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
In short: Another great marathon training run from GVH In full: Relaxed, friendly, varied and interesting course... a great training run on a BITTERLY cold morning. Hot tea and cake at the end. Couldnt ask for more. Thanks very much GVH, see you at the 20. Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: Fantastic marshalls, well organised race HQ In full: This is a very well organised race along quiet roads with only mild undulations - much less challenging than say the Hemel 20. Lots of marshals and good support in the village and plenty of water stations. Race HQ is excellent with good changing facilities, bag drop and cake/sandwiches stall. Received the best goodie bag I've ever had on any race. Only organisation hiccup was the parking; queued for 20 minutes to get in and the marshalls were a bit thin on the ground. Also much further away than the 10 minutes stated!
One negative (not the organisers fault); I was very disappointed to see just how much litter (mainly empty gel packets) were dropped by runners. One local in the village I saw was understandably disgusted but it wasn't just there; especially on the second lap there were empty packets everywhere. There's no need for it. Perhaps the race organisers can encourage/threaten but as runners we do need to be better behaved Date of review: February 17, 2013
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