In short: Terrible race. Felt very over length. No water stations on a very hot day. In full: This is definitely one to miss every year. Hottest day of the year instead of extra water stations none at all. One water point where kids fromt he school were throwing water over each other rather than giving it to the runners. I will not do this again. There were people collapsing everywhere. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: hottest day of the year!! In full: What a great day for a worthy cause......Weather made what should be a easy run a fair challenge! A cracking family atmosphere.Well done kidlington! Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: One of the best racing experiences ever!!! In full: Really can't say enough about the loveliness of this race! Such a wonderful atmosphere with a fantastic 2 mile starter race - great commentating coming to the finish, huge amounts of encouragement, lovely big park, great marshalls..... I couldn't stay around til the end, and I am sure I missed out on more brilliantness as a result, but I really can't wait to do this one again! 5 miles is my new favourite distance now!!! Date of review: June 18, 2005
In short: This event will grow and grow! In full: Highly recommended - the organisation is as good as you will find in any of the "top" half marathons but without the huge number of entrants making it impossible to run in the early stages. In fact, the broad start in the park means you get into your running stride almost immediately and even starting fairly near the back I was over the start line in less than 1 minute.
The first half of the course is great - very pretty. Nothing you could seriously call a hill, but lots of gentle ups and downs to make the running interesting. The second half is a lot duller - flat and mainly along main roads - but quick. Finish is great, with hordes of spectators cheering everyone on.
Marshalling was flawless, and they have obviously taken to heart previous criticism of the water stations - I've never seen so many in a 1/2! Really enjoyed my day. Date of review: June 18, 2005
In short: Loved this race. In full: Very little to moan about, the start area was a bit congested. Could do with a few directions in the race pack to help find the course. I came in from Farnham, and left home at 6.30 to get there early(just under 2 hr journey) and had no probs with toilets etc. I left after prize giving and SUPPORTING later runners and had no probs getting out of the CP. Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: too flat for me- flat doesn,t equal speed In full: organisation was excellent. some people here have completely lost the plot. Get there in good time, find the toilets, locate the start. oh yes & read the start sheet.If you can't do this go out for a training run. Car drivers have it too easy. I had to get up at 4.30, all you drivers had to get up at 7.30 on average and you couldn't manage it.Regarding changing, i was in a changing area with 3 other people. we had 4 toilets between us. No queue- absolutely excellent! Yes, the baggage area was a problem but you could all see that. They could have had more people on but there were lockers. But the moaners didn't bother looking. The organisers can't do it all for you. Only problem was too flat. I like hills. My fault, i knew it was flat before i came. Excellent race! Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: Beware the hill at 10 miles In full: Great atmosphere in a very scenic setting. My first half and an all round good experience. Very well marshalled. The water from the sponges did taste a bit funny though. I think they had previously been used to wash down the army vehicles !!! Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: A great experience!!! In full: This being my first marathon, I was very nervous, but the organisers were great, the supporters along the way were really friendly, and giving away jelly babies and setting up sprinklers for us. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the relay runners sprinting past the VERY TIRED marathon runners in the last 6 miles. But, overall it was the best race i've done so far, and i'll definitely go back next year!! Date of review: June 17, 2005