In short: challenging second half but support and views made up for it In full: First half was as expected - similar to the Bristol Half - but then the hills kicked in! Extremely challenging but the views from the Kelston Road were stunning, and the support around the whole course was amazing. My first marathon - and what a fabulous one to start off with. Well done Bristol and Bath! Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Hilly - but nowhere as hilly as the very scary profile picture suggests In full: great marshals - very encouraging the scenery that was visible through the fog was beautiful & on a clear day it would have been a very pretty course needs more portaloos at the start thank you Marlow Stridders for a great day Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Most hilly road HM I've done...perhaps In full: First time for on this one. Wow, was it hilly. Tough climbs start after quarter mile and go on and on! You can't get any joy from the downhills as they are too darned steep! The first half of this half is incredibly challenging; I ran the notoriously hilly Basingstoke half a few weeks ago but Marlow puts that course to flat shame! Fortunately the second half of the course is a bit kinder. I'm not complaining - I loved it but it's hard. Race HQ all seemed good to me. I entered on the day with no issues. Start was quite narrow and a bit slow but to be honest with those impending hills who really cares? Course is rural and would be very scenic if not for the fog on the day. Support therefore sparse but enthusiastic. Numerous supportive marshals along the entire route. Happy to receive my spot prize at the end and rest my legs. Will be back next year to improve on my dreadful time by conserving some energy for the second half.
Good work Marlow Striders. Thanks.
(PS to the marshal with the stop/go sign who took umbrage when I said "thank you Mr Lollipop man", I'm sorry as it was supposed to be light-hearted and no offence intended) Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Looking for an Autmun HM, look no further!!! In full: My third time running this event, and it is a highlight on my running calendar. A fabulously local HM from the friendly marshals to the organisation it's a great event. Scenery through Clumber park during autumn is great, and just when you are flagging at mile 8 there are the humourous signs for half a mile that will be sure to life your spirits. I've ran the course faster with each attempt, so it does have PB potential!!!!! Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Great local race In full: One of my favourite races in the annual calendar, well organised friendly and just the right side of challenging. I have yet to be able to eat a samosa after the race, but the beer went down very well indeed! Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: The tough just got tougher In full: New route this year, mostly the same course, but the middle section was harder than the old course. Lots of us were grumbling, groaning and puffing our way up through the hamlets and country lanes. Scenic, but painful. Good downhill finish though. Bag Drop was chaos and where has the Long Sleeved T-shirt or the Hoodie (last yr only) gone? Start too a while to get going, but was nice to run up Marlow High Street for a change of scenery. I'll be back next year to try to better my time. Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Last run this race 7yrs ago and it is much better In full: Somehow managed a PB on this crazy hilly course. That might be swaying my ratings, but it was a great day, the course goes through some lovely places, and the whole thing was friendly and organised well. Tons of friendly marshalls and supporters and easy to get in and out of Marlow. Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Epic!! In full: Thought I had bitten off more than I could chew running Snowdonia as my first marathon. However the atmosphere, the scenery, my friends and family and the camaraderie of the other runners got me round. If you like running in the rain, this one is for you Date of review: November 1, 2015
In short: Spooktacular night time trail run! Super welcoming field, great support, fancy dress AND loads of treats - what more could you want? In full: I'd been fancying a Halloween run & this one looked great as it was in the dark, trail & fancy dress was encouraged. My first night time trail race (also my first dressed as a werewolf), the course was clearly marked by glow sticks & pumpkins. You need at least a good headtorch as it was VERY dark which added to the atmosphere. The field was small but super friendly, a mix of those speeding around & others taking their time to enjoy the fancy dress fun. The support was great, especially as it was a dark night. The amount of treats available at the aid station was impressive & the looping course gave everyone several chances to sample the numerous delights. The medal's a smart spooky addition to my collection.
We arrived late due to traffic in London but the super organisers let us race & even made arrangements for us to do the first short loop at the end so that we covered the distance.
A bit tricky to fit it in the RW ratings, I gave a 4 for scenery a I couldn't see much & 4 for beginner-friendliness as the dark trail could be a bit tricky for nervous first timers but is definitely do-able with a good torch. This was the first time this event was run, I hope that it happens next year as I'd definitely do it again & would wholeheartedly recommend it. Date of review: November 1, 2015
In short: Much better than I expected In full: This run seemed well organised with marshalls everywhere. The course takes you through quite a bit of parkland as well as wide cycle lanes and footpaths. The weather was fantastic, which helped today but the route was pleasant. Water stations quite frequent. Tech shirt at the end was a plus. Finishing on the track is nice but I don't really understand why we couldn't start on the track too to spread people out in the first quarter mile. Parking is off site and the bus collection was a bit slow. If the weather had been cold or wet this would have been a problem for some. That said, this seemed to be a proper club organised race. Undulating yes but doing two laps of some long hills is a bit of a challenge but all good for you. Date of review: November 1, 2015
In short: Very enjoyable run In full: Very enjoyable run,great atmosphere , good value and slickly organised.Good quality medal and I got a prize for my fancy dress outfit! Date of review: November 1, 2015
In short: Interesting race. Some very pleasntt bits too. In full: I am happy. I beat my PB by a lot. I have only run 2 other half marathons, neither of which were as challenging. I am fitter than before. The course profile map on the website is scarier than the reality. Or did it make me do more hill running in preparation? I thought the very prompt text message with my time within 10 minutes of my finish was magnificent. I learned what it might be like to be a lady with a long pre-race queue for a wee. Goody bag was rather mixed. Towel was good in that moment. Banana was delicious. I think there was also one of those foreign neck things for French footballers too. It is a popular race with good reason. I'll be back.
In short: Well organised and engaging race In full: There were four different races all starting at different times yet they all went off flawlessly. There was a guy who have live statistics who called them out and offered encouragement which was a major plus point. In my opinion this made it better than the other 10k they do at qeop with the annoying megaphone man. Also the track is totally smooth not the little pebbles they have on the other route. Date of review: November 1, 2015