In short: Scenic, challenging and well organised in places In full: Parking and the collection of the race packs was well organised. My only pre-race moan was re the lack of toilets for gents.
The course itself was varied and scenic - and then of course there was the 'challenging' hill.
I wasn't overly impressed by the goody bag and the medal, especially for a race in its 'silver jubilee' year, but overall I would rate the Henley half and if it wasn't so close to the Windsor half, I would certainly consider doing this next year. Date of review: October 14, 2007
In short: Although parts of the course lack inspiration, well organised and good value In full: The hill in the first mile was tough, and then there were a couple more small ones between miles 2 and 4, but after that, fine, although a bit of boredom factor between miles 7 and 11 (lots of pavement and housing estates)! Very well marshalled, lots of drink stations and the welcome addition of sponges too! Thanks to those locals who set up their own drinks stations - much appreciated!
Certainly not a PB course, but the brilliant goody bag more than makes up for it (not to mention the t-shirt and decent medal)!
In short: Very well organised with the exception of the baggage In full: From the very detailed pre-race pack, to the over ample toilet facilities on the day, you knew this was going to be a good one. The organisation, atmosphere (lots of support from the locals), and the course (finishing in the stadium was a great touch) were all great.
My only grumble is the badly organised baggage handling, and the crappy post-race bag - soup? Fishermans Friends? Just what you need after a 13 mile run.
Shouldn't moan too much though - it was otherwise a great race, and I even managed to take a minute of my previous half-marathon time. Date of review: March 27, 2007
In short: Well organised In full: Well organised race, with good marshalling throughout. Slight inclines between miles two and three, but a PB course none the less. Impressed at the results being posted online within the day! Date of review: January 28, 2007
In short: Well organised but what happened to the mile markers? In full: I was impressed with the organisation. Plenty of porta-loo's and ample parking too.
The run was challenging in parts and very scenic, however the mile markers let things down!
The 4 mile marker was very inaccurate and came far too soon. The five mile marker appeared to be missing, and the additional 0.2 miles due to the canal diversion appeared to be 'hidden' between the 4 & 6 mile markers. By the time you got to the 6 mile point you seemed to be off-time which was a little demoralising.
Hopefully the organisers can get the markers sorted for next year, because otherwise it was a great race. Date of review: January 21, 2007
In short: Very well organised race with the potential of a good result In full: I enjoyed this race. It was well organised, the Marshalls were encouraging, and we were treated to a pretty useful goody bag at the end. My only negative comment is related to the course - the scenery was somewhat lacking, especially the stretch that ran alongside the A40! I would do this again next year, for the both the good organisation and to better my time! Date of review: December 10, 2006
In short: Good race in terms of course and location, but let down by bad organisation. In full: Great sunny, dry weather, the Brighton location and a flat and fast course made this a great race for me in terms of a PB. However ... a lack of organisation at the start meant that many slower runners were at the front. KM markers were poor - did anyone else completley miss 4k? Only one water station at 3k, which was poorly maned and unmarked so I missed out on the water altogether. Marshalls seem disinterested and unsupportive. No bottles of water at the end - instead, cups of water were avaliable. And then there was the farce that was the left luggage collection - big que and quite frankly two clueless attendants! Date of review: November 19, 2006