Trionium Greensand Marathon

...including half marathon option

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15/09/2013 at 19:47


I have one place in the marathon and a place in the half marathon to sell on if you want.  If you are then send me a message and we can make arangements.


In terms of this being a good first marathon: it is a pretty tough course - great fun and picturesque, but hilly.  You should therefore be prepared to be running for longer than you would on a road marathon.  I generally race off road so haven't actually run a road marathon but I am know my road pace and I am pretty sure I was about 30 minutes slower on the Greensands coursethan I would expect to be on a flat-ish road marathon.

16/09/2013 at 11:07


Most people would advise you to find a flat road course for your first marathon - Stratford or Abingdon, for example. Running off-road in poor conditions with lots of uphill is physically hard and technically very hard. Most people would say, Do one thing at a time - Deal with the distance then go off-road.

On the other hand, Trionium events are where Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things. The Trionium proposition is You Can If You Want To Enough.

Why not try some of the Greensand now? I'd suggest Leith Hill down to Westcott and return because the navigation's not too difficult. Start at Starveall Corner Car Park (TQ131433), go up to Leith Hill Tower then down to Coldharbor, where you pick up Wolven Lane; follow it down to the A25 at Wotton or Westcott, then return. That's about 16km and a good introduction. Take a map and a phone. If you want detailed nav instructions email me -

17/09/2013 at 08:04
Thanks BRM and Roadkill. Both great and honest answers. I will think it over and probably sign up. A dnf will bother me less than not trying at all. Providing I make the cut off at quarter distance I don't really mind what time I finish in as it will be my first full marathon and therefore I would not have any base for comparison yet. If 5 to 5.5 hours is acceptable, then I ought to manage.

With all due respect to Roadkill, I appreciate your offer on the tickets, but I burnt my fingers trying to buy tickets from another person before, so as a fail safe, since then I always get my tickets straight from the organiser. Thanks though.
01/10/2013 at 21:03

So....21 mile run completed this afternoon and now for a 12 day "taper".

Based upon my legs at the end of my run today I feel slightly "undercooked" for this one but hopefully the adrenaline and views will see me back in one piece!

"Looking forward" to it.

07/10/2013 at 08:11

Online entry now closed - entry on the day strictly by prior arrangement with rob@ trionium dot com.

08/10/2013 at 09:15

Oh dear.  Not done anywhere near as many long training runs as I would have liked.  Oh well, it's gonna hurt that's for sure.  Just hope I get to the top of Leith Hill before the cut off time.  Good luck everyone.  See you on the start line.

11/10/2013 at 14:45

The current forecast of heavy rain will make for testing conditions: come prepared!

11/10/2013 at 14:47
Lol. Very funny. Really sad I can't be there to suffer and enjoy it. I hope everyone has a good time and I hope to make it to the Knacker Cracker.
11/10/2013 at 21:20

Already packed me mac Rob 

looking forward to seeing you all at the halfway water station. 

11/10/2013 at 21:52

Best I dig out the heavy duty trail shoes for Sunday this rain is going to make a real mess.

Can't wait.

12/10/2013 at 17:00

The Big Fix is in - Expect classic Trionium weather (balmy autumnal air and gentle sunshine) tomorrow between 9:45am and 4:45pm. The Good Doctor never fails. Except a couple of times in the last couple of Greensands, when the weather was as fine as promised, just not exactly on the scheduled day.

12/10/2013 at 20:31

Marked the top half of the course today with Nick and Mike... Mostly dry but by wet in parts... And it will be much wetter tomorrow! Good luck all.

13/10/2013 at 15:02

Awesome day out at the half way point.  It was fab to see you all looking so happy to see us 

Big respect to all out there, it was certainly tough. 

13/10/2013 at 20:21

Awesome YOU HappyChap! Well done on top marshaling... Thanks and thanks again!

13/10/2013 at 20:48

Huge thanks to all the marshalls out there in the rain.. This was one day when I think us runners got off lightly despite being soaked through and it must have been hard to keep spirits up (which you did admirably).

With food, drink and warmth I am now comfortably numb but suspect I may be paying the price tomorrow.

13/10/2013 at 21:17

+1 for thanking the marshals. Superb job. Had a great day out. It was tough, but really enjoyable.

13/10/2013 at 22:38

Thank you to all the marshalls and to Rob for a fantastic event.  Thanks also to the runners I ran with and those who came past going the other way for all the encouragement.

My first marathon and such a memorable experience.  I squeaked in just under 4 hours and was somewhere between 10th and 15th I think which I am delighted with. 

9 hours later and going upstairs is tricky, downstairs trickier and getting off the toilet only possible with a rope and pulley system but I'm over the moon. 

Foam roller from tomorrow morning...accompanied by much screaming I suspect.

For anyone reading this and pondering whether to do this race in future years (or any of the trionium races), the answer is unreservedly yes.

Thanks again Rob and the gang.

13/10/2013 at 22:43

Great job by the marshals in miserable conditions. By the time I came past they had been out there for hours, but were still very cheerful. Thanks to Dr Rob for another exfellent race.

13/10/2013 at 22:56

 Could not find a drowned rat image! Ouch that hurt. Well done to those that stuck out the rain.

14/10/2013 at 12:28

Fan bloody muddy tastic! My first trail marathon after a few road ones.... Can't wait to get the sub 3 hour monkey off my back so I can do more!!

Thanks to the organisers and a huge thanks to the Marshalls for standing out there in that and still be encouraging and cheerful.  Top effort!!

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