In short: Best race I've done. Extremely hilly, superb views, great camaderie and a picnic at the finish. Tough but totally worth it! In full: What a memorable race! It's as tough as claimed but I'm already looking forward to 2013. The marshals were without fail superb, and there was a wonderful 'in it together' camaraderie amongst the runners (you pass people going in the other direction for most of the race). Thank you to everyone for the encouragement while I struggled with cramps during the second lap! Dr Rob had everything organised spot on - just enough route markings, numerous refreshment stops (water, jellybabies, three with Lucozade), and a scrumptious picnic at the finish. The bagpiper on White Hill was another nice touch. A big downpour just before the race started made things interesting with slippery paths and flooded stepping stones to cross (4 times), but that's all part of the challenge that is the Picnic. Don't miss it! Date of review: June 18, 2011
In short: it more than lives up to it's billing In full: this race is hard, very very hard. i don't recall any flat. it was either steep or steep down, both just as painful on the legs. marshalls were magnificant and great freindliness amongst runners..i got lots of encouragement when my legs didn't want to go anymore. only problem was an obscured sign meant we took a short-cut on lap one and had to make up for it on lap 2!! Date of review: July 10, 2009
In short: Pulled out of the Picnic but I'll be back In full: I was absolutely gutted after pulling out after coming round the second time round and going down those steps! Suddenly everything felt wrong and no matter how many jelly babies I stuffed down my face I couldn't get my head right again. I think I may have underestimated this bad boy in my training, I've done a number of marathons now, but nothing anywhere near as tough. However the whole experience was incredible, from the encouragement and support of the marshalls to the breathtaking views over Box Hill. I would definitely love to be back for 2011 and when I do, I'm gonna make sure I'm ready for it, everytime I see that midsummer munro medal it makes my spine stand up stiff and a new level of resolution. Certainly not a race for the faint hearted, but an absolutely incredible one. Date of review: July 10, 2009
In short: Pain is a privilege!!! In full: I really wanted to do this race as the 'challenge' was too good to miss. With my ultimate goal of getting into the 100 Marathon Club, The Picnic was no.99...so I 'had to' finish out of necessity! It lived up to it's billing of the 'hardest marathon in Britain' and I was thrilled to cross the finish line absolutely 'cream crackered'. However, the feeling of achievement was brilliant and I would like to say a BIG thank you to the organiser and especially the great marshalls who gave us so much encouragement. Date of review: July 9, 2009
In short: A fantastic, enjoyable, horrible race In full: I will remember this event for a long time. I really didn't know what to expect. The stairs were truly awful. I can't get over how much I hated climbing those stairs haha.
It was an extremelly well organised event and the marshals were very supportive to all runners.
I'm definitely going to compete in this event in 2011 and improve my time. Date of review: July 3, 2009
In short: Tough race but a great run. In full: The Picnic is a tough race and not for the faint hearted. The first couple of miles are extremely tough with the hills and steps but beyond that the race settles down to a forest type run with more gradual slopes (until you hit the same steps and hills on the way back). Some of the views on the run were fantastic.
The marshalling was excellent (some of the best I have experienced) and the atmosphere/banter between competitors was good.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Date of review: June 27, 2009
In short: very challenging but thoroughly enjoyable In full: Very scenic race, very very challenging with all those steps, Good organisation and mementos afterwards. Would def. do it again, why is it every second year I would do it every year - Thanks Date of review: June 26, 2009