In short: Well organised, enjoyable race in a lovely location In full: This is a great race in a lovely location. The organisation and support were excellent, many thanks to the organisers for adding in an extra (much needed!) water station. The run itself was scenic and enjoyable, undulating but not hilly and the rare opportunity for a post-race dip in the open air pool was much appreciated!
In short: Good race but quite expensive In full: Was a really enjoyable race this one. Signed up on the day though and they had changed the price- only a couple of quid more but I brought exact change and nearly wasn't allowed to run! Also, the photographers are asking £12 for a digital download?!?
The run itself though was really good and it was great to jump in the pool afterwards! Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: I love Burnham Beeches half! In full: This is an excellent race. This is the second year I have done this. Although hot, hot, hot this year it was still great. The atmosphere is good, there is a swimming pool for a dip afterwards if you fancy it, loads of room for spectators to relax and picnic during the race, the marshalls and volunteers are friendly. Recieved a water bottle and mars bar in my take home "party" bag. The race started on time, drink stations every 3 miles and a spot where you can pick up a bottle of water too. Ace! Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: Beautiful day - but not for running! In full: If I had been there for a perfectly organised walk in the woods I could not have had a better experience. The organisation, supportive marshalls (they all cheered me on), regular water stops and fantastic location were without parallel.
However, running on the hottest day in 2012 (starting at 25C and finishing around 27C) in med-high humidity turned things around. Although I finished, I could easily have dropped out at the half way mark and probably ran the second loop a minute per mile slower than the first.
The supportive marshalls (certainly no crowds) and great location and organisation made the day though! Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: Good organisation, enjoyable course In full: First time I did this race. On the hottest day of the year, a PB was tough to get, but course wasn't as brutal as feared. Dip in the pool afterwards was a bonus. Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: Really good and well organised although very hot! In full: Excellent organisation good atmosphere very scenic and well priced. Small improvement not allowed dogs near the start finish area provided they are on a lead what's the problem? Although may be a school restriction rather than the organisers. Well catered for in the heat Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: Soooooo hot. Well organised, good atmosphere. In full: Slowest half in about 5 years due to the heat. The course is very scenic with many undulations that give the course a bit more difficulty. Date of review: August 20, 2012
In full: Excellent race: start/finish location is perfect with a very welcome open air pool, lovely route with plenty of shade, friendly marshals, plenty of water stations with a bonus one laid on and car parking was run very professionally and the walk clearly advised. Highly recommended. Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: A great race even on a very hot day In full: As others have noted this was a vfery hot day for a race so times were never going to be great. That said, the race was as good as you are going to get for the conditions - a shaded rural course with plenty of water stations (including an extra one yesterday - which was a sign of the organisers doing what they could in the conditions.
All of the normal good features of this race were also present, the superb start/ finish location provided by the school, adequate toilets and plentifual parking. Although the walk to the car park is long this is clearly described on the accompanying instructions, you just have to believe them when they say it is a 20 minute walk to the start, it is.
Certainly an excellent race as always and well done to the organisers for doing what they could to mitigate the heat. Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: A nice run in the woods In full: Held on the hottest day of the year in 2012 but it is August ... Extra water was laid on, which is a sign of alert organizers. Great two-lap course with ups and downs but no brutal climbs, and plenty of shade in the woods. Superb organization, especially the baggage stow (important for non-motorists like me). Lovely start venue with lots of space and a pool for those who like a post-race dip (not bothered myself but there were plenty doing this). Done this one many times and will be back. Date of review: August 20, 2012