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
In short: Very well organised race yet again In full: Despite being a tough course the scenary and variation makes this a great course. Marshalling is excellent. This time they took over the whole town centre to guide people to the car parks.
In short: fantastic course with a sting or two in the tail. In full: Easy breezy organisation and hassle free pre-race made up for the never-ending hill at the start. Thoroughly professional and utterly stress free. Clearly they have done this before, and it shows. Then it was undulating country roads with great views across open fields for the next 11 miles, with the challenge of a couple of really steep ascents and descents to sap your legs and remove any pressure to try for a PB. For the price, I would have expected a better quality T-shirt AND/OR a medal, but this in only a minor grizzle. The bacon butties on sale at the finish were divine. If you haven't already done it, put it on your list. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Great race, very challenging. Not one for PBs! In full: Very demanding race. I know it was going to be hilly, but it seemd that the course was 75% uphill - the downward sections were steep and wrecked my knees. Great marshalling, very well organised. Shame there was no medal at the end - given those hills I felt I had deserved it. A message for anyone who did this as their first half marathon - don't be put off - they are not all like this!
In short: Brutal hills but superb organization and scenery - a proper rewarding challenge. In full: I must congratulate the marshalls who provided magnificent encouragement the whole way round this punishing course. When the walkers are outpacing the runners up the hills, you know they are seriously steep, but the cameraderie kept everybody going and the downhill finish was exhilirating. The best HM in the local calendar! Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: I LOVE THIS RACE! In full: I have to say that this is by far the best HM i do all year! You cant compare it to other, i just hope that it dosnt get to big as this is a gem of a course, This is the 4th time now and i got a PB of 1:34 well done Marlow striders Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: One of my favourite races of all time - I can't fault it. In full: Extremely good organisation and facilities, fantastic marshals, lovely course. Highly recommended. Second year I've done it, this year bringing along a friend who'd never run a half marathon. We both loved it and would do it again! Date of review: November 7, 2010