In short: The tough just got tougher In full: New route this year, mostly the same course, but the middle section was harder than the old course. Lots of us were grumbling, groaning and puffing our way up through the hamlets and country lanes. Scenic, but painful. Good downhill finish though. Bag Drop was chaos and where has the Long Sleeved T-shirt or the Hoodie (last yr only) gone? Start too a while to get going, but was nice to run up Marlow High Street for a change of scenery. I'll be back next year to try to better my time. Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Last run this race 7yrs ago and it is much better In full: Somehow managed a PB on this crazy hilly course. That might be swaying my ratings, but it was a great day, the course goes through some lovely places, and the whole thing was friendly and organised well. Tons of friendly marshalls and supporters and easy to get in and out of Marlow. Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Interesting race. Some very pleasntt bits too. In full: I am happy. I beat my PB by a lot. I have only run 2 other half marathons, neither of which were as challenging. I am fitter than before. The course profile map on the website is scarier than the reality. Or did it make me do more hill running in preparation? I thought the very prompt text message with my time within 10 minutes of my finish was magnificent. I learned what it might be like to be a lady with a long pre-race queue for a wee. Goody bag was rather mixed. Towel was good in that moment. Banana was delicious. I think there was also one of those foreign neck things for French footballers too. It is a popular race with good reason. I'll be back.
In short: Brings a smile to your face - when you cross the finish line In full: Some minor organisational issues. Haphazard baggage drop. Extremely limited showers ie water stopped flowing. Timing funnel at the start should have been closer to the start line.
Chiltern hills are as tough as ever and its always an "enjoyable" challenge running this race.
Disappointed not to get a T-Shirt this year as in previous years. I wear mine as a badge of honour after tackling those hills. Date of review: November 1, 2015
In short: A bit lumpy but very well organized In full: My first outing on this one in over 10 years and those hills are not getting any flatter. But a fine course with lots of great scenery, excellent organization, everything just worked. Must say I prefer the old start to the new one, which I found a bit of a faff, but it won't put me off having another go next year. A pleasant day out, although I am a bit achey now. Date of review: November 1, 2015
In short: Fave race of the year In full: 4th time doing this, great scenery all the way. Excellent value for money. Its a race that you will earn your medal. I did a marathon the week prior and ached more after this half. See you all in 2015! Date of review: November 5, 2014
In short: Another wet but very satisfying race In full: Doesn't get any easier, but the last 1.5 miles downhill was more enjoyable than ever. Great support, great Marshalls, excellent chunky medal and brilliant Hoody too. Will be back again next year. It's so satisfying to finish it each year and knocked another four minutes off my Marlow Half PB this year. Date of review: November 4, 2014