In short: first marathon, fantastic organisation and great course In full: My first marathon, the organisation was fantastic. The route is a little flat (I like hills), but certainly a fast course through the Cheshire countryside. Very friendly and a fast finish along the river and onto the racecourse. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Hills, hills, hills. But I smiled the whole way In full: Really tough - did three hilly half marathons in the last 12 months to build up, trained 5 times a week since July and it still killed in the last 4 miles. But what a race - gorgeous weather made for incredible views at the many summits, the marshals were friendly and welcoming, smiles and words of encouragement from all runners. Water and food at all the right points. Priory race HQ with breakfast afterwards is always great, and rousing chorus of Jerusalem at the start sent my heart rate right up. Improvements for next time? Switch back to metal medals and would be nice to have a bigger field - it's too good for there to be less than 100 of us. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Railway line trail In full: My first time on the Marriott's Way in 2015 and will be back! Since moving to Suffolk I have been training off-road so thought I'd give this disused railway line race a go. Started in three nicely-timed waves it traces the old line from Aylsham to Reepham. Good atmosphere, great finish-line encouragement, glad I did it. (I'm a 55-60 minute 10k runner) Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Great atmosphere along the route Yorkshire folk were great In full: Good road running hills near the end. Spectators were wonderful and encouraging Must run faster to claim a sml teeshirts as asked for!! I'd like to see categories higher 65+ 70+ Loved the day organisation was superb Fingers x'd for next year x Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Tough, even in the sunshine In full: It's a hard race, no doubt. Numbers were fairly low, which meant running by yourself for large sections, but even then it's a great event. Markings on the last hill seemed to have disappeared and quite a few people took a slightly wrong route, but never mind, we got there in the end.
The eco-medal was "interesting" as Dr Rob warned us. My daughter has suggested putting it on the Christmas tree...
Dr Rob seems to have mastered the art of hard runs, but you sure feel good when you finish. Another super Trionium event. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Glorious Greensand In full: A beautiful autumnal day, fantastic scenery, brilliant water stations, fantastic marshalls and a game of follow, follow, follow the yellow tape. I hugely appreciate the enormous time and effort put in to set up a challenging and complicated race but it is a true classic and leaves me with a huge smile and sense of achievement. Take a bow Rob and all the marsahlls and Trionium team you were fantastic. Thank you for a great day out. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Great Greensands In full: Another excellent race organised by Dr Rob. Some people had some trouble with navigation however I found it to be at least as good as past years and about average in comparison to most trail races. Will be back next year. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: A solid race, with tough bits, and others where you can go a at a good gallop. Very well supported. In full: First thing's first: Last year, I banged up my knee on running Beachy Head, the day before I was supposed to run Greensands. The RD actually agreed to my very cheeky completely last minute request to defer my entry! That's how I wound up running this year. I was most impressed by this kind gesture which shows Dr. Rob knows the reality of running these races, that things sometimes don't go according to plan, and was kind enough to accommodate my request. Well done. The race went like clockwork, except my ah-poo-calypse now moment at 10K ish. Oh, I also got lost twice, but that was more because I wasn't paying attention than poor markings. Over all, course marking was very good, bordering on excellent. The aid stations were very frequent. Every time I started to feel a little thirsty, an aid station appeared right on cue. The marshals were extremely friendly and helpful. All major road crossings were marshalled, so you'll be safe even as fatigue kicks in in the later stages. To give you a sense of difficulty, I do a parkrun in 18:22, and this finished this race in 3:48. There was a cooked breakfast afterwards, which was fantastic. But take some extra food if you tend to get hungry post race. I'm too shy to ask for seconds when the food is free! If you were to push me to say something negative, I'd admit I wasn't a fan of the 'eco medal'-a printed plywood cutout. It feels very insubstantial, and frankly sub par. The high quality full sleeve tech top, and the mug to some way towards ameliorating this, but a medal is a medal, and to me at least, they are very important. If costs were the issue, I'd personally preferred a real medal, and no mug in the goody bag. Otherwise, this was just a great race, by a very kind director, who understands the needs of runners, and treats us accordingly. Great job, all round. Special thanks to the marshals! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: A tough & challenging 26.2 miles of hills, hills & more hills. Great run. In full: A prefect race. Ideal weather for running. Organisation & marshalling top notch. Course is very challenging but achievable. No switching off on this one, a physical & mental race. Pretty much every type of terrain used. Lots of hills (the one in the final mile is pure evil). Highly recommended race, be back in two years. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Tough race with beautiful scenery In full: A very enjoyable event - well organised and a great atmosphere. Make no mistake though - it is a hard race - a lot of hills some very steep. Great support out on the course. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Cracking! In full: I've done lots of 10k and half marathon events but this was my first marathon and it was fantastic. The organisation was excellent, I can't really fault the event apart from one out and back section of the course I didn't enjoy... Fab overall Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: A well supported run through beautiful country and the city of York. In full: First time I've managed to do this event. Thought it was very well organised particularly the buses to and from elvington airfield. The signage on York university campus was plentiful and clear. The only negative comment I have is that at the end of the race runners had to battle through family/friends to get away from the funnel once you had received your medal and goody bag. Perhaps there should be a dedicated meeting area. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Well organised but over hyped In full: Well organised, with a quick, scenic and well supported first quarter, patchy after that until the finish, great finish area though. Route is spoiled by long, demoralising out and back section from mile 16 - 20, just what you don't need at this stage. Marshals and volunteers were great and plentiful. Good event area, nice T and medal too. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: amazing race...... amazing organisation.... amazing value...TOUGH TOUGH TOUGH!! In full: really well organised race - the scenery is spectacular. It is the hardest half marathon I have ever done. Nothing competes! Can't praise the organiser enough - free tea at the beginning, technical tshirt, medal, momento & really welcome cooked breakfast at the end. Brilliant value...... if you are tough enough Date of review: October 11, 2015