In short: Mud, hills and wind, but the views are something else In full: And off-road half-marathon on the South Downs, very well marshalled and well organised, ample water stations, chocolate digestives and chunks of mars bars. Nice bling and a cooked breakfast included in the entry fee. And you can start when you want and don't have to wait for the mass start. What isn't to like...
The first few miles are muddy. And lots of standing water It fact it was hard to stay upright for the first few yards. Even in decent trail shoes. Some of the puddles are quite deep, mid-calf deep and I'm six two. Then come the "Stings" two of 'em, and they hurt; the first is steeper and very slippery and the second goes on forever. But when you get to the top the view will make your head spin - stunning. And this year, wow the wind was blowing hard and cold, a real face freezer.
Lovely people from beginning to end, and the runners are a friendly bunch too. I'll be back. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Low key, inclusive, chilled-out cross country In full: using a mix of public footpaths and public bridleways, and including one stile (cross twice) and several bridges over streams, this 100% off-road XC race over five miles is the perfect introduction for racing for novices. A genuinely mixed-ability field, multi-terrain, village fete atmosphere, well-organised volunteers, and two laps of an undulating course all delivered without fussiness, elitism or hassle it's a fitting tribute to one of the great unknowns of English athletics. Will be back next year if I'm fit. (Lovely kid's races before the main event too) Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: Off road loveliness In full: Nice small local run. The start is tricky and narrow so it is essential you get in the right starting group or you will be clipping heels. In the right weather it has PB potential but beware anything with the word 'undulating' in the description if you are not big on hills. Mix of surfaces, and watch out for the people on mountain bikes, much of the route is on the national cycle network. Well organised and I enjoyed it even though my time was pants and it wasn't my day at all. Plan to come back next year. Date of review: July 11, 2011
In short: Nice race, shame about the wind! In full: My first ever 10km race, and my fist race since a half-marathon in 1986....
The wind, while it was on our backs, was fine. The wind, while it was in our faces, was foul.
The lack of a clearly marked finish line was an issue, nothing to aim for really, but I understand it owuld have blown away! Not sure why the last few 100 metres were on grass when all else, bar the last bit through the woods, was on hard surfaces.
But a very noob friendly event, and on a still day, well it is as flat as a pancake so must be PB territority for everyone. Date of review: July 11, 2011