In short: Bog-snorkeling bonus! In full: What a great morning! The rain, which had been torrential, held off and this was, again, a fab race.
It's a Very Tough road race: all up hill for the first couple of miles; undulating with some sharp ups and downs for the next 9; down down down for the final two.
The atmosphere was great today, as we were all joined by our insanity to run such a toughie in what looked like would be torrential rain. The marshals were extremely encouraging and chirpy, considering they'd been out in the rain for hours.
The course was flooded in places, but only to just below my knees (I'm not very tall) and was a good giggle.
Thanks Striders for a great race! Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: As usual the course incorporated steep climbs and long down hill sections. This year featured floods and torrents of water on the hills. Excellent! Marshalls friendly and unflappable in the face of adverse weather. In full: I love this race. The hills are challenging in both directions, the scenery is fantastic and this year the roads were transformed into deep, fast streams which made it even more interesting! They breed their marshalls tough in Marlow - it was freezing cold, they must have got a soaking and yet they smiled and clapped and cheered us all the way round. Even the t-shirt at the end was good! Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: In the face of appalling conditions this race was still run smoothly and marshalled in an exemplary fashion. Good humoured, positive and encouraging. A credit to the organisers. Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Flooded, tough hills but a really enjoyable run In full: This is one of my favorite races of the year, its very well organised, and the marshalls deserve a medal for standing out in these conditions cheering us all on, they were brilliant. The route was so flooded but added to the fun and the hills seemed to be tougher than last year! Will definitely be back again next year! Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Great race, hills challenging enough to feel a sense of achievement when you reach the top. In full: Hats off to the marshals for their cheeriness during the heavy rain at the beginning of the race. Lovely scenery which is just as we'll as it takes your mind off the hills! Few more toilets would be appreciated as the two ladies ones weren't enough. Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Very, very, very, very wet In full: as the man on the PA said, and he was not wrong. To think I complained about having to run through one or two ankle deep puddles a couple of years ago. But I'm going keep doing this one at least until we get good weather for it. Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Pack your wellies and climbing ropes! In full: Terrible conditions almost a foot deep in places, water streaming down the hills. Although well organised and dedicated Marshalls despite the horrible conditions. I had heard it was hilly but up and down like a yoyo a real challenge! Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Brilliant race in appalling conditions In full: Freezing rain for the first hour, roads flooded ankle deep, the conditions were so bad it was great - the most enjoyable run I've had this year. A huge thank you to fantastic marshalls and organisers who remained cheerful throughout. This remains my favourite race in the calendar, looking forward to 2013 if my kit dries out in time! Date of review: November 4, 2012