In short: A good race for a p.b In full: Nice to see so many water stations after this years farce in Blackpool.Pity this lot didn`t organise that race! The housing estates that you run through in the first 4 miles give way to pleasant country lanes as this very flat course opens up for a personal best time!! Nice touch finishing in the Market place with the commentator giving out your name-brilliant! Newark -on trent is a nice town to vist as well even in the rain the day before!! Will be back next year. Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Cracking little race in my home town. In full: Really enjoyable race,great scenery and generally very well organised. 2 things though are slightly grating me, firstly is why on earth do we have to wait 2 weeks for the results, I won't care by the time I get them and 2, those KM markers, expesh the last one, were way, way out! Will def do it again though!! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: An excellent day again compromised by the failure to learn from the past. Sad. In full: 1. Loo's pitiful 2. Water stations - on a hot day - pitiful. 3. Key rings pitiful. 4. Greed of Millenium Stadium - pitiful. 5. Water squandered & impossible to open for many. 6. Non chip start - totally frustrating. So looking forward to the Great Runs North & South where the organisation is exemplary. Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: look out for that hill near the end - no joke In full: This is a very special race - great atmopshere - great scenery - what would youexpect of oneof the most beautiful places in Oxfordshire Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Outstanding In full: Brilliant organisation - Fantastic atmosphere - great course - Really enjoyed this race, despite the well documented heat.. Probably biased because I ran a 4 min pb... but hey :o) Definitely one for the diary next year!!!!!!! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Seeing people collapsed at the side of the road and stopping running for ambulances to get to people is the memory that will stay with me after this mass race. Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: A nice start to fun running, but a shame about the joining instructions. In full: As mentioned above, I am a little peeved about the information provided to get to the venue. I hadn't done the run before and didn't know the area well. A very simple pointer on where to get off the dual carriageway would have been helpful (there's a hidden turning just before the roundabout junction for all of you who may be doing this in 2006). But that aside, the route had a gradual climb to start (bad), with a steep drop to follow (good). A nice long winding and undulating country lane comes next before the obligatory climb back up. Be warned, the first set of Rugby Posts you see does not mean you've got to the finish ! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Was disappointed by the lack of guidance for walkers vs runners and I found myself having to be more aggresive than needed as the start wasn't organised very well Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Short, not enough water, but pleasant none-the-less In full: It's been said before but the distance and markers were awful. It's not so much that the course was short, but that the markers were SO innacurate it made it unsettling. Informed that we were running 10k and there was a water station halfway, I found it hard to maintain my correct pace when hitting the water station only to find it was at 4k. The 8km was no more than 400m or so which is ridiculous, why not just admit you are short and call it 9k!
There should have been a 2nd water station and the fact that volunteers to man the only one were called for before the race didn't seem very organised.
Also if a company is donating water, why not just donate bottles? The people manning the station couldn't pour it out quickly enough and so chaos ensued.
Great value getting entrance to the Palace though. Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Scrap the Kingston Bridge!!! In full: Managed to knock 10 mins off last year's time, even despite the heat and slow first mile. Really wish the organisers would ditch the bit over the Kingston Bridge, they were all excited about it last year but I just dont see what's so special! It just creates a massive bottleneck, especially when you have runners who insist on running 3 or more abreast. As ever, the support around the course was fantastic, could have done with more water, although I dont know how anyone could have missed the mile markers! Other half was not impressed as he was struck down with tummy troubles about 3 miles in, so I guess we'll be back again next year! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Undulating is the word...really well organised, very happy Mayor starting the race, loads of smiley marshalls plus Army, St Johns people. In full: Undulating is the word...really well organised, very happy Mayor starting the race, loads of smiley marshalls plus Army, St Johns people. The sun was a bit too much (28 degrees?) respect to all the marathon runners. Great spectators - lots of residents out giving water and encouragement. Great goody bag (I love millionaires shortbread). West Park is very pretty and nice to wander around afterwards. Stuff for kids to do bouncey castle etc. Not crowded which is wonderful compared with the races where there are 10K plus people running. No problem at all with parking. Recommend having a go!!! Date of review: September 7, 2005