In short: I LOVED IT! Totaly insane! Challenging course but great fun! YEAH BABY! In full: Whilst many people were unfortunate to have the Christmas flu bug or a hangover or both I was focused only on preparation for this race! At 9pm on the 30th Dec I did a 10K prep run in North Wales on the coast to burn off some of the Christmas crap before I returned home on the 31st. Dedication...?! The weather was drizzly on the morning of the run but everyone was in great spirits and anticipating the lunacy that lay ahead! Runners were started under 5 minute handicaps given their estimated finish time, slowest 1st, fastest last. This is not a PB course, that is a fact. If you finish this race in good shape you have done well. There are 4 ascents / descents of Box Hill varying in difficulty, Hard, Harder still, Even harder than that or Harder than hell... all challenging but so rewarding! The 2nd, 3rd and 4th ups are murderous it has to be said. The 3rd downhill consisted of some 200 odd steps (which you return up!) but the stepping stones over the river were great fun! The 4th downhill was simply the best I have encountered for a long, long time... fast, open and such fun! 200 or so people competing in this run is great testimony to Dr Rob McCaffrey and his team. The organization is fantastic, the marshals and spectators were hugely encouraging. A great T-shirt with a list of all the runners on the reverse plus a medal and commemorative mug and as much food / drink as you could manage was the prelude to the post race awards ceremony which was worth turning up for in it's own right - Dr Rob ad libbing his way through the awards plus a raffle / lucky bag with numerous prizes and the generosity was heart warming, everyone was a winner! Special mention for the guy who set a new course record - 44mins! Also a thumbs up for the fancy dress runners and the now legendary BORAT! How we laughed!
Please check out these links for videos I took of the awards ceremony, great memories of one of my favorite races to date... (Or view my videos on YouTube - I'm RED1028).
Box Hill... The Start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOl7CTpGmgk
Box Hill Knacker Cracker - 1st Female & Male. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUrHwEKkbHg&feature=related
Shortest Course Record Of All Time..! plus Female Fancy Dress Winners... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x40v-pg8gz4&feature=related
Male Fancy Dress Winner... BORAT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1x20DEu_is&feature=related
Box Hill Knacker Cracker 2008 - Post Race... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FJRi6O_Ux4&feature=related
See you next year! Date of review: January 8, 2008
In short: Hard but hugely-enjoyable event; raises much for good causes. In full: I enjoyed being a cowboy, but does anybody have a spare kilt I could borrow for next year please ?! Date of review: January 5, 2008
In short: I really like the spirit this race is run in - humour, support and everyone gets into the spirit of this fun but tough race. As ever, great organisation and look forward to starting 2009 off in the same way! Date of review: January 5, 2008
In short: What a way to start the year! Mud and hills.. In full: All I expected and more, not for the faint hearted. 4 steep ups and 4 steep downs with mud, tree roots, stepping stones, a bridge, and loads of steps. Enjoyable but boy do my quads ache today. Date of review: January 3, 2008
In short: Fantastic a must do race! In full: Definately worth staying sober on New year's Eve for fantastic course - very tough my legs still ache! everyone very supportive and friendly left me smiling for the rest of the day ! will definately be there next year. Thank you to Rob and and everyone involved in the day and organisation of the event. Date of review: January 3, 2008
In short: Even Chuck Norris would find those hills hard going. In full: Very few things get me out of bed at 7am. A house fire and the prospect of the female cast of Hollyoaks at my front door being the leading two. However this race is a must-do for anyone looking for a New Year's kick. Fantastic scenery, lung-busting hills, and the kind of race camaraderie that’ll leave you smiling for days. Date of review: January 3, 2008
In short: My knackers (if I had any) would be crackered . . . In full: wow what a race! I was worried about this one - was I fit enough/would I be hungover? Well no and yes (a bit) but it was great fun and totally crazy! I walked more than I ran but so did alot of people I think, it was tough tough tough! The organisation was fab, everyone was really friendly and supportive and the medal, mug and t-shirt along with all the food laid on a the end was fantastic. What a great race! If my boyfriend lets me (he was not happy about leaving the party early nor getting out of bed with an atrocious hangover) I will be back next year! In fancy dress . . . . Date of review: January 3, 2008