In short: Great organisation - but watch for those hills! In full: This was such a well-organised event. No hitches whatsoever, good tannoy system and friendly atmosphere despite the awful weather. Hills at the end came as a shocker considering it was meant to be flat, but nice and challenging, considering I was out of breath by then! Only thing I would change is move the start back a bit as it was really crowded and there were two tight turns that were a bit hectic. Still, a great day and will definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: If you Want a good challenge and a nice day, you have do this one In full: sation, well marshelled, excellent support through every village, drinks and sponge stations galore, large mile markers,superb medal,goody bag and a choice of hot food dishes when you finish, and all for 11 quid! Puts many bigger marathons to shame. Very challenging undulating coarse,definately no pb potential. But what an event, fantastic scenery,superb organi Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Challenging, real multi-terrain but a nice race. In full: Blimey! it was hot and pretty challenging hill wise. However the usual gripe only large t-shirts at the end .Mine reached my knees.I know this is a small detail but its really important to someone like me who is new to racing and would realy appreciate a souvenir I could wear. How simple would it be to stipulate size on entry form but I suspect buying lots of large sizes is miles cheaper. Otherwise a well organised enjoyable race. Nice bacon sarnies and bouncy castle for kids. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: really friendly and lovely course In full: The friendliness and organisation of the marshalls as well as the comaradarie of the other runners made this a really lovely day. I really enjoyed the course - hills and all and will definitely be back!
The downsides (if there are any organisers reading) - the loo situation at the start could be improved as I had to hijack the mens with a few other girls! Also the water at the end ran out as did the medals - one of my club members kindly donated his medal to a diappointed slower finisher........the spec didn't mention that medals would only be awarded to top tier etc
In short: within minutes of donning my suit I changed from a 43yr old to 13yr old kid In full: Awesome event. No worries about the stopwatch(just a fun run). Well worth it for the look on the unsuspecting publics face. Some great costumes on top of the suits, lots of thought and effort put in by the participants. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it although a lack of attention to detail does rather detract from it In full: Issues of note: 1. 1 250 ml bottle of water at the end was almost insulting - please charge more next year so that you can provide more water - i was really dehydrated at the end and the bottle was gone in a couple of secs - when i asked for more i was told that to fill the bottle up "over there" from some non-existent tap.... 2. Drinking from plastic cups at speed ain't that easy - hmm ideal place to dish out the 250ml water bottles from the finish 3. Loos along the course - Fantastic - most welcome after mile 4 - then really enjoyed the race 4. People / Process - volunteers looked unsure of what to do when people fell over - would have thought some water close at hand and knowing who to call would have been a good idea - there seemed to be much indecision 5. Loos at the start - is a familiar problem - please get trucks that have only cubicles or only urinals - you get a whole queue of blokes waiting to pee then someone says oh by the way there 20 free urinals in there and the queue suddenley shrinks - please point out what the facilities are - an in door and an out door for the blokes urinals ain't a bad idea? 6. end of mile 13 was difficult to spot unless you knew where it was - people standing in the way - missed the spot to stop the watch - maybe a higher sign please Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Room for improvement In full: Like the race but drinking water from cups, especially when Vittel are sponsors is appalling when you consider how many people reacted adversely to the hot conditions. Come-on organizers:-sort this out for next year!!!!! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Highlight of my running year In full: I prefer plastic cups to breaking my ankle on water bottles (see complaints about GNR) but agree that there wasn't enough of it. The hills are what give this race its charm! I couldn't even find the loos at the start but no queue at mile 11 so that was a big plus. My favourite running outing because I can walk to the start and home again afterwards and have no trouble with the traffic as well as being in an outstanding setting Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Visually stunning, physically exhausting! In full: Great day out - the unofficial Runners World marquee was a welcome place to rest weary legs and have some great nibbles. The start of the race was chaotic with not enough room for all runners. Course very hilly and hard going, but the scenery made for a pleasant distraction. What's with water in plastic cups? A week after GNR tragic deaths and a pretty hot day - I'm sure we would have all preferred water bottles to carry along with us. How long did that finishing stretch seem?! But the crowds were great for the last 100m and the Mars bar was a brilliant idea. God I hurt today.... Date of review: September 26, 2005
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).