In short: God Save the Queen ! ... & Long Live the Piper ! In full: Thanks Dr Rob, 2nd time in Knacker Cracker and I know now it will become a tradition. Leith Hill is already becoming a tradition, this year will be my 3rd ... see you at Leith Hill (the Knacker Cracker and then Leith Hill are my two favourite races for starting each New Year. I won't run on road anymore but after Leith I usually revert to more local off road races ... which admittedly tend to be easier in comparison) Date of review: January 3, 2011
In short: I can still hear the bagpipes ! In full: Fantastic Race ! The best thing for me about the entire race was having a piper at the top of the first hill but also again on a hill at around the halfway point. He must have played his heart out ... I could immagine being called on by the pipers of The Highlanders and finding that extra ounce of courage and determination to keep going ... the pipes never stopped as you could hear them from about a quarter of a mile away calling you onward and no doubt every runner from a very spread out field experienced the same ... so a big thank you to the piper.
All the marshalls were superb and very enthusiastic .... thank you ... best marshalling I have ever experienced. Dr McCaffery a big thank you for amazing organisation and attention to detail.
The great thing about this race was the encouragement all runners gave to each other, the only way to experience something similar is to do it again next year !
Loved it all, on the return after dashing down the Chute, just found my legs were not happy, it is often at the bottom of downhill like that, that you wonder why the "engine" seems to have stopped working properly ... and so into the steps the second time and down to the stepping stones I was simply thinking just keep moving. Having the steps to climb back up was the best excuse anyone could have for walking as that is all anyone can do on the steps, but I am not sure I could have run even on the flat at this particular moment in the race. I was however, surprised to find that once I got back up to Mad Major's Grave the downhill back to the Start/Finish became a sprint which just built and built (well it felt like that anyway but at this point everything is relative) .... maybe simply because it would have taken more energy to try and stop gravity any more than was necessary to prevent falling over ! That last downhill stretch to the finish does however leave you on a huge high in time to collect the medal with a big smile on the face ! I was grinning from ear to ear ... I'll be back next year.
Thanks again Dr Rob. Date of review: June 20, 2010