In short: A fantastic event (no racing for me) in which to test yourself against the elements! In full: The weather might have been a touch damp (we've all seen worse) and underfoot it was a bit on the muddy side but it just adds to the sense of theatre that an event like this already holds. If we weren't all a bit nuts we wouldn't be there in the first place.
As with all Trionium events the organisation was excellent & the marshals somehow managed to keep smiling through the wet & the cold. I have a new found appreciation for soggy jaffa cakes & their ability to retain structure in even the wettest of scenarios.
The only oddity was that I found people needed to be reminded that we all do this for fun! A few more smiles in the rain from fellow competitors would have made it even better but I don't mind being the cheery chap on the course. I'm never going to win one of these but I sure as hell do enjoy doing them, whatever the conditions! Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Fantastic race. Fast and pretty flat course with a good mixed field. Will be back next year. In full: Really nice race with a good mix of abilities & good varied terrain underfoot. Little bit quiet out on the course but some encouragement as runners passed in opposite directions for the out & back course. Good PB potential if you're a trail runner. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: A fantastic marathon but maybe not the wisest debut choice! In full: I picked the Bewl Water Marathon as my debut because I'm not a fan of big city, high numbers of runners events & I thought that the two lap format would be useful heading into the final miles. In hindsight it might not have been the most sensible decision but you can't fault the organisation, the course or the other runners. A reasonable amount of chat from everyone all the way round, plenty of encouragement from the marshals, excellent scenery & a downhill finish (always nice) made for a fantastic first experience.
Despite my background of trail running the course was a bit more challenging than I'd anticipated, that final big hill was a killer at 24 miles, but the HUGE medal and cracking T-Shirt made the final effort worth it. Even inspired me to muster a sprint finish!
I'd certainly run it again (although perhaps not next year) but for anyone planning to do it the only advice I'd give is that you need to be prepared to run a lot of the course on your own as numbers are limited & given the nature of the course the support away from the start/finish line tends to be quite thin! Date of review: May 7, 2013
In short: A fantastic event just like the whole Trionium Series. Tough enough to make you work for it but achievable & you'll be glowing with pride at the end In full: A fantastic run this year. The snow, the cold, this could have been mid-winter but it all added to a fantastic event. The knee deep puddles (for those that failed to avoid them) added a new dimension but the hills as always kept it interesting, both up & down. A hearty congratulations to everyone who got up and ran it, regardless of time. As the T-Shirt says, it was 'Tough Enough'. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: A tough series of hills but highly rewarding at the finish. One to remember for the views & not the pain! In full: Excellent organisation as always for an ETL race. Would certainly do it again & they even organised some amazing weather (even if it was a bit damp underfoot). Date of review: November 25, 2012
In short: Fantastic as always & a pleasure to run every year In full: As always a cracking race was put on by Leatherhead Firestation. Same route as ever but it's nice to revisit the same ground, you know what's coming! A thumping PB this year & the weather was truly glorious to boot. Roll on the same in 2013. Date of review: November 11, 2012