In short: If you want a challenge, this one is excellent! In full: Glorious scenery, painful hills, just the right number of runners so you're not tripping over them or struggling to find one, and really friendly. The commentator was excellent, and was going all day. Just do plenty of hill training in advance and don't expect a PB (although somehow I got one!). All in all, fabulous - thanks to all the great marshals, there seemed thousands of them! Date of review: November 9, 2010
In short: Tough run but very rewarding In full: Great atmosphere, excellent scenary but extremely tough. Mostly up hill, some nice down hill stretches and two killer hills... Not for the faint hearted, but felt great doing it. The marshalls were really encouraging, clapping and cheering for the whole race! Only my second half marathon, but would definitely run it again. Date of review: November 9, 2010
In short: Tough but beautiful race In full: Another well organised race in the Chiltern woodlands. The marshals were excellent, the only way the could have helped me more would have been to carry me up those two late hills .... ! Date of review: November 9, 2010
In short: Beautiful countryside run that bites with some brutal hills In full: This was a fun race, not too busy and with nice support from locals. The scenary is really lovely - lots of birds of prey, horses, cows, autumn colours etc. It was my first half marathon so pretty tough considering the hills. I found the downhills actually much harder than going up, and I really don't think this run would be as fun if it was raining. One to avoid if you have runner's knee aggravated by going down hill but a nice challenge all the same. Perhaps not so aimed at fun runners / charity runners but worth the effort. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Great event, especially if you like hills... In full: Fantastic scenery, great marshals, one hellish hill. Only race I've run where Guy Fawkes was the starter - runners only allowed to start when the firework lit by Mr Fawkes goes bang Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Great organisation & scenery to enjoy whilst you take on the hills! In full: Fantastic organisation and the marshalls on course were amongst the best I've encountered at any race. There's plenty of nice scenery to take in whilst you're zipping along the lanes but save a bit for the hills which are tough. 1st time I've done this race and I'd really recommend it. And finally, to the marshall at c.9miles who thanked me for travelling to the race, you're very welcome, it was a pleasure! Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Ow!.. My calves!.. In full: Lovely run through the quite lanes on a Sunday morning, with a sprinkling of hills (both up and down) thrown in. I personally found the up hills challenging but not the worse I have come acroos, but the down hills were aggresive and very long. I had to run with my breaks on (so to speak) and so ended up straining my calves, which took away any thought of a sprint finish on the last mile or so to the finish.
I have now invested in some calf supports and so will see how it goes.
Well done Marlow Striders. Well appreciated the support and water etc, but would have liked a mars bar at the end. :-) Date of review: November 8, 2010