In short: Flat course, a little muddy. But really spoiled by having to wait at the end for FORTY minutes for the bags, in the freezing wind. In full: I disagree with other posts which say "the baggage shambles wasn't the fault of the organisers". Yes, the organisers had sub-contracted this to an outside company (fine), but really: it took over 2 hours to travel a distance which took the bus about 35 minutes in the morning. Surely it's the responsibility of the organiser to check that the baggage movers had (a) maps (b) competence and/or (c) a GPS. Yes, this sounds like a rant, but there are serious questions to be asked about a situation where 200-ish people are forced to wait without car keys, money for food, no coats/jumpers etc, in a windy, cold park. In addition, there were no regular announcements telling people what was happening with the van (I heard one only saying the van was "5 minutes away", but it didn't arrive for 30 more minutes), and no attempt to (say) give us a cup of tea from the cafe while we waited, to warm us up. If there were no medical incidents as a result, then it's purely by luck. Must try better, as for me it spoiled an otherwise friendly atmosphere. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Fabulous route with loads to look at but lacked atmosphere at the start/finish In full: Parked at the finish and got bussed to the start which worked well. At the start there was nothing except 6 toilets (not enough, the queue was ridiculous), the luggage lorry and the start line so just a lot of standing around. The route was lovely, plenty of water stations, great marshalls, quite muddy and it was slippery in places but then that's to be expected in November. The finish was great, medals fabulous, banana and water welcoming, but then that was it. Thought it wasn't much for the entrance fee. Again nothing at the finish so a bit of an anti-climax having done a PB! Finally nobody seemed to know where the car park was in relation to the finish line so had to ask numerous people until someone could point me in the right direction! Good race but could be so much better. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Wet, muddy and slippy but enjoyable In full: Wet, muddy and slippy but enjoyable race. 2nd time for me so expected conditions to be bad - its just that time of year. Cowley to Watford is slightly harder but its really the mud that is energy sapping as I was skating in places. Organisation was fine and the marshal's friendly - all apart from the bag drop which was a shambles. You really can't leave runners on a damp winters day standing around for 30 minutes getting cold whilst waiting for the van to turn up. Big black mark - but we're a forgiving bunch. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Used it as a training run and really enjoyed it In full: A bit bunched at the beginning of the canal, but otherwise a really lovely race. We parked at the finish and the buses to the start etc were really well organised. The tow paths were a bit muddier than I had expected and slippery in places, but all added to the fun. Not sure I liked the hill right at the end though! A great run and would definitely do it again. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Great route but slippery In full: A great route along the canal - flat but with some tricky slopes up to the locks and bridges. The rain and leaves did mean it was slippery, but not too uneven.
Short of toilets at the start, and the baggage van was a bit of a disaster - long wait at the start, and did not turn up at the finish until c. 2 hours Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: A good flattish course with good Marshall's and a nice atmosphere In full: PB's would be very possible if you were near the front and there hadn't been rain for a while! A bit slippy in places this year.
There needs to be more toilets at the start -about twice as many. Several of us nearly missed the start!
The Uxbridge to Watford route is a better way round in my view-despite the walk from the station at the start.
Generally a good race with good Marshall's and a good atmosphere. I'll be back. (Shame about the baggage bus nut that wasn't the race organisers fault)! Date of review: November 8, 2009