In short: Having never taken part in a race, let alone a 1/2 marathon, I struggled with the hills! May be running is not for me BUT ...... now the stiffness has gone I know I could do it better!!!! Date of review: November 8, 2007
In short: Great race very well organised and friendly In full: And whatsmore we had great weather this year.I made my target time of sub 2 hrs but defitely not the fastest course that I have run. Very nice scenery when I was not looking at the ground and struggling on. Date of review: November 7, 2007
In short: I will not walk, I will not walk In full: Someone told me the scenery was wonderful. I'm afraid I had my head down most of the time. I did look up once about two thirds through to see the coloured shirts of runners snaking up the (yet another bl&&dy) hill in front of me. I didn't walk up those hills I chanted up, but I think it might have been quicker.
Fantastic organisation, really friendly. It makes you dig deep, but that's what makes it worthwhile. Date of review: November 7, 2007
In short: This race force me to run with the inside of my head!! In full: Great uphills in a rolling landscape but downhills to steep. Tuesday evening and I still can't walk normally. Date of review: November 6, 2007
In short: legs still hurting 2 days later In full: There was a really good atmosphere about this race - I suppose anyone willing to get up for a 9:30am half on the 4th Nov will be in good spirits. Nice little touches like the starting rocket and encouraging marshals. At the start someone asked me in all seriousness "is this one reasonably flat then?" errr...
Well, now I know the answer. Yes, the 7th mile is reasonably flat. But you probably won't enjoy it as those lovely green hills on your left are between you and the finish at Marlow! Basically it's up and down all the way - way harder than I was expecting and I found the first half downhills a bit demoralising as they were generally too short and steep to make up the time lost on the climbs. The second half seemed to swap things around though with the infamous steep uphills at mile 8 and 10 but then a usefully gentle mile and a half descent into Marlow. Great way to finish! A very satisfying race unless you're looking for a PB or a pain-free Monday. Date of review: November 6, 2007