In short: Well organised half - marathon for local runners. Hills were tough. Final mile run-in leg draining. Well done all involved. In full: Being a Coventrian this run was an ideal chance to try out my second half-marathon. Last year did the GNR time 1:31. so was out to improve my PB - so I thought. First gripe, why do people stand near the start when they have no intention of running a 'good time' these peeps just get in the way. The ring road lap at the start was good for warming up the legs. Note lack of mile markers. Climbing out the City Centre to turn-a-round point (8 miles) tough one, but return to City Centre downhill made up for this slog. But the ring road 1 mile run in was very draining on the legs. Overall good first effort. Lots of water if needed. Friendly co runners. Need more locals to turn out to cheer on runners but that will come with future events. My time 1:33 I feel this was harder than GNR. Well done Cov. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Achingly beautiful! In full: I've done several races where people have complained about the course being described as flat when it has a few bumps in it - well, now we all know what undulating means! I remember one fairly flat mile but apart from that it was constantly up and down hill. My sort of running! Glorious views and no chance of getting bored because of the constant changes of rhythm.
Usually avoid races with thousands of entrants but Windsor works - the start is wide enough to avoid too bad congestion and you have plenty of company all the way round which is nice.
Support is fantastic, and I will never forget that last mile to the finish. Yes, it seems to go on for ever, but running through the ever-thickening crowds with the MC yelling at you to finish before the clock ticks round to the next 5 minute mark is inspiring - the 13th mile was my fastest of the whole race!
Picking up on some of the other comments, number 1 hint for next year is - Don't drive! Get there early, park in the town centre, have a nice lunch and walk through the park to the start.
Can't agree with those recommending an earlier start. With so many fun runners , taking up to 3.5 hours, that would mean them finishing in the midday heat which would be much more dangerous. I'd actually prefer a later start, which would have given my lunch more time to go down.
It isn't a flawless race, and the chip timing makes it quite expensive, but it is a glorious place to run and a truly memorable experience.
In short: They said "one short steep incline, and a couple of slight inclines." They lied. In full: As a beginner, I found it more challenging than expected. There were lots of muddy slopes, puddles and cow-pats to dodge. However, it was well organised and the string quartet at the 7KM marker was a nice touch that raised a few smiles and kept me going to the finish. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Great organisation - but watch for those hills! In full: This was such a well-organised event. No hitches whatsoever, good tannoy system and friendly atmosphere despite the awful weather. Hills at the end came as a shocker considering it was meant to be flat, but nice and challenging, considering I was out of breath by then! Only thing I would change is move the start back a bit as it was really crowded and there were two tight turns that were a bit hectic. Still, a great day and will definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: If you Want a good challenge and a nice day, you have do this one In full: sation, well marshelled, excellent support through every village, drinks and sponge stations galore, large mile markers,superb medal,goody bag and a choice of hot food dishes when you finish, and all for 11 quid! Puts many bigger marathons to shame. Very challenging undulating coarse,definately no pb potential. But what an event, fantastic scenery,superb organi Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Challenging, real multi-terrain but a nice race. In full: Blimey! it was hot and pretty challenging hill wise. However the usual gripe only large t-shirts at the end .Mine reached my knees.I know this is a small detail but its really important to someone like me who is new to racing and would realy appreciate a souvenir I could wear. How simple would it be to stipulate size on entry form but I suspect buying lots of large sizes is miles cheaper. Otherwise a well organised enjoyable race. Nice bacon sarnies and bouncy castle for kids. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: really friendly and lovely course In full: The friendliness and organisation of the marshalls as well as the comaradarie of the other runners made this a really lovely day. I really enjoyed the course - hills and all and will definitely be back!
The downsides (if there are any organisers reading) - the loo situation at the start could be improved as I had to hijack the mens with a few other girls! Also the water at the end ran out as did the medals - one of my club members kindly donated his medal to a diappointed slower finisher........the spec didn't mention that medals would only be awarded to top tier etc
In short: within minutes of donning my suit I changed from a 43yr old to 13yr old kid In full: Awesome event. No worries about the stopwatch(just a fun run). Well worth it for the look on the unsuspecting publics face. Some great costumes on top of the suits, lots of thought and effort put in by the participants. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it although a lack of attention to detail does rather detract from it In full: Issues of note: 1. 1 250 ml bottle of water at the end was almost insulting - please charge more next year so that you can provide more water - i was really dehydrated at the end and the bottle was gone in a couple of secs - when i asked for more i was told that to fill the bottle up "over there" from some non-existent tap.... 2. Drinking from plastic cups at speed ain't that easy - hmm ideal place to dish out the 250ml water bottles from the finish 3. Loos along the course - Fantastic - most welcome after mile 4 - then really enjoyed the race 4. People / Process - volunteers looked unsure of what to do when people fell over - would have thought some water close at hand and knowing who to call would have been a good idea - there seemed to be much indecision 5. Loos at the start - is a familiar problem - please get trucks that have only cubicles or only urinals - you get a whole queue of blokes waiting to pee then someone says oh by the way there 20 free urinals in there and the queue suddenley shrinks - please point out what the facilities are - an in door and an out door for the blokes urinals ain't a bad idea? 6. end of mile 13 was difficult to spot unless you knew where it was - people standing in the way - missed the spot to stop the watch - maybe a higher sign please Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Room for improvement In full: Like the race but drinking water from cups, especially when Vittel are sponsors is appalling when you consider how many people reacted adversely to the hot conditions. Come-on organizers:-sort this out for next year!!!!! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Highlight of my running year In full: I prefer plastic cups to breaking my ankle on water bottles (see complaints about GNR) but agree that there wasn't enough of it. The hills are what give this race its charm! I couldn't even find the loos at the start but no queue at mile 11 so that was a big plus. My favourite running outing because I can walk to the start and home again afterwards and have no trouble with the traffic as well as being in an outstanding setting Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Visually stunning, physically exhausting! In full: Great day out - the unofficial Runners World marquee was a welcome place to rest weary legs and have some great nibbles. The start of the race was chaotic with not enough room for all runners. Course very hilly and hard going, but the scenery made for a pleasant distraction. What's with water in plastic cups? A week after GNR tragic deaths and a pretty hot day - I'm sure we would have all preferred water bottles to carry along with us. How long did that finishing stretch seem?! But the crowds were great for the last 100m and the Mars bar was a brilliant idea. God I hurt today.... Date of review: September 26, 2005