In short: Hilly and very wet In full: The race was impacted by attrocious weather this year with large parts of the course flooded. Still its well organised, very hilly, people are very friendly. The water was undrinkable at 4 miles. Its always a challenge to do the Marlow - but its well worth it - though dont expect a PB. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Great Race Very wet In full: Great Scenery great Tough race I would Like to say thanks to Phill for helping me to a 1.36.32 Today even though he beat me in the end!! also thanks to the marshalls great support as usual we couldnt race without them lastly nice Tshirt see you next year Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Could it have been any wetter?! In full: Not sure that at the time I enjoyed the atrocious weather, hills, and flooded roads! However after a long hot shower I'm now looking back with a deep sense of satisfaction on completing the toughest half marathon I've done to date. A big thank you to the Striders for excellent organisation and to the Marshalls for keeping up the encouragement on a very soggy day! Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Puddle splashing!! In full: The predicted rain arrived bang on cue and turned this challenging race into a bit of a monster! Driving rain, strong winds, slippery leaves, and plenty of road wide puddles, ankle deep in places! So, great fun in the Chiltern hills!
As so many people have said already, a massive thanks to Marlow Striders and all the cheerful marshalls for their support in foul conditions.
The instant time board at the finish line is an excellent resource, always nice to see one's name and time up there.
Only grumble is the high price for instant coffee and £2 muffins at the food tent. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Looking forward to doing it in sunshine next year In full: Well done to the marshals who stayed cheery in awful conditions. That was SO wet. Half the skin on my toes has fallen off. Maybe the council could be persuaded to sort out the road drainage a bit in a couple of places? If you were there, you know where I mean. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Tough race not for the faint hearted! In full: Wow what a morning, it could have been very easy to have stayed in bed on a day like to today. Despite the weather, the floods and those hills, it was an excellent race! Many thanks to the marshalls who cheered us on and to those involved in organising the race. Great event and top, thanks!bg Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Tough, but a great, well organised race In full: Course PB today despite the wind, so pretty pleased. A kayak would have been useful in places, but par for the course for this one for some reason! Very good organisation and top marks to the marshalls for their perseverance and good humour.
After 7 times now I don't think the hill to Rotten Row has got any easier mind!
Only negative is that I thought it a bit pricey at £18 for a local race (even if it is for charity) - nearly put me off, and likewise for the tea and cakes compared to most races - £2 is a lot for a post race bun! Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Absolutely Brilliant! :-) In full: Fantastic challenging course. The weather was awful, the roads were flooded, but I enjoyed every minute of it. The Marshall's were fantastic and every single one offered words of encouragement. I will definitely be back next year! Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Brilliant half marathon! - If you're tough enough! In full: I absolutely love this race. If you don't like killer hills, driving rain and howling winds then stay at home. However if you like a real challenge and fancy running one of the top half marathons in the UK - this is for you. Superbly organised and marshalled, thanks very much to all at the Marlow Striders for putting on another great race.
Best race T-Shirt ever! Date of review: November 1, 2009