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
In short: Oh what a sense of achievment! In full: Someone said that when walking/running in thick mud think of it like chocolate cake and then it seems much nicer! Not sure I can quite buy into that one but it was a distracting thought as us band of merry (and despite the terrain and weather we were a merry lot)sloshed and slurped and slipped through the mud, hills, tree roots and anything else the Surrey Hills could throw at us. We battled forth and won! Oh it hurt, oh it was fun and coming through the finishing straight to the whoops and clapping was one of those truly wonderful moments. Thank you as ever to Dr Rob and the wonderful Trionium marshals and team. The sheer zeal and the atmosphere you always garner at all your races and then the goodies at the end make your races the best and stand out from the rest. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you all on the Surrey Hills again. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: Smiling on a Soggy Sunday In full: Great organisation and fab course. Best marshalls in the business and a great trail 10km. Wonderful camaraderie with the other runners, supporters and marshalls. One of my fav races of the year and even with the cold and rain put a smile on my face. As ever love the little fun extras you get with Dr Rob's races. Many thanks to Dr Rob and all his team, very much appreciated. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: ETL's Finest Yet! In full: In 2010 I did this race and it was a much smaller but still a fun race. Last year I did the Marathon du Medoc from which the idea of the Bacchus/Denbies race comes from and that was one of my all time fav races but this year at the Bacchus ETL ramped it up into a fun fiesta and the Medoc had better watch out! I had a blast in the sun - slick organisation, great fun marshalls, wonderful scenery and a great medal. I too like the touch of Alan shaking our hands as we finished and everyone in their costumes shone brightly in the sun. The camaraderie with the runners, marshalls and supporters spurred us all on over the hills, and the strongest beverage to pass my lips was good old water. I am still smiling and I will look forward to doing it all over again. Thank you to Alan, Nicky and all their team. Date of review: September 10, 2012