In short: Tough hills softened by the scenery. In full: A slow start (uphill) with some toughies throughout! However, the picturesque country lanes helped to alleviate the pain. What goes up must come down which made for a flying finish. Good t-shirt at the finish but unfortunately no other goodies. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Glorious Scenery with Killer hills In full: ... loved the weather and the cold crisp air - this was my 6th HM of the year and was thought to be a final crowning challenging one - and I got exactly what I was looking for - repeated and challenging hills and a constant incline either up or down .... wow - I am no aching where I have not ached before on my legs .... but loved it ...
The water station at the10 mile marker was struggling to have water out for the runners - but guess that is because I was "late" - but overall the organisation was great and the marshalls and the public were very encouraging!
In short: Tough hills and beautiful Chiltern countryside In full: Suggestions for improvement, more loos and announcements audible in the hall. Shame the showers were denied to us. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: wet,windy,cold,satisfying,aching in all the wrong places In full: my first half marathon for my sins.great support from the marshalls who were still there supporting me when i was in the back 30 people crossing the line in 2.34.loved it and will try to do better next year. Date of review: November 14, 2009
In short: Thank you Marshalls In full: I am always appreciative of Marshalls, but this year they were Saints. I saw 1 Lady at 8.30, at the car park, soaking wet directing Runners. Then I saw her again at 11.00, at the finish sorting people out, still soaking wet.
I agree with all the comments made before. But for me, it was the Marshalls who made it. Date of review: November 6, 2009
In short: Fantastic course and well organised In full: One of the few that I wouldn't want to miss. Despite the heavy rain and a spot of flooding, this is a truly great course. Challenging and constantly changing scenery. Very good marshalling and local support popped up just when you need it.
Improvements for next year? A goodie bag to complement the good T-shirt OR a medal even better.
In short: Fabulous scenery and atmosphere In full: In spite of the pouring rain, and perhaps because of it, I loved this race. Adversity certainly brings people together! I got a PB even though the hills, both going up and down, slowed me quite a bit. Date of review: November 5, 2009
In short: In a windy monsoon the support and marshals brilliant In full: This is a tough halfwith nearly 1000m of climb in 3 big hills. The weather was as bad as it gets. But the, organization, marshalls and drink stations were top notch. friendly and helpfultea and coffee available nice and early pre race.. At one point a marshal was standing in a foot of water to guide the runners round a big pot hole. Well done Marlow loved it Must get fit next year. Brendan Running Buddies Thame Date of review: November 4, 2009