In short: One for the diary for 2008 to do again. In full: A fantastic event as ever with some great touches (piper, post-race picnic, t-shirt with all runners' names). Thanks Dr Rob for putting on another terrific event. Did anyone mention the hills and steps ....? Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Deserves it's reputation (as a great & tough race) In full: My first time at this race and hopefully not the last. Despite the rain at the beginning,everything about the race made it stand out, organisation, friendliness, support, piper on top of the hill, killer hill start.....If you like a challenge over more 'normal' HM's, this is the beast. I couldn't comprehend before the race what 3000 ft of ascent would be like, but now I do. Initially disappointed to be walking the first set of steps I came to but after a while you realise there's no other way to do it. I kept some in reserve for the second half and although my calves cramped for the last half mile, I made a magnificent downhill sprint at the end, and felt really good. Pleased with 2-18 but aching a little today though! Marathoners were awesome - I overtook one guy on the return leg after a struggle up hill only to realise he was the marathon leader (& eventual winner) - did both circuits quicker than me. Respect. Only minor criticism was on the way back, with a more spread out field, I took two wrong turnings and had to be put right but that's no big deal and a minor detail. A big thanks to all the cheery organisers and fellow 'runners' helping to encourage one another on. Hope to see you all next year. Oh, and the T-shirt (sized), shoe bag and paperweight were great, as was the food at the end. Although expensive to enter, you do get your moneys worth & then some. Well done Dr. Rob et al. Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Great race. Challenging so therefore rewarding. In full: Out and back means you see many runners coming towards you no matter where you are in the field. Fantastic. Great camaraderie and very enjoyable. It is tough so the rewards are great. Piper at the beginning and half way - nice. Goodie bag was brilliant. T shirt with all entrants names on the back and shoe bag and paperweight with plaque. Does it get any better?
Do this race. Just do it.
Very well done to Dr Rob and thank you to all my comrades whose names I wear with pride . Date of review: June 23, 2007
In short: If you want to race, run the 100m. If you want to experience something unique, run this! In full: If my legs weren't so tired after climbing all the steps, I'd do this again tomorrow! A beautiful, and really challenging course over and around Box Hill. The race set up is simple and straightforward (you collect your numbers on the day), the organiser is a really nice guy who clearly wants everyone to have a good time and enjoy their experience - no matter how long they take.
The views from Box Hill are, on a sunny day, truly beautiful - although this year it was a bit grey and cloudy.
That word "hill" has popped up again: this is not an easy race, and if you don't like /real/ hills then you won't like this. The 3000ft or so of climb (hence "munro") incorporates several sets of steps, and I challenge anyone to complete the race without walking - a lot!
You'll get a real sense of achievement if you run the munro (you'll probably get certified if you run "the picnic"). Date of review: June 23, 2007
In short: Tough but well worth doing although you have to be a bit masochistic to do it. Well organised with great marshalling all the way around. A real spirit of encouragement from all the runners. In full: Thoroughly enjoyed it - well laid out course and great goody bag at the end - decent quality T-shirt and paperweight. Very grateful for the chunks of Mars Bars on the way round. Apologies to Dr Rob for the names I called you when I finished - it was only in jest!! Date of review: June 23, 2007