In short: Tough, but a lot of fun In full: I had never run this race before and loved it. I will definitely be entering next year.
Lets be clear, it is very tough. Box Hill is a very steep hill and the race starts with a kilometre long climb up it. And that is the easiest of the 4 main hills on the course. Of the 4 associated down hills only 2 are runnable, but that includes the glorious run into the finish.
Why was it so much fun? It was a sunny New Year's Day with amazing scenery and virtually everyone was wearing fancy dress. You got the sense of achievement from taking part in such a hard race, but also you couldn't take it that seriously as there was no PB potential. So you just had fun and enjoyed the costumes and the bits that weren't uphill. Date of review: January 4, 2010
In short: Souper Dooper this year In full: Love it, love it, love it.
It's all been said before but the reason I love this race so much is basically, on the second up(Juniper Hill), with it's bloody false crest, ((darn it Rob, can't you PLEASE do something about that?)) I stopped to look at the view. Beneath me running up the hill was a plethora of people dressed in the most ridiculous outfits:
Several Super heroes, horses with riders, fairies, angels, nightclub goers, the entire cast of baywatch and the Monty Python Knights of Ni and a nearly naked bloke dressed as a tree (sorry for oggling Nick - I didn't realise it was you ;o)and so many more.
Now, where else can you experience that on New Years Day, with a hangover, in one of the most beautiful areas in the country?
No further questions y'honour. Date of review: January 3, 2010
In short: What a way to start the year! In full: The best atmosphere of any race I have done in years! Despite the tough course (the toughest 10k I've ever done), everyone was full of smiles on this very cold January morning. Loved the handicap system, which gave the event a less competitive feel. Great mementos at the finish. Could not fault it. Date of review: January 3, 2010