A full marathon with heigh gain/loss of 6000 feet


These are your final instructions for the Picnic marathon on Saturday, 25 June, starting at 8am at the Old Fort, at the top of Box Hill (KT20 7LB).

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WARNING! This race is incredibly tough, the toughest in Britain. Take it easy!

Top tip: run the slopes, walk the stairs.

Pace yourselves - leave some for the second half.

WARNING: This race will exacerbate any pre-existing injury, and is likely to leave you hobbling for days or weeks afterwards. People have been known to retire from running immediately after this race. At the very least, take the rest of the summer off!

There is a cut-off time of three half hours (11am) to reach the half way point (the return to the Old Fort), and 5 hours to reach the 3/4 way point. You may decide at the half way point to 'just' do the half (no shame in that, the Midsummer Munro is Britain's hardest half), in which case you would receive the medal for the Munro and the t-shirt for the Picnic - your name is on it, after all.... your total elapsed time, in many ways, is immaterial: Just to finish is to triumph.

If you can't run - please marshal!

Many marshals are needed to bring the race to a successful conclusion. If, for any reason, you can't run, please consider marshaling - it's the next best thing to running (actually, possibly better!). If you have relatives or friends coming to support you, they can take part as well. Please contact me direct at rob@trionium.com.

Much more information, including the course maps and description, how to get there and spectator information, is on the race web site, at http://www.trionium.com/picnic

Please arrive at the race start (at the Old Fort, at the TOP of Box Hill) at least 40 minutes before your race start, to collect your race number (you do not need to bring any paperwork - just yourself).

When parking, please pack yourselves in a bit - don't leave too much space between cars (a request from the National Trust) - thank you.

There are toilets around the corner from the race start, but do yourself a favour and go before you come (if you can).

There are no changing facilities at the race start. We will have an area where you can drop your bag - don't leave anything of particular value in there. You can drop your car keys with us when you collect your race number.

The Picnic Marathon starts at 8am - sharp.

Please run on the left at all times. Since this is an out-and-back course, you will be passing a lot of other runners going the other way (even if you are in the lead, or last). PLEASE give all runners maximum encouragement - you are all in this crazy race together. Headphones are banned for this very reason - do us all a favour - don't run in a bubble!

Ordinary trainers are perfectly good enough to complete this race - studs and spikes are banned (and aren't necessary anyway).

Keep to the pathways at all time. Please desist from spitting - or at the very least, make sure it is well away from other runners!

Watch where you put your feet: the tracks we are using are uneven. Twisted ankles, tumbles and cuts are not unknown. In case of any accident or emergency, the next marshal should be within 1km of you (either in front or behind), so send a runner to get help. The race medical service provider is the St. John Ambulance Service. In any emergency, marshals will call through to a central number, and we will organise assistance.

There are water stations every 2 miles or so. There will be sweets and things at the water stations. You do not need a Camelbak or similar - do yourself a favour and leave it at home!

Please do not litter the course - drop cups, gel packets (including the top of the gel packets) etc only at the water stations - thanks! (Every year we find empty gels littering the course - please don't do it!)

The course will be marked with tape, signs, paint and marshals. Keep your wits about you and you'll get around fine. If you want a time at the end, show us your running number. No visible number, no time!

Remember to smile. And please thanks our marshals - the best in the world!

There will be a free picnic at the end for all participants, including the traditional Trionium carrots.

Results, video and photos will be up on the web site after the race, probably on Sunday evening.

Good luck with the race - I hope you have a great day!

Rob, race director