In short: Small is beautiful In full: This was a short 5K dash around quiet country roads near Bicester. It's part of the Oxon grand prix series so was taken fairly seriously at the front of the field. The course is flat apart from a couple of times where the road goes up and over the railway. The organisation was excellent. Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: slightly windy but GREAT fun! In full: When windy it can get you down a bit:-/, but there's crowds along the way to cheer you on all along the way:-). It is a major charity 'fancy-dress' run.
This year they wanted, and succeded on both counts, to: a)most entries than any other and b)most money raised Date of review: May 24, 2005
In short: Treat with respect and your fly at the finish In full: I ran negative splits as I was told it was uphill for 9 miles so from halfway I enjoyed the scenary stepped up the pace and ran my fastest marathon this year. Date of review: May 24, 2005
In short: Friendly, scenic and a bit challenging In full: Long uphill in the first half of the marathon is not as bad as it sounds, as it's very gentle, but it does take it out of you - next time I'll save some leg power for the one-in-eight downhills which were surprisingly painful after 20-odd miles. Fantastic organization, very friendly - and great cakes and bacon sarnies Date of review: May 24, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed it; although frustrating getting held up. In full: Only my second 10K, and I did a PB despite being held up three times. I loved the off road element and the scenery was great. Just a shame about the bottle-necks, but I'll definitely run it again. Date of review: May 24, 2005