In short: Hardest Half Marathon in Britain In full: Third year running, and this is not getting any easier! Unbelievably tough course, not for the faint hearted, you'll never look at another hill in any other HM the same way (all other courses have slopes not hills!)
I'm writing this two days after the race and I'm still hobbling around, clearly not enough practice! This will add around 1hr to your standard HM time, partly due to the hills and partly due to the fact it's nearly two miles longer at 14.78 miles - it is a country mile after all! Limited entry, what seems like a slightly pricey entrance fee always provides you with a decent medal and technical t-shirt and even picked up a pint glass (although this was for the picnic people) along with a plenty of food at the finish.
This race demands the very best from your physical and mental fitness, it will push your personal boundaries and because of this I will continue to run this race. Next year I am determined that I will complete it sub 3hrs! Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Best endurance race out there In full: This is the second year I've run this race, the first being 2013. It's a phenomenal race and organised very well. It has one of the more friendly atmospheres and a real family vibe. The goodies this year were awesome – white t-shirt, pint glass and medal. Also, they put on a vast array of sandwiches and treats at the finish – which were very welcomed! The course itself is unforgiving and totally relentless, particularly the first 2 miles. It lives up to its name as the toughest half marathon in the UK. This year it was about 25c when we ran and my only knock on the organisers is that they ran out of water on 2 stations. Thankfully they weren’t next to one another so it was manageable. Irrespective, I’d recommend this race to anyone. It’s an achievement just to participate and finish. The scenery is stunning and the participants are really friendly. I’ll definitely be back next year. It’s the only race on my calendar that’s a permanent fixture. Do yourself a favour and run it! Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Got to love the Midsummer delights In full: Third year and as ever the thrill of the downhill at the end is indescribable !! Slower than last year (will blame the heat) but determined to one day get under 2.30 ?! So means I'll be back for a fourth go !! Thanks Dr Rob for your seamless organisation and the start as ever is like nothing else..... :-) Date of review: June 22, 2014
In short: Brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal (one for each hill) In full: A brutal race on a hot day; but for the encouragement of the other runners I would have been a DNF for the first time ever. The sense of achievement finishing beats that of a marathon, and you won't find a prettier last half (downhill) kilometre.
Huge thanks to the marshals, and hats off to the Picnicers for doing it twice.
I keep promising that I'll never do it again, but keep clicking on "Enter" when Dr Rob sends his email around...
In short: The Trionum Army Marches On In full: I started yesterday with a cycle and swim and rounded it off with a run, so a triathlon done. However, as did not do the picnic off to do that today, as still smiling from a wonderful afternoon playing on Box Hill. It is a great varied run in terms of terrain and scenery,a bit like those packets of variety mini boxes of cereals and by the end you are sure going snap, crackle and pop! Fantastic camaraderie and that is the joy of the out and back route, brilliant marshalls and of course to Dr Rob, the piper, the Roblets and all the team. Your hard work is greatly appreciated, and other race directors can but only aspire to being able to consistently put on such great events. Right back to making the picnic for the day, wouldn't want to be a sandwich short! Date of review: June 22, 2014