In short: the best race of the year In full: after last year's race, i started hill training but it was never enough. the pain and sheer inability to get up those steps at more than a crawl.... superb organisation and very friendly atmosphere makes this the best race. i will be back ! Date of review: June 26, 2007
In short: Tough, tough, tough but well worth it. In full: Great tough, as you can probably gather, course. Organisation was superb, marshalls with their never ending smiles and encouragement were brilliant and the picnic at the end was very tasty. Well done to everyone involved. Date of review: June 26, 2007
In short: Tough but Soooo Rewarding In full: Dr Rob has produced another fantastic race, so rewarding and a great runner's race; competition but friendliness that sit equally alongside each other. The boot bag, polo shirt are useful (and great reminders of that June day!). The medal is a bit heavy round the neck though!!! :) Can't wait for next year! A must for all to try once....
In short: Stepping machines don't work! In full: Let's get the excuses over with - 15 mins more than last year mostly caused by plantar fasciitis meaning I had to retreat to the gym for five weeks before the race. That's part of it; the other minor problem was the house (ironically a house with no steps) coming within a whisker of flooding an hour before the race. Got to box hill at 3.55, not entirely as composed as I would have liked, and with lovely damp feet.
That all done, the race was superb as ever, Dr Rob & Co. controlling everything like clockwork except the rain - and the consequentially submerged stepping stones on the second pass. I have no doubt I will be back for more self-induced torture, punctuated by the Knacker Cracker in six month's time. I am almost looking forward to trying the Picnic in 2009, such is my obsession with this irresistable and punishing series of runs. Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: They said it was hard.... and they weren't lying! In full: Excellent race, well organised with plenty of water stations, which would have been vital had it not been a touch damp at times. Pleanty of nibbles at most stations if you could stomach it. Well marked apart from one point where I went wrong, but looking at the track plenty of others had done as well. However that lost time meant I was over 3 hours, still there's always next year.... Many thnks to Rob and the marshalls for braving the rain and putting on this excellent race. I'm already thinking of how I'm going to train for the steps next year. Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: Superb in every respect, but don't expect a PB! In full: This is my second go at this race and I will be back for more. The organization, atmosphere, scenery, and post race picnic are all superb. Some of the hills are tough but so steep that surely no one runs them in either direction. This is the sort of event that you think about daily for several weeks afterwards, a bit like that first marathon! Date of review: June 25, 2007