Marlow Half Marathon
3 Well End Farm, Marlow road
Bourne End, SL8 5PJ
WHAT PEOPLE SAY:
“Wow, what an event; from online video promotion, well organised registration, the amount of marshals on the course and the course itself -
“Well done to Marlow Striders! Fantastic event the marshals were the best ever! OMG the hills were a killer! ?? Lovely day, lovely long sleeved top and lovely medal. Thank you!”
Thank you all for an amazing event, the Marshalls were amazing giving advice about the mud and flooding and were so supportive up those hills ;) great medal and long sleeved running top. One of my favourite half marathons as of today :)
“My toughest but fave half run for first time today, loved it and so well supported and big thanks to all the lovely Marshalls and choir, loved them at beginning and end! Great medal and top. Thanks to all fellow runners who were all so friendly and supportive of each other! I was walking around Marlow town afterwards and lots of shopkeepers and people were congratulating me and chatting, so kind.”
“Such a great event! Best one we’ve been to. The choir singing “I’m still standing” was genius. We had a great morning and will definitely be back next year!”
“13th consecutive year of doing the Half -
“Marlow 7 was a fantastic race and I can understand why people keep coming back even though it’s a challenging 7 miles race (you can do a 1/2 marathon as well). There are few big long hills but cor blimey it was beautiful and well supported even though the race is mostly in the middle of the countryside. There was even a local choir singing near one of the bigger hills. They made me laugh a lot as they sang “the only way is up” when I reached the top of the hill at mile 1/2 and on the way back around mile 6 they sang “Ain’t no stopping us now, we’re on the move... “, just brilliant and what we all needed.£
RACE REPORT BY DAVE PHILLIPS
All I can say (as I do every year) that this is probably the best organised half in the UK BUT it is BRUTAL. The Chiltern Hills may not seem to severe as you drive down the M40 with the Red Kites soaring above but try running up and down them.
The start is in the town but very soon climb one starts and this goes on for 2 miles. Then a lot of ups and downs ‘till 5 when we are on top of the Chilterns but what a killer of a start. At around 3+ the split came and loads of the runners turned left for the 7 miler so that left me on my own-
Lovely signs on the road en route with these 3 that I remembered
It’s only a hill-
Use your imagination and think it’s flat.
The marshals were superb, friendly and encouraged us all the time so well done Marlow Striders. Plus most of the roads and lanes were traffic free-
8 to 10 was flattish and again in stunning countryside with huge views, hills and valleys galore and beautiful wooded lanes to jog along. Then at 10 the last uphill struggle came along until 11 when we were again on the top but it was downhill (well sort of) to the finish at the Marlow sports ground.
Was I glad to finish! A real crippler so I guess I’ll be back for the umpteenth time next year.
Super T shirt (long sleeved as always) medal and goodie bag made it all worth-