In short: Shady, slightly hilly friendly race In full: Don't mind with the no goody bag, for the price what a great half marathon, have done quite a few over the years and love the road closures, friendly marshalls, countryside location didn't even mind that 95% was on the road! The end dip in the field does make your legs feel like they have just come off a bouncy castle, but other than that, GOOD TIMES!
In short: I liked this race In full: This was my first half for nearly 3 years so a bit nervous but much better than expected. I would like to say that the marshals were probably the most enthusiastic I have ever come across particularly on the hilly parts of the course and the overall organisation was very slick (secure baggage area etc) Thankfully, although it was hitting 27c, it was lovely and cool in the shaded woods so the heat only kicked in during the final lap around the field. Some minor gripes were the lack of toilets at the start and during the race and, as others have mentioned below, the lack of a goody bag with the requisite mars bar otherwise an excellent race (it was great to have a shower and to head for the nearby Emperor pub for a cold drink afterwards)
In short: 2nd time around that hill hurt!! In full: my first attempt at a non flat half, excellant but challenging. brilliant organisation and support, shame about the lack of any extras at the end tho` and missed a trick by not having any food stalls and drink after( except for a few cakes)but, i`ll be back, well done burnham joggers!! Date of review: August 25, 2009
In short: A good stern test but still enjoyable. In full: Well organised, enjoyable & very scenic race but should have left something in the tank for the second lap. Good route with lots of shade from the over hanging trees. Never seen so many marshals all giving encouragement. Plently of off-site parking. Good start & finish area - made use of the swimming pool. One for next year. Well done Burnham Joggers - good one. Date of review: August 25, 2009
In short: Very scenic and sunny but please can we have a goody bag? In full: I really enjoyed this event, the route was lovely, very pretty and provided a fantastic amount of shade on such a hot day. The start, finish, bag storage and water stations were well organised and the marshalls were excellent. The swimming pool was the best thing ever after a half and the showers and changing were much better than many others I have experienced. Great facilities. I echo what many others have said in that I would have loved a bottle of water and a mars bar at the finish - not too much to ask for surely?! Date of review: August 24, 2009
In short: Eric Carmen: Take me over the edge, make me lose control... In full: Woof-woof, bow-wow-wow... went a few of the lines at the Finnish as finishers & spectators laid back and watched others stumble under the clock. With only a pretty medal for my trouble I wasn't in the least bit disappointed by the absence of a goody bag, as I took in the smooth cleavage of a tasty, non-Asian bird sunning herself on an grassy bank. Like most things running's such a simple thing accessible to all, but this course wasn't so simple, embracing several moderate but lengthy climbs. The scenery was fantastic and green, the marshals more than making up for the lack of spectators along most of the wooded course. There was certainly a lot of shading cuddling around tight country lanes pony-tailed blondes and brunettes, but we all had to share ourselves with several vehicles en route; thankfully these were slow, having to make do with snaking in and out of multiple groups of runners. Incredibly the results were posted up as they came, on the back of a large hut with several looking to see their chip and gun times. If there's one thing that could do with a change is the possible inclusion of a chocolate bar; a lot of runners - myself included - seemed to be craving for something very sugary on their tongue and lips. That said there were several babes indoors selling yummy cakes and shortbread. Getting to the start wsn't too trcky especially with a 10AM bang. However, if you're planning to use public transport and walk I'd suggest you avoid the following roads: Stoke Poges Lane, Church Lane, and Park Road. These were very tranquil and scenic, but you'll have to give yourself an hour or so on foot; plus along most of these lanes pavement had been surrendered to the carriageway, necessitating walking on the right and making several rather hairy approaches to blind bends. Further to this dense wood/hedges would invariably push out on the road margins. But overall a great day with beautifully laid out bumps. Date of review: August 24, 2009