In short: Happy New Year! In full: A fantastic way to start a new year. This is one of my all time favourite races. Once you have started the year with this fiendish route, which is quite tough enough without the complication of keeping your fancy dress under control, you feel ready to cope with whatever challenges await you for the year ahead. A huge thank you to my fellow runners for the camaraderie and the marsahlls for all being so jolly and encouraging. Of course thank you to Dr Rob and all the Trionium team for as ever the most amazing organisisation and goodies. A Happy New Year to you all! Date of review: January 2, 2015
In short: Finding a gem in miole valley In full: What a gem of a race, very clever to glue the three hills together. It was a showcase of fantastic organisation, marshal positioning and course marking. This was a race put together by runners, for runners but by people who also care about the other users of the race route. I was soaking wet and muddy but it was glorious. On the last two miles running back along the ridge and through the vineyards of Debnbies I had a huge grin on my face. My first time doing this race and I will be back as it will be a very different race in the dry. Thank you to Nicky and Alan and all at ETL. The marshalls deserve a huge thank you for coming out on such an awful day. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Autumnal Hues In full: After last year's bedraggled, soggy race I had been on weather watch for the last week. It was a very different race in the dry and just a playful puddle and occasional boggy bit. This year the fantastic autumnal colours and the very twisting course made this trail marathon a fantastic adventure. A true challenge but so rewarding. Thank you to the great marshalls and all of the Trionium team of helpers, and of course to Dr Rob for once again showing others how to organise a race and for giving us all a fun day out. Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: It is Tuesday and it has been bucketing down with rain....but.. In full: I am still smiling remembering Sunday and one of my favourite races of the year. This is a fantastic 10m course with a bit of everything and always lashings of mud somewhere on the course. A real test, but so rewarding with varied terrain and views, and the race has my favourite finish. Firstly the panoramic views as you run along the ridge and then helter-skelter down through the woods and then opens out so you run down the path through the vines and always a treat to be greeted by the race director on the finish line - fab! Thanks to all at ETL, your events are consistently professional and slick and always with a twinkly of a sense of fun. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Star Wars In The Surrey Hills In full: I was overtaken by a Star Trooper, but I then passed him again and then later on I passed Darth Vader, not quite what you expect on the Surrey Hills. This was the biggest Bacchus event yet and done with aplomb. The organisation was amazing, and the marshals fantastic with a special nod to the pirate marshals at the drinks station just after mile 5. To all at ETL and their band of merry helpers, I say thank you it was a great day out even if I was pipped at the post by a chicken - squwark! Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Lumpy, Bumpy and great fun In full: This is one of the nicest races to do. Great fun and camaraderie with the runners, fantastic support and the usual Dr Rob sprinkling of magic. A great local race and one of my favourites. Many thanks to Rob and his band of merry marshals. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Slow, slow, quick quick slow In full: Didn't see any badgers on the course but did think the course was more of a foxtrot of slow, slow, quick quick slow, with the fabulous mix of lung busting climbs through hills and twisting paths in the woods to the long speedy paths.
Fantastic atmosphere and organisation, with Denbies and the Surrey Hills making the perfect backdrop. Superb course marking and marshalling over a very twisty and clever course. Brilliant camaraderie and a great morning all round.
I must echo what Rob says about the noise polluters and it is such a shame when ETL went to great lengths in all their instructions to explain the rules and the reasons why as well. However, none of this detracts from a fabulous event and thanks to Alan, Nicky and all the RTL team. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: The Trionum Army Marches On In full: I started yesterday with a cycle and swim and rounded it off with a run, so a triathlon done. However, as did not do the picnic off to do that today, as still smiling from a wonderful afternoon playing on Box Hill. It is a great varied run in terms of terrain and scenery,a bit like those packets of variety mini boxes of cereals and by the end you are sure going snap, crackle and pop! Fantastic camaraderie and that is the joy of the out and back route, brilliant marshalls and of course to Dr Rob, the piper, the Roblets and all the team. Your hard work is greatly appreciated, and other race directors can but only aspire to being able to consistently put on such great events. Right back to making the picnic for the day, wouldn't want to be a sandwich short! Date of review: June 22, 2014
In short: Tip, Top, Trailling In full: Nicky said this was my sort of race and I would love it and for the first year it has not clashed with the same weekend as the Midsummer Munro so I was really looking forward to the race.Dash it, the gal was right, it was just my sort of race, hilly, varied and stunning scenery. Fast, bits slow bits, boggy bits and a whoop of welcome back at the finish from Alan. Amazing organization, a race for runners by runners,a great course. Superb marshals who all had a smile and an encouraging word as we went round.
Many thanks to Nicky, Alan and ETL team. Date of review: June 16, 2014
In short: Running Round Richmond In The Sun Was Fun! In full: One of the nicest marathons I have done and this was my second time and although my time was slower this year from last I loved the sun. The park was very scenic and the supporters willing us on both uplifting and appreciated especially the last 7 mile loop. The marshalls were all fantastic and loved the iceman just shame he melted before my last loop round! A few more flags and pointers round the course would be great but I didn't actually go awry. A really huge effort from Gareth and his team with some great little touches. So thank you to all fellow runners, marshalls and supporters and Gareth for a great day out and sure as heck made my birthday special! Date of review: May 22, 2014