In short: Would have been great if it wasn't for the traffic at the end In full: Many things about the race were good: the size and mix of the crowd of runners; the fairly flat countryside roads; the number of toilets; the organisation pre-run; the communication before the day etc.
The main issue I had was traffic, on a supossedly trafic-free race. In the main body of the race about 15 cars passed me, including a convoy of about 7-8 vintage cars. Some of the roads were narrow so I felt forced into the verge to let cars pass.
The last km or so was chaos. There were cards passing in both directions, and there really wasn't space for a runner too. In the final 500m, once in the Hall grounds, there were also pedestrians on both sides of the road, and a couple of times I simply had to stop because there was no way of running through. In the last few 100ms of a race, with a PB just in sight, this was obviously very frustrating, and it felt like an accident waiting to happen. Maybe it didn't affect faster runners, but if a race is not going to be traffic free after a certain time they need to impose a cut-off, or make people aware of this.
As a slower runner, it is also annoying when there are only small Tshirts left by the time I finish a race. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Excellent race, my first marathon and the frequent and well stocked aid stations, good organisation and friendly people made it an ideal first 26.2 In full: Would definitely run again, it was a great first marathon and very well organised. Did get busy towards Putney due to boat races going on but it was only for a short distance and otherwise was an ideal flat and quick route. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: down by the river In full: Nice race along the Thames path, no roads to cross. Bagpiper at the start, aid stations along the way and very well organised. But it can be lonely when the legs give up. A kick up the backside or cheering station about 20miles in would be appreciated. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Excellent, well organised race In full: A great 10k race, well organised and plenty of marshals. A very welcoming atmosphere from a very friendly club. Great support and terrific goody bag. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Great well organised race, nice course In full: First time I've done this and really enjoyed it.Thought it was good value,very efficiently organised and friendly.Loved the inspirational signs at mile 8 and the technical top is certainly quite distinctive! Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Glorious scenery, excellent organisation and killer hills - a great race In full: My 6th time running this race and still my favourite in the calendar. Forget trying to get a PB due to two killer hills but instead just enjoy the wonderful Chilterns scenery through mainly deserted woodland roads. Well marshalled and organised as always and with great support all the way round. I really liked the hoodie this year - makes a nice change from yet another technical tee. Only thing I'd change would be to replace the post run apple with a banana! Fantastic job, thank you Marlow Striders. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Tough hills, great organisation and hoodie In full: Heavy rain was forecast and it was raining at the start. Happily, after the first few minutes the rain stopped and conditions were good. The organisation was really good and the marshalls and helpers manning the drinks stations excellent. However, I think my strongest memory of the run in months to come will be the hills! The run started with 5 miles of gentle uphill which I found OK. The killer hills were at about 7 miles and 10 miles and seemed to go on for ever! Considering the hills, I was very happy with my time. An extra bonus was the good quality hoodie (I was expecting a tee shirt) which in sizes appropriate for women as well as men (I have several v large tee shirts from other runs!). All in all an excellent run and I hope to come back next year. I will probably ache tomorrow but feel great at the moment! Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE - NEVER BOOK WITH PEAK PERFORMANCE EVENTS In full: As above. Avoid at all costs unless you are a magician who can magic up adequate toilet facilities, competent marshals and correct signage, then you might be ok. A good race if you feel like guessing the route halfway round. These chaps have a thoroughly well deserved reputation for putting on terribly organised events. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Great organisation, will def do again In full: First 10k race for me and thoroughly enjoyed it. 3 laps around QE park - some tight turns and a some short runs uphill/downhill but still hit a great time for me...
Excellent goody bag at the end which wasnt expected to be honest.
Will def be doing this again. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Great, tough night time Halloween run In full: Great run with over 1300ft of tough climbs. For us lots of strong winds and horizontal rain to Contend with. Big problem was a ridiculous screw up by one marshal the majority of runners were sent the wrong way down a fire track. The fronts runners probably did an extra few miles because of this, not ideal. We did nearly a mile extra because of this marshal and it kind of ruined the event from a timings perspective. Good tshirt, medal and a toffee apple to go. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Awesome race. Loved it. In full: Helen and David are really friendly and organise an excellent event.
What's to love? A Saturday race Off-road With PB Potential (I knocked 3 minutes off) Easy surfaces in spite of off road Great scenery Good facilities at start/finish Good medal Good refreshments Parking was relatively easy
What's not to like? Couldn't come up with anything. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Great Race. Really friendly and great atmosphere In full: 4 of us did the half, with 2 being first timers and another friend did the full. Great Event, really well organised and loads of goodies at the feed points which is a real bonus. Great Medal, would definitely do another Hermes event. Date of review: November 1, 2014