In short: A good day's work In full: Really very enjoyable event. Excellent organisation. Good camaraderie. Lovely marshals. Bit hilly and not a PB in the offing. But this race is so not about that kind of thing. Something to enjoy. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Very enjoyable but hard work In full: It's beautiful on the North Downs. But the hills are plentiful and the terrain is technical. Still enjoyed it immensely and will no doubt be back. Thanks to Dave and Mel and all the very cheery marshals. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Tough In full: I really like this race, but if only I was quicker! Its a challenge to meet the cut off so the rest of it is always a slog. But even in bad weather (not in 2014 for a change!) its still a very good run. Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: Hilly and Friendly In full: The whole village was involved in this event, which makes it unique enough never mind all the other wonderful things that got thrown at it - farmer's wife firing a shotgun at the start, camping, food, drink, lovely crowd etc etc. Well worth a trip to the middle of nowhere. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Even with really rubbish weather oddly enjoyable In full: The weather was really rubbish but this race was still enjoyable. Put on by runners who know what other runners like/ want. Challenging route, decent medal and tech t-shirt, well stocked feed stations and friendly marshalls. Will do again. Date of review: May 13, 2014
In short: Who'd have thought laps could be so much fun?! In full: This was a marathon done off the back of not enough training due to a persistent niggle. But I thought the laps (all 8 of them) would make dropping out easy if nec; thankfully it wasn't nec. I was made to feel welcome by the hardcore 5 day runners (only did the one day) and the organisors, who put a huge amount of time and effort in.
The massage service before and after the race was of a very high standard (not always the case at races) and even though the laps thing was good for dropping out, I had been dreading them overall - but I actually really enjoyed the event! A happy surprise for me.
Two sets of steps though, and generally hard/ uneven stuff underfoot, doesn't mnake for an "easy" marathon. Date of review: November 29, 2013
In short: Hilly, wet, friendly In full: Fortunately I love standing in the rain singing Jerusalem before running up and down stupid wet hills for over five hours. I don't have a cold by Wednesday I'll feel cheated!
But this was a great race, friendly competitors, and courageous marshalls who had to stand out for hours in that stuff, and were still cheerful about it.