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
In short: Absolutely amazing! One of the friendliest runs i have ever done both from the runners the spectators and the organisers, oh and the halfway piper. Lovely scenery but ROCK HARD RUN, they says its britain's hardest half, probably right. Date of review: January 22, 2008
In short: Marvellously tuff with a fantastic atmosphere and the best cake! In full: The steps are still giving me nightmares and I spent two days walking up stairs sideways! This is one of my favourite races of all time, although it feels wrong that something this painful should feel so good ;) Hats off to those who ran the pinic Date of review: June 27, 2007
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