In short: Very tough course but spectacular views - just as promised! In full: Brilliant village event - really festive start and finish in village centre (finish line v close to great pub). Extemely well organised, water & sponges every few miles, v supportive marshalls, some crowd support along the way (especially jovial crowd at 9 mile mark), just how a good race should be. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: My first half marathon - loved it ... but it hurt! In full: The organisation was really good - friendly stewards and everything seemed to happen when and where it should.
Loved the announcer at the end and the people who were handing out the medals were great even though they must already have shaken hands with a 1000 tired and sweaty people before I bowled up.
My only gripe would be the very many men who felt the need to stand against hedges and pee - from less than a mile into the race. It doesn't really seem fair to the people who live in the area - nor to us women who have to keep our legs crossed! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Entertaining and Challenging Course - worth a look in next year In full: Tend to feel that although pricey, in compared to many, it is, 2nd only to the Great North Run, my favourite race of the year. Very picturesque, 2 or 3 hills (1 challenging). Lacked a little atmosphere this year due to the reduction in crowd numbers down to the rescheduling of the race earlier and away from William Shakespeare's birthday celebrations. That would be my only negative really. Otherwise excellent. Microchipping it next year would help, with a field of nearly 3000, but still fab. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Fantastic, friendly race. In full: If you want a good reason for getting out of bed early on a Sunday morning then this is it. A great chase through the streets of Marlow. Marshalling was excellent ( as usual). The start was much better this year with the intoduction of expected time pens. The people of Marlow really make this race with terrific support. Thank you Handy Cross Runners for another super event. Top medal! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Brilliant day, blessed by excellent running weather! In full: Excellent day, and wasn't the weather kind!
The crowd were absolutely fantastic all the way around, picking up on t-shirt names and shouting out encouragement. Special thanks to the mad old gent blasting out music at the end of his drive and that mad hippy woman with the whistle following the course handing out jelly babies.
Nicely undulating course, I was worried about the hills, but there really was no need, I ran them all.
On the downside, price was very steep considering no race t-shirt, no isotonic drinks and water in cups not squeezy bottles. I got all this at Cardiff for the same price.
Anyway, aside from that, fabulous day, lovely part of the world to run in and would defo do it again! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: good organisation, mix of scenery, horrid spike at the end. Might do better running route other way. In full: Well organised if limited on the parking front etc. Marshalls excellent - encouraging runners all the way round with good support from local constabulary. Reasonable crowd and special thanks to the Bracknell Rugby boys for enthuisiatic welcome. Reasonable mix of scenery (Bracknell ain't all bad!) thiough as a local suspect that parts, eg. Harvest Ride etc, would be better if run the other way! All-in-all good run with 4 mins knocked off PB though still 2 mins away from breaking 2 hours. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Well Organised. Nice scenery. Too pricy. In full: Although it was a pleasant run, I was a bit disappointed with my meal & banana at end. Other events which cost a lot less than this provide isotonic drinks, malt loaf, cereal bars etc. I was expecting more than a banana for the high price I had paid for my entry. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: I thought this was a good easy race adn would certainly do it again (especially as I got a PB). The one thing I think they should look at though is closing some of the roads. At times it felt like I was being chased by some cars! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Excellent In full: Another superbly organised event. Frequent water stations are well manned and crowd encouraging all the way through. The hilly 1st half of the course make it a real challenge but strangely enjoyable at the same time. One note - Sort out the medal, campared to last years it was poor, more like an advertisement for the sponsor. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: 4 laps around twisty turney streets. In full: I was the bloke in the red Beckham shirt! I thought this race was OK. Having pre-read about it on runners world website, I came expecting the 4 laps, and it was clearly signposted (if not a bit spare with marshalls). Very similar organisation to the Barton 10k I did last year. I can see that serious club runners may have hated it but with 2nd place coming in at 38 mins surely it's worth it to get in the top 10! Personally I finished a lap ahead of my girlfriend and then joined her for another lap which was great! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Definitely 'bigger' this year in numbers and atmosphere, despite the rain. Start too small and congested, would be better on the Headrow. Brave wheelchair racer had to struggle on uneven pavement with runners in bottleneck near Lawnswood School. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Second year running for me on this race. Its made for PB's and I duely got mine. Yes the 40 minute pens could be policed a bit better and maybe another pen for the under 50 minute runners to separe the elite from the committed. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Great organisation, excellent stewards, good crowd, not son fab scenery b In full: Faultless organisation, tons of drink stations, friendly crowds, helpful stewards-what more could you ask for? A few long hills-which isn't necessariy a bad thing-and the scenery is maybe what you would expect from running around Leeds-but an extremely enjoyable race. i will do it again for sure....and thanks to all the volunteers who handed out drinks etc in the pouring rain. Next year maybe the local shopping centres near the start won't close their toilets -the only draw back of the day) Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: The perfect antidote to THE GREAT RUN In full: On the strength of yesterday's race I think these monthly 5K runs are just great (plain friendly low key great). Excellent value and a very beginner-friendly atmosphere. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Oh wow !!! In full: Yet again Hereford excels itself and produces the most glorious weather. The race itself is just about the best in the country for me in that there are no "stars","celebs" and prima donnas. Just good honset hard running club runners and some very good beginers who are not afarid of the challenge that Hereford presents. It rates way above the GNR and Bath Half for well everything really (and I enjoy those two very much as well). My son was very happy with his psoition this year (26th) in a time of 1hr 30m 20 s and gained revenge for me beating him last year (this time I was 76th in 1hr 40m 59s). A big big thankyou again to all involved in this event (the Brownies exceeled their high standards at the water stations-thanks for the cheers and clapping girls!!!) I'll see you all next year!! Date of review: May 8, 2006