In short: Beautiful race In full: Instructions were sent nice and early via email. Parking on the day was ample. Registration was well organised. The start line was around 3 or 4 minutes away. Here there was a real informal approach. No gimmicks no frills and tons of Barking dogs. Off we went over some lovely rroute.There were regular waterstops but no food or snacks. However at halfway there was a lovely buffet set out in a pub garden. The second half of the route was even more beautiful - gorgeous green hills and breathtaking views. There was even a well placed icecream van about 2/3 of the way. The end was punctuated by a killer hill but it was totally doable and set in a lovely wooden area.
Cons - the event wasn't chip timed but that didn't bother me. The dogs were a new experience - loud and snappy at times. At 2 or 3 points the signs were little confusing and I had to wait for a proper adulty adult to tell me which way to go :)
Pros - the cost, informal atmosphere, the route, the medal was stunning, cake and more cake, weather. Date of review: September 21, 2016
In short: Superb organisation, brilliant atmosphere, lovely course In full: What a lovely event. I had some reservations about running through the tunnels but they were a joy to run through, clean, cool and so fresh that it felt like running in an air conditioned room. Very friendly marshals and the superb organisation made this event a very good day. Date of review: September 20, 2016
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