In short: Best race of the year! In full: 2nd time for me, and yet again Dr Robert has organised an excellent event. This is a very hard "race", but it is well worth the painI am feeling in my legs today, and the many weeks of training I put in running up and down hills. 57th this time round, and I will be gunning for a top 40 finish in 2012. Thanks to all the marshals for looking after us, and the encouragement. Date of review: June 20, 2011
In short: Amazing experience, well worth the pain! In full: My 10 half marathon and a fantastic one to hit the milestone. Atmosphere was great with all runners supporting each other on the way round. Worth the slightly higher entry with the food at the end along with the mug, t-shirt (proper running t-shirt) and brilliant medal. A must do race for long distance runners! Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: Ouch In full: You may be able to run up that first hill then after that each slope slowly destroys your legs. You may be quick on the descents but that only because you lack the energy to slow yourself down.
A superb race with the best marshalling I have come across. Names on the race numbers is a simple idea but it makes a huge difference when a marshall uses your name and then offers up a jelly baby. It was humbling to see the "picnic" runners slog out the distance twice. Other noteable highlights, huge medal, high quality of cake, the piper, magic mug, Dr Rob leading the field in the national anthem and stunning vista from Box Hill.
In short: Up down up down up down up down up down CAKE! In full: If I thought last year was a humbling experience this year's munro was a wipeout, tacking some 8 minutes onto last years seriously unimpressive time! The combination of treacherous, slippery downhills and agonising uphill scrambles left my legs feeling like chopped raw beef and my heart rate spinning off into high orbit. Hamburger Hill is my new affectionate name for this insane race! But guess what, the morning after, aching quads and glutes aside, the bad memories and 'definitely, absolutely never again' emotions are fading and I am left with pleasant memories of unexpected warm sunshine, stunning scenery, smiling and encouraging marshalls, belting along wide woodland paths and grassy meadows to the strain of the redoubtable piper, snatched humerous conversations, the complete nutter who, eschewing the stepping stones, plunged into the river up to his waist and forged across (the rest of just got soaking wet feet!) and the best post race pressie ever, a mug that changes colour to show the MM logo when you add hot water! Impressed the kids more than the medal, that did! Thanks to Dr Rob, all his helpers and the excellent marshalls. Bugger, I think I'm going to have to do it just one more time...... Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: fantastic race,fantastic marshalls and fantasic dr rob In full: third time i have run this race,gets harder every year but more enjoyable.marshalls are superb as usual and Dr Robs organisation is spot on.looking forward to next year. Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: My 3 rd Munro , a very hard run, hence billed at the toughest half in England, but when you finnish , it is an amazing feeling. Every time i get to all the steps, i say never again. But when i finnish, i think bring it on next year. Date of review: June 19, 2011
In full: It was a fabulous afternoon. I nearly deffed it because of the rain, then lo and behold I won the women's race!! So - it is personal best material as I've never won a race. Being a local girl, I love these hills, but it was rock hard to complete and my legs screamed as I hoisted them back up the stepping stones steps after careering down! How do the picnikers do it? Huge respect! I tries to get a song in my head to help me with the pace, but Adele really wasn't welcome as she popped in there!!!! Thank you Dr Rob and all the fabulous helpers. It was a brilliant awe inspiringly painful experience. Maybe I should quit whilst I'm ahead! Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: Take the hardest half add a sprinkle of rain and a head wind, awesome! In full: Toughest conditions I’ve seen, so wrong its right. More mud, more slippy, stepping stones under water and a strong headwind on the only flat part of the course… Fantastic atmosphere, great organisation and even more marshals.