In short: A fine first effort In full: Generally a successful race, with only minor issues (bag drop, no T-shirt etc) that could be ironed out next year. The organizers deserve credit for persevering and making it happen.
As others have said, there are more scenic routes around Oxford - Littlemore has never looked worse than at 12 miles on an incline. The Town/Gown 10k is a case in point, but obviously it's a more compact route.
In short: Good race and will most certainly do again providing the hiccups get sorted for next year In full: Not a great start to the race, we were part of a 2 mile queue to enter the stadium at 8.30am so we got out of the car and walked to the start but only just made it in time after putting our baggage in. delayed race by 15 minutes which was good. Nice race few uphill inclines which werent expected but lots of water stations on route and great support from locals. Great for spectators as well as things for them to eat and drink in the stadium while waiting for the first batch of runner to come in. Would do it again next year providing the few minor issues get sorted from this year. Date of review: September 27, 2011
In short: Great potential but teething problems let them down. The organisers should look to Reading Half for ideas. In full: Great support from the locals along the way which made it for me. Teething problems let the side down. These need sorting before the race becomes too big. Loads of potential and I liked the variety of the route. The goody bag, taking out the medal and water, was just a bag; no food, chocolate etc and was disappointing. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: great atmosphere at stadium finish In full: loved the way the scenory kept changing. along side the factory, dual carriageway, through the town, over the river etc. didnt like dicing with the traffic and having cars of people stuck and glaring at you, over all well done Oxford, plese support this race in the future!! Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Great first race few things could make it even better. In full: Traffic entering the stadium was an issue and organisers delayed race. Lots of marshalls and very helpful with stopping traffic but some very quiet and would have been nice to have the odd not shout from them. However crowds made up for that and plenty of people lined the streets with claps and cheers, some even played music. Route was ok, could have been better seeing that Oxford is so beautiful! Great to finish in the football stadium and lots of stalls to look at afterwards. Will do it again next year. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Great pottential for being a great half marathon but needs full support of the City Council to open up the routes and close off roads to make it more interesting and a runner friendy In full: I would agree with all the current reviews teething problems as to be expected. All I would expect to be sorted for next year
The route I feel being a local wasn't the best and didn't take in all the sights it could have for runners that aren't local to the city.
I imagine to close of the city would be a big decision for the council and I think in future with the turn out being good other parts of the city will be opened to make for a better more interesting run for both runners and spectators.
Fingers crossed that this has proved that there is a real interest now for an Oxford City half marathon and all involved in the setting up of the event will give full commitment to making it an event that the entire city can look forward to in the future!!!
Overall good run very flat with a few downhills. looking forward to next year Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Considering it was in Oxford - Superb! In full: Generally very good organisation considering it was a new event.
Good base at the stadium though baggage drop should have been quicker considering it was advertised and not free (have a 'valuable' drop for car keys only).
Some people say the route could have been more scenic, but considering the general traffic issues in Oxford I don't really see how, particularly if they scale up the numbers in future years. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Should of been very senic! In full: This was my first half marathon and I loved it! The slight hills and inclines were fine as there were many long downhill parts. I think the route could be better thought out as oxford is beautiful and yet we saw nothing really. In parts of the run it was extremely hard to pass people, which effected your pace !! I am now looking forward to the reading half marathon!! Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: A good effort for the first running of this event, a few minor teething problems that I sure can be rectified for next year. In full: I thoroughly enjoyed the race - but had a good run which always helps overlook any hiccups. The only couple of problems I was aware of was the delay at the start - which wasn't purely due to late arrivals, I had to queue for 20 minutes when arriving at 8:15 - the marshalls in the car park could've been more pro-active.
I think it's a bit unfair to moan about the queues when leaving - this is normal at any event (not just running) were thousands of people all try and leave at once. At the front end of the race the course was ok, but I could see that as it got busier, the single coned off strip through the city centre wouldn't be wide enough.
Plenty of water stationsen-route and great showers at finish.
I managed to find plenty of toilets, so not sure how some people managed to miss these. But if the number of entrants grows much portaloos will also be needed.
I didn't use the baggage store - one of the advantages of having queued for the car park was that I could leave kit in the car. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Could have done with more scenery In full: Traffic getting to the stadium was chaotic so race was delayed 15 minutes. There were ten of us who intended to get the train, but as the first train to Oxford arrived at 9.15 we had no choice but to drive. Surely if the race started an hour later than the traffic problem would be solved as there’d be less of it. Also why was the train journey even suggested on the web site?
Oxford is a beautiful city but hardly any of the sites were passed, instead it was mainly back roads and along the dual carriageway. When we did enter the city we had to jostle with pedestrians along the pavement. All in the entire route was badly organised. Come on Oxford council, get on board
All in all though it was a good race. Marshalls were great and toilets were well organised at the stadium. Baggage was a shambles but I’m sure this was just a teething problem. The PA at the start could not be heard though the stadium finish was excellent and a high point. Goody bag was rubbish as contained no food. A T-shirt would have been a nice bonus for the price we paid.
On checking my result it would seem my chip time had failed and on looking at the Race Timing Systems website it seemed many people had their race and gun time listed as the same. I’ve lost 84 seconds which is unacceptable. I’ve contacted them but yet to hear back.