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
In short: great start to my running career In full: I enjoyed this run it was my first competitive run and i really did enjoyed the experience will definetly run again next year Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Sort the car park out In full: Another great race at Windsor, always one of the best half marathons around. The farce of trying to get out of the car park was way worse than last year. More co-operation with the police needed.
Still it was a good day. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: this race is all about the course In full: small well organised race. over the 15k maybe 1k is on the flat, two very steep hills which drain all your energy. overall a very enjoyable run. well worth a try. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: As always very friendly and organised In full: Early morning rain cleared up to sunshine. Nice route along the river, over bridges and stiles which makes a nice change from roads. Gentleman doing the commentary his usual entertaining self. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Be prepared for the hills! In full: I would have liked an earlier start but other than that I thought the organisation and the race on the day to be very enjoyable. I haven't run for three weeks until today (aargh!) so it was comfortably challenging for me. See you next year! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: beautiful setting and nice run, although organisers miss the odd trick In full: was weary about this one, as many people spoke of "the hill" and lack of water, problems getting to start etc. To be honest, all of this is pretty much par for the course, if you know about it beforehand. Firstly, toilets are a bit of a problem, queue of about 10 just to the door (and that was just the gents) - but loads of trees/undergrowth at the start ;-) . Car Park is about 15 minutes walk from the start, so get there a little earlier than you normally would. Yep, no water apart from at the end, but much of the course is shaded, so if you need fluids for 10k, run with your own. The hill is nothing terrible, but yes it does take it out of you, but I would hate to see all 10k's flat runs. Go again, yep - it's not too far away (Cirecester is about 20 mins from Glos/Cheltenham, and 20 mins from M4), Scenery is lovely. Hill a git, but lets you know you've had a run... Date of review: September 25, 2005