In short: Perhaps it's just me....... In full: I've skimmed through the other reviews and it seems that no-one noticed the lack of buses to get childrens fun run entrants to the start of the race in time. Or that the start time of the half-marathon was delayed and held up (in my case I think that this contributed to injury).
I don't turn up at races to hear all those who have sponsored the event mentioned, (that's what the t-shirts for) judging by the noises around me neither does anyone-else. I also know how good exercise is for me that's why I do it!!!
I for one won't be back. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Really well organised race in beautiful surroundings. In full: My first 1/2 and a really good place to do your first, but not a faste route - it was much hillier than I anticipated. it's not an easy course by any means. Water stations were fine, with lots of helpful marshals giving sponges and cups of water every 2 1/2 miles. People have complained about getting away afterwards, but I had no problems, probably as I left pretty soon after I finished. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A fabulous all round day & got a PB. Traffic congestion, changing/shower facilities bit iffy, but didn't spoil it. Well done to the 'hose-pipe-bloke' around 7km! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Small and well organised In full: A pleasant rural course mainly flat with PB potential. Well done to the race marshalls who did an excellent job. Typical Rugby club facilities. Bar, changing, bacon butties!!! etc. Safety pins were supplied with the numbers!! A helpful detail some races miss. The entry was full of racing snakes, with the last runners coming in at around 2:25 ish, but the prizegiving took place as the last runners were coming in, so no-one was left to feel like an 'also ran, coming in after everyone has packed away. Nice atmosphere. The only niggle was the lack of info on the web site. The AC is the link from runners world but it only contained an entry form with little info. A course description, start time and directions would have attracted more runners and helped to fill in that tail end!! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Felt could have done with more water stations along the way. A bit of a lonely race at times. Prior to the race I received lots of help and information on queries that I had. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: More water required at finish. In full: Great race. Lovely scenery and fairly well organised. Only gripes were that there should have been more water at the end, and where were the silver cloak thingys at the finish? When I finished it starting raining so got very cold very quickly. Car Park a nightmare. However these are all things that can be resolved if the organisers want to... Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Good location, water stops so-so, car park exit awful In full: My first 1/2 having started running in May so a good introduction on the run itself. Wasn't aware of time boards at start so joined friends at first filter-in point. Great run and pleased withn own time, could have done with bottled water on way round (had to stop to drink) and more bottles at the end (only one small bottle after 13 miles in the heat?!). Car park exit awful with no help from marshalls (those on the race itself were great) and the usual "I've a company car...." idiots q jumping the rest of us. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: An enjoyable race overall In full: This was quite a local race for me so very convenient and enjoyable. The last few miles however, on what seemed like a never ending road became a bit monotonous and the traffic seemed to not care too much that there were runners on the road. Good finish and a nice T shirt. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: sham about lack of water and car park fiasco In full: Given that we constantly seem to be have late summers,could the time be change so we are not running at the hottest time of the day.It is a very challenging course.The high from finishing goes as soon as you try to drive home......nightmare!!More water would have been nice. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Scenic, but too many bottlenecks and narrow course In full: Difficult to pass slower runners as the course quite narrow in places. Would be very muddy in wet weather, but quite scenic. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Couldn't have wished for a better first 1/2 marathon! In full: This was my first half marathon and I was unbelievably nervous - but within the first mile I knew I'd be A-OK. Enjoyably challenging course - those long downhill stretches more than made up for the hills - excellent marshalling and great atmosphere. Gorgeous scenery: flocks of sheep and deer gambolling in the fields! No complaints about the water stations - to be honest, having to walk in order to drink was a blessing for my aching muscles! - or the goodies at the end. The boyfriend was happily entertained by the burger van and beer tend! Getting out of the car park was a bit of a nightmare but at least they provided free parking. So proud of myself for completing this run and raising £400 for Asthma UK. Will definitely run Windsor again next year. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Horrendous!!!! In full: My second Half Marathon (I did Sheffield earlier in the year), and by far the hardest of the two.
It was a very narrow course which made finding clear tarmac difficult given there were over 5000 entrants. I don't remeber many flat parts, it seemed either uphill or downhill which made getting into a rythm very difficult.
I thought the 1pm start time was ridiculous! It was the hottest part of a warm day and despite taking on loads of fluids I was well and truely dehydrated by the 8 mile mark.
It was a picturesque course but psychologically draining as there were long open stretches of hills where there seemed to be no end. And the last mile nearly killed me as the end of the long walk never seemed to get any closer!!!
Was surprised by the lack of energy drinks given the cost and the high profile sponsors involved in the event.
And finally, the car park was a nightmare. It took nearly an hour to get out, however I spent most of that time puking into a bag due to the effects of dehydration.
Having said all that I will do it again next year mainly because I was gutted with my time, but also because there is great support all the way round the course, particularly along the last mile. Date of review: September 26, 2005