In short: Nice location, annoying start time, too many mountains! In full: Delayed start in the blazing sun, the late start time made this even hotter than it needed to be (morning start please), bodies at the side of the road from 8 miles! Took longer to get out of the car park than to complete the race. Date of review: September 28, 2009
In short: Great venue, hot and hilly, start should be earlier and toilets and exit better managed In full: Having done it twice now in searing heat it is surely time to move the start forward. The course is very hard on those who don't manage the full training quota (like me this year). I got dehydrated - water in cups is hopeless, and too few drinks stations for the heat. Great family day out though, despite the exit shambles which is tough on those aching legs. Date of review: September 28, 2009
In short: Not enough drinks stations and a rubbish medal In full: Seriously lacks enough drinks stations, especially on a hot day, never mind the rationing of the water that is available. Learnt my lesson last year and avoided the car parking so a lot of aggravation was missed out on (was a much more pleasant experience overall). The cheap looking medal is a bit of a disappointment, especially having seen the womens 8k medal from the day before, which my wife took part in. I could complain about the lack of a goody bag, but it would be a bit churlish since the organisers do say that the entire entry fee goes to charity. Therefore, I would assume that they rely on sponsorship to cover costs. Perhaps they can get a mineral water supplier onboard next year, which would improve the drinks station problem no end.
In short: good race In full: good race but there could (should) of been another drinks station at the 8 mile point. There is one only reason why the race starts at 1pm and thats down to HRH the Queen (bless her) would like to see the Queen run the windsor Half. Would like to see it less hotter next year please Date of review: September 28, 2009
In short: Great course .... would be even better in the morning In full: There seems to be general agreement that this race should start earlier. I remember reading in previous years that the organisers prefer an afternoon start so that runners can travel from further afield. But runners can get anywhere for any time if they want to - the London Marathon starts from an odd part of London at 9:45am. Starting earlier would also ease the car parking problems that frustrate so many people. I would really encourage the organisers to canvas the views of of runners and think again about the start time because otherwise this is a fantastic event, blessed with one of the best courses in the UK. Date of review: September 28, 2009
In short: Must review the start time In full: I've not seen so many runners in need of medical help. Starting a hilly 1/2 at 1.15pm during September is bordering irresponsible. Date of review: September 28, 2009
In full: My second year of doing it. A fairly hard one - not helped by the hot weather. further not helped by the delay in starting - Race didn't get going until 1.15, which meant many runners had been lining up in their start categories for nearly half an hour - IN THE BLAZING SUNSHINE! Speakers had not been erected far enough down start line so runners had no idea what was going on and what was causing delay. Despite that, it is a good route, and the hills give you a bit of a challenge. Good atomosphere especially on homeward stretch. However, getting out of the car park was an absolute shambles. The Marshalls did nothing at all to help the situation which became increasingly bad - cars who had got in the 'proper' route out then had to hang around while people drove through 'barriers' (a piece of string) to jump in the queue further up. It took me 1hr and 45mins to get out of the car park - not good when you've just run 13 miles! It was quite bad last year as well, but nowhere near as bad as this. Let's hope the organisers get the message and organise this better. have to say it has put me off doing it again. Date of review: September 28, 2009