Events & Attraction Reviews

Hi! And welcome to the Trek and Run Review page of Events we’ve taken part in and Attractions we’ve visited. When you’re ready to go back to the main site, click here – www.trekandrun.com But before then, please browse the categories on the right of the page to see the events and attractions as reviewed by us and our readers. If you’d like to see your own review on these pages then email your report, together with a few low resolution photos, to dave@trekandrun.com

Challenge Billund-Herning (Demark) Middle Distance Triathlon – 12th Jun 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Helly Hansen Oakley & Secret Training Part 1: By Dave Sherman The Challenge Denmark Middle Distance Triathlon took place on 12th June 2016 involving a 1.2 mile swim in Furslang Lake in Herning, followed by a 56 mile cycle from Herning to Billund, and finally a 13.1 mile (Half Marathon) run around the Lalandia resort and downtown Billund. This event was to be my third Middle Distance triathlon event but my first Challenge event and my first visit to Denmark,…

The North Face Endurance Challenge – Ontario, Canada – 16th July 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Brooks Running & Helly Hansen All photographs, unless otherwise stated, by Ken Schuh and Kent Keeler of Ultra Race Photos First, to give you a firm idea of the event, here’s a short video Dave and Virgil shot as they took part. Three of our team took on the 50 mile race at this event, and one of us ran the 50km. Here’s what we thought of the day. Tim (Tim ran the 50 miler) - For an out of…

The Toronto 50k+ – 16th June, 2016

The Toronto 50k+ was supported by Lush Cosmetics, Salba Chia, Fresh Restaurants and Genuine Health In the autumn of 2015 I saw a film of the Barkley Marathon, and loved it. The idea that there were still some people around who wanted to organise a very difficult race that didn’t try to pander to modern ways of experiencing a running event really inspired me. The Barkley race began in 1995 and since then only 14 runners have completed the course, which is a 32 km unmarked loop that runners have to…

The Spartan Super, Toronto – 3rd July 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Brooks Running & Helly Hansen First, to give you a firm idea of the event, here’s a short video we shot as we took part. The Trek and Run team was supposed to take part in the Spartan Sprint on Saturday 2nd July and the Spartan Super the following day, but due to some transportation issues (our 4th team member, and our driver on the Saturday, got told that if he dared go out to one more race he’d…

On Improving Running Performance

I’ve done pretty good in my running this year. The first 6 events I took part in, in wildly varying weather and underfoot conditions, resulted in me beating my personal bests over 4 distances and gaining my first ever 1st place at a 10km race whilst the last event, a 50 mile mountain trail event that was meant to be just a bit of fun, delivered an age group podium finish. This short article tries to explain the reasons for this relative success. Here are a few finish line selfies to…

CRS Toronto Waterfront 10 – 25th June 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Brooks Running & Helly Hansen This race, new on the Canada Running Series roster for 2016, is more or less flat and takes in some of the cities finest sites, including the CN Tower, the wide boulevard of University, the ornate Exhibition Grounds front gate and the lakefront. Here’s what our team thought of the event. 1/ Tell us about the pre race experience. Tim – The race pack pickup was a bit of a mixed bag (so to…

Nuffield Health Eton Sprints Triathlon – 22nd May 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Helly Hansen Oakley & Decathlon Photos by www.sportcam.net, Dave Sherman and Laura Kimberley  Without question, Dorney Lake is one of my favourite venues for triathlon events. The water is clear (well… as clear as open water can be) allowing you to follow the underwater rope holding the buoys in place (thereby making sighting incredibly easy), the cycle involves simple laps following a reasonably flat path around the outside of the lake, and the run section involves 1 or 2 laps of a flat out-and-back alongside the lake almost guaranteeing a fast finish. The venue itself also offers an indoor…

The Purple Patch Stockley Park 10K – 15th May 2016

By Laura Kimberley and Katrina Urban  The Purple Patch running website boasted ‘A hidden jewel, nestled amidst the M4, M40 & M25, yet a million miles away from the concrete jungle – a real metropolitan oasis.’ I was really excited about this run because nothing makes me happier than exploring new places and this location had really been talked up by the Purple Patch team. I was very nearly down a running buddy because my planned companion Nicola had to work, but thankfully my friend Kat offered to run in her place. I was looking forward to this as…

Challenge Fuerteventura Half Iron Triathlon – 23rd April 2016

By Lee O’Sullivan and David Sampayo  The build up to our Half Iron distance triathlon was soon upon us and all the winter training was hopefully going to pay off for a great race for the start of the season, and our very first half iron triathlon in sunnier climates. Booked 6 months previously, we planned out our trip. We’d booked Ryanair flights well in advance and achieved pretty reasonable flights at around £150 return per person including luggage which I thought was reasonable for a 4 hr flight. We also pre-booked our double room at the Hotel of the La Playitas resort which was…

Milton Keynes Marathon and Half Marathon – 2nd May 2016

Salba Chia  Scimitar Sports & Helly Hansen Part 1 - By Dave Sherman  Celebrating its 50th birthday next year and referred to by many as ‘Britain’s newest town’ but by others as ‘the concrete jungle’, Milton Keynes (or MK, as the town is commonly referred to) was born out of a government effort to relieve London’s housing congestion, planned to be equidistant from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge, and formed from an area which was predominantly farmland and undeveloped villages into the grid of dual carriageways and roundabouts we know today. However if you look beyond the concrete, you’re left with a huge network of paths for cyclists, runners and walkers known as…