In short: Excellent course - terrible organisation In full: Really enjoyed the course, beautiful scenery, well marked and great marshals. Nice long-sleeved tech top at the end.
However, I feel the organisation really let this event down. The start was chaotic. Long queues for collecting numbers and timing chips. Safety pins and cable ties not in the envelopes - I had to go back searching for them. Eventually they ran out of safety pins!
Tannoy announcements were made that the race rules had changed that morning and headphones were now banned - not sure why this decision couldn't have been made or communicated earlier?
Long queue for bag drop which meant the race start was delayed by about 10 minutes. Very long queue to collect bags at the end.
Not enough portaloos - I was in a long queue.
I enjoyed the race and will be back next year but really hope better organisation to make the start and finish a better experience for everyone. Date of review: November 12, 2016
In short: Great race, shame about the organisation In full: I do this one every year. Lovely scenery, great marshals, challenging hills, beautiful weather. And a banana at the end. But ...
Chaos at number pickup because you couldn't see which queue to join till you got to the front. Longest queue ever for bag drop - we gave up and ran back to the car (which saved a huge wait at the end as well). Mayhem at the finish line where you could hardly get over the chip timer hump for the crush beyond - and the guy on the desk seemed more worried about a medal that had gone missing than getting people moving through. Hope you can do better next year, Marlow! Date of review: November 9, 2016
In short: Still the best around! In full: 2015 was my 5th year doing this event but it still never gets old. An wonderfully enjoyable event that is the highlight of my running calendar each year. The scenery along with the leg busting course will keep you coming back for more, year after year. Date of review: January 11, 2016
In short: Not a long slog. In full: Ran the 7 mile race,quite hilly but downhill at the end so not a long slog. well organised,nice marshals , will run again in 2016...... Date of review: November 9, 2015
In short: A proper hilly run! In full: Second time at Marlow Half. Great course and better now the road section at Hambledon is gone, but start was a bit long winded and missed getting a T-shirt this year. Still wear my previous one. Will be back. Date of review: November 7, 2015
In short: Challenging but very scenic and very friendly In full: My first hilly half marathon and I really enjoyed it - less worrying about the miles, more about the hills! Date of review: November 6, 2015
In short: Excellent race but not for the faint hearted In full: First time doing Marlow HM. Minor point but the bag drop could have been better. I know all races could do with more loo's but Marlow was cutting it fine. Besides these minor points its an excellent race, lovely views and encouraging marshalls. The hills were tough but that's why we run Marlow. Thanks Striders for a great race. Date of review: November 6, 2015
In short: Very Hilly In full: Wow! I did the Marlow 7 and my god it was a good choice! Really enjoyed this as my first time running 7 miles(and also a tad hungover!) Being allowed earphones was a massive bonus (tip - take one earphone out the last two miles to hear marshal instructions and the wonderful crowds! I will be back! Date of review: November 4, 2015
In short: A super-scenic, challenging run. In full: One of my favourite half marathons for the scenery, really friendly marshalls and challenging hills. The new HQ seemed fairly chaotic as far as the bag drop was concerned, and it was a shame that the showers in the ladies were all not working at all (having specifically asked if there were showers this was very frustrating). However, Marlow Striders always put on a great race that is always friendly, well supported and a pleasure to run. Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Not sure about new course and some race HQ teething problems but great overall In full: My 6th marlow half marathon and generally my favourite race of the year. Some work needed to make bag drop better next year (downstairs room woefully under sized). The course has been revised. Avoiding the Hambledon road makes the route quieter (good) and even more scenic (good) but the 2 big hills are now much easier and the course has lost about 100m of elevation I think (not so good if you are a masochist). Also the new finish is a bit fiddly and urban and not as much fun as old. On balance I prefer the onld route. Still wonderfully marshalled though and I will be back.. thank you to all Date of review: November 2, 2015