In short: Lovely scenery, well organised, great marshalls. In full: Probably not a pb course but a lovely way to see some great sights. Most of the marshalls were brilliant. Also nice for a training run/race as lots of it is off road so you aren't pounding yourself. Recommended! Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: A flat half marathon with a bit of everything except hills In full: I arrived about 40 minutes before the start, and the parking was well organised and close to the venue.The lawns of Bisham Abbey were a lovely location, inviting warm-up jogs down to the bank of the Thames. Baggage drop was orderly and cleverly contracted out to a removal company. The race was well marshalled with plenty of water stations, and the riverside route was a joy, including the trip up and over the bridges at Hurley Lock. It was a toss-up over what shoes to wear, and I think the organisers got it right recommending trail shoes - I know the area and I only decided on trail shoes the night before, because of a second night of heavy rain. The medal is a good one, but I can live without yet another cheap race T-shirt. The Snow & Rock G3 series had a great idea in my opinion - no goodies but free photos via a deal with one of the professional photography companies. I think I have also become so used to chip timings, especially at bigger races, that it felt odd being timed by hand. Still, a lovely race, a sunny day, and I'm glad I chose it ahead of running Reading or Fleet this year. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Loved It! One of the best races ever! In full: My legs ache with pleasure this evening after completing this wonderful half. The organisation was superb with the race going off bang on time. The route was lovely taking in some wonderful scenery along the Thames. The terrain was challenging with quite a few gates early on and three bridges to negotiate. These were repeated in the last few miles too to add to the challenge. Finally the marshals and support was amazing, every marshal smiled and cheered you on, the drummers and volunteers were so enthusiastic.
This was the 3rd out of 4 halfs I am running in March and it certainly uplifted my challenge.
In short: Excellent race! I got my PB of 1:48 hrs hard work and shattered but a great day, scenary was Great, breathtaking, the weather was sunny and the burgers and hot dogs afterwards delicious! BEST RACE OF THEY YEAR, WE WILL BE BACK! Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Superb event, great scenery and support In full: I really enjoyed this half marathon, wonderful atmosphere - well done to the organisers! A challenging (but not too taxing) multi-terrain route through gates (causing a small delay early on), over bridges and on various surfaces - a real treat with the friendly marshalls and the drummers made my day! Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Glorious route, excellent marshalls and avoids the crowds In full: As the victim of four half marathons, this has to be the best I've run. Whilst thousands are trudging around Reading and Fleet a few weeks before London, just a few hundred enter this friendly, intimate race. Others have mentioned the compact start area, the slight challenges of running off road and the bottlenecks around the gates and tunnel, all of which I'd agree with... and it's great to be running off-road (mainly) rather than exploring the outskirts of a large town. Unlike other races at no point did I feel that I was being hemmed in by other runners.
Particular praise must go to the friendliness of the marshalls, enthusiastic throughout the race, and for the fact that most of the entry fee (I believe) goes to charity rather than an IMG-esque organisation.
Of course getting a PB made it even better! I'd estimate that the pinch points at the bridges and gates in the first couple of miles might add a minute to the average runner's time, but the open space of the rest of the course makes up for this. Nice t-shirt and medal too.
I WILL be doing this race again next year!
One request for improvement - more toilets. Six loos for six hundred entrants just ain't enough. And why people choose to wear iPods when running through countryside like this is beyond me... Date of review: March 21, 2010