In short: Excellent friendly and challenging race which brings a smile on your face! In full: This was my second time, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! I thought I had run faster, but my Garmin -annoyingly- seems to think otherwise! Marshalls were great and supportive, course was well marked, Dr Rob's organisation was perfect. Great supply of food at the end (had none because am rarely hungry straight after a race- but it looked good!) and on the course (sweets like haribos, jelly baby, Mars bars, Lucozade drinks at half-way station). Plenty of water stations too. One of the friendliest race one can get. The course is challenging and very well marked! I think I was smiling for the most part (?) Great event. Strongly recommend any of Dr Rob's organised event! Thank you! Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: mad mad mad In full: you must be mad to do this race and as it was my 3rd munro that makes me mad mad mad ! once again a well organised event , great encouragement from the marshalls and better still from fellow runners . no amount of training can prepare you for this race but what a feeling when you cross the finshing line , a great sense of achievement . my head told me throughout the race never again .my legs told me this morning never again.. somehow i just know i will be back year for munro number 4 !!! well done rob + team. Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Leg-busting run through gorgeous scenery where everyone is a winner! In full: This was my third time at the Munro and it was as good as ever - in fact better, as along with all the other excellent provisions and goodies, Dr Rob had organised a nice gentle cooling rain. The marshalls were the best yet - such enthusiastic support makes everyone feel like a hero!
Will I be back for a fourth go? Of course! Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: What a bloody amazing way to spend an afternoon... In full: Ok, so the thought of running it, I thought it might be hard, but not this hard, but the pain,sweat and determination is worth it...
The marshall on route are FANTASTIC, they are so encouraging (even to those very near the back,me!)....the marshalls themselves are worth the race entry fee....
Then there are your fellow 'runners', I have never done a race (apart form the New Years day Knacker cracker) where everyone gives each other so much encoragement, it was just an amazing atmosphere all the way round..
Dr Rob, you have got both this and the knacker cracker so rite, both races (I've only done these two) are a credit to you and to the rest of your time...
The medal, t-shirt and car sticker are amazing and thank you for the food and drink on route and at the end...
JUST AN AMAZING RACE, atleast do it once in your life... Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Superb from start to finish In full: All has been said before and I heartily agree. Organisation is floorless, marshalls are exterordinary, value is beyond reproach, route is fabulous, friendliness from everyone and a magnificent achievement.
Many other races should take note. For £25 you get loads of marshalls, many water stations with loads of water, sweets and crisps on route, food at the end, lucazade, a brilliant medal, a race t-shirt that looks great, a car sticker and the race fee includes a charity donation. Its all stunning. Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: An unforgettable running experience. In full: I knew what to expect (having survived the Picnic in 2007), but suffered as the body and mind were given a real test today.
The course is designed to include as many steps and hills as possible to squeeze into 13.1 miles. The descents were more frightening than the ascents and I almost went tumbling a few times on the slippery chalk surface. The final set of steps to/from the stepping stones was torturous, but once completed, you knew the worst was over before the nice downhill finish.
Despite the toughness, this event leaves you feeling proud and fulfilled for a number of reasons. Finishing is no mean feat, the event brings out the best in the runnners (great camaraderie as you regular meet runners coming the other way as the course doubles back on itself), marshaling was of the highest order (drinks/sweets/mars bars in plentiful supply, nothing but great encouragement even if the "nearly there" comments couldn't have been further from the truth!), the lone-piper played his heart out and it gave me a big lift as I struggled up that first hill and helped me increase my pace at the half-way point. With the scenery there to distract you from the pain, and the many supporters enroute cheering us all on, I came away on a high after such a great day.
Thanks to Rob and the team for organising another magnificent event, and great value with a super medal, good quality t-shirt, and the delicious cakes/sandwiches etc. at the finish.
See you next year maybe foe the Picnic?!! Date of review: June 21, 2008
In short: For the hero in everyone... In full: This race is not for the faint-hearted. It's not for anyone who cannot deal with discomfort, and it calls for a lot of physical and mental strength, whatever your speed. But if you hear the call, then run this race because you will have one of the most fun and transformative experiences that you can have in running. The genius of the Munro, as with many of the other Trionium races, is that you can pit yourself against yourself and become your own hero, on your own terms. Everyone on the hills will support you: the marshalls, the spectators, the organisers, and - notably - the top runners who can finish this race in well under two hours, but who take the time to say - 'Looking good!' - even to the back runners.
The bagpiper who led us off at the beginning of the race and whom we heard again at halfway was grand; the drinks and jelly babies were available frequently; Dr. Rob compered with his usual wit, and the t-shirt and medal are very handsome.
Yes; it's tough. I shan't walk normally for days. But if you want to lift your spirits for running, then start with the Knackercracker, move up to the Munro, and - who knows - if you are totally mad, the Picnic runs in 2009!!
Dr Rob, marshalls and everyone: thanks for a great day. Bravo. Even the weather was kind! I guess Providence was watching. Date of review: June 21, 2008
In short: Awesome race In full: Best described as beautifully brutish. A great challenge and all the runners were a great, friendly and very supportive bunch. Well done all, this was a great challenge and everyone was the winner. Date of review: June 21, 2008
In short: Please tell me that I have finished and there are no more steps. Awesome challenge - fantastic In full: I have never done anything that imposes such relentless stress on my mind and body. There was no respite from the torture and even when a flat bit (it it all relative) you felt obliged to push the pace and suffer more to make up for the bits when there was no alternative but to walk. A run for the true masochist. Organisers, marshalls, food and drinks, sympathy, encouragement - all were available in abundance. Thank you and see you next year :-S Date of review: June 21, 2008