In short: Well organised, challenging event which takes places over 3 days. In full: Enjoyed my first multi-day event. The £120 entry fee was reasonable value for money considering that covered 3 days support, 2 nights basic accomodation, 2 days meals and breakfasts, supplies and support on all 3 days plus a goody bag including a buff headwear and t-shirt plus hot drinks and cakes at each end of days stops/evenings.
The XNRG crew did a good job of organising the race and ensuring people enjoyed the event.
The race conditions were not easy this year with heavy rain the week before making ground conditions tricky in places but this was all part of the challenge and somewhat expected for a mid-November race.
The banter and chat between competitors both before, after and during the race was great as people shared experiences of the day or different events. The multi-day event gives people a chance to talk to other like minded people who enjoy the challenge of Ultra events.
One real positive note, is that the XNRG team took plenty of pictures during the 3 days which they have kindly hosted on the internet for free for competitors viewing. It's a nice little "extra" when you can actually view/download pictures for free and add them to blogs/send emails to friends/facebook etc without having to fork out some ridiculous price that many other event photography companies charge. So a big thanks to the XNRG team for this extra.
I am likely to run this event again. Date of review: November 15, 2010
In short: Tough race but a great run. In full: The Picnic is a tough race and not for the faint hearted. The first couple of miles are extremely tough with the hills and steps but beyond that the race settles down to a forest type run with more gradual slopes (until you hit the same steps and hills on the way back). Some of the views on the run were fantastic.
The marshalling was excellent (some of the best I have experienced) and the atmosphere/banter between competitors was good.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Date of review: June 27, 2009