In short: Decent start, hopefully better next year In full: The race was well attended by marshals and the spectators were very supportive. It was a good first time effort for the organisers (even Liz Yelling was there). The goody bag was decent, with a nice medal, but for the price I expected a t-shirt. Even the Brooks technical t-shirts (which you had to buy) ran out by the time I got to the Brooks stand.
As an Oxford resident I would really like for this to become an event that people would look forward to do each year.
I therefore suggest the organisers think about a more scenic route for next year, takind advantage of the Thames Path and Oxford parks. That would make a much nicer environment as opposed to running along the motorways.
Running along Cowley and particularly Abingdon Road was terrible, having to go around pedestrians or watch out for cars.
I'm hoping to run this again next year, but if the route stays the same, I'll think twice Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: Fairly flat, well supported and enjoyable race. In full: Great to have a half in my home town again. I did the last Oxford Half in 1992! The course wasn't very inspiring given what a beautiful city Oxford is but flattish. Great support in residential areas made up for it. Goody bag was very poor. A t-shirt and a Mars bar would have been nice! Parking was chaos on arrival and start had to be delayed. Get there early next year! Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: Great half marathon with lots of potential In full: Enjoyed this race mostly. The things that let it down were some dis-organisation and ques to get in the stadium car park which unfortunately delayed the start by 15 minutes. There was also a long delay in trying to get out by car.
Overall the atmosphere was great, most of the marshalls were very cheerful & encouraging although some could have said a few encouraging words to help us round especially in the latter miles when more needed. However there was great enthusiasm from the spectators who came out in their droves helped by the lovely weather. The few negatives I am sure will be ironed out as this race becomes more popular.
Very glad to have taken part in this promising half marathon. Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: Not bad and I am sure it will improve In full: I think its all been said below. I am sure next year will be better as long as they listen to the feedback. Overall it was an OK run and the intentions are good.
Where do we get the chip results? Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: good first effort In full: great race i thought, there were bound to be teething problems as its the first one ,but nothing that cant be rectified for next year. loved the finish to Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: good effort for first time despite efforts of some local organisations not to help In full: Oxford deserves a good half marathon and, with some lessons from this one, could have it. Life would be made so much easier if all parties worked better together and gave up the not invented here attitude. Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: Off to a good start for Oxford In full: The pros: - fast course - good support throughout - Friendly marshalling - scenic through the City - Lots of parking - Good toilets (maybe I was lucky) - Good water stations - Great stadium finish - Nice medal (and I liked the water bottle too)
Could do betters: - Traffic management on the way to the start - more road closures (some fighting for space with pedestrians and cars) - A little less time on the roads... maybe taking in some of Oxford's lovely riverbanks and more scenic parts (Come on City Council, get on board) - No pizzazz at the start... could barely hear the guy on the megaphone - no idea what he said!
Overall, really glad to have a race like this in my home town.... a few more tweaks and some learning from the mistakes and I think this could be a great event. Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: A good run hopefully will be refined a little more next time. In full: It's good, hopefully will be better, toilets and baggage before the race was pain, I did not have the same traffic issue son the way in that some have had but i got there in plenty of time. Killer slow gradual hill towards the end made this a hard run for me. Nice stadium finish for me and my family said it was good to watch from there. Having the showers at the gym after was a great touch. Good race hopefully better next year. Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: Lovely atmosphere and great potential to be a fantastic event In full: This was my first half marathon and I really enjoyed it. I thought the marshals on-route were really supportive. There were actually plenty of toilets (I think someone earlier said there were none) but perhaps they could have been better sign posted or on a map maybe, and yes if it grows some portaloos would be great. I got there early so getting into the car park was not an issue but can see that controlling traffic and pedestrians would have been a good idea! Nice medal and finishing in the stadium was great. Spot prizes from the sports bra company Moving Comfort was a nice little bonus for a slow coach who'd never win a prize otherwise! Thank you! :D Traffic seemed well controlled but there was definitely potential for bumping into pedestrians at times...not sure how that can be avoided as I don't know how it's normally done. Many of them stopped, got out the way and cheered which was really nice. Had a great morning and will be back next year! Date of review: September 25, 2011