In short: A special race In full: My 5th consecutive year of running this race, and it is still one of my favourite events of the year. Great organisation and marshalling thanks (though only one sit down toilet for the blokes?). Love the feel to this event, with the bouncy castle (free!), tombola (kids won bottle of champagne!), BBQ (family made use of after the race, sat on our picnic rug in the sun), cakes and beer (didn't indulge).
Love the fact that my children can take part in the safe, around park, 3k (or the short dash if you have younger children). Would have preferred this to have started slightly later as I missed the start, which didn't happen last year. I was in no rush to leave the event, but maybe people are keen to get on with things and get home again.
Found it quite tough this year. Discovered at start that my Garmin battery was depleted so ran the course 'blind'. Thought I was being slow, but got a course record for me. I have got faster every year since I started in 2006. Can't go on for ever!
Thanks to everyone. Will be there next year again if I am free. Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: Thanks to the organisers for a nice evening's run In full: First time doing this race. I will do it again as I have entered all 3 of the series. It was a nice, enjoyable race to turn up for. Organisation was very good. Route a little dull, but totally as expected. Good view of Windsor castle! Nice and fast and not congested with runners. Actually could have done with a few more maybe. Am interested to know the accuracy of the distance and timing - I am sure that it is fine but one always wonders...Think I pb-ed....waiting for results to go online. Date of review: May 18, 2010
In short: Brilliant thanks In full: I run this race every year now. Perfect organisation. Thanks to all involved. Don't get held up at all around the course. Not too many runners. Weather was perfect for running and I got another pb. Yippee! Oh, and I shared the sweets with the family, so thanks for that too. Date of review: May 8, 2010
In short: Love this race In full: I've run this (very local to me) race every year since 2007 and will continue to do so. It is one of my favourites. Personally, I've grown used to the route and actually really enjoy the first three miles. It's ace to see all the runners, front and back, and spotting faster and slower friends, and is also great for spectators. Also, as someone else said, it gives people a chance to find their 'position' before the route narrows. Maybe starting markers based on finishing time might help. Did find the later pavement sections a little congested, so not too many more runners in this race please. Many thanks to all the helpers and organisers. Early (?) start gun was a surprise, but better than the late ones I think we have had in the past. One day I may even come down to the MACS clubhouse and join them for a run.... Date of review: April 3, 2010
In short: Enjoyed - thanks all In full: My 4th year in running the event, and still one of my favorite races of the year. Found it quite tough - it's not really a p.b. course - but I get faster each year so am happy!
Both my children (4 and 6) enjoyed the fun run, and the older one took part in the 3k for the first time this year. I was really proud and happy that she completed both laps, and hardly walked at all!
Many thanks to all the organisers. It was a lovely morning out for the family, as always. Bouncy castle appeared to be free, and the refreshments were very reasonably priced. We won some wine plus some local carrots and potatoes from the tombolo! We will be back.
One small niggle - maybe there could be a few more gents loos? Only one sit down toilet was quite limiting. Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Organisation was superb! In full: My third time running the Dorney Dash, and once again I must say how good the organisation was. Can't fault it! All the helpers/marshalls etc were brilliant.
I knocked 2 mins 22 of my pb (which I set at this race last year) so was very pleased. Weather was soo much better for running in, i.e. not hot! I agree that running around Dorney Lake is a little dull, but I knew that when I entered. What was good was the race was not over crowded so there was little to no weaving going on. So much better than some of the bigger races I've done.
As I said last year, and others have agreed this year, would be nice to have proper chip timing. But not the end of the world as I can time myself.
Thank you everyone for a very rewarding morning. I plan to be back next year again. Date of review: June 6, 2009
In short: Loved it In full: My second time running, did it also in 2002. However this time I wore a costume (pink lady apple) and enjoyed it so much more. Highly recommend a costume to any 'non-serious' runner as it sooo adds to the atmosphere and support from the crowd. I was following a tidal wave of cheers and screams for me from start to finish.
Organisation was amazing. Helpers (all of them) were amazing. Crowd was amazing. Fellow runners were amazing. (Even the weather was amazing). Thank you everyone!
One little niggle, though I feel bad about doing it. In their enthusiasm to cheer on runners and gave out sweets etc, the crowds sometimes came off the pavements onto the road and severely reduced the width of space for runners to get through. Would rather have them though and live with it!
Started at the back, and when I walked I really tried to stick to the edges unless I was overtaking a slower walker, but in a race this size I think you have to live with being held up and having to do some weaving.
Would love to do it again, but promised the wife this was the last time. Date of review: April 28, 2009
In short: Recommend this one In full: My third running of this event, and I enjoyed it once again. A nice size, with a good route, lots of support and plenty of happy helpers. The few laps round the business park is a little odd, but it is great for supporters who get to see you several times. I don't mind it at all. The rest of the route I kinow well as it is one of my training routes, and I think it is a reasonable one.
Got a p.w. but not a suprise! Thanks to the organisers for letting me wear my pink lady costume - it was good practice for London for me. I need to make some adjustments to the costume if I can! Many thanks to all who helped make the event happen, and to all the runners and spectators who cheered me on. Date of review: April 10, 2009
In short: Enjoyable morning thank you In full: First off many thank yous to everyone who helped with the running of this race, no matter what you did. The amount of help, and the enthusiasm of the helpers was excellent and very very welcome. I thought the organisation was absolutely superb.
If you want to run in and experience a large half marathon, running through town centre streets with many spectators, not too hilly, with a fun stadium finish and plenty of atmosphere then this is the one to do. The drawbacks though are the congestion. Struggled to find my pace, constantly trying to find gaps to overtake people. Should have started closer to the front, so maybe this was my fault though.
Still beat my half marathon pb by about 2 minutes, though was hoping for more. This was a pre London warm up for me, and I think did the job quite well. Not sure if I will run again, mainly because I think I like quieter marathons (for example Marlow in the Autumn), any possibly prefer more scenic country side type runs these days. But, this was a very good race thanks!
Oh yes, very much enjoyed watching the finish of the short race before the half. Well done to all who took part, in particular the younger ones. Think it inspired my children to consider giving it a go. So far they have only done the brilliant very short run at the Wooburn Park 10k. Date of review: March 29, 2009
In short: A wonderful way to spend Sunday morning In full: Very enjoyable race thanks. My second Marlow half - ran last year as well. Organisation is excellent, and the many marshalls, water station helpers, etc were brilliant. All friendly and encouraging. I tried to thank them all as I passed.
A hilly one, but you can make up so much time on the down stretches. Got a p.b. today, knocking abut 45 secs of my time last year (which was my previous half p.b.) so am very happy. I think I am more suited to the ups and downs of Marlow than other flatter races. For a 'fun runner', there is potential here if you manage the ups carefully, and speed through the downs.
Was worried that it would be pouring with rain, but actually I found the conditions perfect.
Plan to be back next year. Thanks to everyone who helped with the event.
Hope the person air lifted off is ok. Date of review: November 2, 2008