In short: Another windy year In full: A good race, flat, but I agree that the underpasses and also the two bridges in the last mile tease at the calves. I was aware of traffic problems, and had to park in a layby.
But I have noticed that there were an extra 1000 finishers this year, and I guess that the organisers had not taken that into account. I would add that it was a blumin' freezin' day and thank you, Marshalls and all volunteers, for going the distance. Especially during and after the rain/ sleet/ hail.
Good value, a bit chaotic at the end, but again, the orgnaisers will have to take the increased entry into account next year, and make different plans.
Shame about the thieving bastards. Sorry, it annoys me that people can be so low.
How about reversing the course next year? or at least reverse mile 1-10? Can that be done? Date of review: March 9, 2009
In short: Watch out for them hills In full: Phew!! Hot weather today made it more difficult. A bit muddy in the odd place, and that was after a warm week. Its not an event to seek a PB, or compare race times with other races. It is very hilly!! But the scenary is second to none, and this time of year is particularly scenic.
Well run, pleanty of marshalls, thank you Tring. Date of review: October 13, 2008
In short: Congested at start but great In full: A lovely race. The only bad bit was, as everyone said, the start. I was walking for a short while after going under the start. Nice and flat, ideal for a beginner, or someone graduating from Race for Life. Flat course.
Many thanks to the man with the hosepipe....... it REALLY was a buck-up. Heat awful, but not the organisers fault.
Many thanks also to the marshalls and helpers, even the little girls giving out the medals, it all made for a fun day out.
Parking in Marlow was fine, I arrived at 8.30, and there was loads of room, and it only cost £1. Date of review: May 12, 2008
In short: Flat but windy In full: First, many thanks to the marshalls and volunteers, it was blumin' feeezing in that wind. We cant do it without you.
Normally a good flat race with a small undulation over a rail bridge at mile 8. But the wind it the second half was simply too much for me. On a better day, the course would be great.
Well organised, good parking, plenty of water stations. Flat. Well done Maidenhead AC. Any chance of reducing the going-round-the-block at the begining, altho its great for spectators. Date of review: March 21, 2008
In short: Well organised, but watch out for bollards In full: This is the second time Ive dome the race, and its it well organised. Easy parking both in and out, easy to get over the start line, chip timing with 5k splits and lucozade at half way were great. A mainly flat course, the odd up and downer under roads, but a horrid footbridge in the last miles not really very welcome. Not so great..... loads of blumin' bollards on the route.
It was a little windy between 8 and 10, but weather cant be helped!!.
Thank you marshalls, and volunteers, we really couldnt do it without you. Date of review: March 4, 2008
In short: Oh !! that hill!!! In full: The organisation of this race is fantastic. No crowded start, as it was in the Rye it was wide enough for there to be no bunching at the start. And hardly any time to get over the line.
The hill isnt that bad. Its at the start, so just take easier in the first mile. I actually found it harder to get myself going again after the super downhill bit at mile 5-7.
Lots of water stops, and many thanks to those people who organised unofficial waterstops for us............ it is appreciated very much.
Marshalls brillaint. Goody bag excellant. I also entered on the day and had no problem, which proves that these smaller events can handle entries on the day, and that if you want to run, you can. Well done, Handy Cross runners, a fantastic event, and one you should be proud of. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: Flat, but not enough loos In full: A really lovely atmosphere, flat course, may be windy on the open bits. Not enough toilets (but then again, which race does??). Marshall freindly and encouraging. I would recomend it to anyone. Date of review: April 10, 2007
In short: Lovely course, shame about the start In full: The course was lovely, I didnt find the hills too bad, but I am a slower runner. The start was awful, far too narrow, and it was impossible to pass resulting in a slow first kilometre. SO it may not be PB material. There were also some muddy bits on grass that were quite slippery sometime in the first third to half of the course.
But it was a lovely course, great scenary. Marshalls fabulous, and a great downhill bit between 8 and 9.50 kilometres. The finish was friendly too, and a good atmosphere.
I believe the course was altered this year because of roadworks, and maybe this didnt help the start. I would definitely do it again despite the poor start. Date of review: February 28, 2007