In short: Scenic and traffic free race with a few hills. Spolit by cheap organisation. In full: Undulating route in the lovely Cirencester Park, with one significant hill that you do twice. Facilities at Cirencester College poor, only 3 ladies loos (one with no seat!)and very disappointing memento - a tiny diary and the event not even mentioned on it. Marshalls excellent and course well marked.
In short: Only it's first year, but a superb race... In full: ...soon to become a *must-do* on the running calendar, I hope. A *massive* thank-you to Helen Kelly and the rest of the organisers for a superb race. Absolutely faultless, in my opinion. Excellent marshalls too, full of encouragement the whole way round. As were the people of Coventry - especially at the finish. A superb day for the city, I think - there was something for everyone, from the kids to the fun runners, to the serious racers. The course is pretty challenging, I thought. Definitely hillier and tougher than both the Windsor and the Watford halves, in my opinion. But the hills kept it interesting :-) and for me the roads were always wide enough to be able to run freely. Not to mention a medal *and* a t-shirt (not of the one-size dwarfs everyone variety) at the finish. Highly recommended! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Far to hilly to be called flat In full: Supposed to be a flat and fast course-to say it's flat is a con as there are about five hills in it. It should be classed as undulating to say the least. Definately not a pb course. There were plenty of marshals though and a good support in a couple of places. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Pleasurable pain! Unexpectedly fine weather helped. Thoroughly enjoyed! In full: Cracking day. Good weather. Knocked 17mins of last year's time! :) Very scenic course. Seemingly well organised. Couple of small niggles; I would like to slap the idiot in the BMW trying to carve his way through the runners from behind up a hill at about 11 miles (- don't think it was one of the Royals ;)). He nearly got a dousing from my water bottle! Only other bugbear was (yet again) the number of very very slooowwwwww runners who somehow seemed to think they could run 1:30's or better - at least based on where they lined up at the start from!!! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Why don't more people do this excellent race? In full: The value is tremendous - you actually get a free hot meal (a choice of three) and somewhere to sit down and eat it at the end of the race. There are an unbelievable amount of drinks stations, one per mile in the last 8 miles, I think. The scenery is good, the crowd support very friendly and encouraging. This was my favourite marathon last year and this year is even better. Thank you to everyone who organised it. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Well organised, great t-shirt this year, well worth the money, Not a PB course In full: 2nd time i've done this race (1st time last year), was really looking forward to it and was not disappointed. It's a well organised event, well marshalled and really worth having a go at. Great t-shirt this year. It's quite challenging with two climbs, though the last two miles are nice and flat, finished about a minute quicker than last year. I will definately be doing this again next year. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Bit rough In full: Overall a lovely course, but really rough ground in parts. Very hard underfoot and more than a few ruts to catch an ankle. Couldnt believe the hill at 9k, that really threw me at the last gasp. Overall well worth doing though. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Good race, nicely arranged in clear sections. (Mentally this was helpful). Nice t shirt at end. In full: Nice race....good early start...all over by 10.30 am! Could have been a bit more organised with water at stations...needed a few more pouring...Will definitely support a local race and do again Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Hills? What hills? In full: Crikey, what a hard race. There is a long hill after about a kilometre. About half way round is "Gun Hill" which is gruelling. The last 2k are all downhill. The scenery is amazing. The thing I like the most about this race is the challenge! Cool t-shirt again :) Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: First ever 1/2 - Windsor had evrything I needed (incl hills!) In full: It was my first ever 1/2 marathon after starting running only 6 months ago. I know the course well as I live in the area so I'm not 'amazed' by the scenery that the park offers, but even so - it is stunning.
It was a good course, challenging in the right places and with well organised waterstops and sponges. Ev en the finish line seemed to work well - as I was expecting apile up!
Highly recommended - will be there next year.. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Fantastic ! Great course, scenery, crowd and run organisation... In full: Really great course - my first half, and not quite as bad as i was expecting with all the "undulating" and "challenging" things i'd read. One or two "challenging" little hills in on the second lap, which were entertaining. Very well organised race, but car parking on departure was abysmal bordering on farcical - i saw one column of about 30 cars head off across the park away from the exit, only to reappear 5 minutes later :-) Still it made for pleasant 45 minutes sitting in the sunshine! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: vary crowded for most of race, only negative point (not organisers fault) were the people who lined up at expected finishing times way out of realistic times & then held up people trying to pass them. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: A steady incline to start, once over that thoroughly enjoyable In full: The start of the race was a steady incline, which found tiring for a beginner, but once over that, the rest was more enjoyable for me. Lovely picturesque park. Will do again Date of review: September 25, 2005