In short: fantastic well organised and thought out race with great value for money ! In full: very tough not one for the beginner but a great day and atmosphere very well marshalled and organised , brilliant value for your cash cracking t shirt and medal and anice glass to put that well earned pint in ! will def be coming back ! Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: Hilly, scenic and a real challenge! In full: This was my longest race to date and boy was it a doosy!! The marshalling and organisation was fantastic. My only suggestion would be to stagger the start as there was a few queues through gates etc at the beginning. Definitely a race you will want to train for and not to be under estimated. I was fortunate to run the majority of the race with my running partner and we kept each other going throughout the hilly and difficult terrain. I would like to come back next year after some proper training to see how well I can do. Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: Fantastic race In full: Read some of the reviews and think there is a lot of unfair criticism being levelled. Delayed start - Yes it was a pain. However on my way in, I got caught by some roadworks on the A49 (?) ringroad. So do you start at 10 and said "tough" to anyone who got caught up in it or delay? Water Stations - Adequate. I was towards the back and didn't have any issues, apart from that bloody GU Gel (Terrible). Leaving the showground - Never been to any event and tried to exit the car park after. It takes time! Loved this race. It actually did go through Shrewsbury centre and made great use of all the delights of Shrewsbury. Crowd support was fantastic.
In short: Britians Hardest Half, never disappoints, amazing race! In full: I've run this three times now, every year I'm suprised again at just how hard it is, and every year I'm back for more. Organisation is spot on, post race goodies are great, runners and marshalls are friendly and supportive. Terrain is plenty hard, definitely not a PB race, but one you need to do all the same, if you like your runs hilly and challenging, this is the way to go. Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: Challenging yet rewarding In full: The setting,the camaraderie and the run itself was a wonderful experience .Unlike a road race you are not continuously checking your pace,it's not that sort of event.
I will definitely be back again next year. Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: If you like pain, you'll love this ! In full: This race claims to be the toughest half marathon in Britain, and I cannot argue. The hills are tough, but my god, those steps are a killer. Going down hundreds of uneven steps after 12 miles, knowing you'll be coming back up them in a few minutes is mind blowing, and thigh killing. The organisation and atmosphere were fantastic, and great goodies. Great medal, tee shirt and a pint glass, plus cakes at the finish. That said, anyone that finished thus race had earned them. If my legs ever recover, I will be back next year ! Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: A very different kind of race and one to add to the calendar for future years In full: For hardcore nutters who tire of tarmac and concrete - this is a must do race - would have run the full 'Picnic Marathon' route had I known about it earlier (which is basically this race, twice) Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: done it twice, will I be back? In full: I've done this twice now and it is strangely addictive...I clocked the race at 13.6 miles...just what you need an extra 1/2 mile of pain! Still a very nice jog for a saturday evening if it didn't include the steps or the hills. The 1/2 is a Brutal race, how anyone could do it twice as a marathon is insane. I'll still be back again next year. I hope. Date of review: June 24, 2014
In full: This was my second Picnic!! Memory loss apparently comes with age. Sun, scenery, salt, ran out of that unfortunately. This years race lived up to all my expectations, pain, cramp, bouts of nausea, hallucinations. Great organisation, fab marshals and competitors, not forgetting Dr. Rob. Be back in 2016 for more of the same. RUN IT IF YOU CAN !!!!! Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: Trail Hilly Tastic In full: This is a scenic, hilly, fantastic trail route. Superb organisation. Brilliant marshals and tip top water (beer) stations. I found it super hard but def up for next year Great medal, T and goody bag - felt like a winner even though I was pretty near the back Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: An expeience. You will either love it or curse it or most probably both. In full: Lots of steps, lots of steep hills, no flat bits whatsoever. Lots of chance to see other competitors as there are out and back sections and the whole route is two out and back half marathons strung together. You need the will of a warrior to leave the finish line to do it all over again. It was exceptionally hot and I broke after one loop, as did quite a few other marathoners. One poor sole put his hand up at the start line when asked if this was anyones first marathon. I believe it remains Brittains hardest marathon. Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: organised, scenic but challenging hills that club runners struggle up In full: Great race, so well organised, considering it is 18 miles across farm land, fields, woods etc the marshalls were amazing, you couldhtn have got lost if you tried. Ornage spray paint markesd out the most pronounced tree roots through the woods which were a little dark under a thriveing tree canopy. The hills were challenging even for the elite male club runners so put in the hills during training. Onyl thing I would say is to advertise the photgraphers links on the website. As there were ao many photographers but I cannot find the photos anywhere. Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: Great to watch and photograph In full: Well I didn't actually do the race, but then the RW form doesn't actually say you CAN'T rate the race as a mere spectator; and Dr Rob apparently needs a few more votes :-)