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
In short: Small and well organised In full: A pleasant rural course mainly flat with PB potential. Well done to the race marshalls who did an excellent job. Typical Rugby club facilities. Bar, changing, bacon butties!!! etc. Safety pins were supplied with the numbers!! A helpful detail some races miss. The entry was full of racing snakes, with the last runners coming in at around 2:25 ish, but the prizegiving took place as the last runners were coming in, so no-one was left to feel like an 'also ran, coming in after everyone has packed away. Nice atmosphere. The only niggle was the lack of info on the web site. The AC is the link from runners world but it only contained an entry form with little info. A course description, start time and directions would have attracted more runners and helped to fill in that tail end!! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Felt could have done with more water stations along the way. A bit of a lonely race at times. Prior to the race I received lots of help and information on queries that I had. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: More water required at finish. In full: Great race. Lovely scenery and fairly well organised. Only gripes were that there should have been more water at the end, and where were the silver cloak thingys at the finish? When I finished it starting raining so got very cold very quickly. Car Park a nightmare. However these are all things that can be resolved if the organisers want to... Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Good location, water stops so-so, car park exit awful In full: My first 1/2 having started running in May so a good introduction on the run itself. Wasn't aware of time boards at start so joined friends at first filter-in point. Great run and pleased withn own time, could have done with bottled water on way round (had to stop to drink) and more bottles at the end (only one small bottle after 13 miles in the heat?!). Car park exit awful with no help from marshalls (those on the race itself were great) and the usual "I've a company car...." idiots q jumping the rest of us. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: An enjoyable race overall In full: This was quite a local race for me so very convenient and enjoyable. The last few miles however, on what seemed like a never ending road became a bit monotonous and the traffic seemed to not care too much that there were runners on the road. Good finish and a nice T shirt. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: sham about lack of water and car park fiasco In full: Given that we constantly seem to be have late summers,could the time be change so we are not running at the hottest time of the day.It is a very challenging course.The high from finishing goes as soon as you try to drive home......nightmare!!More water would have been nice. Date of review: September 26, 2005