In short: Truly memorable first marathon In full: Was sent to photograph this event back in 2011 for Runner's World, and decided I'd love to run it, although at that stage I could only manage a 10K
3 years later, and I proudly raised my hand on the start line as one of the 3 first timers at the event.
It's a stunning route, and a superbly organised event, I'm over the moon to have got round it in 4hrs 48, and will quite likely be doing more in future.
The hills are relentless, even allowing for the "out and back" nature of the route, but thankfully the conditions were cool and dry.
Well done Dr Rob, and huge thanks to all the marshalls, as well as my fellow Runners. Think we might need to introduce a cut-off time for the singing of Jerusalem next year though - it dragged a bit in the 2nd verse! Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: Great race if a bit painful In full: Superb organisation and fantastic marshalls. Certainly need every bit of encouragement to not only reach the cut off at Leith Hill and be able to go on to finish the marathon distance, but also to finish the race. A brilliant event. The opera singing Jerusalem at the beginning was excellent and cannot believe there were 2 or 3 people running this as their first marathon. Total respect and to those who had run Beachy Head the day before. I'll be back next year to run this on my own. Must talk less and run more. Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: Autumnal Hues In full: After last year's bedraggled, soggy race I had been on weather watch for the last week. It was a very different race in the dry and just a playful puddle and occasional boggy bit. This year the fantastic autumnal colours and the very twisting course made this trail marathon a fantastic adventure. A true challenge but so rewarding. Thank you to the great marshalls and all of the Trionium team of helpers, and of course to Dr Rob for once again showing others how to organise a race and for giving us all a fun day out. Date of review: October 27, 2014