The Trionium Picnic Marathon

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18/06/2012 at 08:58

Steepness I am assuming will also come into it!

SDM has three big slopes and they are gradual enough that they can be run (if you so wish!) and so finish times are much less than on this. You're not lulling me into feeling more relaxed about it at this late stage!

18/06/2012 at 11:49

Gun for hire - Not sure what course you did with 5700 feet of climb but the elevation gain was only 3000 feet and so the Picnic is a lot harder!!

18/06/2012 at 12:20

Indeed Stuart - South Downs marathons is advertised as 5700ft but I reckon that is calculated from Mean Sea Level, it's much more like 3000ft.


18/06/2012 at 18:15

Ouch....This is my first time and I have never been to box hill. So I'm getting more scared by the minute as it seems to be getting longer and more hilly the more the posts go on . I was wondering if somebody could confirm a couple of it entirely on trail/grass?, also when we complete the fist lap will we come back by the start or is there somewhere that family/friends can see/support us?

18/06/2012 at 18:52
Yep, all trail, track, roots, stones, grass, steps n stuff that goes steeply up and down. Be glad you don't know the area. And if your not a little scared your in trouble. I'm fairly confident that the start is also the 1/2 way. (I'm quite terrified too
18/06/2012 at 20:04
There's no doubt it's tough but also fun! Last year the guidance was to add 40% to your marathon time as a guide - I managed to add 55% .... But that was on the "short" course!
18/06/2012 at 20:14
Thanks kipperonabike....I shall certainly be treating this with respect. Especially since my hill and distance training have been hampered by an injury. Trevor - it almost sounds like 'fun' adding 50%....but I know it will be anything but!!
19/06/2012 at 10:18

Let's remember guys this will be almost certainly the toughest race we ever run and the pain will be considerable to say the least.

But the overwhelming sense of Olympian achievement and pride at crossing the finish line will be huge.

The aches and pains will go - in time! - but the medal and the unforgettable memories will stay with us for ever!

19/06/2012 at 16:00

I've considered my options and it seems I'm to late to enter the Picnic. Oh dear! Good luck every one and Nick! I trust it really will hurt. But then that's why you do it. ( :-0)

19/06/2012 at 19:23

so want to run this ... let me know if you don't!


19/06/2012 at 20:06

Managed 4hr 43m on South downs Marathon. Fell over at 2 mile mark so it was straight over finish line and into the First Aid tent where they admired my swollen shin and calf. Arnica, tiger balm and volterol gel (plus lager) and extended "tapering" has helped return leg to normal size (but not normal colour). Extra potential pain adds a bit of spice to the event ! If anyone decides not to run please give your entry to Bob Hughes 2. I know he really wants to have a go ...........................!!!!!!!

19/06/2012 at 20:58
Snoop dog, there are lots of vantage points where your freinds can come and watch. Just follow the crowds. But if you're thinking of bringing small children it's worth bearing in mind that there are no 'easy' paths up box hill except by the Zig Zag road.

There are car parks however by the Stepping Stones and at the top there is a National Trust car park and you can walk from there to various points where the race crosses. there's also another car park the runners go through but it's only good for about 10 cars so you're unlikely to get a space.

I wish I'd entered this year, having done the Munro 2 years ago, Best of British eh!

( my punishment that day is swimming down the River Arun with lots of other nutters)
19/06/2012 at 21:00
Oh, and you'll take ages so there'll be plenty of time for them to find you!
20/06/2012 at 09:39

Good news on the 3:30 cut-off for the 16 miles. Should just about make that Question though, if there is no end-time cut off, what time do the organisers call it a day and go home, when it gets dark?? I have to get that Picnic medal, even though it might kill me.. and good news that England are now playing Sunday. I might be in agony, but beer and football will take the edge off 

20/06/2012 at 09:57

good point caferaca - I'll pop my headtorch in my race bag tonight!!

20/06/2012 at 13:28

Sanp! - Thanks for the info....lets hope those car parks don't become possible retirement options . Good luck with the swim - I've heard about that one, 3.8K in a strong/fast tide sounds more scary than 30miles of hills to me!!


20/06/2012 at 14:20
Liking this more and more
I'll need to leave it until next year. Taking the wife away for a few days from the Monday, and I'll be expected to be physically whole!
Marathon-broken would be okay, but Picnic-broken sounds like divorce.
There is a half though... Mmm?
20/06/2012 at 20:32
The Half-way point is back at the start, at 16 miles into the 30 mile course (second half is shorter, on account of not going up the Zig Zag Road).

If anyone is still desperate to enter, email me at rob @
20/06/2012 at 21:49

That made me chuckle.

20/06/2012 at 22:39
Snoop, I fancied something different and I sprained my ankle with accompanying ligament damage on box hill a month ago which rules me out of any running for a while. Having completed a long ocean swim on Sunday I can absolutely confirm that ... You're going to have a much harder day than me! It's brilliantly rewarding though. Enjoy!
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