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
In short: Happily Wooggling Along In full: Very friendly race and brilliant signs and marshaling. You could tell this was a race for runners by runners and what a stunning route and scenery and wonderfully varied both in scenery and terrain. Everyone was very friendly and relaxed. Well done to the BVR and thank you for a great morning. Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: The sun, has got his hat on hip, hip, hooray, the sun has got his hat on and we all went out to play! In full: A fabulous morning, starting with watching the hilarious wife carrying race that gets better every year and this year was a real hoot, with the race director himself showing what a sport he is by joining in. After that jollity, a rousing chorus of the national anthem and off we went for 13.1 miles of some of the most stunning scenery and one of the loveliest routes on the racing calendar. The camaraderie was fantastic and as ever the marshals all cheered us on and whooped us on our way. The organisation of Trionium events is always meticulous and thank you as ever to Dr Rob to his attention to detail and hey loved the goodies at the end. I proudly put my Trionium carrot in my glass and with my medal round my neck walked away with a big grin. All your hard work is appreciated and well done for arranging the weather, now that was a stroke of genius! Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: One of my favourites In full: Great organisation, fantastic and enthusiastic marshals and a great HQ. This was the first race I ever did in 2008 and I come back each year. It is just what a local race should be, well organised by runners, for runners. Well done to 26.2 and many thanks. Date of review: February 19, 2014
In full: It was a fine sunshiny day For running the Bookham 10km But sometimes the path Meant taking a bath And a cold muddy facial - wahey!
Yup, I was the one who came through the finish line looking like the creature from the black lagoon as on the penultimate 'puddle' I went under. Thank you for the kind fellow runners who hoiked me back to my feet and off I went. A huge thank you for all the ETL helpers back at the school for providing cloths to clean me up. Apart from that glitch it was a blast and good fun and superb signs and marshaling all the way round, and an extra than you for arrange for the sun to shine.
In short: Evening up the score In full: Driving home, well more aquaplaning, I thought hmmmm two years ago I did the Olympic Version, today I did the well hmmm the Commonwealth Version and so I reckon overall somewhere in between than makes the full "usual" 10km. As ever a wonderful venue, superb organisation and a huge thank you to the marshalls and especially loved the snowman! Dr Rob as ever you are a fiend but thank you for a fun filled start to 2014. Happy New Year to all my fellow runners, the marshalls and to Dr Rob and his family. Date of review: January 1, 2014
In short: Up, up, up, down, down, down and repeat.... In full: While running this race, which is cheekily called undulating by Alan and Nicky, I was reminded of the theme tune to the film Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines with the chorus (and a small tweak or two) the race can be summed up as follows....Those magnificent runners in their flying machines, they go up tiddly up up, they go down tiddly down down. Up, down, running around, looping the loop and defying the ground. They're all frightfully keen, those magnificent runners in their flying machines.
I am no good running downhill in slippery mud but where we hit really boggy parts the squelchy mud as we ran through it did make wonderful slurping noises I have rarely heard since making clay pots at junior school.
To the ETL team thank you for the sunshine, the wonderful marshals and a really good fun morning. A bit like the war we won't mention the brambles. Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: Mud, mud glorious (not!) mud! In full: As with all Trionum events they are over some of the most stunning scenery and very challenging, but what makes them so very special are the people.
First and foremost the marshals who from yesterday I salute, bow down to and am in awe of. All of you cajoled us, asked if we were holding up okay and even a hug or two along the way and lots of great quips and laughs, you kept me going, well that and and sheer bloody mindedness that if I was going to earn my rewards and have a t-shirt with my name on it and a medal and a cap to doff then by golly I was going to make sure I finished!
Rob, I know it took a huge effort to put on the race but as ever you set the standard. A huge thank you to you, your family and band of super troopers who help put and keep the show on the road.
Finally, thank you to the other bedraggled mad fools who were out there with me. For all of you encouraging and smiling. Great team work.
In short: A Toast To Bacchus In full: I did not even have anything stronger than water as I ran round, but I did think that if Bacchus himself was sitting on a fluffy cloud looking down at us all, in our finery and glory he would have thoroughly approved and no doubt laughed and raised a toast to us all! This is one of my all time favourite races for the scenery and varied course. It works for those who really want to race and those who want to meander. The organisation and attention to detail is outstanding. The army of marshals, helpers and supporters thank you for all your smiles and shouts of encouragement. Also a huge whoop of thank you to my fellow runners and to Nicky and Alan and all the ETL team for a truly red letter day. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Hot Hills In full: Brilliant organisation and all went like clockwork. Superb marshals and the extra water stations very welcome. After earlier this year great to be in the Surrey hills without the mud. As Rob said too hot to worry about the time just enjoy the great scenery and camaraderie. Love the t-shirt. Many thanks Alan and Nicky and all at ETL Date of review: July 15, 2013