In short: So tough, but with magical memories In full: You will find out a lot of stuff about yourself with this race, and a lot about others too. Brilliant race. Thank you Date of review: July 11, 2008
In short: Something special In full: What you think is going to be an ordinary race morphs into something extraordinary from the moment the runners congregate at the start.
Form surreal anthem singing, to a collective 'Happy Birthday' tribute to the organiser's Mum (that's all before the start!), to a Scottish piper in full regalia at strategic points on the course, this never ceases to entertain.
Superb support by the marshalls and St Johns people with massage/a picnic at the end, and a video of the whole shaboodle on You Tube, the extra features add to the entry value, with a good contribution to a worthy charity out of the takings as well.
Finally, the spirit of the competitors themselves was evident throughout. Despite being last runner for 90% of the race, the supportive comments from the rest of the competitors (and marshalls), and even the raceleaders themselves (that doesn't usually happen), on the 'out and back' section was inspirational. Date of review: July 2, 2008
In short: Still having nightmares about the steps... In full: Fabulously suicidal, magnificently masochistic, a wonderfully stupid way to spend a Saturday evening. My first time and I'll definitely be doing it again. Plenty of encouragement from Marshalls, supporters and fellow runners. Managed a finishing sprint (or a controlled fall) down the final hill and felt fantastic. Generally wonderfully organised, although there was an absence of marshalls at one crucial point resulting in a few runners doing an extra hill. However, I'm sure Dr Rob was very embarrassed by it and won't let it happen again. The route is very friendly, but I wouldn't recommend it for beginners as it's so very tough. I'll be back for the Knacker Cracker and the Munro next year! Date of review: July 1, 2008