In short: My word that was quite hard. In full: Another great Trionium race - well done Dr Rob and the team. Bit of an early start, but the temperature was better than last year. The marshals were superb again. The enforced start from the Box Hill fort means it's difficult to get away quickly, but losing a few seconds doesn't cause a problem in this race. Perhaps using the track below the fort as the start would work better? I did miss that superb downhill finish :-(
In short: For Spitfire read Hurricane but Tempest is about right In full: Well done everyone for making this race happen. The weather was pretty bad, but fortunately not quite as bad as forecast. The airfield section was extremely exposed (nice with the wind behind though) although there was plenty of cover along the wooded road sections. Not the most scenic of the RTL runs I've done, but certainly the flatest and fastest. The number of cheerful marshals was incredible given the weather. Think they were kept busy chasing the water cups! Excellent organisation as always, enjoyable even in the weather - except maybe for the finishing straight into the driving rain. :-( Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Absolutely superb, great course, great weather, great organisation In full: First time I've done this one of Dr Rob's races. I have to say it's not as hard as the Munro and maybe not the knacker kracker. But it does have a long, long hill that is the first half of the run then a long downhill on the way back - great for a negative split. Although that last climb back up to the band stand is just vicious. Well done for finding that one! As for the cooked breakfast at the end - that was great! I'll be back!
In short: Hills are friends In full: Wonderful start to the New Year. Organised to perfection - hills (large, five of), mud and damp weather, great marshalls, plenty of water stations, loads of happy spectators cheering everyone on and superb fancy dress (great effort all of you), including one bloke in a skirt getting weird noises out of a cat squeezed under his arm! Finished off by medals, long sleeved tops, carrots, soup and cheese rolls. All round a super event - I shall return! Date of review: January 1, 2015
In short: It's a bit wet in places In full: I've done a fair bit of running around the Mole Hills so I thought I'd stretch myself beyond the half marathon distance. Seemed a good idea, but following a wet week and torrential rain over night that idea didn't look quite so wise. I was amazed that so many teams and individuals turned out. 1 mile in you hit the steps up Box Hill (missing the stepping stones which were under water). After that the rest of the course was a breeze. Loads of great marshalls even in that weather, organisation was great. Didn't get any views though, so back next year to see them! Thanks ETL. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: A great race In full: A real mixture! The start is a long slog up hill to Ranmore on hard paths, then onto the undulating section through muddy, slippery trails. Then a lap round Westcott before sloging back up to the top of Ranmore. That last 200m between the gate and the water point was nasty, just too steep! Then a bit of flat followed by about 1.5 miles downhill to the finish. Great race, great atmosphere, superb views (if you could look!) and the organisation was spot on. As ever the marshals were great. I'll be back. And thanks for organising the weather - dead lucky! ;-) Date of review: October 20, 2013
In short: Superb In full: Wonderrful race; organisation excellent, results posted before we left the venue, the marshalls were very good. Some er, interesting hills especially the one near mile 10! The water stations at every 2 miles were a welcome sight especially in the heat - the sponges were a great touch as was the optional hose down at the finish! Be nice if you arrange for it to be a bit cooler next year, please. But ... why are there 40 badgers on the T-shirt?
Now to enjoy that bottle of Badger beer, thanks for that. :)
In short: Great event but too much climbing to call it a run In full: The second of a series of three. A good event very well organised; the brownies and flapjacks at the end are a great touch. The atmosphere is good and friendly too, certainly not elitist. The only issue is that quite a few of the climbs are so steep and narrow that they can only be walked and it's diffcult to pass anyone. The G3 series is better. Date of review: July 8, 2013
In short: Crazy! Not for the faint hearted. In full: The conditions were awful starting with the car park which was a sheet of black ice. The route was icy, snowy, slushy, muddy, slippery and sandy. Oh and there were a few hills too! And with the early start it was no wonder so many stayed in bed. That said it was a great race the marshalling and organisation was superb. Great atmosphere and camaraderie between the runners too. Well worth the effort, but don't expect a PB!
In short: Varied course and the weather turned out nice! In full: Very friendly, well organised and well marshalled run with a very varied field. Sure there wasn't 400+ runner though. Course had quite a few narrow bits due to the mud and some of the mile markers (thought it was a 10k!) were missing. Very varied under foot too - grass, mud, flint, sand, all sorts. Overall a good and enjoyable morning - and to think I could have had a lay in with breakfast in bed; twas Father's day after all! Ps Hope the cyclist was okay. Date of review: June 17, 2012