In short: A nice atmosphere but tough going In full: I have never done anything off road before and i totally underestimated quite how much was off road (maybe half?) and how much harder mud is to run in. I would probably do it again but as a 'fun' marathon. I was 30 mins slower than at Brighton earlier this year. Oh and lots of people (me included) thought the course was long and the markers were in random places. Date of review: December 21, 2015
In short: Superb organisation and a great race In full: From my point of view, it was faultless. Loads of friendly marshalls, well sign posted, great car parking and buses, easy race pack pick up and bag drop off. A few hills in the first half but nothing too bad and the last few miles were mostly downhill which was a nice touch. I will be back.
In short: great, well organised low key half In full: Really well organised, great marshalls, nice course (reasonably well sheltered in the wind, a few twists and turns and the odd incline but no hills, nice scenery), good medal, great to be able to drop you bag minutes before the start and still start in a good position, very little bottlenecking. Overall really well done guys and I would highly recommend it. Date of review: December 14, 2014
In short: great race, big pb potential and well organised In full: Super impressed. Hardly any queuing for bags, number pick up, toilets etc. V friendly. V fast course only some congestion on mile one but great other than that. Highly recommended and nice to run through cookham. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: Very well organised and you could tell the organisers had really tried to make this a good experience for everyone. In full: I struggled with the hills as I had trained for Edinburgh (flat) the week before and was then unable to race, which is why I ended up at this race. There is only one main hill which isn't huge but there isn't really any part that is flat so my legs felt trashed by mile 5. Anyway, the laps aren't boring and the atmosphere is friendly. It was mostly club runners with lots of people wearing 100 marathon club tshirts! If you are good with undulations and hills, this is a great one. No crowds, plenty of space to run and all very easy. I would like to see this race do well. Date of review: June 4, 2012
In short: Lovely scenery, well organised, great marshalls. In full: Probably not a pb course but a lovely way to see some great sights. Most of the marshalls were brilliant. Also nice for a training run/race as lots of it is off road so you aren't pounding yourself. Recommended! Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Not flat but a good course. In full: When i read flat, it means flat. It is probably a x between somewhere between undulating and flat. The organisation was good with the exception of the bag drop, that was pretty poor. Everything else was good, the marshalls were great, the massage tent was good fun and great value. Would do this race again for sure. A good early HM. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: A great value half In full: Well organised, loads of water stops, the hills weren't anywhere near as bad as i thought (less than Reading half). Nice downhill in to town near the end (wish i had known about this). The only bad thing was the massage at the end, i put my name down on the list as i was told and then when i went back for my massage, i was shouted at for queue jumping! The massage people didnt know how they were organising themselves. Anyway, great half, - worth doing. Date of review: August 10, 2009