 25, 2013
In short: Super friendly, fun, hilly, muddy cross country 10K race! In full: A really lovely, well organised event, with a super positive vibe, that I'm sure experienced runners & beginners alike will enjoy.
Yes it was pretty hilly in places, but it gives you something to attack, and what goes up must come down. The mud and few puddles added to the interesting course.
There was a long section of uphill in the 2nd quarter of the race, but the flipside was one of the longest continuous downhill sections I've raced in ages. It felt like I was flying!
My only small request, is that the hold the race on a Saturday not a Sunday (like many other off road races). Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: The muddiest boggiest most brilliant BrutalRun yet :-) In full: I love a bit of Brutal10K action. One of the friendliest races I know. Woolmer 2013 was a particularly wet/muddy/boggy affair which just added to the leg burn, and ultimately to the fun! Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: An awesomely fun & exhilarating race... especially if you're a bit of a sadist ;-) In full: Mud, Hills, Watery Bogs & Frozen Ice! What more could you want for a good days running ;-) This is not a place to set any normal kind of P.B. But the organisation is excellent and the participants & crowd absolutely fantastic! Get stuck in and have a blast and you will love this event. :-D Date of review: November 30, 2010
In short: Correctly advertised as more of a fun run than a race - but very enjoyable :-) In full: Firstly I want to say that I found the overall experience very good and enjoyable. It was billed as a fun run and being held in a busy public park I knew to expect a non-race atmosphere! I thought the organisers did a pretty good job and the marshals were ample, friendly & entertaining (thanks especially to Mr Tooty-Horn man on the 5th corner ;-)
Yes, as many have written, the course was significantly over distance (my Garmin 305 recorded 16.12 Km). I'm guessing they were sloppy with the measuring or restricted by the paths. Probably should have been billed as a 10-miler!
And I am quite disturbed that the event web-page seems to have disappeared with no results page visible. Is it unreasonable to expect this with 24 hours?
If it had been an amateur race, I'd have rather the fee was under £10. But as a charity organised event I didn't mind spending £15 and appreciated the chance to run in a central London park!
By no means a perfect event, but plenty of positives and I had a good time! Date of review: November 15, 2010