In short: Just finished laughing at the photos! Will never spend a new years eve getting drunk again, much more fun running up and down Box Hill fresh from a good nights sleep. Well done to Dr Rob and all his helper for a great new years day event. Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: fantasic way to start the year In full: great race again,marshells were fantastic especially the grim reaper and king.so to hear about the problems for the runners at the back but i think the mass start is probably the best option ,will be back next year but not as a dalek Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: A challenging course around Box hill. In full: Thanks to Dr Rob and all the marshalls for a great race. It was the first time doing the KC will be back next year for another go. Don't know why people are moaning about the mass start as most races start that way and I wouldn't want to be blocking the faster runners trying to get past me on the narrow paths. It also made for a great atmosphere at the start. Goodies were excellent and I particularly like the colour changing mug and the names on back of the top. Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: The hardest 10k I've ever run. The hills are proper hills, the stepping stones great fun and the steps on the last 1km just finish you off! You simply have to dress up - or feel the odd one out. Fab marshalls. Loved the soup, thanks Dr Rob Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: Thanks to the cheerful supporters and marshals!!! In full: This is the first time I've done the Knacker Cracker. We had been a spectator last year and had been really impressed with the runners and the race - in particular the staggered start - which inspired us to enter this year.
I was really disappointed when we got the e-mail saying that it was going to be a mass start. I was looking forward to being in one of the first waves as I'm a very slow jogger (particularly if there are hills involved). Still it was enjoyable running down the hill and seeing all the other runners charging back up again - inspiring me to run back up the hill further than I had ever managed before (normally as soon as I place a foot on that slope I go from a jog to a walk)...
I was soon at the back, but the supporters were great, cheering me on as the "Christmas tree" - and special thanks must go to the sweeper at the back who was so encouraging. It was also great going down the steps, passing the runners who were going back up and who were also very encouraging - giving opportunity to admire all the fancy dress outfits as they went past.
I was relieved to reach the finish but it was disappointing to be told "sorry, run out of medals - oh and t-shirts, but we might be able to post them on". Likewise although we could see empty cups of soup, I guess that must have all gone too - though my husband did manage to scrounge a roll from somewhere.
We also missed the prize giving which was a bit of shame - particularly as there was a raffle based on your race number, which as some of us were still on the course, and you had to be present to win, guess made us ineligible, which is a shame. I for one would vote for the staggered start again if at all possible for future years.
All in all though it was an enjoyable start to the new year and I would do it again - so long as the cost doesn't prohibitly go up!!!!
In short: Even better than ;ast year! In full: I was happy enough with it last year but everyone starting at once was a big improvement, as was the fact that it was much closer to 10k (9.92 I made it) Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: Great start to the year In full: Mass start added to atmosphere, but I expect slower runners felt very lonely as poor weather meant finishers headed for cars. Staggered start of previous years probably better for slower runners but with many trails narrow and slippery I expect working your way through a field of runners would be harardous at times. Excellent atmosphere, start the new year on a high. Date of review: January 1, 2011
In short: Loved the new mass start format but really sorry to hear the reports from the slower finishers In full: This is my second KC on the spin and decided last year that this year had to be fancy dress as it just seemed wrong without it!
I really liked the new format as starting all together at the top of the hill and then running straight back up was fab and was also great for my other half who was supporting! I am really sorry to hear the negative stories about lack of momentos for the later finishers, that is a bit of a nightmare, I am sure that Dr Rob is mortified and will be ensuring they are sent out ASAP. I also know he will try his hardest make damn sure it doesn't happen again.
As always the Trionium Marshals were fantastic, particularly the grim reaper at the top of Hill 2 who gave me a big man hug (I was also dressed as Death!)
I hope the new format stays but would do it again whatever the format! Date of review: January 1, 2011