In short: Enjoyable race that needs fine tuning In full: Everything that needs to be said about the park and ride has been said. Personally, i think that the Kassam is a logistically a crap place to start and end a race from. For a city, such as Oxford that is well-served for public transport, it's a definite black-spot. I would urge the organisers to look at start/finish in the city and encouraging runners to use one of the excellent 5 existing P&R that have ample well signed parking. For me the marshalling was ok, definitely got better as the race went on - i remember thinking during the early stages that some of them seemed to not really care about what was going on. Loved the route along Iffley road,the meadows and the Thames Path (which was a tight squeeze at times) but added to the camaraderie. I'm not a fan of headphones during races, i think it's anti-social more than anything, and I think it should be actively discouraged (in bold caps, underlined). Lastly, I really hope that people can see past the issues at this last race, if runners and people of Oxford can get behind it as an event, it could be really great. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Well-organised, good support In full: Tougher than I anticipated - really not sure about the claim that the course is "flatter and faster than Berlin" - and the freezing fog seemed to make it harder. Very well-organised, lots of water and gels etc on offer, enough bins, fabulous first aid staff. Pockets of great support, but some of the more rural stretches were too quiet. I would recommend the race - but have sworn off marathons so won't be doing it again! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Even better than last year! In full: I enjoyed my 2nd Yorkshire Marathon even more than last years, nothing to do with my 15 minute PB I'm sure!
I want to congratulate the organisers with their excellent communication about the fog and potential late start. With messages on facebook, twitter, email and text, I would have felt very guilty turning up late due to any potential traffic issues. Very impressed that it started on time in the end.
The crowds were amazing, water and powerade stations were plenty. The gel stations were very much welcome, and the signs informing us that these stations are coming up were very useful.
Some people didn't realise there was free engraving at the end and was disappointed. It would be useful to have signs for going back to the shuttle buses. I got lost on campus last year, and I had to ask for directions this year.
Overall, it's a great race, great organisation, fantastic communication! I'm booked on the pre-sale list for my 3rd Yorkshire Marathon already! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Watlington Skyline 2014 rating In full: This makes 3 great races in Watlington - Summer and Winter 10km and 10 mile Skyline. As with all the Watlington races v well organised, marshalled and marked, despite my fears about getting lost! A race organised by runners for runners, v friendly race and great to get a pint in the pub. Enter these races before they get too popular! Thanks. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Well organised, great marshalls In full: Well organised, well marked, great marshals. Run by runners for runners. Decent course although I would ideally prefer more off-road and less tarmac. A couple of inclines to keep the heart rate up. Well done to the organisers. Tech t-shirt was a great touch. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Another great Dunstable Downs challenge In full: My 3rd year on the trot doing the 20 miler, so the organisers must be doing something right! Always well organised and the written instructions are easy enough to follow if you take them and read them! There were some markers this year, which helped, but they could be bigger. This race is a bargain and the t-shirt was a nice touch. Some of the ploughed fields make life tough! This is a challenge and not a race. Well done to the organisers. See you next year. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Excellent as ever from FCR In full: Flat and fast with the usual top organisation from Fylde Coast. Can't fault a single thing, although i'd prefer a chocolate muffin to a doughnut at the end! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Friendly, stress free, good price In full: A run with a challenge. Multi-terrain, in beautiful Suffolk scenery. Maps and planning are well done, friendly atmosphere, and a Race Director who listens to feed back and acts on it. Great for novice or seasoned multi day runner. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: The Womble's is back in town In full: Having done this course twice...I finally cracked it and got a pb on the course. Yes, a little bit of organising at the end would not go amiss with the water but I did enjoy the course and the scenic and the challenging hills. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Well organised, largely flat run In full: No killer hills. Very well organised. Regular water, sports drinks, energy gels and sweets available. No bottlenecks to slow you down. Good PB potential. Decent crowd support but a lot of it is along country roads where the crowd support is understandably thin. Would recommend to first time marathon runners and anyone looking for a PB. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Nice friendly race In full: First time at New Ware 10. Definitely one for a dry day - I can't imagine how miserable it must have been last year (I was doing a different race on the same day and well remember the conditions!) It's a small and friendly race, and although marketed as multi-terrain I was not expecting so much of the route to be on grass (I am not a fan of grass!) Other than that, it's a very pleasant route - a couple of uphill drags which are almost unnoticeable on the first lap but really quite punishing on the second, and one very narrow uphill section just after the start (and start of the second lap) which slowed down an otherwise speedy getaway.
The marshalls did an excellent job and must be some of the friendliest I've experienced at any race, offering lots of encouragement all the way round the course.
My only negative would be that I wish when offering a technical t-shirt as the only 'takeaway' race organisers would consider supplying them in women's sizes as well as men's. Many female runners are petite and are swamped by even the smallest men's t-shirt. All of mine end up being given to my husband who does not even run. Having worked for my t-shirt, I would very much like to be able to wear it! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Fantastic trail race, with the best goody bag. In full: This is a lovely trail race over the Studland Nature Reserve and along the beach. Unfortunately due to beach erosion, we couldn't run along the beach at the start, but the diverted course was fine. The weather was perfect for running, and course conditions were good. The sandy section was as awful as ever, it just seems to go on for ever, but saved by the wonderful run back along the beach. The goody bag is unbelievable, the best one I have ever had, full of top Lush products. Topped off with a free massage, this was such an amazing race. Can thoroughly recommend. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Good PB potential, and nice support form the people of Ashford In full: I really enjoyed this race, but not because of the PB, or the scenery. I loved the fact that it was a big race, with lots of runners, chip-timing, people out on the streets to support, and road closures. I could pretend I was running a marathon! Organisation a little lacking (greater-than-expected on-the-day entries meant we got off to a late start), and I will echo what the reviewer two below said - I noticed the slower runners had been abandoned by the marshals as we were leaving the venue. Medal nice - a bit different, but no goodies (even a banana would have been good) at the end. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Very enjoyable In full: My first time at this race and I would definitely do it again. Extremely well organised with good and very informal facilities - participants were happy to just leave their baggage in the village hall (no supervised baggage storage) or in the car since parking was so close to the venue.
Nice course with pleasant scenery, although possibly a little more undulating than I was expecting. Nothing steep but enough uphill drags to keep things interesting - and the last climb up to the finish was just cruel! First race after the summer so no PB for me but pleased overall with my performance. A dry and sunny day although quite breezy in places.
Good technical t-shirt - but I will say what I always say about these: PLEASE consider offering them in women's S, M & L sizes as well as in men's sizes. Many female runners are petite and I would like to be able to wear the t-shirt I've worked hard for! As it is I always end up giving race t-shirts to my husband who isn't even a runner! Date of review: October 13, 2014