In short: Great race, shame I missed the start as I was stuck on the loo after queueing for half an hour! In full: This was my first half marathon and was pretty challenging! Undulating course was very hilly indeed - virtually nothing on the flat. Having said that the scenery and atmosphere were fantastic and I had a great race. My only gripes - not enough loos for 6000 odd people, plastic cups are a challenge to run over let alone drink from and a tiny bottle of water at the end is not enough after 13.1 miles - I took half a litre of my own drink which was well gone by the end and could have easily drunk another litre at the finish line. Oh and glad we had a friend's office parking to use - getting away from the race car parks was apparently a nightmare. The race was so good my husband has been inspired to start running so he can join me next year!!! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A Great half for beginners I would say ! In full: Out of the three half marathons(the others being the potts and leek) this was by far the easiest I have done the only gripe I have is about the park and ride fiasco which left quite a few stressed people as we had to get back in our cars and head for the city center this left me a limited time to warm up correctly ! The rest of the day however was great ! And if this is their first attempt then roll on next year as its sure to be a good one !!! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Harder than it looks In full: I train along this route sometimes too. It's harder than it looks,it's a bit sneaky, you think it's flat but there are steady climbs that get your pulse up and can catch you out rather than those clear hill that you adjust pace for. This year had random head winds and was a hot day, I was a few minutes slower than I wanted. All the people I talked to found it hard this year. Great race however nice set up i like it. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A great event In full: It's great to finally have done this race.
Really appreciated the support near the Windsor end of the course.
Whatever anyone tells you though remember that undulating is tough - there were a few medical emergencies out on the course. These seemed to be handled quite promptly and efficiently - if you're running this race please don't join them - you get a medal for finishing not for collapsing.
Only real problem on the day was the queueing for the toilets before the race - like so many big races they just need more for that hour long period before the race when everyone needs to go... Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Good, interesting course - some organisational problems. In full: There are a number of recurring comments that I agree with: - nice scenery to run through - could have done with some warning before the gun as people were generally caught by surprise. - hill was over-rated (but then caught me out on the second lap as I faded massively on the flat!). - my biggest gripe would have to be with the toilet facilities - there was a massive queue for the gents minutes before the start. More toilets are required for such a large field of runners.
The battery ran out on my watch, so I didn't get my time, so it's really good to see that the results are up on the web the next day (even if one of my club mates appears to be missing from the list!).
Overall, I found it an enjoyable event (which I would say, following a PB!!) - marshalling and course marking very good. The memento was certainly original (though I'd still have prefered a t-shirt).
In short: Does anybody from Run Windsor ever look at this site? In full: It is such a shame that nobody from Run Windsor obviously learns anything from one year's event to the next.
Last year there were loads of moans about the toilets. Again there were pitiably few at the start although there were quite a lot on the course.
The drink situation continues to be ridiculous and this year I brought my own re-hydration system. But after the problems at the GNR you would have thought that somebody would have had the wit to realise that drinking from a plastic cup whilst running requires the laws of physics to be re-written.
I only remembered about the truly awful car park exit system, or shall I say lack off, when I got stuck in the 70 minute queue.
Provide more exits and for two hours close that top road.
Having said that, I set a new PB yesterday and will definitely run again next year. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Perhaps it's just me....... In full: I've skimmed through the other reviews and it seems that no-one noticed the lack of buses to get childrens fun run entrants to the start of the race in time. Or that the start time of the half-marathon was delayed and held up (in my case I think that this contributed to injury).
I don't turn up at races to hear all those who have sponsored the event mentioned, (that's what the t-shirts for) judging by the noises around me neither does anyone-else. I also know how good exercise is for me that's why I do it!!!
I for one won't be back. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Really well organised race in beautiful surroundings. In full: My first 1/2 and a really good place to do your first, but not a faste route - it was much hillier than I anticipated. it's not an easy course by any means. Water stations were fine, with lots of helpful marshals giving sponges and cups of water every 2 1/2 miles. People have complained about getting away afterwards, but I had no problems, probably as I left pretty soon after I finished. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A fabulous all round day & got a PB. Traffic congestion, changing/shower facilities bit iffy, but didn't spoil it. Well done to the 'hose-pipe-bloke' around 7km! Date of review: September 26, 2005