In short: I must be mad! In full: My first ever marathon of any kind ( barring a 10K about 10 years ago). Totally drained me but was running for a good cause.. see you all next year! Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: Really tough but so friendly and well organised. Put me down for next year! In full: This was my third, so it can't be that bad. I think the hills take your mind off the distance, or is it the other way round. Great scenery, great organisation, so friendly. It certainly is tough, but I'll be back again next year. Above all it was FUN. Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: Fab event, if like me you're bored of road races then try this.Not for the faint hearted,but has supplied the buzz i'd been missing recently.A big thank you to all involved......plus great goody bag and apple pastry type thing at end!! Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: Boy do those steps hurt!! In full: A fantastic race where the "out and back" course means that you pass everyone during the race from leader to back-marker. All that's missing is the Rocky theme tune as you climb the seemingly endless steps. Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: the hardest and most enjoyable 1/2m around. mud this year was an extra challenge In full: thanks again to dr rob and all the helpers and marshalls for making a brilliant afternoon out Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: Great race but not for the feint hearted. Its as tough as they say. But oh the sense of achievement when you climb the steps for the last time and soak up the atmosphere coming down the long finishing slope. In full: Excellent race. Well organised, nice goodey bag, lots of support. Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: Ouch, Painful, Killer 1/2 marathon but FANTASTIC In full: What an amazing race. So very nervous at the start. I honestly felt sick to the stomach at the thought of what was ahead but once I got the first hill out of the way I managed to just get on with it. All our fellow runners were SO supportive throughout and the few spectators dotted around the course were very encouraging. The marshalls did a fantastic job. Very friendly and supportive. Never have I ran a race where the majority of the support comes from other people running the crazy race with you! The sweets, mars bars and sports drink were very welcome and the piper helped me get up the long grass track towards the half way stage. The one thing that I didn't want to do was get my feet wet over the stepping stones at the beginning because I didn't want to get any blisters. Oh well, can't have everything I suppose. The feet got wet but I didn't get any blisters. Even though my legs are stiffer today than yesterday, I would do it all again! At least I can say I've now done my first 1/2 marathon! Surely any other 1/2 marathon will be so much easier.
To all those that run the Picnic you have my total respect.
I hope everyone who entered the Munro and the Picnic all completed the course without serious injury. Just a few aches and pains, but I like that!! Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: An insane combination of hills, woods, stepping stones, outstanding views and hundreds of muscle-killing steps in the muddy Surrey countryside after a monsoon - with a few flat bits thrown in for good measure! In full: What a fantastic event to take part in! My first attempt at anything this hilly when running. I was using this as a practice for the Snowdonia marathon in October (I've only ever run 1 London marathon before) and found out that I CAN survive the hills! The trick really is to walk the stairs and the steep bits of the hills and run everything else. The monsoons before the race didn't help the conditions underfoot - especially the partially submerged stepping stones - but with the weather being kind during the race it was actually an enjoyable experience. There was a real feeling of camaraderie from virtually all runners the whole way round the course, which made the pain easier to bear and the less challenging (flat or downhill!) sections really enjoyable. Thanks to the fellow runner who said that, if I can run this, Snowdonia will be easy - I'll let you know in a few months! A huge thank you to all the marshals who were really encouraging and were happy to dole out copious amounts of water, mars bar cubes and jelly babies, and to Rob for being mad enough to organise this insane race in the first place! I particularly liked the piper, the snowmen, and the 13-mile marker placed handily 100 yards in front of the finish line! My hat goes off to the nutters who did the whole thing twice for the Picnic - maybe one day..... I'll definitely be back next year, if only to prove that I really did do it the first time. Date of review: June 25, 2007