In short: Well organised, bargain price, nice scenery and great marshalling. In full: Had a great time at this race. For a bargain price you get a well organised scenic race with lots for the family to do while they are waiting. Thanks to the enthusiastic marshall on the bridge over the lake who was great at motivating runners. Well done Woodstock, great job!!! Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Challenging! In full: Fantastic scenery though on the third lap I wasn't taking much notice of it! My legs haven't ached so much in a long time. Friendly atmosphere and encouraging marshalls. Great day out, beautiful weather, I'm looking forward to doing it again next year. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Enjoyably different In full: Towards the hilly end of 'undulating' but none the worse for it, and those wishing it to be a half or a 10M have probably missed the point. Beginners may be better off with the 10k in October though. Beautiful setting, pretty well organised, only £6, decent facilities, (although no showers), but be warned - you entry gets you into the park free, but not anyone else with you, and it isn't cheap. Drinks half way round wouldn't be a bad idea, but it was warm this year and I feel the heat more than most. Good pre Abingdon warm up race, expecially if you turn up an hour early and do a lap as a warm up to turn it into a hilly 16 ! Also its on Saturday afternoon, so no early start, and doesn't interfere with saturday nights out ! I'd do it again, and quite a few there sounded as though they come back year after year. Date of review: September 20, 2006
In short: Great scenery but room for improvement in organisation. In full: Really enjoyed the route and lack of traffic but there are a number of areas that could be improved. Only two half full cups of water when running 12 miles is not sufficient. I finished mid-pack but walking back to car park marshalls were taking off bibs and walking away with runners still needing encouragement and possibly help. Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: Is it Hilly. Yes it is. Do hills put me off, I'll get back to you on that one. In full: Right then Blenheim Palace is a fab place to run. Yes there are hills and yet more hills, but they are the fun bit!!!!!!!!!! It is nice to do a quiet race only 207 finished and I was number 129 out of that. Marshalls were good and you can annoy all of the yanks that come to vist the palace.
Do it again, you bet I will, It is a perfect race before the Abingdon Marathon in 5 weeks.... Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: I hate that first hill and I train on it each week. In full: Living in woodstock I couldn't really let it pass me by so I may be a little biased. That said however I have to say that the Woodstock Harriers do put on a very nice race (first hill aside)Yes there are a few cars but they certainly don't 'whizz' by, and although the finish could do with a little work it is otherwise a lovely run in a beautiful park and not so busy that you can't enjoy the scenery. Still hate that hill mind Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: Didn't enjoy this race at all which may be coloruing my view of the overall organisation In full: Disappointed that I didn't finish (not the race organisers problem I know). Unfortunately did the Burnham Beeches half marthon a few weeks ago (and did finish), and Woodstock suffers in comparison regarding atmosphere and facilities. Also it isn't traffic free - lots of people whizzing about as if they owned the place (they probably did!) Very fast - I watched the finish - which many people missed and had to be redirected! Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: Great setting, undulating (not hilly) good fun. In full: Enjoyed the course and scenery and there plenty for the faimly to do while running.
I would call it undulating (not hilly) as there was only one significant uphill bit this was followed by a steady downhill for over 1 mile on each lap. I think this makes it alright for running a good time.
2 Suggested Improvements from me: - we were charged £7 for adult spectators which needs to be flagged up by the organisers prior to entering. This also made it a bit steep in terms of value for money. - the area in front of the palace was the only hotspot for vehicles. I was forced to stop by a coach turning in front of me and I saw two other incidents of runners taking evasive action around cars who were turning onto the parking area. I think more should be done to warn these drivers. While the Race marshalls were great, the Blenheim Palace stewards seemed oblivious to us. Date of review: September 18, 2006