In short: Glorious weather, fast, scenic course, great organisation. A must-do race for all! In full: Almost perfect! My first time at this race and i'll definitely be back and encourage others to do it. A small field of approx. 500 in a very rural, quiet location. A superb course as it is about 99% flat with only the very mildest of slight undulations in the latter part of the course. Very scenic as it passes through wonderful Oxfordshire countryside and quaint English Villages and with some of the Villagers out on the streets providing welcome vocal support & encouragement.
Good to have access to the Rugby club near the start for toilets and the HQ for changing, post-race relaxation, etc. Just a note - if you do this event then be aware that there is a long walk back to the Health Centre car park after the race(if you have parked there). Good for some as a oool down, but could be a trauma for others. Not a complaint, just an observation. Plenty of parking near HQ and finish area though.
This race is great value for money and must feature on every runner's race calendar as an event to do at least once in their running career. I've raced many events, on all terrains, distances, all weather and over many years. I rank this event as being right up there amongst the best and it deserves to be. Long may it continue, but book early.
Forget the over-rated, expensive and crowded other half-marathons, go for this event instead. It's good for serious, clubby runers and those doing their first half. The race results reflect that.
Thanks to all the event organisers and helpers. It was a great morning out, made more enjoyable by the fabulous weather. Just the right temperature & a mild breeze.
In short: Another great race in the sunshine In full: My third year and sunny again, the race was well organised as always on a fast flat route. I was especially chuffed as I won a spot prize. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Excellent race, top day out In full: Flat, fast and friendly. All half marathoners should race the White Horse! It's got to be just about the best half in the whole country - long may it continue! Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Very good. In full: An excellent race. Very basic, small event (which I like - if you want busy, nip down the road to Reading) but good, flat course, with rural scenery and not much hanging around. Regarding beginner friendliness, yes this is clubby (judging by the amount of club vests), but don't let that put you off. Friendly marshals and water stations people (mainly scouts) and a nice mug instead of a medal. No chip timing, but at £12, who's complaining. Book early though as this sells out very quickly. Date of review: April 1, 2012
In short: Well-organised race in the countryside In full: Nice course on quiet country roads, with good marshals and lots of encouragement from the locals and at the drinks stations. Liked the mug rather than a medal. Date of review: April 1, 2012
In short: Lovely countryside, perfect weather, clockwork organization. Perfect race! In full: First time I've done this race, and I'll definitely be back. Flat, scenic route along quiet country lanes. The excellent organizers even managed to lay on perfect weather. Particular thanks to the many excellent marshalls and the enthusiastic helpers at the water stations. Date of review: April 1, 2012