In short: I think i have found my new favourite half marathon :) In full: When I think of why i choose particular races (and i appreciate everyone is different)Flat Course for a PB (tick) great atmosphere (tick) nice medal (tick), well organised and marshalled (tick). I loved the flatness of the course and although my garmin gave out on me at 9 miles i nabbed a pb 1:37. The route was mixed and i enjoyed the last 2 miles along the river even though my calf muscles were twitching ready to cramp (not enough training!). The atmosphere running past the race village was excellent for that 2 mile out and back. The course was very well marshalled and lots of water stations (pouches better than bottles too). There are some improvements that would make it perfect - some better sign posting to car parks and race start would be good; goody bag was pretty poor, a mars bar and some leaflets, no tshirt included in cost but could purchase seperately i can live with that; the tannoy announcer / DJ at the start was too busy announcing social media updates to notice the race started but again thats easily fixed. Overall - the good stuff easily outweighed the not so good Date of review: October 2, 2014
In short: Not my best day, but the race itself was great. In full: I had a shocker last Sunday for several reasons but I have tried to get past that as that was not the race's fault! The site is reasonably well laid out, if a little chaotic at the start. The course was well marked, very busy at points, but the frequent water stations (even at mile 12!) made it bearable. Lucozade was also given out twice.
The day was unseasonably hot and this was a little scary at points with larger numbers than usual seemingly requiring medical attention.
The end is brutal, as you have to run 2 miles past the finish and back, which for me was the hardest part of the day.
The medals were excellent - best I've ever received, and made up a little bit for the terrible race on my part!
Our biggest grumble was trying to get back OUT of the race village afterwards. Not well signposted and we got hideously lost! Date of review: October 2, 2014
In short: It's a great day - bring on the next one In full: I ran this as my first ever Half in 2013 and couldn't wait to come back again in 2014. It was organised faultlessly once more and all the volunteers and marshals were simply excellent. The course is really interesting with great variety and wonderful support. Thanks so much to everyone involved in putting the race on. Date of review: October 2, 2014
In short: My first half marathon. Thought that the new forest would be a good backdrop for it and it was. Great organization. Thanks Hardley Runners In full: As described by many, the scenery is great. From mile 2 to mile 9, as you cross the heath, run along Exbury Rd and Summer Lane and come down to Lepe is all glorious. The last 3 miles are a bit more uphill and tougher, so the feedback on keeping enough in the tank for that bit was welcome. I thought the race was well organized and well marshalled. Thanks for a good experience Hardley Runners. Date of review: October 2, 2014
In short: Absolutely loved it! In my top 3 races!! In full: I loved this race. Adrenaline buzzing from the start and a wonderful course. Some of it was laps but you forgot you were running past the same part that's how much fun this was. Definite 10/10 must add to a bucket list if you haven't done it Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Really enjoyed the race till the finish when the course was 13.39 miles and I missed my PB In full: I enjoyed the race, but the course appears to have been laid out incorrectly at the turn around point which made it long. I was really pushing for a PB and at 13.1 miles had achieved my target. Problem was that the finish line was another .29 miles down the road! I'm sure it will be correct next year but I might not be running as well by then. Would like to say I would go back but not sure as the response from the organisers has been very poor in regard to the course. Medal and T-shirt very nice though and the course is very flat. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Well organised race in very scienic area but could have been better In full: Windsor half marathon : it was a beautiful bright day to run a very well organised run in a very scenic surrounding . Run starts from "long walk " which is around 1.5 miles from windsor and eton rail station . There is a big car park just next to the start point and most of spaces were empty means many more car could have been accommodated if runners come in car .
Good : -Fennel start so runners had to start at position of their predictive time . - very good support throughout out the route - very scenic route , some part of the route was throughout private area which is normally not open to public . - last mile is on downhill ( first mile is up hill ) and fantastic cheering and support from spectators.
Need Improvement: - why 1pm start ? It waste whole day ? - could not they afford to put goodies in a bag after charging 30 gbp ? Mars bar , water ( only one small bottle )and medal were given in hand . -no information was send with the chip and runner number . Information was available on their website site though . -need to increase number of toilets at start point - only tap water , at the start - water in cup ; difficult to drink unless stop . - NO energy drink throughout route , it could have been better if alteast one station had some energy drink . - Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Hard as. In full: Love this race but this year they didnt provide gels and snacks all the way which let them down. Will be back next year but hope they take that on board. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Well organised and well worth the trip In full: Thought it was great apart from the dull section through Boots. Start / finish area was great but queues for toilets were enormous Felt a bit sorry for the marathon runners entering mile 24 while we were sauntering along the river bank on the way to the pub ! Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: My last F3 event In full: You wouldn't have thought you could go so wrong with an event that basically goes out and back along the river, but at an F3 Event, you can! Toilets, drink stations, marshals and signage all lacking in my opinion. A lovely riverside venue in a beautiful place like Henley, but that's about it for the event I'm afraid. I've read iffy feedback on F3 before and now I know why. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Beautiful But Brutal! In full: I choose Loch Ness for my first marathon due to the senic surroundings and wasn't disapointed. The whole event from bus pick up in Inverness to the finish was organised very well. Great support when needed, crowds gave you a much needed lift and I will be back one day.
Can someone please do something about that hill at Dores though! Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Very well organised, very welcoming to runners of all abilities, I will definitely be back In full: Beautiful sunny day, excellent organisation in the start finish area (bag drop, changing, toilets, volunteers) and support out on the course was amazing.
Not the easiest course, undulating with lots of twists and turns through residential streets and local parks but definite PB potential thanks to the fantastic pacers.
In short: a marathon of two halves In full: Running the full marathon, it was a busy start mixed in with the masses running the half. As such, it was hard to pace, and was running 6.30 miles till we split off at mile 11!! The first half is city based, with stretches round the uni, boots campus plus past some of the cites famous landmarks. Once we split at 11 miles, I was suddenly running with 4 or 5 more runners and settled into a calmer pace. Running out of the city, the support dwindled but a high number of enthisiastic marshalls encouraged you along the scenic parkland and lakes, though some stretches of trail and grass weren't too welcome. Lots of hydration stops on a perfectly calm, if hot autumn day were most welcome, as was the return leg back into the city and the grandstand finish. The medal was also one of the best i've ever received. Date of review: October 1, 2014