In short: Tougher Than Beachy Head! In full: I've only completed one trial marathon before (Beachy Head 2010) so was really looking forward to the South Downs once again. I was not disappointed.
The sky was clear with a brisk wind that seemed to disappear when you needed it most to cool you down. It's the first time that I've suffered from cramp in a race at the 23 mile mark, probably from unexpected dehydration.
The course was extremely challenging, although I'm not a big fan of the out and back section. However this wasn't as difficult as the draining uphill section from mile 14 to 21.
It was a relief to reach the two mile downhill section at 25 miles, and shaking hands with the mayoress at the end was a nice touch.
My only small gripe was that the gents toilets at the start were very few and very poor. Date of review: May 5, 2011
In short: A fabulous race with beautiful scenery In full: I really enjoyed the race today. The weather was perfect, the scenery lovely. The race organisation was excellent with more than enough drinking stations. Additional great touches: jelly baby stations, brass band and free cakes at the finish. The only thing that could be improved is that the gents toilets were a little lacking (only four sit-down for 600 racers, although maybe there were some I didn't find), and due to a mix up at registration I am marked on the results sheet as 'No Name'. Date of review: July 4, 2010