In short: Everything we were promised, and more In full: I'd never cried in a race before the picnic. I'd also never been supported so well by other runners and marshalls, climbed several million stairs or given a sprint finish to break the 5.45 'barrier'. Special thanks to the marshall who thrust a slice of watermelon into my hands - I don't like watermelon but it was the nicest thing I've ever eaten. Date of review: June 22, 2014
In short: Epic event In full: An interesting variant on their usual marathon. Extra miles and hills were like icing on top of .....icing. Particularly enjoyed the second half, strangely. Date of review: July 1, 2012
In short: Personal Requirements: Bravery, stupidity, foolhardiness, BIG sense of humour, no fear of failure, camaraderie, , In full: The Picnic is iconic - the OlymPinic surpassed all expectations. The marshalls were supreme - supremely supporting, supremely encouraging and, best of all, supremely professional. If all race marshals were like those last Saturday, every race in the UK would produce far more PBs. They gave the utmost support and belief to all standards of runners - thank you. As for my fellow runners, your support after you turned at the 16-mile point and met me with a couple of miles to go, was hugely appreciated. No one runner was elitist. 150 individual runners? No,we were a team of 150 that day. Thank you. Now, as for you Dr Rob! I cannot thank you enough for organising such a fantastic and incredibly difficult race. One day I hope to finish a Picnic, but last Saturday beat me by 8 mins. But I am still smiling, and know that I will be able to run this weekend despite my 16 tortuous, ragged miles. What a day! What a run! Thanks. Date of review: June 29, 2012
In short: Madder than mad, I won't ever forgeet this one. In full: Truly world class marshals, even better than Dr Rob's usual fantastic team of friendly helpers. Drinks, food and friendly words at every feed station and junction which made a huge difference. Still a nightmarishly hard run though, which was what we were promised. Now I can walk again, loved it. PS I wish I could have given 5 for each category but couldn't say this was a beginners race although huge respect for the guy in blue who finished after never run even standard marathon before. PB as this was the first and last time. Date of review: June 28, 2012
In short: AMAZING - FANTASTIC - GLORIOUS - HARD AS NAILS! In full: A truly astonishing run…from start to finish it was fantastic! Everyone on the course were superb..the marshals truly great!...
I did Snowdonia last year and thought I’d never do another like that – but this was a pure test of physical and mental strength for me..still can’t believe I actually did the 30 Miles…a day I’ll never forget and a massive thank you to Jenny who kept me going in the second half..what a day!..some to treasure forever…awesome t-shirt and medal too!...
Thanks again Dr Rob for organising these events..I also managed to raise more funds than usual being such a tough run..! This kind of run gives you an enormous confidence boost...what next?
my Favourite run yet! Date of review: June 26, 2012
In short: Just as hard as you feared it would be. In full: A really exceptional race. Stupidly hard, unnecessarily long, but I have never seen so many smiling runners. Apart from the ones who were crying.
Organisation was faultless. Apparently there was a problem with the Lucozade, but it was resolved by the time I needed any. The marshalls were amazing, full of encouragement even after watching me haul my increasingly fragile body past them for a fourth time in 6 hours!
I will definitely be back! Date of review: June 25, 2012