In short: My first event - now I'm spoiled. A stimulating run in great weather through a beautiful park. The hill (x 2) was a great challenge and punctuated the run just nicely. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Tough going cross county but rewarding In full: Ploughed fields and hills don't make this the easiest of runs, but once you're into your stride it's a winner. The course needs distance markers. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: As my 1st Race I realy enjoyed it In full: I know what the others mean about the lack of toilets, I got a severe case of beginners nerves just before the start and after queing had to run like mad to get to the start in time. I would like to thank sue 'whoever you are' for panting down my neck thus keeping me running flat out for the last 3 or 4 k's. I should be able to walk again very soon! see you all next year and i'm bringing my own portaloo. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Great scenery. Dreadful organisation at the start. Friendly atmosphere. In full: A grey and chilly start but most people had smiles at the end - an achievement given the fact that the organisation of the race start was attrocious. Note to the organisors - on a cold day, give the low impact aerobics/speeches a miss (or at least limit it to 3 min) and let people enjoy the views on the running track. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: This is really a cross-country course, tough for beginners. In full: The course is mostly on grazed and uneven pasture in the parkland around Ragley Hall. Some of the course is through woodland, but on tracks suitable for the gamekeepers to get thier quad bikes, not for running. On the day of the race the ground was very dry, and the uneven underfoot conditions made this very testing to run on. I lost count of the number of times I turned my ankle or tripped on lumps of ground. There were some very testing hills, and these would ruin any chance of a PB. I don't want to sound elitist, but this is a charity fun run for those who want to jog round, finish and raise sponsorship money. If you treat it as that, it's a fine event. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Very Hilly and much harder than predicted. Very scenic but challenging. In full: I had done alot of training in Richmond Park, thinking that would suffice, however the reality was that Windsor was far more challenging with hills round many corners! It was quite a warm day too, which made it even more difficult. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Very hilly and hard work. Weather too hot for a 1pm start. In full: An enjoyable day out, made particularly special by the forum marquee. I was't prepared for how hard it would be. Bottles of water would be preferable to plastic cups but the sponges were a life saver. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Absolutely fabulous race, well organised and very friendly feel from both runners and marshals alike. Use of showers at end and goody bag. Lovely small scale race not yet overtaken by the profit making side of things. (ps 2005 but no option on menu!) Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: course was good last bit a bit dismal but very pooor organization In full: First half of course was hilly but nothing too major as a first half marathon would be good as atmosphere is great. I did it as my first marathon and i am slow so second half was hard as fewer people around and last 7 miles is tough around Holm pierpont as it is lonely and you get a bad headwind from the lake, also long coned section means running back on yourself. Unfortunately the organisation was dismal in that race packs were late out so mine did not arrive in time, also at end of 5.30hrs slog they had no medals or panels left, very disheartening and car park was 20 min walk away at end and no shuttle running for late finishers. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: An extremely tough little road race but well worth the trip, very freindly bunch and excellent results service and beer facilities at the end...what more could you want?! Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Great race - deserves more runners! In full: It's a tough undulating course and, as I don't plan to run all that many marathons, that's the only reason I put "maybe" down as to whether I'd run it again. In many ways this was the best race I've ever run. Organisation was fantastic - road closed for first 3 miles or so until field thins out; endless supply of well-manned and well-positioned drink (and sponge) stations; clear mile markers; plenty of marshalls and police riders; good local support (pleased to see so many Welsh flags around the course); hot food afterwards (pasta and rice dishes); gold-plated medal. Deserves to become a big event. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: What a great morning! In full: This was my first half. Being so close to home I just couldn't resist it and it didn't disappoint.
The atmosphere was 200% better than the Hydro Active in Hyde Park. This was partly thanks to the wonderful Marshalls were brilliant and the people who live on Radford Road were really supportive as well.
Great race for your debut half. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Lots of fun....must now arrange to attend numerous fancy dress parties to make use of my new furry outfit... In full: You'd be bananas to pass this up. An incredible event organised superbly well by what seemed like a small team of patient 'Fossey Fund' folk on the day, and with numerous marshals to help out too. One tiny recommendation that would optimise the charity profit and leave a lasting memory for everyone in the future, would be to make more of the photograph opportunities - on the EventEurope website I found no images of my own cricket-playing gorilla guise and had been looking forward to ordering these after the event! However, an amazing day, especially jumping out with a big roar in front of unsuspecting pedestrians along the way... Date of review: September 27, 2005