In short: Very good. In full: An excellent race. Very basic, small event (which I like - if you want busy, nip down the road to Reading) but good, flat course, with rural scenery and not much hanging around. Regarding beginner friendliness, yes this is clubby (judging by the amount of club vests), but don't let that put you off. Friendly marshals and water stations people (mainly scouts) and a nice mug instead of a medal. No chip timing, but at £12, who's complaining. Book early though as this sells out very quickly. Date of review: April 1, 2012
In short: Well-organised race in the countryside In full: Nice course on quiet country roads, with good marshals and lots of encouragement from the locals and at the drinks stations. Liked the mug rather than a medal. Date of review: April 1, 2012
In short: Lovely countryside, perfect weather, clockwork organization. Perfect race! In full: First time I've done this race, and I'll definitely be back. Flat, scenic route along quiet country lanes. The excellent organizers even managed to lay on perfect weather. Particular thanks to the many excellent marshalls and the enthusiastic helpers at the water stations. Date of review: April 1, 2012
In short: Very well organised, lovely setting, fast and flat In full: This was my first half and I was pretty slow, but really happy to have finished. The communication from Dene has been excellent - keeping in touch for a few months beforehand, and race pack sent out at Christmas. I liked the mug and although I like medals, this is something I will use and it will remind me of the run. Also the t-shirts are great, low priced and everyone's name in a list on the back - unique! Will definitely do again next year - need to get some new trainers before then though, and a bit more training! Date of review: April 15, 2011
In short: Excellent In full: Many thanks to the photographer capturing me looking like death! Too hot for me and outside my PB but I'll definitely race again. I liked the mug over a medal and t-shirts were very reasonably priced. Many thanks to the villagers and chaffinches (it was rural) for their support. Great marshals. A really good low-numbered run and a great change from a city half. Thanks to all involved. Excellent.
In short: Really enjoyable race with perfect organisation In full: A very hot day dictated that I would be taking a slow trot round for this race and I enjoyed it all the more. Fantastic marshalls, perfectly placed and plentiful water stations, and welcome support from the locals when we passed through the several villages on route. Definately one to do again. Date of review: April 12, 2011
In short: Fast and flat, excellent organisation, Marshalls and locals among the best anywhere In full: Thanks once more to the organisers for putting together another wonderful race. A tad hot for me at this time of year and had to stop for a couple of mins to hydrate properly. Still manged to take 4 mins off my PB though! Date of review: April 11, 2011