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
In short: Fantastic race. Legs hurt (burning sensation) but what a feeling of achievement! And my utter admiration for all Picnic runners! Completely insane!!! Well done! Many thanks to Dr Rob for his brilliant organisation, communication and support! In full: There was so much support/ encouragement between runners, great comradery! Stunning course! Hills are tough, steps are a killer!!! Perfect, I can't wait until next year to it all again (hopefully). Thank u to all runners, marshalls and Dr Rob of course! Date of review: June 23, 2007
In short: Crazy Mental Nuts In full: This is a good race to be able to say you have done - as when they say it is the toughest half marathon in the UK - for once the organizers really aren't joking. They have gone out of their way to figure out what are the hardest and most taxing climbs around Box Hill and then made sure you have to do most of them twice!!! Date of review: June 23, 2007
In short: Superbly tough - great finish!!! In full: Much harder than I ever ever expected... felt like I was climbing out of Hades on those stairs (twice!!!)... wouldn't change a thing next year though! Great race, feeling of accomplishment to finish. Thanks to Rob and all fellow runners. Absolutely superb... Date of review: July 4, 2006
In short: never again !! well may be next year..... In full: with out a doubt the toughest run i have ever done , what fantastic encouragement from fellow runners made it seem i new everyone out there . Date of review: July 2, 2006
In short: Well done to Dr Rob for organising another terrific event. Great marshalls, lots of support from other runners and the piper was an extra special touch! This run makes you hurt like hell but you will want to do it again next year. Date of review: June 29, 2006