In short: Great start to the year In full: Mass start added to atmosphere, but I expect slower runners felt very lonely as poor weather meant finishers headed for cars. Staggered start of previous years probably better for slower runners but with many trails narrow and slippery I expect working your way through a field of runners would be harardous at times. Excellent atmosphere, start the new year on a high. Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: Loved the new mass start format but really sorry to hear the reports from the slower finishers In full: This is my second KC on the spin and decided last year that this year had to be fancy dress as it just seemed wrong without it!
I really liked the new format as starting all together at the top of the hill and then running straight back up was fab and was also great for my other half who was supporting! I am really sorry to hear the negative stories about lack of momentos for the later finishers, that is a bit of a nightmare, I am sure that Dr Rob is mortified and will be ensuring they are sent out ASAP. I also know he will try his hardest make damn sure it doesn't happen again.
As always the Trionium Marshals were fantastic, particularly the grim reaper at the top of Hill 2 who gave me a big man hug (I was also dressed as Death!)
I hope the new format stays but would do it again whatever the format! Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: Fabulous In full: I love this run-as i'm a slow runner it isn't a race for me! I preferred the mass start. In previous years I've gone with the first (slow) groups and-at various points in the race-the faster runners thundered by and I've always worried about slowing them up as they hunt their PBs. This year I started at the back and stayed there and just enjoyed the experience, especially the extra hill. Date of review: January 1, 2011
In full: This is my third Knacker Cracker, its a while since I did the last one, but I managed to improve my personal time by 5 mins, so I am very happy!! Sorry to read some of the reviews from slower finishers.I enjoyed the new format. As Dr Rob says this race would not be possible withjout the amazing team of Marshalls and St John Ambulance, thank you to one and all. I am sure I will be back, and I am not one of the faster runners, I finished in 1:35, for those of you that were unhappy please re-consider for next year. Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: Another year another excellent Knacker Cracker!! In full: Thanks, Dr Rob for another challenging start to the New Year. Brilliant atmosphere, very, very tough course with the usual combination of back breaking climbs and slippery descents. Great t-shirt and novelty mug to remind me of the day and already looking forward to next year (if I survive my second attempt at the Picnic!!)> Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: After 4 years of doing it, Dissapointed this year! In full: Normally I would be sat here raving about how fantastic this event is, I along with a pal have completed it 4 times and look forward to it every New Years Day. 2011 was not a good event for those now at the 'back' of the race.
I would like to start by saying that the marshalls were fantastic and that the pre 'race' organisation was fantastic too.
However the new mass start didnt work for us, unfortunately we are not the fastest of runners, which in previous years didnt matter due to the 'wave' starts, but we were left bringing up the rear with other great runners only to finish to NO nice momentoes that every one else seemed to recieve. As previously mentioned by another 'back' runner the medal and t-shirt will be sent on, but when paying good money for what is normally a very good event I would like to feel I have left with what I have earnt!.
Also because we did take so long we missed the prize giving event, which last year was great fun and really added to the atmosphere.
Not so sure I will enter again next year as feel very dissapointed. Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: Haven't stopped smiling yet In full: Loved it. First time so I dont know how it compares to other years but I thought is was a fantastic start to 2011. Challenging, uplifting, with a fab atmosphere. Thought the t-shirts were brilliant THANK YOU to all involved. Sign me up for next year. Date of review: January 1, 2011