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
In short: Great organisation, excellent value, course challenging in a good way In full: I thought this was an excellent all-around race and I have a lot of gratitude for the organisers and the people who showed up to cheer on the runners. I was pleased with my time, even though I realize it would have been a few minutes faster on a course that was not so hilly. Still, the hills of this race are part of its challenge and charm. Attractively-designed and high-quality medal and t-shirt, and nice goody bag that was much appreciated after an energy-depleting race. Excellent and convenient on-site parking as well. My only suggestion: additional general race information could be made available online in advance of the race, on topics such as parking availability and method of electronic timing used. Helpful information was included in the brochure sent in the post with the bib number, but I didn't receive this until only a few days before the race. Perhaps the brochure could be put online? Date of review: August 5, 2009
In full: Done this one several times - love it! Brilliantly organised, well marshalled, really enjoyable race, and very generous goody bag. Could do with some portaloos at the start....not enough loos for the ladies on the Rye. Overall - great, will definitely do it again Date of review: July 29, 2009
In short: Almost very good, a few rough edges. In full: Agree with comments previously about the loos and bag drop, though my bag was fine it seemed like no-one was looking after them. Tough course for a 'weight-control' runner like myself but happy with time. Also agree timing device a waste of time and inaccurate and found some of the course a bit dull, running along busy road on quite steeply cambered footpaths but would do it again and want to encourage the organisers to repeat. Could be a very good race and liked the hilly start (well I do now...). Date of review: July 26, 2009