In short: Good marathon warm up In full: I entered this race as preparation for my marathon training. I had never run as far as this before so guaranteed a personal best for completing it. This was a 4 lap course and was a bit disconcerting at times to be overtaken by decent runners, especially when I had one lap to go and people were finishing. Also there was traffic on the roads which I had assumed would be closed though it was well marshalled. Big thanks to the marshals specially the enthusiastic ones towards the end of the lap , the ones handing out jelly babies and the lovely people shouting encouragement. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Has to be done- a 20 miler with 5 weeks to go but this race makes it bearable In full: The race itself was brilliant- I like the 4 lap format as its good for pacing. Water and marshalls generally good- couple of ups and downs: to the marshalls who took a shine to my car when I was parking and then made me smile every time I passed them by commenting on it... and then topped it off my handing me my lost key (because they knew I was the Jaguar driver) a million thanks- you rescued me from untold grief from 'im indoors. To the lady on Mile 4- as everyone says- you played a blinder and next time I marshall a race I will remember you. The jelly babies were very welcome and the "caution" sign made me smile. There was a point where one marshall was alone (I think it was just before the turn for the 1 mile marker) and so he didn't or couldn't control the traffic and that would have been welcome as some of the cars were travelling a little too fast; otherwise... a great day out, and for me, made greater still by a stonking PB! Thanks all... Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: 4 laps of 5miles: Some undulations but great for a PB In full: The organisation id excellent. The marshalls really keep you going and deserve medals of their own! Some nice downhills followed of course by the uphill. Not too steep and runable! A good challanging 20 miler! Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: A good pre-marathon warm up In full: I finished 12 mins faster than when I did it 2 years ago, still have some skin on my feet and am not on crutches, so a big success in that respect! But I still found it a tough race and lost 11 minutes on my last lap.
Thankyou to the marshals especially the star at mile 4 who must have burnt as many calories at the runners(!), the lady dancing and cheering by the texaco garage, and the man who remembered me after a lap to pass me my bottle at the 2 mile water station. I missed the jazz band that was at about mile 3.5 in 2009, but the "caution- jelly baby" signs made me smile.
Boo to the person who took my drink labelled with my name and number! Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Loved it In full: As others have mentioned, 4 laps sounds like it will be dull but it actually makes the race much better and the good atmosphere makes it very enjoyable. The mile 4 marshal was excellent, especially when she had the two little girls singing their chant about 'you're gonna reach the finish line!'
I agree with others that marshals were a mixed bag (including 6 marshals looking after a car on a straight piece of road when the section just before the end of the lap could have done with a few more marshals) but I think it's just because the really enthusiastic marshals made the others look bad!
One recommendation I'd have is moving the water station at mile 0 about half a mile or a mile back round the course to somewhere quieter!
Overall I have to say I really enjoyed it and think the course was well sign posted and very enjoyable - would definitely do it again! Date of review: March 13, 2011
In full: A nice fast flatish 4 lap course with a few gentle gradients just to make it more interesting. Runners share the road with traffic for a few short sections . A great speed endurance workout which is great preparation for a fast marathon time. Thanks to the marshalls and volunteers at drink stations who did a great job.
Not being a club runner I enjoyed the low key feel of the event compared to the more popular mass events. For instance the use of the small clubhouse for changing and showering took me back to my school days. Though being a club dominated event it may put off some beginners. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Great event, well organised with splendid marshals In full: Really enjoyed my first crack at this event. The course was more interesting than I expected and I found the 4 lap format helpful for pacing and knowing where to push it on the 4th lap. The marshals were very helpful, especially the enthusiastic lady on lap 4 who was the same lady mentioned many times last year. Good atmosphere in the club as well. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Excellent race brilliant preparation for the marathon In full: Lovely marshals who were very encouraging and supportive. Overall organisation excellent and the easy lap structure and relatively flat course made this a nice fast race to run. Thanks to hillingdon ac for an excellent day and nice medal!!! Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: A great trial for the spring marathon In full: A challenging undulating course, good water stations and some brialliant marshalls, especially just after 4 miles, she had enough energy for everybody.
My only critisism is that a few of the marshalls appeared to be more interested in chatting with each other rather then actually marshalling their junctions, but on the whole a cracking race. Date of review: March 13, 2011