In short: For the hero in everyone... In full: This race is not for the faint-hearted. It's not for anyone who cannot deal with discomfort, and it calls for a lot of physical and mental strength, whatever your speed. But if you hear the call, then run this race because you will have one of the most fun and transformative experiences that you can have in running. The genius of the Munro, as with many of the other Trionium races, is that you can pit yourself against yourself and become your own hero, on your own terms. Everyone on the hills will support you: the marshalls, the spectators, the organisers, and - notably - the top runners who can finish this race in well under two hours, but who take the time to say - 'Looking good!' - even to the back runners.
The bagpiper who led us off at the beginning of the race and whom we heard again at halfway was grand; the drinks and jelly babies were available frequently; Dr. Rob compered with his usual wit, and the t-shirt and medal are very handsome.
Yes; it's tough. I shan't walk normally for days. But if you want to lift your spirits for running, then start with the Knackercracker, move up to the Munro, and - who knows - if you are totally mad, the Picnic runs in 2009!!
Dr Rob, marshalls and everyone: thanks for a great day. Bravo. Even the weather was kind! I guess Providence was watching. Date of review: June 21, 2008
In short: Another great one, and less scorching than last year! In full: I love this race. DMVAC has done it again; this year's Dorking 10 was another beautifully planned and superbly marshalled race. This year, the weather also co-operated and we had a relatively cool race - a much different picture than last year's scorcher! Thanks to all at DMVAC, and see you next year! Date of review: June 1, 2008
In short: A good race with PB potential - if you can get past slower runners In full: This race is very good for those seeking a PB over 10 miles; it's relatively flat, and you can settle into a good, consistent pace - but only once you have found your own running space along the narrow lanes. It's not easy to pass people much of the time, and the start needed sorting out in terms of anticipated finish time; this would probably have saved a fair bit of congestion, and spared the faster runners a lot of grief.
Nice medal, and exceptionally good marshalling. Kudos to the Striders for that! Date of review: January 20, 2008
In short: A fine way to take stock of fitness at New Year! In full: We were fortunate to have beautiful weather today, but the course did have slippery mud because of previous rain. It's an attractive but tough course, with recurrent hilly sections that keep a runner honest, and some entertaining downhill sections. A great way to begin the year. Date of review: January 6, 2008
In short: So mad it almost makes sense! In full: Dr Rob has done it again! Despite the foggy conditions, we had a great, if tortuous race. There were big hills, bigger steps, and then the liberating downhill last sprint to the finish, but not before a lot of mud and pain. This race is a MUST for those who love challenges, really nice people and a plethora of raffle prizes at the end, not to mention a fabulous Borat-lookalike, complete in swimsuit cozzie - best costume by popular acclaim! I'm already getting my 2009 application ready... Date of review: January 1, 2008
In short: A scenic marathon with fine organsation In full: The 2007 New Forest Marathon benefitted from perfect weather for racing. The organisers are to be praised for their skill, though a few en route loos would be welcome. Too bad about obnoxious motorists on the road!! Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: A great day for runners of all abilities In full: This year's run foiled the bad weather predictions and was warm and humid, rather than rainy or scorching. The race was well-run; the t-shirt and medal were great. There were some narrow points in which I felt held up by slower runners, but these did not occur often. I also avoided the baggage situation, so did not have the troubles that others wrote about. A good 10K mass particiption run. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: No PB steepness at start, but good for training. In full: The steep start is a challenge, as are the little kids zooming around and getting n the way, but this is a good race for training purposes, nicely organised in a low-key way, and worth the steep climbs for the glorious views and superfast downhill running that follows the climbs. Date of review: June 10, 2007
In short: Super race with global warming temperatures In full: If you ran the London Marathon in April '07, you'll be used to warm races by now - and today's Dorking 10 was certainly another toasty one. Nevertheless, it was a terrific race, with a lot to offer both quick front runners and those who wanted to run slowly enough to take in the picture postcard views. The atmosphere was excellent, very exciting but also warm and welcoming. The marshalls were top-notch. Great T-short, too! Well done and thanks to the Dorking and Mole Valley AC - I shall be running this one again, blazing sun notwithstanding! Date of review: June 3, 2007