In short: Brilliant again, but now straining at the seams In full: Once again Marlow Striders did a wonderful job. This is a glorious course through Buckinghamshire woodland with 2 horrific climbs at mile 8 and 11. Really well marshalled and many thanks to all who helped out. Great support from local residents/spectators too. One of my highlights of the year.
The race feels like it is getting too big now though with lots of congestion at race hq (though none on the course); 45 minute queues for toilets and big queues for hot drinks afterwards. Please dont let it grow any bigger! Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: ! In full: Fantastic friendly marshalls on course and at water points. Overall very well organised. You need to be prepared for the hills though because they are tough. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Superb half marathon, although somewhat punishing! In full: This was my first time at Marlow, and I am instantly won over. What a race. Stunning scenery and very good organisation. Hills... aaarghhh... horrible... especially those at ~ mile 8 and again at 11... ouch! Down was as hard as up! Final run-in to the finish was 1 mile+ of blissful gradual downhill running... best and fastest ever HM finish. Very well done Marlow Striders... if I can I will be back. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Thank you Marow Striders and Marshalls, a great race In full: Third time for this race and the hills seemed even tougher! The race organisation was excellent and the support along the route was really encouraging. A very friendly race and not surprised it sells out early. Well done to Marlow Striders Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Tough but rewarding In full: So the hills that people talk about are tough, but the downhill bits do allow you to make up time. Running conditions were beautiful today and I managed to run a pb. Scenery was nice, stewards did a great job and overall I'd highly recommend it (as long as you've trained for hills!) Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: The hills at miles 9 & 11 are infamous, the marshals are amazing. One of the best races on the circuit In full: This was my second Marlow HM and I'll keep coming back. The scenery is just stunning, made even better this year without the driving rain. The hills are tough, but plenty of encouragement from fellow runners and the wonderfully enthusiastic marshals keeps you going. And a huge fan of the long sleeve t's. Well done Marlow Striders, a great race. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Some tough hills through a scenic route with a good quick downhill at the end. Friendly, encouraging marshalls. In full: Marlow Striders ordered some good weather today. I enjoyed the race, my legs are not as enthusiastic. Probably could do with some more toilets. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Marshals were just fabulous In full: First time i have done this race and i have to say the marshals were brilliant they were so encouraging and constantly cheering and clapping and it wasnt the warmest of days for them to be standing outside. Will def run this race again next year. The hills were a challange but the last 2 miles make up for all the hard work! Date of review: November 7, 2010
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!