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 :-)
In short: most brutal painful soul destroying but thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable race ever In full: What a hard hard marathon when I decided to enterit was for the challenge of completing Britain's toughest marathon but I had no idea how tough it would be both physically and mentally it really is not for the faint hearted. However it was a amazing experience the !marshalls were the best ever really spurred you on without them completing would not have been possible I truely hated but loved every 6hrs it took me to complete Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: As JFK (almost) said... it's the hard things that make us better... In full: "We choose to run the Midsummer Munro, not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because this serves to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because this challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win." Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: very tough race, not sure if I want to torture my body that way again, though very happy I did it In full: the race is very tough. the countryside it beautiful and views are amazing. not sure if this race is for beginners but probably should be on your list of crazy things to do! Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: Epic and Brutal In full: The Picnic lived up to its reputation of being the hardest marathon in the UK. Epic and brutal the full off road marathon course encompassed massive hills, uneven ground and thousands of steps. This combined with the heat of the day meant that one third of those that started the race didn't make it to the finish! I'm very proud to say that I was one of the 66 that did, although it took me so long to complete the course I very nearly didn't make the seven hour cut off.
The event was very well organised and set in the beautiful surroundings of Boxhill offering amazing views. The marshals were excellent and the aid stations plentiful. The race goodies were great too you got an excellent medal, technical tshirt and commemorative pint glass. There was a slight mix up with the tshirts at the end which meant some didn't get one however this has now been sorted with the shirts being mailed to those who missed out.
There is something special about Trionium events, small, friendly and slightly eccentric. If you really want a challenge then the Picnic is the one for you. Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: Great race.....needs more organisation! In full: Second time for me doing this race, i thought the route was much better this year. Late start was bad, felt like i was hanging around to go, not enough room to do the warm up. Water stops were terrible and not enough stops considering the weather, i was standing still waiting for water and then tipped half of it down me due to the plastic cup it was in. Great support, loved people with hoses, sprinklers and wet towels, such a good idea in the heat! No pb for me but i was happy to get round considering the conditions. I would do it again but some things need improving. Date of review: June 24, 2014
In short: Don't think, don't feel, just run, walk, stumble, survive and feast your eyes! In full: A fantastic way of celebrating the solstice. Challenges every muscle and every moral fibre. Hugely friendly, efficient and supportive crew. Definitely eccentric but who can resist a bag piper, the national anthem and a slap up picnic at the end. Date of review: June 24, 2014