In short: Wonderful scenic race. Well organised. Multi-terrain limits PB potential. In full: I ran this feeling absolutely god awful. It may be because of this that i was even more blown away by the unbelievably magnificent route this race takes. Nice sized field, well organised, friendly, good parking, and a beautiful race alongside, over and around the Thames. Thumbs up from me. Date of review: October 23, 2016
In short: Absolutely stunning route, nice size field, something special about this one In full: Along the Thames out through Remenham and back (slightly different routes), then out to Fawley, Assendon and back to the Rugby club provides a stunning course for the race. The views over the Thames on the Remenham stage in particular were majestic. You'll hit a hill at the 6.9 mile mark which will go on for 2.2 miles. Don't collapse, cry, or call for a cab - it does end and when it does the finish is a pretty quick one. I did this race once before and hurt my knee coming down the hill after the climb so watch out for this as it is very steep, but I'll be back again every year I can now. A few points on the finish: Mars bars and bananas are always good. The energy drinks would be best replaced with water. The medal is fairly poor. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Mildly testing run around Her Majesty's back garden. Fantastic but let down by a traffic light! In full: All the great organisation in the world didn't stop some idiot putting in 3 way phased temporary traffic light on the approach to the car park. An hour and 20 minutes to drive and park from Maidenhead which is 7 miles away. Out of the car and into the pen and off we went. Given I didn't even feel like getting out of bed the morning of the race I'm glad I did. Great crowds (although far between groups), start and finish is stunning and the bit in between is on the upper end of beautifully scenic. Liked the water bottles and targets for the bins. Loos didn't seem too overcrowded. Seemed like fairly good facilities, but I had to shoot off pretty quick at the end so didn't really check them out. Won't say it is an all time favourite yet, but I'll do it again. Definitely. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Nice and flat and my hometown race In full: First time actually making it to the start line of this race after being ill on previous years. Was special as this was my hometown race and it went past the end of my parents road so I had some fantastic support :-) Overall the race holds great PB potential as it is nice and flat and quite sheltered. The pace teams were excellent and were great at keeping some of the runners spirits up! The scenery was, well one of my regular runs so it was very familiar but still great nonetheless. Will enter every year until I can't bend down to put my running shoes on. Could do with a goody bag and not just a medal, water and a banana - but you can't ask for everything! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Beautiful route through the Beeches - excellent mix of hills and flats In full: Caldicott School is a fantastic start location to kick off this early season half. Not too many beginners, but not at all intimidating if you're not seasoned (or coming back to it like me). The route takes you on two laps of the stunning Burnham Beeches, and to me seemed to be the perfect mix of hills and flats. None of the hills were put there to really challenge your climbing ability (crampons not required!) but they did make it interesting. A nice medal and technical tee in the goody bag topped off a great morning. Date of review: August 16, 2016
In short: Great place, outstanding crowds but a few gripes In full: The spectators at Brighton were sublime - I have only done a couple of marathons before (not London but both were bigger than Brighton) and the words of encouragement, the screams, the whoops, the drummers the charity teams (who cheer on everyone!) and well just about everyone at this event just seemed to be one louder than the others.
The city centre part is great and the run out past Roedean is good/very scenic but I could have used some music on this part as supporters were a little thinner on the ground and the runners started to spread out.
The run back out through Hove is good and again the supporters were great at this stage, but from mile 19 up to 23 the run is fairly industrial with fewer crowds and although you are close to the sea you don't really see it - if they could sort out this part it would make it a much better race.
The final few miles along the seafront by the beach huts are pretty good, but when you get back up onto the main road along the front the finish is absolutely brilliant.
On the organisation front, I was glad to have an Amex enclosure pass for the start as the toilet queue was shocking! It was pretty muddy in the start area and a lot of people had carrier bags for their feet, but in reality the mud caked onto my shoes was gone within a few hundred yards.
I've signed up for next year so it can't of been to bad! Date of review: April 18, 2016
In short: The dreadful organisation and poor finish would put anyone off In full: Some of the route was quite scenic. Finish location poor for runners and worse for supporters. Walk and queue for busses back to Edinburgh a joke. Date of review: May 23, 2011
In short: Tougher than Andy McNab In full: Take one existing tough course, add some wind, rain and a blanket of leaves and you have the recipe for a healthy challenge!
I woke up on Sunday morning to the sound of pouring rain. Having had around 3 hours sleep thanks to some horrible little tykes letting off massive fireworks until 3:30am, I didn't exactly jump out of bed raring to go.
I completed this as my first half last year and I loved it then, so I thought it would be rude not to turn up. I'm so glad I did - will be back next year.
If the organisers could arrange for lightning strikes and flash floods for next year it would make it even more fun! Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Wonderful setting, great organisation. Will definitely do it next year. In full: Nice rural/riverside run and there seemed to be plenty of people to cheer you on. It's probably great for setting PBs, unless you tear a muscle around mile 12 and spend another 20 mins hobbling to the finish. Oh well. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: A few tough hills, but the very rewarding when they're over. Very friendly and well organised. In full: This was my first half and loved every minute of it. Some of the hills required a little mental perseverance but that just added to the beauty of it. Great feeling running over the finish.
Very friendly and well organised as far as I can tell. Not sure if they were official marshalls or not - but thanks to the kids who were handing out wine gums!
I hope the guy airlifted out is recovering ok. Date of review: November 2, 2008