In short: A enjoyable 10K through a scenic park In full: If you liked the Princes Trust 10K, Westonbirt 10K or Longleat 10K then this race seams to have all of these in one race. Its a really nice experience run through woods and open land on good paths and tracks, and with the good atmosphere from both the organisers and crowds and the downhill finish which made for a quick last kilometre.
Luckily I did not have to sample the queue for the toilets nor do I normally take water from water stations in 10K’s so these two obvious problems did not affect my experience of this race.
The only problem I experienced is a long walk back to the car from the start, made even longer by walking the wrong way from the finishing line, some signs would not go amiss. If the weather was any colder or if it had been raining then the walk back would have detracted from my race experience.
In short: Too many walkers and fun runners started too near the front, hard to work up a good pace , overall an amazing event there were so many people, unbelieveable ! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: This is my favourite race. In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race 2 years ago when I participated in it for the first time and this year was no different. The reasons why it is such a good race:
1. Its fast and flat, so PB's are a definite possibility. 2. Excellent seaside scenery. 3. Organisation is always good with ample toilet facilities and parking areas. 4. Your always guaranteed a nice T-Shirt and Medal and other goodies. 5. Great atmosphere.
The only downside was getting past some of the runners who really should have started further back the field as they were slowing up some of the faster runners trying to get past, but other than that I will always come back to this race, it is my favourite and will take something very special to beat it.
In short: A regular on my race calendar In full: Flat and fast - always a good field too from front to back, so you're guaranteed a race! Organisation is excellent and the atmosphere is good too. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A potential PB course - well organised In full: This is a pleasant flat race in an appealing location in Altrincham. This is the best of the series, but the others are worth a visit too. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Hard work with the hill and the heat! In full: A first class race for organisation and venue. A thoroughly enjoyable event. It is rare for me to go home with a slow time and say I enjoyed the day! Well done to those who organised it. Definitely worth going, but just forget about that PB! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A good time trial over 4 miles In full: Just hope the sea breezes are calm! This is a good flat course away from traffic. Ron organises these races well... deserves a better turn out than he's been getting! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Good race all round - well done Leeds AC! In full: A good quality field help me keep up concentration when coming back from injury. Not a PB course, but a very good work out. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A few improvements suggested... In full: Make the distance the full 5K, you could add a bit by the Gas Tower. Still a potential PB course. Km markers would help. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A very friendly scenic course but beware it is very hilly! In full: This was my choice for my first half marathon, little did I know how hilly it was though until it was too late. For a first timer I would probably recommend a flatter course, but then again I will be making sure my next half is much flatter therefore guaranteeing a faster time!
In short: Great debut for this one In full: Well done organisers. A big first day - done well. Messed up Coventry traffic but at least it gave us something to watch. More mile markers please. Really enjoyed it. Date of review: September 26, 2005
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