In short: Rain didn't dampen our spirits In full: I love this race: running through the deciduous forests in autumn is just outstanding even when it is/has been lashing down with rain continuously, giving you huge puddles to splash through. The marshals were everywhere and always, always unflagging in their support despite the weather they had to put up with too. The long sleeved T shirt is far more welcome than a medal and has become my third but will not be my last. My only criticism would be that it would be nice to have a free cereal bar or chocolate bar for finishers after 13 miles of hills: the cost of tea and cookies from the cafe was steep, even at bargain rates operating when I finished Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Wind, rain and lots of hills. Great fun, but very challenging in parts In full: Can't quite remember but felt like lots of hills to start for first 3-4 miles, some very steep downhill, a sort of flat, longer bit then a big bugger of a hill at about 9 miles, and another little bump at 10ish, then down to the end, by which point the legs were going to jelly. Strangely satisfying Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: A great autumn challenge In full: Everything ran smoothly. The wet and windy weather turned it a bit more into a cross country run and with no showers that I could find I was relieved to live nearby. Ran a PB despite the course and would have been nice to have a medal to celebrate this. Having said that, as a 2nd half-marathon it was great fun, well-organised, really friendly and a huge challenge! Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Up with downs all of it hurts In full: Very challenging course. If you can run this fast then others will feel faster in comparison. Even the down hill sections start to hurt at the end. Gorgeous scenery, it's very rural so expect a few cow patts, puddles and tractor mud. I love a tough course and this is right up there with my favourites. Organisation was spot on; I never went the wrong way, marshals were very friendly, drinks were where you needed them and I liked the Long sleaved shirt we were all given. Teeny minor niggles.. A few extra toilets would have been beneficial to allow for that normal pre start rush to the porcelain and it was a fiddle in the showers to get the hot water working.
In short: In full: Well some pretty enthusiastic comments about the race (see above) even though I was the guy whose heart stopped working in last hundred metres of the race. Returned home earlier today and the running shoes will hopefully be used in the future when I can stop the pills from rattling! Massive thank you to Dawn at Marlow Striders for continuing support for the family and if Richard and Jim (two Policemen are reading this) a huge thank you also. Sorry to have cut short your run. rgds, Richard Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: A bitter hill to swallow In full: My first half marathon and despite having a stinking cold I was thrilled to make it to the end. Was hoping to go under 2 hours but just missed out. Will be back to remedy that next year. The hills were tough but not as tough as I had expected. And the chap who collapsed near the end put my whingeing about a sore throat and snotty nose into perspective. I hope he is ok. Thank you to the organisers and the brilliant marshals for a great experience. Date of review: November 4, 2008