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
In short: Pretty, but challenging In full: A very enjoyable run, so thanks to everyone who helped organise it. I'd forgotton that it is quite a difficult route though (ran it in 2006). Found the uphills quite challenging, and a little slippery in the mud sometimes. Lots of people 'queued' to get round the puddles, but hey, I just ran through some of them! Weather was perfect, both for the run (cool) and later in the day for Legoland with the kids (hot). Equalled my pb for the year, so should be happy. My thanks to the nice running couple who encouraged me to keep going for the final uphill! One improvement would be to mark out different start positions based on expected run time as there was a bit of jostling etc. Nice to have chip marking this year. Date of review: October 14, 2008
In short: One of my favourite events of the year In full: Another enjoyable event (my third time running), so thanks to everyone who helped. Was concerned about the change in month, but the weather was perfect. I love the 'local' atmosphere of this one, with the beer tent, bbq and cakes, tombola, bouncy castle etc. My young kids also love doing their short run. Not necessarily the most 'professional' event, nor the most exciting goody bag (or lack of!), but it doesn't matter as it is just very enjoyable. Hope to be here again next year. Date of review: September 16, 2008
In short: It was tough (hot), but thank you In full: Thanks to everyone involved with the organisation of this enjoyable race. Very helpful and friendly marshalls. Lovely route, though I forgot to appreciate a lot of it due to the temperature (will have to do it again).
For me there was plenty of drinking water - lots of water stations, and I picked up and carried a water bottle from most. It was needed, so thank you. If it's true that runners took more than one bottle from a station then this seems a bit off to me.
Not a p.b. course even if it wasn't so hot, but I knew that before I entered. It's just a lovely, enjoyable run. It was tough though! I walked lots and got a p.w., but who cares!
The numbers of runners for the race was good. Couldn't have many more due to the narrowness of parts of the course. Maybe could have started half an hour earlier, but too early and perhaps you don't get as many great volunteers to help with the race. I didn't do it last year, but I suspect the kissing gates near Marlow may be a pain for the 'down tow' route.
Didn't get much done Sunday afternoon as I was shattered! Date of review: July 28, 2008
In short: Very enjoyable thank you In full: My second Dorney Dash, and another hot one (didn't do it last year). Organisation was amazing, so thanks for that. Not my favourite place to run as I find it a little dull, but it could be a lot worse. Great for spectators, including my two young children. Got a pb (hooray!).
Two things that might improve the event: 1) 'Proper' chip timing, start - finish. 2) Space the start timing markers out a little more, and make them a bit more obvious to people. I started right at the back of the 40-50 min section, but this was still fairly close to the front of the queue. I reckon there were a lot of runners behind me that ran sub 50's (I spent most of the race being over-taken). I ran 51:14 gun time. I blame the sun ;-)
Goodie bag great. Marshalls great. Parking great. Water great. Everyone who helped - great! Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: One of my favourites In full: My second time running this event. Enjoyed it as much this year as last, which was lots. And beat last years time (got a pb!). Interesting route, very well organised, nice atmosphere. Love the drummers, the warm-up, the music (Rocky got us going!), the route. Missed the t-shirt, but the medal is good.
One gripe, that no-one else seems to mention. Perhaps it's only me, but I really think the 1k markers are out. Especially the first one - got there too quickly. A shame, as it means that I can't trust any of them.
Will be back next year. Date of review: September 4, 2007