In short: The best way to spend the first day of the year! In full: Once again, this race was fantastically organised. Friendly marshals, lots of sticky, wet mud and plenty of jelly babies and jaffa cakes at the water station. Great to see the omission of the bonus hill this year , and lots more people dressed up too! Thank you Dr Rob and the soup dragon for a lovely morning! Date of review: January 1, 2013
In short: Fabulous race. Tough old hills and lots of mud! In full: A really superb race. The hills are tough, the trails muddy and very uneven in places and the steps impossible, but despite all of that I love it! The organisation and marshalls are the best in country. The whole atmosphere was the best I've ever experienced at a race. A great start to the year and really enjoyed the last 1/2km flying down Box Hill. Date of review: January 1, 2013
In short: If there is a better way to start the year I haven't found it yet! In full: Fun from start to finish. So good to see a higher percentage of runners than normal in fancy dress and the oufits seem to be getting more and more complicated. No bonus hill this year, thankfully but Dr Rob did his best to add to the muddy conditions by having us all parade up and down several times before the start. Not an event to be rushed but well done to the guys and girls who made it back to the finish in under an hour. And congratulations to the lady taking part in and finishing her first organised event. Support from runners and marshals was superb and as always Dr Rob, the Roblets and Soup Dragon put on a very good post race spread. Medal, T-shirt, cap, sandwiches, carrots and of course the soup all appreciated. This event leaves you with a very warm, happy feeling. What other event also gives you the chance to win a luxury, catering size block of cheese or jar of Branston Pickle in the free post run raffle :)
In short: Oooh I ache!! What a wonderful start to 2013 In full: My first time and what a wonderful way to spend New Years Day. They say adversity pulls people together and it certainly did today. Well done for the support of those taking part!! Date of review: January 1, 2013
In short: Knackers and Knickers well and truly Crackered In full: Yet again the best way to start the year.Liking the Knacker Cracker Knicker Knacker theme. Mud and mountains, fab organisation and excellent fancy dress, so much time and effort given by Dr Rob, his family and team .And the bestest medal ever. And a tshirt that fits. And a hat. And soup .And for charity.No idea how you do it Mr McCaffery, but please don't stop :) Date of review: January 1, 2013
In short: Woohoo, another knacker cracker done In full: Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. From the cheery, encouraging marshals to the monumental efforts made in the fancy dress, to the hills and this year, mud, glorious mud.
Thank you Dr and Mrs Rob and all of the superb helpers who chipped in to make this event one of the favourites on the Calender. Date of review: January 1, 2013
In short: You don't have to be mad as a hatter to do this races- but it helps! In full: I love this race, and think it should be on everyone's list of races to try.... I also think this is without doubt the best possible way to start the year!
The route is lumpy, and this year it was very muddy. As such, this is not a race to worry about times, or even distances.... However, the scenery is breathtaking and soul-affirming, and the sense of camaraderie and fun amongst the runners is priceless.
Massive thanks to the marshalls, and to Dr Rob and his family.... Date of review: January 1, 2013
In short: One of the most incredible running events in the universe In full: Thank you to Dr Rob and everyone / anyone else in the Trionium organisation for staging another magnificent start to the year. And to the marshals, St John's Ambulance and all the runners.
This was my 3rd Knacker Cracker and a new PB - only because it's a new course and it's the only 12k I've ever raced. The extra half a hill was nasty, though I liked the downhill bit in the middle.
Came a cropper hurtling down the muddy steps yet picked myself up and kept going. If anyone's unfamiliar with this race, check out the race website for the photos - now that it's a mass start, albeit from the bottom of the hill this year, the sight of 200 runners in various states of fancy dress marauding down the hill must surprise a few new year dog walkers.
The camaraderie around the course and the food and mementoes at the end make this a truly memorable race.
In short: wouldnt miss this for anything !! In full: some are mad to do this VERY tough and hilly race and some are even madder to come back and do it again... so having been told by my doctor i have a herniated disc and to rest there was no way i should have thought about running this but somehow on new years day morning i found myself liling up for my 5th knacker cracker!! yes this race is so good you just cant miss it... As always dr.rob used his thought of what goes up must come down but then go up even further and so the extra climb of the zig zag road was hard work but it as great and as in all the previous years very well organised and marshalled. My only moan was the loss of the moto britains hardest 10k maybe it should now be britains hardest 12k !! well done rob and team will be back again next year. Date of review: January 21, 2012