In short: All is quiet on New Year's Day In full: Well, it was quiet, but then Box Hill was alive with the Knacker Crackers running, laughing and have an blast and hoping their costumes last the course! A fnatastic way to start the new year and so nice to see the others out walking encouraging us all on. Wonderful marsahlls and a great finish with a fab medal, carots, a long sleeve shirt and a mug to put Sally's soup in to. Thank you to Dr Rob, the Roblets, the marshalls and National Trust for a fab start to the new year. Date of review: January 2, 2017
In short: really badly organised but there was still something about it that makes me want to do it again In full: As a FFC fan I was really looking forward to this race, and did actually enjoy it. But I've run a lot of races and this has to be the worst organised I've ever run. On arrival in the freezing cold we joined a long long line to collect our numbers (none were sent out in the post). They'd muddled up all the names hence the delay and slow moving queue. Fortunately we'd arrived very early!! There were no safety pins available for the many runners who hadn't brought any so a lot of runners ran without a number. Everyone was very friendly which helped. The race itself leaves the cottage and goes through residential streets as well as along the river. There weren't many marshals and the route was very convoluted. There were a few signs out on the roads but these were simply A4 bits of paper with Craven Cottage written in tiny writing and an arrow. Very easy to miss. There were a few points where people slowed as they didn't really know where they were going, and for much of it I relied on the fact I could just see the person in front. Towards the end you head back along the river bank towards Putney Bridge with the Cottage across the river on your left. Everyone presumed the run would take you to the bridge, over the bridge and back through the park to the cottage. And that's what most people did. However there was a sign before putney bridge pointing randomly into a children's playground. It was positioned so you only really saw it after you'd passed it and if you were looking backwards. A runner behind me called out because she'd done the run before, and told everyone they were going the wrong way. I followed her but most people continued straight to the bridge. That cut out about 0.5k off the total distance (I know because my husband went that way and his watch came up short of 10k). I went through the park and in a bit of a zig zag before coming up alongside the Star and Garter Pub before being able to turn over Putney Bridge. At the finish my watch showed over 10k. It was a fun race and I'm considering doing it again but am probably more worried now about getting lost as I feel it was a little by luck that I didn't get lost last time!! I"m hoping this year they'll have more marshals, much clearer sign posts, and that I won't have to run as 'Bob' - the name assigned to my number after they muddled all the names up (it was mix and match first names with last names. I think their excel spreadsheet went wrong!!). Ideally they'll send out the numbers in advance meaning people are more likely to remember safety pins, and might have a few 'just in case'. Date of review: January 2, 2017
In short: Fabulous comradery, epic scenery and wouldn't miss it next year! In full: Fantastic for everything, brutal hills. But if you walk or run it, so much support, fancy dress is truly essential. What a run though. Wonderful. Date of review: January 1, 2017
In short: Best race of the year so far!! In full: Excellent race as always. Tough as you like, with serious up hills and down dales, you can really go for it or not ! Superbly organised as usual. Funny smell at the start, not down to the race organiser, maybe the National Trust? Brilliant fancy dress costumes and Marshalls cheering everyone on.This race has to be on your bucket list... Big thanks to Dr Rob and all the Marshalls without which the race wouldn't be possible. Date of review: January 1, 2017
In short: It's a bit cheeky! In full: Without doubt the most fun you can have with your running cloths on (or fancy dress). Well organised, outstanding scenery, mud, ridiculously steep hills, more steps than you can shake a stick at, fancy dress, stepping stones, more mud, soup, cheese and pickle rolls, great support from everyone including the new years day walkers and a rendition of the national anthem, what's not to like! There's only one way to start the new year and that's with cracked knackers! Date of review: January 1, 2017
In short: Brilliant as ever! In full: As the lady I was chatting to in the car park said "you see a Trionium race and you know it's going to be good."
Possibly not the most sensible race ever: I should have heeded the encouragement for fancy dress. Steep, challenging, how someone got round in under an hour is beyond me. This is not a fast race unless you are a seasoned fell runner. It is fun, there is ample opportunity to walk the steep bits, the marshals are very encouraging, there is soup at the end of it all (and carrots. And I love a post race carrot).
My glutes are telling me all about how they feel. I don't care. I'll be back next year. Date of review: January 1, 2017
In short: Hard but fun; you must dress up! In full: Unless you are seriously fast then just dress up and enjoy this race! Five hills this year made it really touch but it's lovely scenery and there's something about starting your new year chasing a parrot round Box Hill! There was plenty of water and jaffa cakes on course and the marshalls were all fab. The only negative was they ran out of tomato soup before I finished :( Plenty of cheese rolls though :) Date of review: January 1, 2017
In short: What a great way to end the year! In full: This was the final of three series events organised by MST. And what a great event to go out on too! Great atmosphere both at the farm aka race HQ as well as on course, slick operation with the parking and buses, quick registration, speedy baggage, fantastic beer bottle opener medal, mince pies and mulled wine... No hidden extras!!!! Really good value. The race is set for New Year's Eve next year too, can't wait (and will brush up my vocal chords for Happy Birthday too!!) Date of review: January 1, 2017
In short: MY 2016 REVIEW IS NOT REAL In full: **** THERE IS A 2016 RATING FOR THIS RACE POSTED FROM MY ACCOUNT **** I DID NOT TRY TO POST A RATING AND THE ENTRY YOU CAN SEE IS A MISTAKE **** I HAVE ASKED RUNNERSWORLD FOR HELP TO REMOVE IT **** SORRY ABOUT THAT! **** I WILL GET THIS "RATING" REMOVED AT THE SAME TIME I HOPE **** Date of review: December 30, 2016
In short: Brilliantly organised marathon, very simply done. In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this marathon, it's a 4 out and back lap marathon, which played into my hands from a psychological point. It's simplicity is the key to it being such a good marathon. There is a feed station at the start and one at the end of the out leg. No need for chip timing as there is someone there at the end of each lap logging your time, and as it has very few runners, it is accurate. there is no need for loads of marshals as the chances of getting lost are non existent. the organisers and helpers are extremely friendly and encouraging. I had one small gripe and that was that the medal wasn't bespoke to the event, but other than that I couldn't fault it. It is as flat a marathon as you will find and although advertised as a trail marathon, the terrain was pretty much like a road race. Well done Phoenix running. Date of review: December 29, 2016