In short: THIS LITTLE GEM CERTAINLY DOESN'T TAKE THE TISS.... In full: THIS is a fantastic race. I loved it when I first ran it two years ago - and loved it just as much this time around. The sun shone on the glorious Peaks countryside and the huge skies above us stayed azure blue. The trail is a bit lumpy bumpy at times but apart from the odd section it's either pretty flat or downhill. Great news if you're chasing a PB or just an excellent flat track after years of battling up and down hills! The marshals were superb, the spectators enthusiastic and we were well looked after from start to finish. My daughter Hollie was 3rd lady home in a stunning 1:28 and her fiance Rae and my wife Loraine were there to cheer us on..... So a magnificent day was had by all!!! Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: A gem of a race and I'm gutted to see it go In full: This race is an absolute gem that over the years has attracted Olympic elites and those looking for their first marathon experience and it has never disappointed.
It has to be one of the smiliest, happiest races ever. I've done loads of Robs races over the years and the format is great - beautiful trails, challenging but not impossible, friendly runners, great marshals, well stocked water stations and the best custom bling at the end. I'll miss this event very much. If you get a chance to do one of his other races then do it. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Poorly organised race thank goodness it's the last one ! In full: The course was very poorly marked again and this resulted in 99% of the runners getting lost. Very bad health and safety briefing at the start and no mention whatsoever of what to look out for on the course in terms of course marking. The fact that there was no mention to be aware of mountain bikers, motorbikes of the course, quad bikes and even 4 x 4 vehicles made a total mockery of the whole race from a health and safety perspective. The overall race was very poorly managed just like the Picnic marathon too, in which numerous runners also got lost. I will not be doing anymore of Rob's races again, really hopeless all round and very expensive to, just a waste of time. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Absolutely stunning route, nice size field, something special about this one In full: Along the Thames out through Remenham and back (slightly different routes), then out to Fawley, Assendon and back to the Rugby club provides a stunning course for the race. The views over the Thames on the Remenham stage in particular were majestic. You'll hit a hill at the 6.9 mile mark which will go on for 2.2 miles. Don't collapse, cry, or call for a cab - it does end and when it does the finish is a pretty quick one. I did this race once before and hurt my knee coming down the hill after the climb so watch out for this as it is very steep, but I'll be back again every year I can now. A few points on the finish: Mars bars and bananas are always good. The energy drinks would be best replaced with water. The medal is fairly poor. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: My first marathon, great atmosphere, lovely scenery & amazing support In full: Loved my first marathon. The route was lovely & scenic & mostly flat. The hills in the last mile were a bit cruel but were manageable! The support was great, people were so enthusiastic & encouraging which really helped when I was struggling. The spectator points were great & loved the fact my boyfriend could catch a bus to come and see me at different points along the way. Overall, a great first marathon & I would definitely do it again. The only slight criticism is only having 4 toilets at the elvington airfield park & ride, the queue was massive & so slow-moving. After drinking lots of water to hydrate for the race & having a long-ish car journey I was desperate, but that's my only criticism. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: 2016 Review - Good but could be so much more In full: This is certainly a big race with nearly 8k finishers and it runs pretty smoothly but there are nagging small issues which mean I can't wax lyrical about it. The village is too far from the start/finish. The park/ride drop offs are too far away. The village itself is basic. Having no loos near the start is just plain silly. On the upside it's a fast route despite the twisting nature of the course. The medal is good and the t-shirt/ snacks/ goody bag fine. The support on the course was excellent. In short it's a good race but there are many good races out there and it didn't stand out above them. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: A great varied run mostly through the woods with plenty of ups and downs. Quite hard on the ankles with some quite troublesome tree roots. It is a trail run after all and for that it was perfect Date of review: October 9, 2016
In short: Best event of the year so far! In full: Such a cracking event! One of the most enjoyable races I've took part in - superb atmosphere, challenging route, super post run cook up and a contender for the snazziest medal going! All in all the perfect way to spend the morning and privalliged to have joined for sadly, the last one. Look forward to participating in more Triomium races soon. Date of review: October 9, 2016
In short: A glorious sunshine day in the dales on a very flat course! In full: Running along this disused railway line allows you to run through the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales while still keeping to a pretty flat route.
While the website advertises this as being "all gradually downhill" it is definitely not the case. There are sections (2-4 miles and 7-9 miles spring to mind) where it is gradually uphill. Obviously not steep, but something to be aware of... but overall, you can definitely regard this as being flat. Not the flattest, I think Blackpool, Edinburgh, Warwickshire and others are flatter - but a PB is definitely on the cards! I'm newish to running and this is only my second half over the past couple years as I've been enjoying doing longer distances - but I managed to take over 3 minutes off my PB and did a 1:22:15, so was very pleased!
Along the route there are just other people using the trail and at times you will have to get out the way of bikes etc or dogs who are pleased to see... but as there's only around 400 people in each race - and most of those being club runners it seems (there were coach loads of clubs runners being dropped off it seemed) - there was little to no support... so it did feel like a training run... but who cares with the glorious countryside??
At £30, it is a little steep, especially as there is no T-shirt included (optional extra), but the organisation made up for this!
Overall, as I got a PB, I would, of course, so this was excellent - but it was a friendly atmos amongst the runners... and with it being mostly club runners - if you want to get a PB by running with quicker people, this is the one for you!
In short: Excellent race, very well organised with real PB potential! In full: A well organised city half marathon with real PB potential! Two flat laps with brilliant support throughout - excellent medal and t-shirt at the end. Thoroughly recommend to both seasoned pros and beginners alike! Date of review: October 9, 2016
In short: Exceptional organisation In full: This was my third marathon but first that wasn't London so wasn't sure what to expect in terms of atmosphere but it was as good as I could have hoped. I have run the Chester Half numerous times so I knew the organisation would be perfect and it didn't disappoint. Being in my home city I knew to expect the hill at mile 24 would be tough but as soon as I got to the top I knew the worst was over. If I ever decide to run another marathon again I will do this one, if not I will definitely be back for the metric year after year. Date of review: October 9, 2016
In short: Sad that this was the last running of the race. In full: I did the half but hoped to come back for the full marathon next year but sadly not to be. You do get what you oay for these Trionium events and I love them. You get quite a bit of bling for these events but I'd be happy with either a medal or tshirt. Date of review: October 9, 2016
In short: Something for everyone, welcoming and scenic run In full: A great countryside 10k in Herts, challenging enough to keep the club runners keen, accessible to the mortals who fancy a challenge. Well organised, well attended, well supported and great cause, what else do runners want? Manage the course well though , downhill start of first 2 needs to be managed with a good up hill for the third mile, after that a flattish three mile run home. Grass, trial and pavement combine for a great race in my view. Glad I did it and will be back next year. Date of review: October 9, 2016
In short: Super event, great scenery and great PB potential In full: Well organised race. Part of the York Marathon event. Well marshalled, good support around the course. Rural & beautiful city scenery. Nice change to a big city event. Great PB potential as mostly flat. Bonus of free medal engraving. Date of review: October 9, 2016