The Trionium Picnic Marathon

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03/02/2012 at 13:56

Marshalled this last year....it was inspiring stuff.

16/02/2012 at 15:28
Thanks Kipper!

Finally it's live... strictly restricted entries for this 'Olympic-edition' Picnic - an ultra for 2012 (no race in 2013)... anyone up for it?
16/02/2012 at 23:42

I'm a survivor from last year (5hrs 55mins - I got a 4hr 14min on the Snowdon Marathon). As per the instructions I didn't cry and it didn't hurt much (actually that's a bit of a fib - it did hurt on the last descent of The Eiger Steps)  At the end I said to myself "Never Ever Again" - I meant it.. However by the next day I was already planning my 2013 strategy - fortunately we don't have to wait that long. On the Monday after the race I dangled my medal in front of a fellow runner and told him that it was as close as he would ever get to a Picnic Medal - he is currently "considering his options" !!!!! 

Atmosphere at this race is fantastic. All the encouragement to keep going that you could possibly need.

Edited: 16/02/2012 at 23:59
17/02/2012 at 08:57

Entry done this morning.

Dr Rob, you and I obviously have some kind of sadomasochistic relationship. You keep organising these horrible events and I keep entering them...

Keep up the good work!

17/02/2012 at 09:59
No option, really - this will make my 4th Picnic in 4 years (I turned up early and ran two laps in 2010....). Entry now in and training started - extra beer required tonight  !!
17/02/2012 at 12:50

Entered this morning, I'm sure I said never again after last time.

Funny how you forget the pain and only remember the glory of finishing.

17/02/2012 at 23:23
Can't wait!
18/02/2012 at 11:44
So it's back to Box Hill for some training runs over the next few months.
23/02/2012 at 21:55
Pondering whether it would be absolute insanity to double this with the Lancaster Castle Marathon on the Sunday which I had entered before the Picnic date was announced. Having completed three Picnics, I wouldn't want to miss this, but suffered particularly badly last year. Will have a good think about this... 
24/02/2012 at 14:47
just entered. what the hell have I done !!
24/02/2012 at 15:05
Do the Picnic - it won't be around for ever. Having the complete set would be grand.

Madness/impossible to do both (unless you are superhuman/extremely well-trained) - the organisers in Lancaster might let you defer/get a refund.
24/02/2012 at 21:46

I wish you never said Madness/impossible to do both...

28/02/2012 at 23:27
OK Chaz, I appear to have entered this.  Now you'll have to sign up for the NDW
03/03/2012 at 15:58
Just entered...need my head examining!!

With a pb of 4 hours for marathon what you time should you aim for at the Picnic?

Does anyone know any decent hill runs around south east London, north Kent as clearly need to get some hills done.

See you on the 23rd.
08/03/2012 at 18:30
Chris, you might manage five and a half hours, but cracking six might be a good/doable target.

Just to clarify, the route will be around 27-28 miles... not more than 29 anyway.
08/03/2012 at 22:03
I'm considering entering this. Have completed four marathons (all last year), PB is 3.35min. One of the four was Beachy Head - found that pretty hard going but very enjoyable. My hesitation is because I'm doing the Three Peaks 24hr Challenge two weeks after the Picnic. Is this realistic? Not many female entrants it seems either.

Any advice?
09/03/2012 at 09:40
The race will wipe you out for a month afterwards... there was a suggestion that The Picnic should have been called The Crippler... You could use the Picnic as a training run... finally though, it's up to you!
12/03/2012 at 18:06
I went up to boxhill at the weekend, for a look at these dreaded hills / steps. unbelievable ! I'm in big trouble
13/03/2012 at 15:45

Loved this 'race' last year, and have signed up again!!! Dr Rob, any idea on how the route is going to differ from last year? (with the exception of being alot harder due to the added distance!)  Or is it gonna be a surprise left until the start line?  

14/03/2012 at 19:38
The half hill down from Juniper Top will go all the way down (and all the way back up again)... There might be a special start as well...
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