By Rob | October 14, 2014
Laura Pibworth-Dolinski enjoyed this scenic half-marathon:
This half-marathon course follows a beautiful scenic route through the town of Henley-on-Thames, over the famous bridge, along sections of the Thames tow path (running alongside future Olympic rowers-in-training), multi-million pound mansions and idyllic village churches. Apart from a painfully long hill (1.5 miles up), and a long stretch of steep downhill (from Fawley Village to Fawley Bottom no less), this course is mostly flat, and is a mixture of terrain; footpaths, road and a short section of grass through the privately-owned Fawley Lodge. This Grade-I listed building is attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, with landscaping from Capability Brown (There is a Sphinx link here – you need to marshall in the field at Coombe Abbey to find out more!), and was apparently the inspiration for Toad Hall. The race starts and finishes at Henley Rugby club, with car parking on the river bank! Finishers received a Lidl goody bag and a medal, and we had a well-earned Sunday dinner with the family.
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