In short: Nice course, but got cold queuing at the bag drop afterwards! In full: I didnt mind the course change from last year, the bunching at the underpass was just a good opportunity to have a drink (I was not chasing a PB!). The scenery was still nice and there was sporadic support around the course, great support in the town. My main gripe concerns after the race.... No goody bag.. small point i know. The worst thing was queuing for 20 minutes to pick up the bag from the bag drop and getting very cold! We used the trucks last year and didnt have a problem so not sure what happened this year. Cost saving perhaps? Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Underpasses need to be missed out In full: Like everybody else the funnel start, underpass at the start will need to be sorted out. Got stuck behind a motorised chair in the park towards the finish.
The mix of the thames and the nice houses make it. Does have pb potential, i think small bottles at the water stations would have helped. Car parking and actual location of the start perfect. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Good 2011 race, made better In full: Basically last year it was already a good regional race on a fastish course and as it was the first year they had a few minor issues with the course and baggage store etc, but they took everyones input from last year and nailed it. Cant fault it really. Organisation was great, course was flat, support a little low, but to be expected in those ruralish locations, field wasnt too crowded, baggage store was fine. This is a race you do for a PB, not to wave to the crowd. So if you are dressed as a camel and want to raise money, you'd do the great north run. If you want to put on your club vest and nail your pb, do this one. If we can get water in bottles instead of cups next year it'll be perfect. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: 1st time running enjoyed In full: stated off well slight bottle neck at start as runners jostled for position, but can not understand why they took use through an under pass no room to move, and the baggage pick up the queue was long but was managed well that it the only moaning i have about such a well organised race the marshals as always were supportive and views around the course ranged from the river Thames to large spaces of open fields and through some nice villages over all a good race Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Not sure why but had the most fun running this that I've had in ages In full: The organisation was miles better this year with the loop at the start sorted out. Great support from the marshalls and locals alike. Love the cannon and a great course for a pb as its nice and flat with space for a decent sprint finish. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Fast and Pleasant In full: My 10th half marathon and definitely the fastest course I've done - delighted to shave a minute off my pb. Once you get out of Maidenhead the scenery along the Thames and through Cookham was very pleasant - I also liked the finish down Maidenhead High Street.
Only small downside that everything ground to a halt through the underpass after half a mile and generally the fist mile was pretty conjested - but overall loved the run. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: enjoyable despite awkward start In full: Credit to the organisers for doing their best to rectify most of the challenges from last year, (I thought the baggage drop team worked really hard and as best they could). Once away from the town centre it's a flat, fast, pb potential and enjoyable course. Excellent town centre location; good car parks, public transport, cafes etc - and I guess the price you pay for that in Maidenhead is a narrow and bunched start and having to use an underpass. It'll be interesting to see how this can be resolved for next year. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: An enjoyable run, only spoilt by the underpass blockage In full: I would certainly think of doing this again, if the subway was removed from the route some how. maybe it cant, im not local to maidenhead. We came to a halt and it messes with your pace. otherwise a good race, see you again. Date of review: September 16, 2012