In short: Fast and Pleasant In full: My 10th half marathon and definitely the fastest course I've done - delighted to shave a minute off my pb. Once you get out of Maidenhead the scenery along the Thames and through Cookham was very pleasant - I also liked the finish down Maidenhead High Street.
Only small downside that everything ground to a halt through the underpass after half a mile and generally the fist mile was pretty conjested - but overall loved the run. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: enjoyable despite awkward start In full: Credit to the organisers for doing their best to rectify most of the challenges from last year, (I thought the baggage drop team worked really hard and as best they could). Once away from the town centre it's a flat, fast, pb potential and enjoyable course. Excellent town centre location; good car parks, public transport, cafes etc - and I guess the price you pay for that in Maidenhead is a narrow and bunched start and having to use an underpass. It'll be interesting to see how this can be resolved for next year. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: An enjoyable run, only spoilt by the underpass blockage In full: I would certainly think of doing this again, if the subway was removed from the route some how. maybe it cant, im not local to maidenhead. We came to a halt and it messes with your pace. otherwise a good race, see you again. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Great, flat and fast. 3 main gripes. 1 - too expensive. 2 - subway bit not good and, I understand, became log jammed. 3 - baggage drop and collection terrible. In full: This is a really good race with good potential, but the 3 issues need to be sorted to make it a real classic (which it could be). Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: My new favourite race? In full: Loved the convenient car parking, after picking up your race pack you could even sit inside - a rarity and nice on a day like today when a little cold. No ugly bits on the course and probably flattest one I've ever done. Lots of happy marshalls. Minor gripes - no goody bag and baggage retrieval still a 15 minute process which I understand is a huge improvement on last year. Overall, loved the race, a really pleasant surprise. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Flat, fast course and well managed In full: You will struggle to find a flatter course, if you exclude the 2 subways that you have to run through towards start and end of course. The course is basically two laps through some lovely villages with decent support. Nice finish in town centre. Excellent marshals and nice medal plus banana at end. Will be back next year. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: great for PB potential In full: Well organised and did not suffer any issues pre start. First mile a little narrow but did not mind 2 lap course. Slight concern about limited access to baggage at finish. Car park great location to hobble back to. Loved finishing in the broadway area. Felt special and well supported Date of review: September 16, 2012
In full: i enjoyed the race on probs,but the ban on headphones should be enforced . the lead motorcycle had to weave round people who seemed obilvious of anyboby else,this is unfair on the lead runners. in a two lap race all runners must be aware of those who are lapping them. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Good race but needs some improvements for next year In full: Firstly, far better organisation than last year, everything went to plan and the two lap format is much better than the out-and-back course of last year. It is also a blazingly fast course as a result. However, given that this race is not UKA-licensed, this is unfortunate as there will be a lot of sub 1:30s that won't make the Power of 10 (last year's race did). At the end of the day, UKA rules are there for safety and there were a fair number of iPlodders in a pen too fast for them oblivious to other runners.
For the cost of the race (note also, no goodie bag), the race should be UKA-affiliated. If today had been a lot warmer, I would have been concerned that the cups of water were only half full at mile 3 (and 9 I think, the same station) - was made worse by the fact that the station volunteers groused at me for taking two cups. I would still consider for next year if changes are made. Date of review: September 16, 2012