In short: brutal In full: Can't be any complaints - they certainly didn't hide how tough it would be and it lived up to it! T-shirt is great and medal (my kids, who are much more into the bling!, tell me) is biggest and one of best. Drink / food stations were well stocked even towards end and marshalled by fantastic people who really appreciated what you were going through and supported you (hard work on such a long afternoon!). A real sense of pleasure in completing that, even compared with other ultras - but whilst I've ticked the box for 'would you do it again', I did so out of support for such a great race rather than actually feeling up for it in any way yet! Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: picnic its not,lol. In full: race was amazing,if you like something to test your metal,this is for you,its hard to discribe,in a marathon you hit the wall,the picnic you hit the whole house!but its great to finish. Date of review: June 24, 2012
In short: The most brutal run ive ever done In full: Firstly to everyone who completed the picnic you are legends....this was my 1st ultra and i failed :( after reaching the cut off point 6 mins to late it was all over for me, 1st i knew even if i a few mins quicker i would have been finishing in the dark 2nd i knew in my heart i couldnt do another 14 miles. despite this i enjoyed it so much the atmosphere, the friendly runners who encouraged me time and time again as we past each other, the superb marshals and most of all dr.rob for the faultless organisation of the race. As always a excellent t-shirt, medal and cap complete drinks and food at the finish. Today i dont know what hurts more the legs or the feeling of failure ?? i will be back on the hill for the knacker cracker. Date of review: June 24, 2012
In short: The OlymPicnic - harder than anything you could do in the actual Olympics! In full: Savage and sadistic, brutal and heartbreaking!! I feel so proud of myself for completing such an epic run - and fast walk! I've done the Langdales, the Beachy Heads, Snowdonias, White Peaks - but this was tougher than all them lumped together. The hills were Himalayan. But it was the giant steps that got me every time. I hated them - and don't want to see another bloody step until 2013... The last set in the last mile almost did for me - they were just evilly cruel. But so many positives to draw from this race and this whole experience. Dr Rob - a living long distance legend. My fellow runners - magnificent. I've never known such camaraderie as I experienced yesterday. Runners high-fiving each other out on the trail, shaking hands, urging everyone else on - truly heartwarming stuff. The marshalls - fantastic....incredibly supportive, always cheerful, relentlessly upbeat. I thanked each and every one of them on the course and I'll thank them again now for going above and beyond during many many hours out on the trail. You were all truly brilliant. This was a heart-stirring inspirational test of mental and physical strength for all true runners. The OlymPicnic battered me to the limit and beyond - thank God I made it. I'll treasure my beautiful medal and iconic T-shirt until the day I die!
In short: If Carlsberg did races....... In full: What an absolute belter. If only all races were like this...
National Anthem at the start, amazing atmosphere, amazing scenery, a cheeky run, numerous and friendly marshalls, fantastic snacks on the feed stations (kettle chips get me every time) and a decent bit bling at the end and a really good t-shirt. Date of review: June 24, 2012
In short: If you haven't found the race that pushes your mental limits.. This is it!! In full: This race is one of a kind. When people have been asking me what it's like I have invariably paused and looked at them.. it is like no other. When you hear ironmen and multiday trail runners saying its the hardest challenge they've ever done you know it was something special. My rating for beginner friendliness is based on the friendliness and comraderie of Marshalls and Runners and NOT the course!! Marshalls and runners were fantastic and I don't think I could have got around without their support and encouragement (and the crisps haribo lucozade etc). Overall a fantastic race, 30 miles of sweat and pain followed by a lifetime badge of honour you will never forget. Cheers Dr Rob and all that made it possible! Date of review: June 24, 2012
In short: A box ticker event, and at times I felt i could end up in a box. A great day , total destroyed physically . I'm from Lincolnshire and we don't do steps which are more a kin to mountain goats. Date of review: June 24, 2012