In short: Overpriced. The beautiful scenery is its one saving grace. In full: Overpriced for what you get, but the volunteers and scenery made up for it. Tough course but we'll marked and marshalled. Okay goody bag but poor medal. There was a problem with the race number allocation which means my official time may go to some one else. Won't be doing this race again, there are better value, better organised just as beautiful marathons in Dorset which I'll save my money for. Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Decent run from Reigate to Hookwood and back In full: After the hill out of Reigate it was quite a flat course exclusively on tarmac closed to traffic roads.Killer of a hill approx. 1 mile from the end. Water in bottles was good, distribution slightly chaotic though. (had to wait at first water point) Medal the same for 1/2, 10k and kids race. T-shirt badly printed and white is not the best colour (see through) Race offered poor value at full price. Would feel better if significant contribution made to charity Results service great, text after finish. Lots of food stalls to choose from at end, went to the pub instead! Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Challenging run on a nice warm sunny day In full: Fair amount of up and down in the first few miles of the 10, flatter later. Seem to be lots of club runners here. Lots of lovely homemade cakes for sale at the end at race hq Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Good event with wrk to be done for next year In full: Generally a well-organised event, but there was a course error at the 1 mile mark, meaning the course was slightly short. The organisers admitted it was a mistake by the lead bike and the decision was made to continue following that course. The event seemed more expensive this year, though I may be mistaken. I also had an issue with my late entry, which was mailed to me too late to arrive before the race, leading to delay while my number was transferred. It also arrived without postage, which I had to pay.
It's a difficult course with some big hills to tackle. The marshals were encouraging and welcoming. My hesitation in running this race again is more due to my own performance than anything critically wrong with the event itself. It's worth doing. Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Wind makes PB very difficult In full: We came from Manchester as the route seemed flat and it was advertised as a fast course; which it would have been if the last 12k (majority of the course) hadn't meant a strong costal wind. You cannot guarantee the weather conditions, so you really would be taking a risk and being of small frame, my splits slowed dramatically - which was entirely due to the wind factor. I would say a later start time of 11am also doesn't help matters. Other than that, the organisation was ok (but two of the ladies toilets were out of order at Meadowmill which meant large queues) and we got our bags in a timely manner at the end. Great support on the course. Goody bags were not great for the price and no medals; apparently they will be posted out once they arrive. Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Home town race, hope its repeated In full: My home town and my return to running after injury and nice way to ease back in. Great accessibility you can park for £1 on a sunday within 5 min walk as well as metro links. Course fairly easy apart from mile 6 which is a bit of an uphill drag. Might need to move start/finish if it gets much bigger.I`ll be back next year. Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Fast, cheap and reasonably well organised In full: Was a little concerned by reviews of previous years but was pleasantly surprised, so they're obviously listening to feedback. The Quays/Media City area is good little spot, so a nice start and finish. Good field size and seems popular with local running clubs, so PB potential is ripe, especially if you respond to being pulled along/chasing down an open and fast field. Very light on marshalling at the start/finish and the times were very slow to come through. Scenery wise, it's Salford Quays/Trafford Park so a bit of common sense needed on expectations. It's a nice halfway house between club organised runs and the 'franchise' types you get with Great Run, Run for All etc. Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Friendly field and another great RFA medal In full: One of the friendliest 10ks I've done. Lots of chatter at the start, runners really willing on some that were struggling etc. Good support for new runners and wheelchair racers/runners with disabilities made it live up to the ethos too. Run for All isn't the cheapest, but they nail it every time with the medals and organisation of the goody bags at the end, so you get what you pay for. Accidental PB (it was meant to be a training run), so much faster than I was anticipating with the gently undulating course. If I was a first timer, might have considered it a bit hilly! Only downside was the really poor take-up for the family fun run, hopefully the people of Bury will get off their sofas next year... Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Excellent In full: Ran the kids race first, so many little ones loving the 2k course and the organisers interaction with the kids was fabulous. Excellent fun, as has become the standard for trionium events. Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Bonkers, friendly, well organised marathon In full: What can I add to all of the other reviews? This event majors on small touches that make your day extra special. Free photos, easy registration, choose your own race number, huge well designed medal, great tshirt etc etc Thanks to the organisers and team Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Smiling on a Sunday In full: A fantastic mix of fast trails, lumpy tufty bits and squidgy bits. Add to the mix great scenery, the enthusiasm of the marshalls and the wonderful organisation and personal touches that Dr Rob and the Trionium team bring to their events I came, I ran and cycled home smiling. The effort of the organisation is appreciated and always like the Trionium goodies. Date of review: September 19, 2016
In short: Another excellent event In full: Really pleased I made the effort to take part in the Swanley Park 10k for the 2nd year in a row. Took a couple of minutes off last years time so very happy with that.
It really is a lovely park and this year the weather was just sun, sun, sun.
It's not an easy course to get a rhythm going and pulls you about a bit, but that's all part of the challenge.
In short: A challenging trail race for all abilities. In full: A low key event that is only going to get bigger. A well organised, friendly race that is a real challenge yet will leave you wanting to do it again next year. Great value and for a great cause too. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Well organised challenging race In full: well organised race. Few steep hills at the start and near the finish otherwise reasonably flat for Surrey. Plenty of local parking and fees going to charity. Only minor grumble was lack of helpers giving out energy gels at the 6 mile station. The volunteers were very supportive all the way around. Strongly recommend doing this race. Reigate is also a nice place to visit. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: 3 times up Butser hill says it, stunning views make up for the hard work In full: Great 5mile fell race, three different ways up Butser Hill with three very fast descents. Well organised, good value for money and a race to keep in the diary. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: good scenery, nice atmosphere, fairly flat In full: A very good 10k. All seemed to go smoothly although be aware the city centre roads close about 8am if driving there (we parked and walked across town). Mostly scenic, especially through older part of town and along the river. Closed roads so no traffic to worry about (unless you do run bike run!). Quite a few spectators around. Fairly flat course and mostly wide so not many hold-ups. Things which could be improved: toilets weren't marked on the map but it turned out there were loads, "secure" baggage storage was an unmanned tent with one volunteer on the door, there wasn't enough space to line up in the correct order, not many people handing out water. A burger and/or coffee van for the end would be good, as we hung around to see the "run bike run" athletes so didn't go into town. That said, I heard they were short on volunteers this year so perhaps the tent and water will be better next year. However, I still loved it and thought the atmosphere on route was good - the cathedral even rang its bells in support. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, scenery and organisation. In full: Scenic course with a few more challenging sections for good measure. Excellent family atmosphere. Don't mind singing at the beginning (part of the warm-up..) and organisation very good overall. Couple of very small niggles - station car park no longer free on Sunday and a few of the km markers were a bit off (although bang on at 5 and 10k). Would definitely do again (and in less than 9 years this time!) Date of review: September 18, 2016