In short: Love it!!! Forget VLM, this is the must-do race for any runner! (Warning: it's addictive) In full: Where to start?! An ansolutely fabulous event, which never fails to outdo the previous year's event. The organisation and attention to detail are beyond any given to any other race. Online entry is easy, transfers are free adm welcomed so that the places don't go to wasted, every query is answered almost instantaneously and the fantastic, friendly organisers go above and beyond in every aspect to make this event top of the list every year :-) The course itself is unique, being 20 laps, it means everyone sees everyone, the social aspect chat on the course is infectiously giddy and from a spectating point of view, it's truly perfect! It's pretty quick too, but it's not about the times! The intimate but bonkers and welcoming crowd are always incredibly enthusiastic, the annual theme (of something daft), wearing silly hats, building mid race props etc etc.....adds another inclusive element which anyone and everyone can join in with. Professional race photos by photographers as bonkers of the runners are included in the race entry fee and are the best from any race in the world, no stupidly expensive naff quality race photos here!! There are showers, cafe, tons of loos, water stations with tons of moving water station marshalls, tireless volunteers who are awesome year after year. Oh and for the bling hunters....bling, bling and bling galore!! The goody bags are built by runners, with actually proper, perfectly designed USEFUL stuff in...no powdered magic porridge dust or whatever it is we're normally landed with. The bespoke vests are truly unique, so much thought and detail goes into every step of the organisation for the whole year before....oh and beer!! Two years in a row, we've had a cracking bottle of beer given courtesy of brilliant sponsors at the end.... Enough waffle, just run it, it's flippin ace!!!!! Have you entered yet? Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: A must-do race In full: Where do I start? First, you get to pick your race number and how your name appears on the race number. Loads of pre-race e-mails, fun and informative. On the day - race registration was like clockwork (so it should be, seeing it was manned by 100 Marathon Club members!). Pre-race facilities - free car park (a contributiuon to the race charity was encouraged), a buzzing cafe, loads of cover in case of adverse weather, toilets, cliff bar tasters and general banter with everyone. The race had a buzz about it, which was actively encouraged by the organisers. Now the for race itself. 21 laps sounds like hell, but it actually added to the fun. 42 x water stops (either side of the track so you didn't have to cross other runners), 21 x toilet stops, and unlimited fun from the wonderful marshalls and supporters along the way. Having names on our numbers meant there was no lack of name calling (in an encouraging way), and with Matt running the reverse route this just added to the encouragement. Plenty of space to put up tables for race refreshments. I loved seeing the families on the course with picnics laid out, enjoying a fun day out. Lovely smooth tarmac - a couple of small undulations - which suits me as I hate 'flat'. Post race - what can I say about the medal that hasn't been said? A massive medal, its own 'bling sack', a snazzy buff and crisps/Cliff recovery bar. Will I do it again? The massive smile on my (free) race photo says it all! And last, but not least, all marshalls were so encouragins and fun (laps enabled rapport to be built up) but the fantastic curly-haired girl in the striped top on the bridge deserves a medal - she was AWESOME, never stopped dancing around, shouting out our names (and she was still going strong when I finished). I don't know who you are, but thank you. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Life Changer In full: KRR was my First ever marathon in 2014 and my experience then encouraged me to make KRR 2016 my 40th marathon ?? I recommend anyone contemplating marathon distance to give this event a go - it will change your life!! Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Beautiful route along the Thams In full: Small but well organised 10k from Marlow to Hurley and back. Very scenic and flat, it is an excellent event for both a running newbie or an experienced runner. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Regret not doing previously In full: Lovely run by and over the river with grassy stretches but mainly it's run on paths. It definitely is one for beginners as it's not too large. Marlow has another, much larger running event in May, but the course is so dull. This is very different. Personally, I hope the FM run does not get too big as the friendly atmosphere is a great asset. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: A great new event that will easily find its place in the race calendar. In full: Hard to believe this was the first running of the event. It already feels like a well established fixture. Excellent organisation and great atmosphere. Congratulations to the whole team. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: The best just got better In full: I've been fortunate to run this race five years consecutively. I don't know how the race organisers do it, but every year it just gets better and better. There is no friendlier race around. Whether a racing snake, a mid-pack or back of the pack runner this event is for you. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: The most awesome runners and supporters anywhere In full: I ran this in 2014, and was a volunteer last year. On both occasions I had an absolute blast. This year was better, if that's possible. The organisation is second to none, the marshals are the most supportive, encouraging and engaging I've ever come across, and the supporters - well, you have to be there to understand what a phenomenal group they are. There is nothing - nothing- that I don't like about this race. Including Tourette's Hill. The best marathon around for atmosphere and inclusivity. I urge any new runners to give this a go. It's awesome. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Will be back!! In full: For first time event was awesome! Couple of learning things such as first metal gate in woods should have had marshall and small bottle water stations are the way to go. Other than that fantastic marshalls, well run event. Deserve pat on back to all who helped organise. Seeya next year Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Really well organised and friendly. Good clubhouse base with plenty of room and parking with all usual required amenities. Toilet facilities a bit small in number. Route was great a reasonably challenging - Easy to navigate Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: A great first race. But a few comments for next year! In full: The Brilliant - The atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the marshalls. The Good - If you could catch your breath, there was some great scenery. Good to see timing chips from the outset. The Bad - That main road underpass transition was a bit messy! I very nearly went the wrong way! The Ugly - I don't think it was 13 miles :-( My GPS watch may have been out, but not by 0.4 of a mile!
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this race. It was crisp organisation with a prompt start. The number of times the start has draaaaaaagged on because we have to sit through announcements and "warm-ups" when we just want to get started. Nice work there.
I genuinely feel this is one of the best half-marathons I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of. There were a couple of points where I was completely on my own and had to ask some dog-walkers if they'd seen runners ahead! I'm guessing I might be in the minority in that regard though. But a few more signs in places with no marshals would be appreciated.
Also, sort the website out! It's a bit fiddly to find the results. Well worth having a note on the page afterwards with a link.
Otherwise, brilliant! Nice work guys. I very much look forward to next year. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: My first KRR and 3rd marathon . What can I say other than WOW!!! This event is superbly organised with meticulous attention to detail. I'm into running for the people I meet along the way as much as the running itself and this race is a cracker !! In full: Pre - race online banter meant I felt like I knew my cello racers before I even got there!! Great build up by the organisers week by week - and THE BEST BLING I have ever seen !! It's not flat and not easy and the temperatures on Saturday meant I boardered on heat stroke from about 18 miles so had to walk quite a bit . It has runners of all abilities and the great thing is that slower runners are running with faster runners at all pints ( apart from when the speedsters have finished - but then they support us sloggers and were showing us glimpses of the medal we were about to win to keep us going !!) I was very wary of a lapped race. It it has loads to recommend it - personal race stations where you could leave grow etc or in our case the magnum of Prosecco !! Great for pacing and support. Coloured bands to discard to help counting . When u finish - showers and sports massage at bargain price !! There are no negatives here .... Good God .... I think I may be talking myself into entering again next year ......!!! Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Fantastically organized, well supported, friendly, multilap marathon In full: This is one of the best run events I've seen - it's got the air of an event that's been organized by people who love running for people who love running. For example, the professional race photographs are bundled into the entry fee, the bling is giant, and the goodie bag contains things you want rather than junk the sponser wants to get rid of.
In short: Stunning event just do it! In full: More undulating than expected, lovely event though and it's great not to be on my own for most of the second half which has to be the biggest benefit of the lapped layout. Or it could be a loo every 5 minutes or the ample aid stations with their water, electrolyte and shot bloks. The supporters were awesome especially the reverse runner and the curly haired girl on the bridge! The bling is outstanding, professional photos included, beer, buff, and a warm glow. Partly due to my lack of sun screen! I can't wait for the Coyote, this event is truly one to remember, I cannot recommend it enough. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Superbly organized marathon which becomes a beaming smile factiory! In full: Returning this year after having a brilliant time in 2015 this year's race managed to exceed the pre-race hype yet again. Every detail is thought through to make the runner's experience as hassle free as possible. All facilities are just yards away - toilets, cafe, showers, car parking. Being a 21 lap course you get loads of everything - 42 potential loo stops, 21 drink stations (42 if you bring your own too), lots of enthusiastic support in each and every mile, lots of official race photos (which are all free), oodles of camaraderie from the other 400+ runners on course plus relentless encouragement from Matt Lane running the course in reverse to act as an 'early warning system' for any runners needing assistance. The event is run in an atmosphere that is designed to create lasting memories and it certainly manages to do that. At the same time though it is still a potentially very quick course, undulating but because of the sweeping corners and wide smooth tarmac it is a course that allows an uninterrupted rhythm to be maintained. If Carlsberg did Race Directors, Ian J Berry and Sandra Bowers would be a decent brew :) Date of review: May 30, 2016