In short: Incredibly well organised with great support In full: Surprised by how big this race was. Everything was immaculately organised and lots of marshalls making safe what would otherwise have been a tricky route. Lots of support out on the course and at the finish and the most generous goodie bag I've ever had anywhere. Thank you to Handy Cross Runners and Grant and Stone! Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: Well done again, well organised and supported as always In full: Much more expensive this year, but as its now being run by a charity and the proceeds go to them I didn't mind paying the extra. This is my local race; the first 5k is very hilly through beautiful Chilterns woodland, the second 5k is flat through Prestwood village. Parking is easy, the new "vest chips" worked well and all in all very pleasant. Date of review: May 16, 2011
In short: Really well organised, great route, thank you! In full: Course is actually 20.2 miles with a rather steep hill at mile 15 so excellent marathon training. Great marshalling and nice warm informal feel to event. Staggered start a good idea but perhaps one improvement might be to call people to start line explicitly in speed order... I spend the first 6km trying to get past people who were much slower.
It was a great event, thanks to all who helped organise it, Date of review: March 29, 2011
In short: Great organisation and a pleasant course - excellent pre Marathon run In full: Very well organised (marshalls and signposting everywhere) and in location with plenty of parking. Some parts of course very nice. The hill at mile 11 was a bit of a killer. Well done and thank you Date of review: March 26, 2011
In short: Brilliant again, but now straining at the seams In full: Once again Marlow Striders did a wonderful job. This is a glorious course through Buckinghamshire woodland with 2 horrific climbs at mile 8 and 11. Really well marshalled and many thanks to all who helped out. Great support from local residents/spectators too. One of my highlights of the year.
The race feels like it is getting too big now though with lots of congestion at race hq (though none on the course); 45 minute queues for toilets and big queues for hot drinks afterwards. Please dont let it grow any bigger! Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Fantastic organisation and stunning scenery In full: My favourite race of the year. Varied but always scenic route partially through forest, partially over open fields and downs. The marshalling is exceptional. A really first class race. Thanks to the organisers! Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Great variety of terrain, some lovely views, but half marathon was 14 miles not 13! In full: Very interesting race with some great scenery and challenging terrain. Not a huge amount of support from the locals but plenty of atmosphere provided by the scenery. Sandwich, cake and tea at the end were perfect. Only disappointment was a rather miserable last mile of finish which contrasted starkly with the great scenery of most of rest of run.
And would be worth making sure everyone knows that the course is 14 miles not 13! Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Fantastic scenery, watch out for extra .6 km at end of advertised 15k! In full: First time running this. Very well marshalled and organised. Extremely scenic though very hilly. Only challenge I had was in finding the cricket club (map not great..). Did get one surprise as I wound up my speed for last 500m (according to GPS) only to find that there was an extra 600m to run beyond 15k. Date of review: October 22, 2009
In short: Fairly flat course, well organised, good facilities and friendly In full: Well organised. Course itself is pretty flat (for buckinghamshire). Not particularly scenic but worth doing. Date of review: August 13, 2006
In short: A great village event, steep 1K hill at start otherwise flat In full: Takes place in a small village near High Wycombe. Very friendly organisation and nice community feel - started by local MP, also incuded kiddie fun races. Run is very rural though largely flat. Lots of views of ploughed fields. No support out on course (not a surprise as often on private roads) but nice and cheery at start/finish. Very well marshalled. Date of review: June 18, 2006