In short: Stunning scenery and reports of that hill are greatly exaggerated! In full: Loved this race. The scenery makes it. I particularly appreciated it after running the Nottingham half marathon last month - views do matter when you have to run 13 miles! The hill at mile 8 is long and slow but nothing to worry about if you have trained on hills. My only complaint is that the facilities at Henley Rugby Club were woefully inadequate. No area to store bags, no free water available at the end and truly terrible toilet facilities. I queued for 15 mins to use a hideous blocked toilet. This is a great race but the organisers need to realise that 1700 runners need somewhere decent to pee! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: flat course past some of Cardiff landmarks and a stadium finish In full: "secure area" bag storage was just a seat in the millenium stadium to leave your bag on.Top finish ran PB will be back next year. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: enjoyed my first half marathon In full: Organisation was superb at start and during race. Bit chaotic at the end, trying to get medal. But stadium finish was worth it! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Friendly countryside run In full: Enjoyed this for my first race, fair few hills mixed in there to keep you on your toes. Friendly atmosphere from the runners and marshalls. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Very pleased with the quick time In full: Very pleased with the quick time, the race was well marshalled and the organisation was well thought out. However, the finish was caotic with runners caught in ques on the stairs on the way to the medals.
The race packs could have been seent a little earlier. Otherwise, with these minor alterations I would return next year ! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Great race, only a few niggles! In full: I ran this feeling below par and nearly dropped out at the last minute due to illness, but I'm so pleased I didn't. It's a fast, flat course with the marshalls doing a great job. The waved start worked reasonably well, and it was a brilliant atmosphere.
My only niggles were there were people starting near the front of the orange group who were walking within 300 metres! People should be more realistic with their expected times. I couldn't run freely until 1.5 miles because of congestion. Also, please, please, please - more loos next year. Us ladies can't just slip behind a bush and keep their dignity intact. I abandoned waiting eventually and just went to the start. Also, I only saw the mile markers at miles 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9.
Anyway - only minor niggles. A really great day! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: The hills were tiring but the deer made up for it! In full: A fantastic race through a wonderful park for a great cause. I did struggle with the amount of uphill running (and seemingly very little downhill!) but the scenery was great, the animals were just fantastic, and the staff and stewards were good for cheering on us lot at the back. A great day - I'd recommend it! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A good race with nice touches but room for improvement. In full: Good bits: Excellent medal General organisation was good Nice t shirt (I am still wearing it - I know I am sad)
Bad bits: MORE TOILETS!! Sort out the finish line (simply put the big gantry thing and the chip timing line together) Make the start more accessible - trying to get through approx 1000 runners to get to the sub 50 zone before the race start was a nightmare. I had to climb over the barriers in the end. If you are going to say there is no water make sure that you do not change your mind - too many runners brought water uneccessarily. Little food opportunities for spectators (someone could make a killing at this event selling food).
All these negative comments in my opinion can be dealt with. Even at the risk of increasing the entry fee, this has the potential to be one of the best races of the year. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: well organised and friendly well worth a go In full: everything about this race was very plesant (apart from the sting). the marshalls were spot on and the guy on the mic made us laugh overall very enjoyable. i will have to enter before the day of the race to get a Tshirt next year Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Fast, well spaced, well organised, nice finish location. In full: The wave start means lot's of'leg'room - other events please take note. This is a great course for PB's ( I managed 1:19:05) and the crowd and bands are very friendly. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: In full: hmmm. whoever said it was flat was lying! lovely race, personally for me it was challenging, nice proper cross country, through woods, over bridges, up down hills, over pot holes, puddles and poo! there were a lot of club runners there and i thougght i'd be last but i wasn't by a long soht so quite happy, no watch so wating on results but i think i did around 50..i'll be back next yr, did i just say that?? lol Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Great for PB's if you pick your start spot carefully In full: Manged a PB here of 1:47. If you get in with the right crowd of runners you should have a nice clearish run. Definitely not a commuter rush like the GNR. They have water and lucozade stops which a re great. Date of review: October 9, 2005