In short: Worse half marathon! In full: 1pm start- why? I know it wasn't the usual autumns day but the organisers should have sorted the day better we all new it was going to be a hot day at least 7 days ago! The water cups were a dirty and the water tasted of chlorine?! You needed small bottles so we could run with them! Someone should have organised jelly babies or Lucozade stops, we were sweating so much we needed something more! I had never seen so many people collapsed in a race, not even in a marathon. But hey you had time to organise a bouncy castle.. Date of review: September 29, 2014
In short: Late start on a very hot day In full: A very hot day combined with a 13:00 start time made this a very tough race. I didn't like the plastic cups at the water stations. In the conditions bottled water would have been much better. A lot of runners were suffering in the last few miles. The St Johns Ambulance were kept very busy. i hope everyone was ok. Nice medal. Needed more than a small bottle of water and a mars bar at the finish. Credit to the Army Cadets and Scouts who marshalled the race. Date of review: September 29, 2014
In short: Scenic run that would be better with a 10am start In full: First time entering the Windsor Half. Organisation is slick for a big production race. 1pm start time on such a warm day was cruel. The water stations were fine through probably too few in number for such a hot day.
Support for the last two miles is excellent with plenty of encouragement.
The finish was a disappointment. Mars bar, medal and bottle of water. Opportunity knocks for a sports drink sponsor!
Glad to have done it as a warm up to the Royal Parks Half but not one I would rsh back to. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Too hot for the start time In full: They really need to think about the start time, or insistent about keeping 1pm hold it either in August or Oct/Nov to ensure colder weather. I have never seen so many people walking (myself included) on a half before. The heat definitely got to me as I was a whole 14 mins slower than three weeks ago. It would be nice to get more than a small bottle of water, Mars bar and medal at the finish. That said, the kids enjoy the face-painting and balloons whilst I'm 'running'. As I'm a local, will more than likely do it all again next (and complain about the start time) Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Wrong start time, as usual In full: Another very warm day for the WHM showed yet again why this race should start in the morning. I hope no one was seriously ill or injured but I saw more runners collapsed and needing treatment than in any previous year. This could be a great race if it had a 10am start time but the organisers have always ignored requests to change the start will no doubt continue to do so.
All the same small problems continue - no water bottles, only plastic cups, no bananas for runners at the end, no energy drinks. Just a medal and a Mars bar for your £28. But these are minor issues. The setting is wonderful and the course a real challenge in warm conditions. Shame the organisers continue to be so blind to runners' safety. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: 2013: Boiling! In full: Hilly (but don't say they didn't warn you), lovely scenery, lots of loos (yes, there were queues, but they were good natured queues). The queue for baggage was a bit long, but I've seen far worse.
They need to re-do the race brochure. It's essentially a copy of the BUPA 10K brochure slightly re-written, and cups of water rather than bottles is disconcerting (and hard to drink from).
Stunningly lovely enthusiastic cadets as marshalls round the course.
I had a mega asthma attack, so didn't enjoy this one as much as I might have. Apart from the final straight, which was magic. It was definitely a challenge - and I'm glad I did it. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: 2012 race review. A great event, but organisation worsening each year. In full: I love this event, that's why I've done it 7 times now. I agree with the complaints others have made, but there's just something special about it for me. Their website is terible, arrive early if you want to use one of the shrinking number of loos, don't expect much at the finish - but it;s still a fantastic run. I did my best time since '88 this year as a nifty fifty.
I will be back next year. Date of review: October 18, 2012
In short: Overpriced In full: 2012 race - Nice course, spoiled by the organisation. Start delayed due to toilet and baggage queues, bad congestion for at least first mile/mile and a half. Water stations really well manned but only feeble plastic cups of water scooped out of 'bins' available, no bottles or energy drinks. At end given a medal, Mars bar and at last a bottle of water, but couldn't even manage a bag to put them in. Very amateur feel. Date of review: October 10, 2012
In short: Organisation gets worse In full: I'm actually rating the 2012 race but couldn't select it in the drop down box. Wakey wakey RW.
This was the fifth time I've done this race since 2004 and the organisation gets shoddier and lazier by the year. Once, one of the blue riband HM's in the south east, now just another half, but just a lot more expensive.
For the entry fee paid, you would expect more than water stations with plastic cups that are pretty hard to drink from except if you are walking. Where was the Lucozade Sport?
Half an hour to collect baggage? Guys, it helps if you store it in numerical order. Kind of makes it easier to find.
Although not the be all and end all, the medals just get cheaper. I had a look at some of the past years ones when I got home and the quality was a lot better.
Sad to see a race like this get so poor. Complacency? Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: WIndsor 2012 In full: In ran this race in 2012 (7 oct) and must say it was a very good experience as my first half marathon mostly because of the amazing scenery. However i got a bit annoyed with the start, i placed myself in the queue next to the 1h45 post to find out that i was doing an appalling 6min/km after the first 1km because the race is not staged and the start is really crowded and you simply cannot overtake anyone. It gets better around 2km, although i lost a good 3min. Staging the start would avoid such problems. The other let down is the water cups as everyone else mentioned. Theyre small and flimsy, you grab them and there's barely any water left inside. How much a water bottle costs these days?! The goody bag got worse from what I read, this year was only a Mars bar, a 50cl water bottle and a medal. A bit tough after 21Km... Marshals are however friendly and overall a good run - would benefit from a few improvements though; Date of review: October 7, 2012