In short: A delightful romp in Surrey In full: For a first event the organisation was amazing. All involed in this should be very proud. I found the sandy tracks a real novelty. A fantastic race. Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: A nice run through "posh" Bucks In full: A really nice race this one. Although in mid-summer the shade from the trees is nice. A greta run in at the end. A very nice race/event. Date of review: August 25, 2010
In short: Come prepared or live to regret it In full: How to prepare for the Munro: Do lots of long runs, preferably with the odd mountain or two thrown in. Eat and sleep well and be fully hydrated the week before Plan your day ahead and plan how you will tackle the course. Use your experience gained from The Picnic in 2009 to assess the desired pace for an optimum finishing time. Take plenty of drinks and nutrition during the race. Start slowly and finish strongly. Bask in the reflected glory of another successful run How not to prepare for the Munro: Break a bone in your hand in May making it impossible to run for four weeks. Spend the previous 7 days in The Middle East with daily temperature of +55 degrees Celsius and take six flights in six days. Get little or no sleep. Eat dodgy food for a week. Get no sleep the night before due to stomach ache. Wake up with the “squits” Skip breakfast and lunch as feeling rough. Start falling asleep at the wheel on the M25 on the way to the race, stop, have a double espresso and an almond croissant two hours before the start of the race. Spend 15 minutes in the loo at Rykers with “intestinal disturbance” Start too fast. Take in no water or food on the course. Get cramp in legs and stomach. Finish and fall down shivering uncontrollably at the end. Go home, kick the dog and shout at the children. But, I made it, I enjoyed it, I have already signed up for The Picnic in 2010. These (Trionium) are epic events, and I would not have missed this for the world. Never mind the runners, the organisers and the marshals are the real winners. You guys are the best. See you on the slope on June 18th 2010
In short: A delightful romp over the hills of Surrey In full: Get behind me you demonic and dark satanic hills of Surrey. I have monsters to slay in the murky forests of Dorking under the gloomy shadow of Leith Tower where many a poor traveller has come to an untimely end. Well okay then, maybe not dark and satanic but certainly demonic even though the woods around Dorking are not populated by as many trolls as in Mirkwood (apart from the “marker stealing miscreants” who are clearly sub-human) As a “Picnic” veteran from 2009, I had a feeling of déjà vu as my route took me past the signs for Box Hill Please do not let it be so exquisitely hard? Surely it cannot be so tough? Dr Rob said it did not have many steps as The Picnic and He is an honest upstanding sort of bloke without an ounce of malice, isn’t he? He was right. The Greensand does not have nearly as many steps as The Picnic, although the small flight at about mile 25 nearly “dun me in”. He was also right in that this is a tough event, and that makes it the more rewarding. The weather was amazing and the scenery spectacular. Lots of support even though it is off road. The organisation was great and I commend the marshals who must have been quite lonely at times. A great mix of abilities from first-timers, to tri-athletes, to very good club runners, to 100M runners and all the rest in between. If anyone is thinking about doing an off road race, they should look no further than this. A great running shirt, running back pack and a real proper medal., and if that was not enough, a full English breakfast– what a way to replace the burned calories.. I will be back, trolls and all.
In short: Nice road race In full: Excellent organisation. parts of the course were a bit dull but the support from the crowds was great. I did wonder where we were going at the end before the finish on the running track. I did not enjoy the weaving in and out of the shoppers in Abingdon around mile 23/24. Date of review: October 20, 2009
In short: Bonkers, totally bonkers. One for your "Bucket List. In full: Up the first hill. Easy, easy. Down the steps to the river. Easy, easy. Up the steps from the river. Holly crap what have I let myself in for? And so it goes. Up, down, up, down, up, down, fall over, up, down, cramp, fall over, up down, up down. Are we there yet? Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Roll on 2011. Forget London. This is a proper marathon. Date of review: June 22, 2009