In short: Another great race from Marlow Striders, this year with the weather to match the scenery In full: Thanks to all for another flawlessly organised race, my 5th or 6th Marlow half. No rain or flooding this year unlike 2012 and the late leaf fall meant that the course was free of things to slip on. Just as well given the gradients on the course. Well marshalled, very friendly and the most scenic race in the calendar. I even got a course PB :-) See you in 2014! Date of review: November 3, 2013
In short: Another great event, thanks to Dunstable Road Runners. In full: My third time running the half marathon though this was still not enough familiarity to stop me taking 3 wrong turns despite me navigating via my Garmin GPS! Expect to get a little confused on the route and to run 10% slower than normal and it will all be very enjoyable.
Race is advertised as a challenge with no course signage so complaints about none being present are a little silly. I continue to run it because of the great views and the variety of the terrain. The lack of PB potential means that this is a very friendly race, I chatted to half a dozen people on the way round. A great way to get back in shape after the summer holidays and one of my favourite races in the calendar.
Thanks to all from Dunstable Road Runners for continuing with this refreshingly different format. See you in 2014 Date of review: September 11, 2013
In short: Brilliant support and marshalling, closed roads throughout and pleasant scenery In full: A much bigger race than I expected - c. 3300 entrants - and a little congestion at the start but soon thinned out. Was positively surprised that we ran on closed roads throughout, water stations virtually every mile and a huge number of marshalls, helpers and supporters. Generous goody bag too. Thanks to the organisers. Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Stress free and lovely scenery, needs a few more runners In full: This is one of the least stressful events in the calendar; race HQ, car park and start line all within 20 metres of each other, excellent organisation and a very nice course; hilly but through beautiful woodland for first 5K, flat through pleasant village for second 5K. Decent support too. Seemed to be fewer runners than normal this year.. I did not notice any publicity for the event in the local area or any email reminders through my local running club. Suggest to the organisers you do both, would be a shame to see this great event dwindle away. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Great race, the village festival also a nice bonus In full: Ran this expecting it to be a course with PB potential. It wasn't as it undulates for most of the 10K. Scenery is pleasant and it is very well supported as the even kicks off the Chalgrove festival, an event I thought was really charming. At least 15 mins needed to get from the car park to race HQ so don't leave it too late. Thanks for a lovely run. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Fantastic organisation, well supported and easy parking In full: My first time at this race. Its a very slick operation with more marshalls than I have seen on any other race. Big downside for me were the 3 laps of the business park, which were quite dull. The scenery outside was also nothing special but it was a quick course. Very nice medal medal as well! Date of review: March 29, 2013
In short: Very well organised and supported. Freezing cold and wet,lots of fun, shame about the 1:30 pace maker In full: Thanks to all who contributed or supported. I have done lots of small half marathons but this was my first big scale event. Organisation was excellent. An absolutely miserable day weather-wise. Very little congestion on the road despite the 14000 runners and really well supported all the way round. Scenery is non existent but the supporter atmosphere more than made up. 2 minor criticisms; not enough space for people to get changed into dry clothes and the second was the pace maker. I was aiming for sub 1:30 and had the 1:30 pacemaker in my sights most of the way round. He ran very uneven splits and I overtook him with 1/2 mile to go and still ended up with 1:31. How does that work? Not the fault of the organisers though. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Another great marathon training run from GVH In full: Relaxed, friendly, varied and interesting course... a great training run on a BITTERLY cold morning. Hot tea and cake at the end. Couldnt ask for more. Thanks very much GVH, see you at the 20. Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: Fantastic marshalls, well organised race HQ In full: This is a very well organised race along quiet roads with only mild undulations - much less challenging than say the Hemel 20. Lots of marshals and good support in the village and plenty of water stations. Race HQ is excellent with good changing facilities, bag drop and cake/sandwiches stall. Received the best goodie bag I've ever had on any race. Only organisation hiccup was the parking; queued for 20 minutes to get in and the marshalls were a bit thin on the ground. Also much further away than the 10 minutes stated!
One negative (not the organisers fault); I was very disappointed to see just how much litter (mainly empty gel packets) were dropped by runners. One local in the village I saw was understandably disgusted but it wasn't just there; especially on the second lap there were empty packets everywhere. There's no need for it. Perhaps the race organisers can encourage/threaten but as runners we do need to be better behaved Date of review: February 17, 2013
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