In short: Tougher than it looks In full: Billed as '4 steep climbs' - should say 'and a lot of slopes'. This can feel like a mostly uphill course but there are just as many short downs to catch your breath. Very helpful marshals and impossible to get lost. No distance markers but I think the total was 8 1/2 miles. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Unbelievably tough and lots of fun. Every runner should do this once in their life. In full: Just as hard as last year but it's possible to get used to it. I shaved only a minute off the time but felt more ready and less of a drooling wreck at the end :-). The fitness of the front runners made you think they were from another planet. Will be back next year. Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: Brutal. Legs still aching now. In full: Massive fun, lots of encouragement from runners and spectators. I'm no hill runner and my memories will be of everyone I overtook near the start gradually passing me on the ascents, the last one rubbing it in with a sprint finish downhill towards the end :-) .
Awesome to see the Picnic runners going strong on the course. Was repeatedly passed by what seemed to be a good Munro runner, only to later learn she was on the second lap of the full marathon and would go on to be the first woman home. Respect to you all.
Judging by the time and aches we figured the Munro is worth about 20 miles on the flat. That's my excuse for hitting the wall on the second descent to the stepping stones!
Don't be put off by the entry fee - you get value for it including t-shirt, hat, medal, food & drink and a donation to charity. It's taken 3 days to recover enough to feel like doing it again but I'll be back next year if I can. Date of review: June 23, 2009