In short: Almost perfect, but a one hill cock-up In full: Another great Munro (my fourth), although logistics weren't on a par with previous years. On one of the hills, the runners in front of me were wrongly told to turn around at the top of the hill rather than going about half way down before ascending again, knocking the best part of half a mile off. I don't know how many people this affected, but everyone after me did the full route, and they had corrected it for the way back.
As well as the traditional piper, cow bells had been added to help us along the way, and I love the pint glass bag filler at the end. Date of review: June 26, 2016
In short: Another classic Leith Hill Half In full: Sunshine and snow graced the Leith Hill Half this year. This is a great race, smoothly organised and a definite "bucket list" run. It's very tough, but (almost) possible to run the whole way.
Best of all is the sprint down the hill at the end, to be welcomed by a classic Trionium t-shirt, a decent medal and a pint glass that will be well used tonight (strictly for re-hydration purposes of course...). Date of review: March 6, 2016
In short: Tough, even in the sunshine In full: It's a hard race, no doubt. Numbers were fairly low, which meant running by yourself for large sections, but even then it's a great event. Markings on the last hill seemed to have disappeared and quite a few people took a slightly wrong route, but never mind, we got there in the end.
The eco-medal was "interesting" as Dr Rob warned us. My daughter has suggested putting it on the Christmas tree...
Dr Rob seems to have mastered the art of hard runs, but you sure feel good when you finish. Another super Trionium event. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal (one for each hill) In full: A brutal race on a hot day; but for the encouragement of the other runners I would have been a DNF for the first time ever. The sense of achievement finishing beats that of a marathon, and you won't find a prettier last half (downhill) kilometre.
Huge thanks to the marshals, and hats off to the Picnicers for doing it twice.
I keep promising that I'll never do it again, but keep clicking on "Enter" when Dr Rob sends his email around...
In short: Beautiful day, stunning scenery In full: The alternative route was stunning, and I would imagine that the ending is far better than the official route. Was it my GPS, or was it slight under a half though? My watch said 20.8. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: A great challenge if you love hills! In full: Picture postcard scenery in the snow today. Not as hard as the Mid-summer Munro in that you can run all but the steps towards the end. Another great event from Dr Rob. Date of review: March 24, 2013