In short: Hard work! In full: Beautiful school grounds for the start, and then into the woods for a never-ending switch-back of forest trails - and lots of climbs. Good value. English running at its best! Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: How do they do it? In full: Makes you proud to be British. Superlative organisation: every nuance was thought out, and catered for. (Having said that, I wondered if there might be marshals with buckets of sun-screen, as at some triathlons). Yesterday was not a PB day - if anyone managed it, you did very, very well.
I ran the last 400 metres with my seven year old daughter, Elizabeth. The marshals didn't like it, but it was probably my proudest moment as a runner. I was 24 minutes off last year's PB, but this was better! Date of review: April 23, 2007
In short: Hard as nails In full: Due to the weather conditions, this was the toughest race I've been in. Horizontal driving rain, gale force winds. I foolishly listened to the lady announcer at race HQ who said that it was mild out, and that we wouldn't need too many layers (I think she should keep her opinions to herself next time!), and went out in running vest and shorts, and no gloves. It took an hour to warm up at the end, and on the top of the downs at 9 miles I was certainly beginning on the slippery slope to hypothermia. Foolish boy!
The staggered starts do make for a lack of atmosphere, and a certain chaotic ambience.
However, the inglorious conditions are the icing on the cake for this terrifically tough race. A classic route (plenty of good views) with a few bumps thrown in (I disagree about having to use special shoes - my Asics road shoes sufficed), great organisation, stoic marshals, and a very practical HQ/Cafe make this one of my top three races of all time.
Total respect to the hard men and women who even completed the marathon yesterday. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Beautiful day, fantastic race! In full: Very friendly atmosphere at the start and finish (excellent sound system pumping out funky tunes), lots of old friends and familiar faces, some nice views (if you looked back from the top of the first hill, the view of the hundreds of runners and the Queen's Stand in the sunshine was stunning), an undulating course with difficult surfaces and very very good marshaling, make this a fantastic race - one of my favourites. Well done to Graham (race director), to all his team and to Epsom Oddballs for a brilliant race. Date of review: January 22, 2007
In short: I love this race! In full: My third time. I think the race is another classic. The first mile marker is 'always' early, but I think that they do that to bring runners up a bit short, and make them think to themselves, 'by eck, I must be going too fast, must slow down a bit, save some for the hill.' Very smooth organisation. Strongly reccomended. (I can't understand why it doesn't get a higher rating). Date of review: December 13, 2006
In short: Faultless organisation...an excellent race In full: Perfectly organised, hugely friendly atmosphere, fantastic facilities, nice medal, very fast at the front (what I saw of it), spot prizes (I saw cinema tickets being handed out), and lots of familiar faces. As ever, they managed to organise perfect running weather in this very pleasant part of Surrey.
Some photographs from today's race, route map and other info on the race is now at www.trionium.com (which will become a homepage of sorts for the race...) Date of review: November 12, 2006
In short: A classic race - no doubt In full: However...I was amazed that the roads were not fully closed, particularly from miles 12 to 21 or so. With runners snaking over the road, cars and motorbikes were coming from both directions - it's an accident waiting to happen. At one point at about mile 20, I saw two horses abreast, two cars passing each other and one runner overtaking another. That's six - SIX - abreast on a country road. Madness! I would like to see their risk assessment - just for a laugh. No medal? £8 for a t-shirt? Hmmmm. But, as I said, it's a classic race. Well worth doing, at least once. Date of review: October 30, 2006
In short: Felt like they'd been doing it for years - not bad for only the 2nd time. In full: Very nice atmosphere at the start. The wheelchair racers were in for a shock - the road surfaces were terrible. I doubt if they finished (and if they did, they deserve a week off). Course was very varied, with quite a few inclines (you can't call them hills). Support from the locals was impressive - if slightly bemused, "You're all mad," being a typical comment. I particularly liked the cheerleaders at the University of Warwick. Woo woo! Turning onto the Kenilworth road and seeing the runners stretched out for a mile or so in a dead straight line was a great moment. I also greatly enjoyed the loops at the end - gives you a chance to see who you are running against! The finish was very nicely organised and there was a good crowd to cheer you home. Thank goodness we missed the rain! Well done to the organisers - the race is a credit to the often-maligned city of Coventry. I hope to be back again next year. Date of review: October 23, 2006
In short: Very well organised, glorious day for a winter run In full: Organisation couldn't be faulted - plenty of marshals, reasonable facilities (big queues for the toilets, but that's a given at nearly every race - I found a bush), easy to get to (I ran there), good t-shirt etc etc. Very nice undulating course - like being on a roller coaster at times. Excellent steep little hill coming up to the finish is a nice parthian shot. Feelings about the race might be different on a rainy day..... Well done to the oranisers - race director Grahem was very friendly and amazingly calm! Date of review: January 30, 2006