In short: Best race of the year In full: This is one of my favourite races to do, the mix of great scenery, excellent marshals and of course the hills and mud make this one not to miss. A real challenge but certainly rewarding. Date of review: June 28, 2016
In short: Too expensive In full: Well organised but too expensive... £19 for a 10k on country lanes is about twice the going rate... (Mid Cheshire 5k was also closed country lanes / chip timed / free parking etc but half the price of colshaw hall).. A mahoosive medal doesn't really do it for me either.. Much prefer pie and peas rather than a medal available at the "pie and peas" race up the road at moulton.. Again, much cheaper too ! Date of review: June 27, 2016
In short: Great event and race. In full: 300 meters longer than 10k (apparently). A few hills. Interesting course with some parts very tight and no overtaking possibilities. I have achieved a PB here in 2015.
In short: Flat probably not a PB course because of terrain and a few twists. Long Course In full: Course is around 300 mtrs long so if your gauging your 10k performance you will be disappointed. Tough to get a PB with the surface on some of the course although firm (even after rain) it is slightly uneven and a couple of twisting bits on path which is also quite narrow, (this is not criticism). Organisation was good and good marshaling throughout except one point where you turn right to complete a second small lap or left towards the finish this point requires two marshal's one to direct people to the second lap and one to direct people to the finish because at this point the front runners are overtaking tail enders this was my first time so I didn't know but of course I would if I did the race again. If your good enough or lucky enough to get a prize this is a bottle of wine, Personally I would rather have a small plaque or trophy. Well done to all. P.S Showers at the finish if you want them, bonus. Date of review: June 27, 2016
In short: A nice day out In full: I enjoyed this. It's a nice low-key event, from a car park in a Bracknell office park. A couple of laps round a local park, mostly on firm packed trails but a little grass and some tarmac too. Chip timing with results up by evening, a tea and cake stall, supervised baggage stow - all good stuff. The course while flattish has some twists and turns and the first and last 100 yards are a zigzag so a quick course but maybe not a pb one. I'll be back. Date of review: June 27, 2016
In short: Well organised but abit dull In full: This is a very well organised event with plenty of updates from the organisers on important issues like car-parking. I enjoyed this event, it takes you through Thame highstreet and out into the country side. However for the 4 miles in between you just run along what is a wide tow path (but no river to look at). I found this dull as there wasn't anything to look at and the miles seemed endless. I loved the marshalls, they were all super and encouraged all. Got a lovely tshirt but no medal. It's flat apart from the hill at the end. Good all rounder for a Sunday run out. Date of review: June 27, 2016
In short: If there's a tougher marathon in Britain, I'd like to hear of it. In full: Oh what a race, oh what a day. My fourth outing at Dr Rob's Picnic Marathon and it shan't be my last. An incredibly challenging race up and down and down and up and up and up and down...steps, steps and more steps, inclines and declines requiring the support of tree stumps and branches and the most glorious views and comradery.
You simply must enter this race, you've two years to train for it!
In short: Shame about the marshalling In full: same gripe as a few others. it's quite annoying to spend £40 on a race and have one turn point not marshalled and a significant part of the field sent the wrong way at another. I feel bad about marking this race down as the enthusiasm is immense but it takes the gloss off... Date of review: June 27, 2016
In short: Well done to everyone involved in putting this race together, great atmosphere, great course, great marshalls In full: Great race, well organised &very friendly. nice 2 lap course with good testing hill. Congratulations to everyone involved in putting this event together. Date of review: June 27, 2016
In short: Great Day - wonderful marshals and spirit from fellow runners In full: Stating the obvious; this is mega tough. I had to dig very deep into my Grrrrrrrrr reserves. So chuffed to have finished. A special thank you to all the kind, generous and motivating marshals. Great atmosphere and great medal, glass and T shirt. Will remember this experience for years to come. Thanks Rob; until next time :) Tom Date of review: June 27, 2016