In short: Gets better every year In full: This is the 6th or 7th time that I've run in this race, and I believe that it's getting better year on year.
Don't blame the organisers for the locked toilets near the start - they expected them to be opened but the local Council shut the loos the previous day due to vandelism.
It will be improved when the organisers come up with some new boards to let people line up at the start in their predicted finish times - the existing ones are out of date and do not reflect the changing profile of the race. Next year perhaps? Date of review: October 4, 2004
In short: Improving every year In full: The timing of the start was an improvement on last year, although catching up with and having to weave through the slower half marathoners was not ideal. Running through the Castle grounds was a nice touch although the cobbles were tough on the legs, especially the third time for the marathoners! Also, the weather conditions made them slippery so the grass was a safer option...apologies to the castle groundsmen. Gold stars to each and every marshal for standing out in those conditions for such a long time. Also the Police did a great job with the traffic and total respect to the spectators for supporting in the rain. I would have enjoyed the course a lot more if I'd have felt better but the Millennium Stadium finish was a big lift at the end on 26 traumatic miles. The convenient baggage storage and lack of toilet queues all made for a stress-free start. The goody bags, medal and t shirt topped the whole event off nicely.
Thanks...and I will be back. Date of review: October 4, 2004
In short: Had a great day - met new people and loved the run In full: I wasn't aiming for a PB, but this course definitely has potential for one. I ran with a couple of friends and we all enjoyed the whole thing. And I met a couple of RW-forum people for the first time, which was a bonus. The weather was cool and overcast with a few light showers - perfect for running a long way. All the organisers and marshals were friendly. All in all, it was a great day with several things to recommend it and nothing to say against it. Well, the start was a little bit chaotic, but now I'm being really picky. Date of review: October 4, 2004
In short: Good despite suspect KM markers! In full: I have no real complaints towards the organisers for starting the race late as this was mainly due to people not arriving well before the planned start time of 10. There would have been far more complaints if it had started at 10 and left a few hundered runners in the car parks.
The KM markers were very suspect - at 7km I worked out that I was on for a 48 minute finish time - I finished in 45m 29s. I finished quickly, but not THAT quickly!
In short: First time 10K race - achieved PB for this distance In full: Excellent place for a race of this distance - enough space for a single lap circuit with great views of Blenheim palace itself. Well directed course but Km markers didn't seem accurate. Bit disappointed with the late start, and the warm up didn't help the more experienced runners. Most entertaining part: running 8.5-9.5Km through a sheep field at full breating capacity - gas masks at the ready! Date of review: October 4, 2004
In short: Good flat surface, many laps made it lacking in the scenic sense though enabled you to pace yourself quite well. Very friendly staff giving loads of encouragement and many water stations to ensure nobody was dehydrated Date of review: October 4, 2004
In short: Much more enjoyable on a second running. Run this as a day out and a chance to be part of a special event and you will get much more from it than aiming for a time. Yes- it's crowded, a bit pricey and a pain to get away from but well worth it Date of review: October 4, 2004
In short: Stunning scenery although you do have to climb a huge hill at the start to get the full effect ! Friendly organisation and quite a low key race with a small field, however all standards welcome Date of review: October 4, 2004
In short: 10k - A nice course and pleasant atmosphere. In full: I did this following the Bristol 1/2 and it was a pleasant change in scale of event and scenery (distance too of course!!). I note the comments about 10k and 1/2 conflicting in places. From a 10k's point of view it was tricky to negotiate round the back markers of the 1/2. Someone said it was flat - and generally that it true but the wee slope just before the end made for a challenging finish! All in all a very pleasant morning. Date of review: October 4, 2004