In short: Loved it In full: I loved everything about this race. I arrived an hour and a half before the start of the race as the organisers had asked people to arrive early and had no problem getting parked or collecting my race number. The marathon route was stunning, undulating throughout but not difficult. Marshalls were friendly and supportive and the route was well marked, although there was an absence of mile markers after 20 miles. The fabulous medal and technical t shirt finished off a great day. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Brilliant race In full: Great organisation before, during and after the race. Fantastic atmosphere the whole way round. Great medal and technical t shirt. Perfect race! Date of review: May 2, 2015
In short: Brilliant race In full: Really well organised and friendly race. Course is gorgeous and mostly gently undulating with the worst of the hills in the last few miles. Lots of drink stations, oranges, jelly babies given out by friendly marshalls. Although most of the runners seemed to be from clubs, this race has such a friendly atmosphere that everyone feels welcome.
Can't wait for next year. Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Excellent race In full: Really well organised race, but what makes it great is the support from locals. They are awesome! The route is mainly uphill for the first 5 miles, then undulating for another 4-5 miles, then downhill or flat to the finish. A fairly tough race but the support makes you forget the pain! Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: A favourite! In full: This is the third time I have done this race and it continues to be one of my favourites. The route is fairly flat with a few undulations mainly in the first 4 miles. Support is fabulous and the organisation and marshalling was also good.
Only slight criticism is the start area gets very crowded with queues for the loos and people walk to and from the bag drop area. There must be a better way of arranging this, maybe by barring non-runners from the start area.
Otherwise a great race. Date of review: February 28, 2014
In full: Lovely course over a slightly undulating route on a mixture of rural and urban roads. Last 2km are downhill so a nice speedy finish. Nice mix of club and fun runners and the atmosphere is very welcoming to new runners.
Not sure what happened with the traffic management this year but traffic was getting very close to runners during the last 1km and it was difficult to overtake other runners safely as the cars were driving so close. There was also a bus trying to pull over to pick up passengers while runners were running alongside it which was a bit heart stopping.
Otherwise a great race, but please no more mugs! Date of review: February 9, 2014
In short: Loved it In full: A really well organised event. Lovely scenic route on closed country lanes with great support from locals and marshalls. The course is undulating particularly in the last few miles but nothing too challenging (I got a PB!). Will be back next year. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Wow! In full: My first time of running this race and I was seriously impressed. Excellent organisation made the whole event faultless. Breathtaking scenery around Bewl reservoir and a mildly undulating course with the worst of the hills in the last mile. Marshalls, locals and walkers all very encouraging and supportive. Chilled water and lucozade at regular intervals around the course, and hose showers which were very welcome on what was a very hot day.
In full: Very scenic route with lovely views from the top of hills which make the climbs worthwhile. Very friendly marshalls and a good mix of runners made for a really fun race. Could have done with Butser Hill being a few miles in on warmed up legs but it was also nice knowing the worst of the hills was out of the way! Real shame that only marathon medals and t shirts were given out as I feel like a bit of a fraud having only done the half marathon and there were enough people doing that distance to justify t shirts at least. Also, only water available at drinks stations which are few and far between so if I did it again I would take my own drink too. Date of review: June 8, 2013