In short: Harder than nails, magnificent and monstrous. In full: A no messing harder than nails adventure through the Surrey Alps.The glorious scenery is matched by the uncompromising downs and ups- mud, trail, stone, tree roots, puddles/lakes, a temple, waterfall, monster hills. Add on 15-20% extra above a normal marathon or better still treat as an ultra and enjoy the views. Easily the hardest and best marathon with a friendly mix of runners and indefatigable stewards- with a bit of british eccentricity- singing 'Jerusalem' at the start and rewarded with a Carrot and a full English breakfast at the end.
All organised by the director Rob- amazing accomplishment, amazing day, amazing people. Stick on your list of runs to do but not as a first marathon! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Great race In full: I am addicted to this one. Great race and organisation, thanks for putting on the good weather. I love the fry up at the end. See you at the picnic. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Amazing feeling crossing the line In full: Brilliant race... again! Terrain and route-finding keep you interested and then there's the views. "Goody-bag" is over-generous plus every finisher takes away a massive sense of achievement. Races like yesterday's are reminders of how good running can be. Hats off to Rob and all the marshalls. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Hills, hills, hills. But I smiled the whole way In full: Really tough - did three hilly half marathons in the last 12 months to build up, trained 5 times a week since July and it still killed in the last 4 miles. But what a race - gorgeous weather made for incredible views at the many summits, the marshals were friendly and welcoming, smiles and words of encouragement from all runners. Water and food at all the right points. Priory race HQ with breakfast afterwards is always great, and rousing chorus of Jerusalem at the start sent my heart rate right up. Improvements for next time? Switch back to metal medals and would be nice to have a bigger field - it's too good for there to be less than 100 of us. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Tough, even in the sunshine In full: It's a hard race, no doubt. Numbers were fairly low, which meant running by yourself for large sections, but even then it's a great event. Markings on the last hill seemed to have disappeared and quite a few people took a slightly wrong route, but never mind, we got there in the end.
The eco-medal was "interesting" as Dr Rob warned us. My daughter has suggested putting it on the Christmas tree...
Dr Rob seems to have mastered the art of hard runs, but you sure feel good when you finish. Another super Trionium event. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Glorious Greensand In full: A beautiful autumnal day, fantastic scenery, brilliant water stations, fantastic marshalls and a game of follow, follow, follow the yellow tape. I hugely appreciate the enormous time and effort put in to set up a challenging and complicated race but it is a true classic and leaves me with a huge smile and sense of achievement. Take a bow Rob and all the marsahlls and Trionium team you were fantastic. Thank you for a great day out. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Great Greensands In full: Another excellent race organised by Dr Rob. Some people had some trouble with navigation however I found it to be at least as good as past years and about average in comparison to most trail races. Will be back next year. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: A solid race, with tough bits, and others where you can go a at a good gallop. Very well supported. In full: First thing's first: Last year, I banged up my knee on running Beachy Head, the day before I was supposed to run Greensands. The RD actually agreed to my very cheeky completely last minute request to defer my entry! That's how I wound up running this year. I was most impressed by this kind gesture which shows Dr. Rob knows the reality of running these races, that things sometimes don't go according to plan, and was kind enough to accommodate my request. Well done. The race went like clockwork, except my ah-poo-calypse now moment at 10K ish. Oh, I also got lost twice, but that was more because I wasn't paying attention than poor markings. Over all, course marking was very good, bordering on excellent. The aid stations were very frequent. Every time I started to feel a little thirsty, an aid station appeared right on cue. The marshals were extremely friendly and helpful. All major road crossings were marshalled, so you'll be safe even as fatigue kicks in in the later stages. To give you a sense of difficulty, I do a parkrun in 18:22, and this finished this race in 3:48. There was a cooked breakfast afterwards, which was fantastic. But take some extra food if you tend to get hungry post race. I'm too shy to ask for seconds when the food is free! If you were to push me to say something negative, I'd admit I wasn't a fan of the 'eco medal'-a printed plywood cutout. It feels very insubstantial, and frankly sub par. The high quality full sleeve tech top, and the mug to some way towards ameliorating this, but a medal is a medal, and to me at least, they are very important. If costs were the issue, I'd personally preferred a real medal, and no mug in the goody bag. Otherwise, this was just a great race, by a very kind director, who understands the needs of runners, and treats us accordingly. Great job, all round. Special thanks to the marshals! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: A tough & challenging 26.2 miles of hills, hills & more hills. Great run. In full: A prefect race. Ideal weather for running. Organisation & marshalling top notch. Course is very challenging but achievable. No switching off on this one, a physical & mental race. Pretty much every type of terrain used. Lots of hills (the one in the final mile is pure evil). Highly recommended race, be back in two years. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Tough race with beautiful scenery In full: A very enjoyable event - well organised and a great atmosphere. Make no mistake though - it is a hard race - a lot of hills some very steep. Great support out on the course. Date of review: October 12, 2015