In short: Incredibly hard,great experience,fantastic organisation In full: Brutal conditions made the race even more enjoyable.This was my 189th marathon and I think the marshalls were some of the best I have come across.Camaraderie was great,out and back course so you could see the leaders coming back.All the competitors were encouraging and congratulating each other.Well done everybody,see you next year.Nick Kyritsis Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Great race but not for the faint heared, some tough climbs and technical terrain to navigate but the race was well managed throughout and in terms of friendliness it's right up there thanks Dr Rob for another great race ! Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Hilly, wet, friendly In full: Fortunately I love standing in the rain singing Jerusalem before running up and down stupid wet hills for over five hours. I don't have a cold by Wednesday I'll feel cheated!
But this was a great race, friendly competitors, and courageous marshalls who had to stand out for hours in that stuff, and were still cheerful about it.
In short: Unforgiving terrain, unbelieveable views (or would have been if not for the cloud) In full: This is one tough course. Made all the more tricky by the relentless rain, newly formed streams and seemingly never-ending hills. But it's a great challenge, the marshalls are amazing and the other runners make sure this is an unforgettable event. I'd seriously recommend some hill training or you're in for long afternoon of walking. Oh, and if you have dodgy ankles, tape them up. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Tough, but worth it In full: Fabulous fabulous race. From the rain sodden Jerusalem to the crazy muddy course (Tough Mudder? Pah!) to the slippery stony ascents and descents to the windy hills and monsoon conditions this was a wonderful event. Organisation was like clockwork as always, a sense of humour pervaded everything and the participants all encouraged each other superbly. Where else would the race leader take the time to slow down slightly and offer words of encouragement to other runners? I enjoyed this so much I'm actually considering the Picnic! Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Tough, tough, tough. In full: Throw in bad weather and it's even tougher. Snorkel and flippers would have been more appropriate than trainers and a hat.
Thought I'd enter this, as heard it's a tough one and I like a challenge. There were puddles (small ponds) up to our knees in places. Rain was relentless, as were the hills. The cut off time was added another dimension, which put the pressure on. Marshall were fantastic. Not sure how they kept smiling in such bad conditions, but it was so good to see them still cheeful and still encouraging you on to the finish, near the end. Definitely one to do if you enjoy pain. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: If this run was any easier it would not be half as much fun In full: The weather as we started the 2013 half was just as bad as forecast a low pressure centred on Dorking. The puddles were so large that it was almost a duathlon. But the comradery that comes out of suffering is what makes this a truly great race at least at the end there are warm showers , food and a warm atmospehere. I will be back for more suffering next year... Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Perfectly organised, perfectly awful weather In full: Not easy this one, especially given the steady rain from start to finish. A huge thanks to Dr Rob and all of the marshals who must have been frozen but were always clear and friendly. I asked a few how they kept warm. They answered in the pub before and after the runners passed through their station; the perfect answer for this brilliantly quirky race. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: A fantastic event (no racing for me) in which to test yourself against the elements! In full: The weather might have been a touch damp (we've all seen worse) and underfoot it was a bit on the muddy side but it just adds to the sense of theatre that an event like this already holds. If we weren't all a bit nuts we wouldn't be there in the first place.
As with all Trionium events the organisation was excellent & the marshals somehow managed to keep smiling through the wet & the cold. I have a new found appreciation for soggy jaffa cakes & their ability to retain structure in even the wettest of scenarios.
The only oddity was that I found people needed to be reminded that we all do this for fun! A few more smiles in the rain from fellow competitors would have made it even better but I don't mind being the cheery chap on the course. I'm never going to win one of these but I sure as hell do enjoy doing them, whatever the conditions! Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Mud and rain made for extra toughness In full: A great race in one of my favourite areas running. The weather conditions were truly abysmal so not great views from the tops but the added difficulty made the race that much more rewarding. Brilliant marshals! Date of review: October 14, 2013