In short: Another Munro bites the dust In full: Ok I was late for the Picnic , so did the a midsummer instead , it was still incredibly hard and despite my fitness levels not up to scratch I managed to throw in a sort of sprint downhill at the end, this was done more to gravity and momentum than my own physical exertion ! Brilliant crowd and superb marshals make this summer half and the marathon an absolute must for anyone who enjoys a real trail challenge. The only marathon with a dedicated bagpipe (Bob) player , well done everyone !! Date of review: June 21, 2014
In short: Wonderful runners , wonderful crowd and support , a wonderful world ! In full: Brilliant event to organise and run and given the feedback we want to make the event even better in 2015, we like to think as how would runners like to not their marathon and so every year we try to improve and build up the whole Richmond Park Marathon experience, because there really is nowhere on a earth like our event ! Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Probably one of Britains Best Half Marathons In full: Thoroughly enjoyable day watching the wife carrying race precede the Leith Hill half, great atmosphere tough running up to Surreys highest point at the scenic Leith Hill tower ! Superb running crowd and very happy and inspiring day in the Surrey Hills !!
In short: Mudfest don't wear a vest ! In full: Wonderful tough boggy slippy marathon, scenary amazing but this event is tough, why make things easy, life is always a challenge and looking back although I didn't smile for 25 miles , finishing felt brilliant and rewarding. Organisation was very very good. Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: A bit pricey for £39 , several LDWA events are much better for £7 In full: There was a late start in the freezing cold , very shoddy marking , marshals not briefed properly and unaware of their location, distance and enthusiasm. I did thank them for being there , which we have to remember they do this for free..
The event needs auto registration by post , many more signs with huge yellow standout directions and mile markers and hire in some enthusiastic marshals to gel the whole event together. The scenary was breathtaking which makes the whole marathon route very special , if somewhat slippy in parts . Perhaps a summer date would be better to host this event ? Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Another one bites the sandust - Greensand Marathon 2011 In full: A fantastic out and back run in Surrey's glorious hills at the best time in autumn - a tough trail run with some of the most dramatic scenary you are like to see in the south of england Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: Another year at Seaford - well done to everyone involved In full: Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who made the marathon so pleasant and friendly - its fantastic when you have really well organised teams to look after you at the different checkpoints asking how you are and clapping you in support. Also - thanks to the crowd of runners to being supportive and making a really tough race quite informal. I challenge any runner who has not done the seaford before to look at K2 mountain/hill climb on mile 15 or so, and not be impressed !!! It was wonderful of the organisers to ask Eddie Kidd along to start the race and hopefully his appearance will help promote and raise more money for his own charity - very humbling to see him there and I could sense he would have loved to compete with everyone out there running today. See you all on my Olympic day off in 2012 !! Gareth - 100 marathon club Date of review: August 21, 2011
In short: The 2011 Picnic - A run you remember for a long time In full: A superb event organised by Dr Rob - 2011 did not let anyone down. Even the pre-race monsoon (15 mins before the start) added to the excitement/danger of taking part in Britain's toughest event - but upon completion the most rewarding race you do every 2 years. The course was fantastically scenic over the amazing Box Hill course , trust me there are steep hills in Surrey - my legs will testify to that. The Picnic marathon started at 2pm and the Midsummer half runners got off at 4pm , there was great runners atmosphere , all names were on the race numbers so we all knew each other - and what was amazing was the uplifting words of support from all the half marathon runners to the Picnic crew , they knew after spending and hour on the course what the huge effort the marathon guys/girls were putting themselves through. I few runners went for an early bath across the stepping stones at the River Mole but at least it cleaned my trainers for another year - wet feet..pah !!!! If you are going to plan to do one race in 2013 make sure you register with Rob on the Trionium site - luckily next year you only have the midsummer half marathon - you'll be running over some of the Olympics cycle course ..but in reality this is so much harder and you don't need to be on Team GB to take part. Hope to see the same faces again at the Knacker Cracker (jan 2012) , Leith Hill half (march 2012) and also the Greensand marathon in October 2011. Finlly thanks to all brilliant marshals including Hannah and team at the killer steps to to the White Hill, the teams who constantly encouraged all the runners in the woods , without your support the race would have been twice as hard - I can still hear the whooo-hoos now !! Great fun yesterday , thanks Gaz Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: Such a great crowd - such a great race In full: What a fantastic event this is every year - the athletes and the marshalls are so friendly and fun - it makes the run itself so much easier knowing you got plenty of support from start to finish ..now all together ...."god save our gracious queen ..!!" Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Winter Tanners is a gem in the running calendar In full: Fiona Cameron and her team need to be applauded for the excellent work they put into the Winter Tanners event - this was a 20/30 mile event - great walkers and runners, everyone was so friendly and helpful and supportive which is what I like about these LDWA events. Its not a race - but what a challenge , and what a feeling of relief and satisfaction when you return to that car park in Leatherhead. The London Marathon Mall finish it may not be - but certainly where you discover the real enjoyment of outdoor running and walking challenges. Bring on the Devil's Punchbowl in February ! Thanks again ! Gareth Date of review: January 11, 2011