In short: Good but beware the last 2 miles In full: Organisation fantastic, comparable to GNR in professionalism but with a tenth of the runners so everything went perfectly to plan. Year 1 start bottlenecks appeared to have been ironed out. This is a positive split course (45:30/47:20 10ks off fairly even effort) and it is easy to get carried away by the flowing, slightly downhill roads in the first four miles, but beware - the A217 stretch from 5.5 to 9.5 does roll a bit and then it is decidedly lumpy from 9.5 onwards, with a short but brutal climb at 12 which had a lot of decent runners reduced to a walk. Paramedic tech was checking in with the more visibly exhausted runners at the end (including me) which given the death in 2014 seemed a prudent and innovative touch. I will be back - the race village is incredibly family friendly and pretty much every business in Reigate seems to have engaged in some way in the organisation leading to a brilliant atmosphere. A model for others. Date of review: September 20, 2015
In short: Be prepared... In full: This is impeccably organised with lots of friendly marshals, beautiful scenery and strong support en route. The buses out from the park and ride and back from the finish worked as advertised.
But it is hard - not much steep but not much flat either. It was my poor choice of first marathon but on a hot day I was an hour over predicted pace based on a recent road HM. Even experienced marathoners were walking from 20 - 21 onwards. There were a lot of guys with finisher T-shirts from big ultras including several from UTMB and a lot of obviously military as well - these guys had well practiced nutrition strategies and ultra-type kit. If you are used to flat road races, give this the respect it deserves, plan to be out there for a long time and take the first half slowly - basically treat it like an ultra and you'll have a great time. Date of review: October 7, 2013