In short: Few challenging hils (up and down!) but not a bad course In full: Rather tough hill at the beginning but once it's done it's relatively straightforward except for one long steep downhill. Bit busy at the start however the hill soon sorts the wheat from the chaff! Well organised with water stations/sponges in good positions, nice goody bag with technical t shirt and range of exciting things. Bit of an irritating climb just after 12 miles which zaps your energy/morale a little but after that you can pretty much see all the way to the end and it makes it that little bit easier! Lots of nicer friendly spectators also! Will come back I think. Date of review: July 18, 2010
In short: Itsworth it for the goody bag! In full: Great organisation, maybe more loos needed (arent there always).Hill at start a real misery, things can only get better from there. Absolutely fantastic goody bag... tech t-shirt, and lots of lovely little goodies. Good parking around the event. Lady who won the Half a real star!!!!!! A challenging 10k. Date of review: July 18, 2010
In short: A good race with a few challenging hills to keep your interest up. In full: Overall a good race, the organisation at the start line could have been better, all the half and 10k runners were mixed in together with no time bandings so there was a lot of jostling for position at the start especially when the field narrowed after the first bit. After that the big hill sorted out the runners a bit.
I enjoyed the mix of climbs and descents, it made for an interesting race through some nice countryside and towns. The urban element made for good crowd support. My only gripe in this area was that a lot of the latter part is run down the side of busy roads, although the marshalls were brilliant at keeping the traffic moving and out of the runner's way. I particularly enjoyed the last mile through the woods.
The usual complaint applies that there could have been more loos at the start, I was lucky but when I left the queue was massive.
L liked the goody bag, and look forward to trying the Flax and Gooji berries!!
I'll be back next year! Date of review: July 18, 2010
In short: Excellent organisation and great crowd support In full: Faultless organisation starting with decent signs on roundabouts to Race HQ. Great support from marshalls and locals. Plenty of water stations. Nice rural course once the hill at start is over with. Even saw a duck with her ducklings ! Generous goody bag including technical t-shirt and quality medal. Did the 10k last year and was back for the half this - enjoyed both but will probably do the half again next year. Date of review: July 18, 2010
In short: Great Medal and T-shirt - need bigger Mars bars In full: Good race. This was my 2nd year and I managed to knock a whopping 10 minutes off my time from last year. Good marshals and organisation. Great medal and t-shirt. Only gripe is why do people insist on lining up in a section that is WAY too fast for them, it is just annoying for those of us who lined up in the correct section for our finish time. I actually ran more than 5 miles as I had to do SO much going around people, some of whom were 3 across. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In full: For 5 of us this was our first race and everyone ran faster than they expected. Great crowds, nice up and then back down route. Fantastic medal and running t-shirt at the finish! Brilliant! Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Good town race, with very good standard at the front, and big field for race of its type In full: This race has grown steadily since I last did it in 2006. Then the field was 1200, now it was over 1600. Key improvements such as chip timing and signs with starting times have ensured the increase of field size has gone smoothly.
Nice town race, a nice change from the 100s of races that are miles of country lanes that could be anywhere truth be known. Little bit of Marlow character, and I love the finishing 200metres with a good crowd all gathered to cheer you home.
First time for 4 years, but my 5th time at the Marlow 5 will hopefully not be my last Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Lovely little event In full: The first time I've run this event and I have to say I'm mightily impressed. The organisation was superb with lots of encouraging marshalls to keep you going. Chip timing, plus a great medal and T shirt rounded things off nicely. Well done Handy Cross Runners. See you there next year. Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: A really nice, well-organized race In full: Handy Cross Runners organize this race superbly, coping with huge numbers of runners. It is packed with cheerful marshalls and supporters, and there's a really nice medal, teeshirt and goody bag at the end. One of the best races of the year. Date of review: May 9, 2010