In short: Dr. Rob creates another classic race In full: Aside from a marshal directing most of the field the wrong way near the turn around point the organisation was, as usual, very good. The fine weather meant for perfect running conditions but be advised trail shoes are mandatory on this course with aggressive grip required if the conditions are worse next year. All in all a great race. Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: Another Trionium Triumph In full: Dr Rob does it again. Another well organised tough trail race through great countryside and in excellent conditions. A regular event in my race calendar. Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Simply put; The Picnic is the best race in Britain In full: Another stunning race organised by Dr Rob.
This was the second time running this event for me and I managed to knock nearly 40 minutes off my previous time. The Picnic is literally as hard as nails but the 'out and back' (twice!) format helps immensely as you get to encourage (and be encouraged by) the rest of the field. This coupled by the bespoke medal, t-shirt, novelty gift (this time a colour changing mug) and post race picnic make it value for money.
A special mention has to go out to the marshals who are amongst the most encouraging and friendly in any race I've ever run, especially the guy at the top of the Eiger steps, thanks for the kind words.
In conclusion this is one race I'll be back for every year it's run!
In short: Good first time event In full: Excellent value for money. The one significant thing that would improve this race would be chip timing, definitely worth another £2 or so on the very reasonable entry fee. Date of review: May 24, 2011
In short: Dr. Rob does it again In full: Another must-do marathon for the race calendar. Nowhere near as tough as The Picnic but it's still a challenging course with great views. Organisation exceeded expectations for a new marathon, other race organisers could learn from this. Date of review: October 28, 2009
In short: Insanely tough but an amazing race! In full: Every runner worth their salt should attempt this race, or its shorter sibling (The Midsummer Munro) at least once in their careers. It is simply the toughest event of this distance I have ever experienced but surprisingly one of the most enjoyable too.
The organisation (apart from a minor course marking error), marshalling and the post race goodies and food were fantastic as was the camaraderie from the fellow runners.
There's not many races like this around, I wish there were more. I'll be back in 2011 to do it all again. Date of review: June 22, 2009
In short: Good race, could be great... In full: This is the second year I've run this race and am happy to say that the organisation was better than last year. That's not to say that this year was seamless; there were half a dozen places that needed to be waymarked better and at least another couple of marshals at tricky points along the route would have been appreciated.
Other than these somewhat minor gripes this is a great race that deserves more attention. This race will definitely be in my race calendar again next year. Date of review: May 6, 2009
In short: Another great 'Orror In full: Congratulations to Chepstow Harriers for another fantastic race. This is one of the most challenging and beautiful races of this distance in the country. As usual the organisation was great. The only thing that needed improvement (in my opinion) was the pre-race briefing which was conducted without gaining the attention of the assembled field. Date of review: April 20, 2009