In short: This race was like running up hills in a Sahara desert, the only thing that was missing was the mosuitoes. In full: Burnham beeches half marathon is a tough half marathon. Although this is only a half marathon I have ran it three times and still struggle to run it under 2 hours. It is a chip timing race organised by famous the ‘Jand Results’. The major factors this year for me under performing were:- racing on the Tuesday at Petts Wood, also the soaring heat at 29 degrees, which affected my asthma, which was exacerbated whilst running through Burnham joggers Woodlands. This race had many hills, it caused many runners to walk rather than run up hill. Even the strong fit Gladiator in his full gear was feeling so fatigued during first half of the race, I was concerned he was going to fall on his sword! 400 metres near the finish, a naughty female marshal shouted at me and said ‘Try and beat those 2 men in front of you’. I was hot and tired and thought she must be absolutely bonkers, but somehow I managed to out run 3 male runners to the finish line. I was absolutely knackered. The medal I received was beautiful, which bears similarities to my Yately 10k medal. I must say the company who makes these medals are pretty damn good! Burnham beeches half marathon is always a favourite of mine.
Burnham Joggers also organise Clivendon Cross County , an awesome 10k race, in December (this race fills up very quickly). Two popular races for Runners World Top one hundred races.
In short: Tough race through beautiful woods and great organisation In full: Hot and hilly! Great race but could have done with more water stations in my view. Race HQ in grounds of beautiful school. Car park some walk from start. Date of review: September 15, 2009
In short: Extremely friendly, well-organised and enjoyable! In full: Lovely countryside and a great atmosphere. Much hillier than I was expecting, but definitely worth it (the swimming pool at the end is a stroke of genius by the way, thankyou so much to the school who made it available!), and we had a lovely picnic in the grounds afterwards. The course is definitely challenging, with much steeper ups and downs than I'd pictured from the 'undulating' description, so wasn't PB material for me (five minutes off my PB in fact, though it was very hot too ;-) But it seemed to suit others very well, and it was certainly picturesque. Many thanks to all the organisers and volunteers, who did a fantastic job. Overall, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this one - a great day out! Date of review: September 5, 2009
In short: Tough but great organisation & atmosphere In full: A few more hard hills than the description suggested and the heat on the day made it tough overall. Well done to the organisers and great spectator turnout. Date of review: September 1, 2009
In short: Excellent despite hot weather In full: Organisation was flawless. Race is through woodland, but on tarmac which I prefer to trail running. Undulating course with some slightly longer hills. I loved it ! Date of review: August 30, 2009
In short: Those hills, I'd forgotten about those hills In full: Did this in 2007 and was tough then but a nice sheltered scenic route, good for heat training...forgot just how hard the second loop was and came back for more! Date of review: August 30, 2009
In short: Thank you! In full: Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the marshalls and everyone at the water points as I only had the energy to grunt at them at the time! They were extremely encouraging. Only gripe about the day would be about the lack of any goody bag at the end. A chocolate bar and a bottle of lucozade would have been worth it's weight in gold on such a hot day! Date of review: August 28, 2009
In short: Beautiful course, interesting hills but could do with more water stops! In full: Lovely scenery and really well organised. But there was limited support to help runners deal with the heat of the day. An earlier start would have been better and there were not enough water stops. That aside, it's a lovely course and the marshalls were very cheerful and helpful. I'll be doing it again next year. Date of review: August 26, 2009