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
In short: Triumphant at Trionium In full: A huge thank you to all my fellow runners, marshalls, supporters and of course Dr Rob and his amazingly supportive family. True Midsmmer Madness but everyone is so friendly you cannot help feeling so happy. As usual Trionium sets the bar high for the friendliest, best organised races and best rewarding goodies. Look forward to my next Trionium outing in the Surrey Hills. Date of review: June 23, 2013
In short: Running In A Christmas Card...err but isn't it nearly Easter! In full: As we were running up and the branches of the trees glistened with snow someone made the comment they thought they had just stepped into Narnia. Although my fingers were frozen and painful despite gloves, with hand warmers inside, the beautiful scenery and wonderful camaraderie with the rest of my fellow runners, and the marshalls lifted your spirits away from the mud, wind and cold. As ever with Trionium events they are tough, and gruelling but about the best in the business for making you smile and have fun despite Dr Rob being a fiend in finding he hardest routes in Surrey. A huge thank you to the marshalls for your support and encouragement and Dr Rob's band of merry helpers who make it all happen very much appreciated you are the real heroes standing around in the cold and wind. Dr Rob as ever a big thank you and look forward to seeing you on Box Hill in June and the steps of doom!! Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: Watersplash Finale In full: If there is a competition for the muddiest race in the Surrey Hills for 2013 then RTL have certainly put a strong bid in early in the year. Crikey that was a toughie and a PW to boot! Talking of boots did like the finale of a boot wash, shame I could not feel my feet afterwards - boy was that water cold. Thanks for a splendid morning's romp. Well done to Alan, Nicky and wonderfully cheery marshalls, greatly appreciate all the hard work - you are a great team and I will look forward to future ETL events Date of review: February 4, 2013