In short: friendly atmosphere, great marshalls,plentiful drink staions, beautiful scenery- what more do you need? In full: This is my second Windsor Half ( it's my local training ground, lucky me!) so no hassles with parking, etc as I pretty much live next door. Expensive yes, but in aid of worthy charities so really if you are only runnning for the goody bag, best off save the entry fee, and go out and buy your own! You get what you need at the end of the race- cheers from the onlookers, a medal, drink and a mars bar.Drink stations frequent and always some had sports drinks available for mid field runners like myself. I have run in too many races where I am lucky if there happens to be water left, let alone sports drinks!A pleasant run, friendly atmosphere with loads of encouraging marshalls and raising money for charity to boot.And those hills? Try a few runs around Sydney and then talk to me about hills.... Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Definitely undulating, but not nearly as bad as some make out! Marshalls were great, only problem was people stopping mid-path to walk in the first 2 miles..... Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: A nice traffic free route with great scenary In full: better conditions this year than last year and took 5 1/2 minutes of last years time and just missed a PB. Agree with others about the cups of water, however took a camelbak and didn't need to pick up anything on route. Date of review: October 2, 2010
In short: An excellent large field event In full: Where people think this course is hilly I'll never know. It had mild undulations, which kept the run interesting. The scenery was superb, and a real pleasure to run through the Great Park, and see the sights. The marshalling was first class and a credit to the event. Its a busy event, but aren't all races with 5000 runners ?. You can't expect not to have to queue, whether it be to get out of the car park, or for the loo, in which they had plenty of loo's. If you want to see proper queues, do the Great North Run !. After the race you got what you needed, something to drink, and some chocolate and a momento of the occasion. The entry is steep, but money goes to support charities, so thats not an issue. Overall a very enjoyable race to compete in.
In short: One of the best races in the calendar, but ...... In full: This race is gloriously scenic in a superb location. The scenery is amazing and the support all round the course is really inspiring. The hills are tough enough to deal with the ones who don't do enough training, but not too hard for those who get their training done. The Marshalls and drinks volunteers were excellent as usual (this is my 4th Windsor Half), so thanks for their help. Nice medal too. Now, to the negatives. Car park is always a disaster (see my previous reviews), so recommend parking in town and walking the mile to the start-line. The lack of a goody-bag is bad, in particular for one of the most expensive races on the calendar. The bottle of water is a given, so apart from the good medal all you get is a FUN-SIZED Mars Bar - little bit rubbish to be honest. VERDICT: Great race overall, just sort out the parking and spend some of the vast profit they make on a decent goody-bag and they'll have cracked it. Recommended race. Date of review: October 1, 2010
In short: Scenery - Gorgeous...Car Park - Hideous In full: This was my first Half Marathon and, living on the South Cost near the beach, I don't really 'do' hills. Iknew the course was undulating so I made sure I did a bit of hill training and, my goodness, was I glad I did! I either seemed to be travelling uphill or back down the other side!
That said, the Great Park is absolutely beautiful and the support was good. My fellow runners were friendly and encouraging and I would do this race again.
Maybe. If they sort the car parking out! 90 minutes to leave was not ideal.