In short: Winter Wonderland In full: After a thoroughly enjoyable New Years Day Knacker Cracker 10k, I couldn't wait to try out another Trionium event. I chose this event as part of my Comrades Marathon 'up run' training.
Even the weather could not dampen this event. It was, quite simply, awesome from start to finish. Date of review: March 26, 2013
In short: A few changes from previous years has changed my opinion in a good way! In full: I took part in this event for the first time in 2011 as part of my spring marathon training. I can't say I was overly inspired to take part again, but as the main reason was beyond the organiser's control (bleak weather), I was tempted to give it another go. And I'm so glad I did...
Pre-race number collection was effortless, and this time, the collection point was stationed on the tarmac (as opposed to water-logged grass in 2011 from memory, which did little to inspire my frozen feet to move). An emergency visit to a rather lengthy toilet queue with 5 mins to go was no trouble at all - plenty facilities meant I was in, out & at the race start with 2 minutes to spare.
The first nearly 3 miles is all run on the race track before disappearing into the Surrey countryside. It is here that the mild undulations start but they are nothing to be concerned about. As much as there are uphills (maybe 4/5 in total for each 10 mile lap), there are some great downhills too. And the marshalls are really good at shouting words of encouragement along the way.
This was the first time I'd raced a 20 miler & managed to take 15 mins off my time, so a PB for me :) Whilst not pancake flat, I personally enjoy the variation the course has to offer & would say this has good PB potential.
A great finishing touch to the race was being greeted by the race organiser with a handshake & the words 'Well done, did you enjoy it?'. 'Absolutely' was my response.
A great big shiny medal, refreshments & chocolates on offer. A group of us gathered afterwards in one of the hangers where a selection of tea, coffee, bacon rolls & running gear was available. A great way to wind down after a race. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: The rave reviews did not disappoint. In full: From start to finish, I could not fault the organisers of this event.
PRE-Race: The 'Runners Village' was located within a 5 minute walk from the train station - there were 'park & ride' options for those using public parking facilities outside the town centre. Excellent signage. An abundance of toilet facilities meant that although the queues looked dreadful, they moved pretty quickly.
RACE: This will probably be the fastest half I'll ever run. Flat as a pancake, with only a few mild undulations & plenty crowd support to get you through to the end. There were plenty runners & walkers alike, so I'd encourage anyone to take part. Fantastic goody bag (t-shirt, at least 3 health/ choc bars, running mag, some first aid goodies which I'll be saving for London Marathon next month).
POST-RACE Baggage storage facilities were well-organised. I managed to collect mine at the end of the race within seconds of arriving at the collection tent. Straight after, I made a £5 donation to the Lifeguards charity & was treated to a lovely leg massage.
All in all, one of my favourite halves to date! Date of review: March 8, 2011