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
In short: Gorgeous trail race through wonderful and varied scenery In full: A big thanks to the organisers. This is my second time on the half marathon course. A very very friendly bunch of people at race HQ. (race HQ is excellent by the way) Maybe because it is off road, largely unmarked and definitely not suitable for a PB, my fellow runners were also extremely friendly and I chatted to more people on the course than I ever have at any race before. No problems with getting lost on route thanks to the course being uploaded on my Garmin
The downs themselves are of course beautiful but it was the range of terrain and scenery that made it very special.
It was hard as nails today due to the 25C+ temperature. Only potential improvement would be more water stations... only 2 on a half marathon course in this heat was an issue, though to be fair it was clear on pre-race instructions that this was the case so I should have brought more liquid with me.
A great race, thank you! Date of review: September 9, 2012
In short: Thanks for another super half marathon In full: As ever, this is a fantastic race. Glorious scenery, two very tough hills at mile 8 and 11 and excellent organisation. The race I always look forward to each year, thank you Marlow Striders and all marshalls and helpers Date of review: November 6, 2011
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