In short: Very well organised ... and fun! In full: A great opportunity to spend a weekend with team-mates, encouraging and pushing each other on. The course was flawlessly marked out, so no chance of going astray (most people's big worry when it came to running in the dark) as long as you keep an eye out. Fairly challenging terrain (gravel paths, short sharp hills, stony tracks alongside fields) but very pretty, and the view from the top was worth the climb. Loads of space for camping and parking (I guess this might change if the event continues to grow). Catering was basic and uninspiring - a few healthier options for next year would surely be popular! Our team of 8 ran 4 laps each, and electronic results were on display as soon as each runner crossed the timing mat, so there is the scope for competitiveness amongst teams, if that's what floats your boat! The fly-past from an actual Spitfire was a highlight. Overall, great organisation from all involved. Date of review: August 18, 2015
In short: Faultless! In full: Well-marked course, loads of car-parking, cheery marshals, fast km to finish, clockwork organisation, nice medal, lots of prize categories ...and sunshine! Perfect. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: 10/10 :-) In full: Excellent race, as indeed it has been for the last 3 years. Slick on-the-day entries. Ground was drier this year than last, which made for a much smoother run through the woods. Some testing parts but also some very pretty surroundings. Great downhill finish and fab crowd support. Thanks Danesfield & Purple Patch. Date of review: April 21, 2015
In short: Very pretty route. Great t-shirt and medal! In full: Shame about the wind on the day I ran it! A few little hills felt like mountains on the second lap! Great course on little roads through pretty villages, with the last mile next to the canal, which was lovely. 26 mile-markers agreed exactly with the distance on my Garmin ...then the last little bit I measured as .48 of a mile! Gave me a good sprint to the finish gantry though - nice to know that you're nearly there when you can hear the commentary and see the impressive Sixways Stadium looming. Great encouragement from the marshals and the crew at the finish. Loads of parking, and good facilities at the venue. Very pleased that I entered this one. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In full: Fab race, great marshalling, excellent support, lovely scenery. Thanks for the sunshine, Burnham Joggers! Only downside was that the medal was exactly the same as last year's. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Brilliant work as always from the ME10 team In full: Excellent course (though the slight slope at 8m felt like a hill by that stage!); great marshalling (loads of 'em and very enthusiastic); fab organisation - runs like clockwork; and they even arranged for decent weather, in a marked change to last week's! My 10th time at Maidenhead this year ... looking forward to the 11th. Date of review: April 3, 2015
In full: One small gripe: once you send marshals round telling runners that the 09.00 start has been delayed by 5mins, don't then set off the hooter at 09.02!!! Grr! Other than that, excellent organisation as always; plentiful and cheery marshals, including the fab bouncy lady in her usual spot just after the 4-mile marker; excellent tech t-shirt and a medal. This race lived up to my expectations from the previous 5 times I've run it :-) Date of review: March 9, 2015
In full: Fab marshals, excellent t-shirt and socks, some nice downhills to counter the gentle (if plentiful!) ups, parking at race HQ, free hot drinks afterwards, and perfect weather compared to 24hrs before! What more could you ask for? Good work Striders and thank you. Date of review: January 19, 2015
In full: My only concern was the queue for number collection, which was snaking out the door when I joined it - if the weather had been harsher there would have been some cold bedraggled runners before the race started! (Or maybe the queue would have found some room for itself indoors if this had been the case). Apparently there was a greater number of entrants than in previous years, which contributed to this, so at least it means that the race is successful!
With reference to a review from 2012, I was also comparing the course to others I've run recently ...I'd say it's not as tough as Marlow, but on a par with Burnham Beeches. I noticed the downhills as much as the ups, including a lovely long descent in the middle.
Marshals and runners alike were very friendly. Directions to the race venue were clear, as were the arrows on the course.
The medal wasn't the fanciest, but the soup and roll at the finish were a nice touch, and very welcome on a chilly day.
Oh, another small disappointment is that the results give only gun time, not chip time. I can't honestly recall what was promised, but obviously hoped that I'd get a chip time that was slightly faster than what my watch said.
These are minor gripes only, though! This was a lovely race and I am glad I did it! Date of review: December 1, 2014