In short: Glorious scenery, excellent organisation and killer hills - a great race In full: My 6th time running this race and still my favourite in the calendar. Forget trying to get a PB due to two killer hills but instead just enjoy the wonderful Chilterns scenery through mainly deserted woodland roads. Well marshalled and organised as always and with great support all the way round. I really liked the hoodie this year - makes a nice change from yet another technical tee. Only thing I'd change would be to replace the post run apple with a banana! Fantastic job, thank you Marlow Striders. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Another great race, thankfully this year with decent weather In full: Thanks to Tring Running Club for another great race. Very easy event to get to (parking at race HQ), some great scenery & a nice testing trail route. Nice bacon sandich afterwards in clubhouse. My 6th or 7th time round for me and I still haven't learnt that the race HQ postcode leads to the wrong road, might be worth a reminder in your joining instructions. See you next year Date of review: October 25, 2014
In short: Beautiful countryside and excellent organisation - thank you Marlow striders In full: My first multi-sport event so wasn't sure what to expect. It was a really great morning. The 7km run course is done twice- once in each direction which as a nice touch and made it seem more interesting. The course is pretty flat and runs through nice paths and criss crosses the lovely Thames at Marlow. The bike course takes in the stunning scenery of the Hambledon Valley - a really beautiful ride. Marshalls were on hand everywhere needed and were very encouraging. One (tiny) thing to consider- I was expecting something to help re-fuel at the end but all that was on offer was a glass of water- a banana or cereal bar would have helped a lot. A great event and will definitely do it again, thank you. Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: Another great race from Marlow Striders, this year with the weather to match the scenery In full: Thanks to all for another flawlessly organised race, my 5th or 6th Marlow half. No rain or flooding this year unlike 2012 and the late leaf fall meant that the course was free of things to slip on. Just as well given the gradients on the course. Well marshalled, very friendly and the most scenic race in the calendar. I even got a course PB :-) See you in 2014! Date of review: November 3, 2013
In short: Another great event, thanks to Dunstable Road Runners. In full: My third time running the half marathon though this was still not enough familiarity to stop me taking 3 wrong turns despite me navigating via my Garmin GPS! Expect to get a little confused on the route and to run 10% slower than normal and it will all be very enjoyable.
Race is advertised as a challenge with no course signage so complaints about none being present are a little silly. I continue to run it because of the great views and the variety of the terrain. The lack of PB potential means that this is a very friendly race, I chatted to half a dozen people on the way round. A great way to get back in shape after the summer holidays and one of my favourite races in the calendar.
Thanks to all from Dunstable Road Runners for continuing with this refreshingly different format. See you in 2014 Date of review: September 11, 2013
In short: Brilliant support and marshalling, closed roads throughout and pleasant scenery In full: A much bigger race than I expected - c. 3300 entrants - and a little congestion at the start but soon thinned out. Was positively surprised that we ran on closed roads throughout, water stations virtually every mile and a huge number of marshalls, helpers and supporters. Generous goody bag too. Thanks to the organisers. Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Stress free and lovely scenery, needs a few more runners In full: This is one of the least stressful events in the calendar; race HQ, car park and start line all within 20 metres of each other, excellent organisation and a very nice course; hilly but through beautiful woodland for first 5K, flat through pleasant village for second 5K. Decent support too. Seemed to be fewer runners than normal this year.. I did not notice any publicity for the event in the local area or any email reminders through my local running club. Suggest to the organisers you do both, would be a shame to see this great event dwindle away. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Great race, the village festival also a nice bonus In full: Ran this expecting it to be a course with PB potential. It wasn't as it undulates for most of the 10K. Scenery is pleasant and it is very well supported as the even kicks off the Chalgrove festival, an event I thought was really charming. At least 15 mins needed to get from the car park to race HQ so don't leave it too late. Thanks for a lovely run. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Fantastic organisation, well supported and easy parking In full: My first time at this race. Its a very slick operation with more marshalls than I have seen on any other race. Big downside for me were the 3 laps of the business park, which were quite dull. The scenery outside was also nothing special but it was a quick course. Very nice medal medal as well! Date of review: March 29, 2013
In short: Very well organised and supported. Freezing cold and wet,lots of fun, shame about the 1:30 pace maker In full: Thanks to all who contributed or supported. I have done lots of small half marathons but this was my first big scale event. Organisation was excellent. An absolutely miserable day weather-wise. Very little congestion on the road despite the 14000 runners and really well supported all the way round. Scenery is non existent but the supporter atmosphere more than made up. 2 minor criticisms; not enough space for people to get changed into dry clothes and the second was the pace maker. I was aiming for sub 1:30 and had the 1:30 pacemaker in my sights most of the way round. He ran very uneven splits and I overtook him with 1/2 mile to go and still ended up with 1:31. How does that work? Not the fault of the organisers though. Date of review: March 17, 2013