In short: The best half mara in England In full: This is the second time I've done this route (Leith Hill) and although it's pretty tough it is an enjoyable scenic run. Miles 11 - 12 are grim! By far the best half marathon I've done. The organisation is impeccable and the breakfast after makes it all worthwhile! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: The most gruelling marathon you can do through stunning scenery you'll never see due to the sweat, tears & concentration on not falling over! In full: OK, so you do get to see a lot of the beautiful scenery on this run but you have to concentrate hard on the fairly technical course underfoot and that in itself was as much of a challenge as the physical aspect. That said, the course is amazing, the marshals are brilliant and the other runners all helping each other along with words of encouragement is great. The only downside I can come up with was the yellow marker tape against the autumnal yellow background was tough to see in some of the sections but that may have just been down to my frazzled brain! Congratulations to Dr Rob and his team for putting on another truly special event. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Extremely challenging but strangely addictive. In full: Awesome, extreme, quirky, fun, hilly, trail, mildly dangerous, fast in places, slow in others (those last steps), roll on 2017, or dare I say it - the picnic in 2016. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Enjoyed it so much I came back! In full: Ran this last year as my first marathon, which always raises a few cheers of sympathy on the start line. Came back this year to revisit what is a truly memorable event and course, and although I was slower than last year (I blame the man flu, and leaving my training late) I enjoyed the whole experience so much more. Probably as I knew just how many hills to expect, and wasn't daunted when yet another arose in front of me.
Superb work by Dr Rob and team as always, will almost certainly be back in 2 years time, such a shame it won't be here next year! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: What a day! In full: Firstly a big thank you to Dr Rob and all the kind marshals you made a good day fab! Secondly a big thank you to all the fellow runners, everyone was working hard and everyone had a smile and words of encouragement. A very challenging course, which you are never going to get a marathon PB on unless it's your first! The course is forever changing, so it's always interesting. You do need to keep concentration, because it would be easy to run off route or trip / slide over. This will be one of my favourites and all things being equal I'll be back for more in 2 years time :-) Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Harder than nails, magnificent and monstrous. In full: A no messing harder than nails adventure through the Surrey Alps.The glorious scenery is matched by the uncompromising downs and ups- mud, trail, stone, tree roots, puddles/lakes, a temple, waterfall, monster hills. Add on 15-20% extra above a normal marathon or better still treat as an ultra and enjoy the views. Easily the hardest and best marathon with a friendly mix of runners and indefatigable stewards- with a bit of british eccentricity- singing 'Jerusalem' at the start and rewarded with a Carrot and a full English breakfast at the end.
All organised by the director Rob- amazing accomplishment, amazing day, amazing people. Stick on your list of runs to do but not as a first marathon! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Great race In full: I am addicted to this one. Great race and organisation, thanks for putting on the good weather. I love the fry up at the end. See you at the picnic. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Amazing feeling crossing the line In full: Brilliant race... again! Terrain and route-finding keep you interested and then there's the views. "Goody-bag" is over-generous plus every finisher takes away a massive sense of achievement. Races like yesterday's are reminders of how good running can be. Hats off to Rob and all the marshalls. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Hills, hills, hills. But I smiled the whole way In full: Really tough - did three hilly half marathons in the last 12 months to build up, trained 5 times a week since July and it still killed in the last 4 miles. But what a race - gorgeous weather made for incredible views at the many summits, the marshals were friendly and welcoming, smiles and words of encouragement from all runners. Water and food at all the right points. Priory race HQ with breakfast afterwards is always great, and rousing chorus of Jerusalem at the start sent my heart rate right up. Improvements for next time? Switch back to metal medals and would be nice to have a bigger field - it's too good for there to be less than 100 of us. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Tough, even in the sunshine In full: It's a hard race, no doubt. Numbers were fairly low, which meant running by yourself for large sections, but even then it's a great event. Markings on the last hill seemed to have disappeared and quite a few people took a slightly wrong route, but never mind, we got there in the end.
The eco-medal was "interesting" as Dr Rob warned us. My daughter has suggested putting it on the Christmas tree...
Dr Rob seems to have mastered the art of hard runs, but you sure feel good when you finish. Another super Trionium event. Date of review: October 12, 2015