In short: As good (and as mad) as ever... Dr Rob rules! In full: I love this race!
It is good that we humans forget pain, or there would be a tiny crowd for the Knackercracker. As it happens, it has been great to return to the New Year insanity that is the Knackercracker, and lots of costumed people clearly agree. It was a good day for it, and the race was organised with Dr Rob's usual brilliance. Well done to the speedy winners, and to Masai Warrior and Bathing Woman for their winning costumes. Thanks to all the great marshalls - the cowbells were an excellent addition this year - and thanks to Mrs Dr Rob and family for the end of race soup and rolls. I've already forgotten the agony of the climbs and the steps, so am ready to sign up for 2010!! Bring it on! Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: Fab atmosphere, hellish hills but so much fun! In full: Wonderful scenery! The hills were killer but the "it's down hill from here" signs put a smile on everyones face, lovely and friendly people, some downhills just as crazy as the ups! Incredibly well organised, the chopped up mars bars, haribo, cheese and pickle rolls and soup were very much appreciated, and the mug, medal and T-shirt are all a lovely reminder of it. Thanks so much for the great time! Fantastic costumes, no chance of a PB but totally worth doing, great way to start the new year! Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: Its no easier the 2nd time In full: The best race i do all year, the organisation, the marshalls, the sweets are all fantastic. The amount of fancy dress was amazing. Excellent medal, long sleeve top and mug. The hills are buggers, especially the steps on the last.
Go on you know you want to!!!!!! Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: Insane In full: ABsolutely ridiculous way to spend New Year. Hardest hills, steps, more steps, lunatic downhills, sweties, steppping stones, more steps and the last km that makes you feel like you can fly. Worth doing for that alone- makes you forget the first 9k! Organisation everything you could ask for, cheese n pickle rols and tommy soup at the end, brill mug and excellent long sleeve techy t shirt. Next year? Try stopping me! Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: Absolutely perfect- even more fun the second time round In full: there is nowhere I would rather be in the whole world than slogging up a million steps with a lot of other speechless runners- really Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: Mad as you like - ideal New Year's resolution In full: This is s great way to start the year - hills, more hills, some mud and more hills. You won't get a pb but you will get a huge sense of achievement, lots of friendly support, sore legs, the feeling that you might have walked a little less up the hills and a mug of hot soup. As usual this Trionium race is organised expertly by friendly and supportive marshals. A genuine highlight in the race calendar. Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: I LOVED IT! Totaly insane! Challenging course but great fun! YEAH BABY! In full: Whilst many people were unfortunate to have the Christmas flu bug or a hangover or both I was focused only on preparation for this race! At 9pm on the 30th Dec I did a 10K prep run in North Wales on the coast to burn off some of the Christmas crap before I returned home on the 31st. Dedication...?! The weather was drizzly on the morning of the run but everyone was in great spirits and anticipating the lunacy that lay ahead! Runners were started under 5 minute handicaps given their estimated finish time, slowest 1st, fastest last. This is not a PB course, that is a fact. If you finish this race in good shape you have done well. There are 4 ascents / descents of Box Hill varying in difficulty, Hard, Harder still, Even harder than that or Harder than hell... all challenging but so rewarding! The 2nd, 3rd and 4th ups are murderous it has to be said. The 3rd downhill consisted of some 200 odd steps (which you return up!) but the stepping stones over the river were great fun! The 4th downhill was simply the best I have encountered for a long, long time... fast, open and such fun! 200 or so people competing in this run is great testimony to Dr Rob McCaffrey and his team. The organization is fantastic, the marshals and spectators were hugely encouraging. A great T-shirt with a list of all the runners on the reverse plus a medal and commemorative mug and as much food / drink as you could manage was the prelude to the post race awards ceremony which was worth turning up for in it's own right - Dr Rob ad libbing his way through the awards plus a raffle / lucky bag with numerous prizes and the generosity was heart warming, everyone was a winner! Special mention for the guy who set a new course record - 44mins! Also a thumbs up for the fancy dress runners and the now legendary BORAT! How we laughed!
Please check out these links for videos I took of the awards ceremony, great memories of one of my favorite races to date... (Or view my videos on YouTube - I'm RED1028).
Box Hill... The Start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOl7CTpGmgk
Box Hill Knacker Cracker - 1st Female & Male. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUrHwEKkbHg&feature=related
Shortest Course Record Of All Time..! plus Female Fancy Dress Winners... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x40v-pg8gz4&feature=related
Male Fancy Dress Winner... BORAT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1x20DEu_is&feature=related
Box Hill Knacker Cracker 2008 - Post Race... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FJRi6O_Ux4&feature=related
See you next year! Date of review: January 8, 2008
In short: Hard but hugely-enjoyable event; raises much for good causes. In full: I enjoyed being a cowboy, but does anybody have a spare kilt I could borrow for next year please ?! Date of review: January 5, 2008