In short: Flooded Hilly Chilterns In full: Wettest I've ever got. After torrential overnight rain the water was pouring off the Chilterns flooding all of the low points up to knee high at some points. And of course the usual steep hills. So, not for the faint hearted or any PBs this year, but it was a fantastic expoerience. Date of review: November 9, 2012
In short: Brilliant race as usual and made extra challenging this year by the weather. In full: Marlow was fantastic again and the flooding made it extra special! In all the years I've been running I've never run through so much freezing water, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The marshal's were very supportive in horrible conditions. Will be back again next year to run this very challenging race again:-) Date of review: November 6, 2012
In short: Well organised race despite the rain In full: This continues to be a MUST DO race. Great course and scenery. Good support from the marshalls that endured the weather longer than us runners had to. Nice new touches lately with a text msg of our finishing time.
Only requests: (a) Please can we have the cotton long sleeve t-shirts back? I think many ppl have technical t-shirts already that seem to last forever (b) if the forecast is similar in future years, some matting on the grass would help. 1000 ppl tramping up and down the demarked muddy areas left everyone as losers(ruined ground, dirty gym and shoes). Date of review: November 6, 2012
In short: Wow In full: A very special experience. The conditions were so bad it made for a brilliant event. Trying to find a dry patch to tun in was a waste of energy because as soon a your feet warmed up you were back splashing through another "river". Thought the rain had stopped for the start (or maybe i did not notice or care) and i am sure the sun came out for a while. Superb support, marshalling and organisation in very difficult circumstances. Well done to everbody Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: Bonkers - running through torrents of water and deep freezing water. In full: Fifth time I have done Marlow Half so I must be bonkers. This one was special though, never run through so much water or had such frozen feet and legs. As ever will be back next year! Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: Really very, very good. Well done Striders. In full: Superbly organized race in a beautiful piece of English countryside. Sincere thanks to a set of very brave marshalls out in those conditions. Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: It was a swim but the organisers were superb In full: If they cant pull this race off in the worst of conditons then I would love to see what they can do in nice weather. We all felt like adventurers running upstream through torrents of water from the previous nights rain but the marshalls were excellent ensuring a sense of humour from the very beginning. A tough course wwas made worse by the weather hoowever it was well worth showing up for. Great T-shirt, lovely cup of tea and superb race set up. I will be back next year for definate. Date of review: November 5, 2012