In short: Great route and marshals, but exiting the car park was a nightmare In full: Missed the start by 27 mins thanks to the M4 being closed, but the organisers let people start up to an hour late, which was good. You don't do Windsor for a PB, as the course is challenging. But it is well marshalled, organised and supported.
Car parking really does need to be re-thought. Took us an hour to get out, which kind of spoilt the day. Suggest that more parking areas are used with exits onto different roads around the Great Park. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Fantastic race with loads of support especially at start / finish. In full: Missed the 2009 race, but the course was the same as 2008, and still challenging in places - very happy with huge improvement on my time though. Agree that the race could start earlier, but at least the weather was cooler this time round (know 2009 was v. hot as was 2008). Great support from marshalls, and water stations. Brilliant for families to support as entertainment provided for young children - wish more events provided this. Don't experience the parking problem as live locally but it looked horrendous. Now if only the organizers could make that last mile shorter! Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Challenging at times but a great race In full: I did this race last year and the cooler weather this year was great. Someone mentioned a course change this year to take some hills out but I'm pretty sure it was exactly the same as last year really. Regarding the hills; I think if you include some hill work in your training schedule then you'll be OK but if you don't then this race will make you suffer a bit. Overall it's a great race in what I think is lovely scenery which will make you work harder than some races. As several have mentioned, the cadets do a great job assisting the marshalling so well done to them!
Possible improvements: the start funnel is not good owing to people being hopelessly in the wrong starting band but that pretty much happens at every race really. The car park exit is chaos and should be sorted out. Not many goodies (medal, water, mini choc bar) after the race but I'm not too fussed about that myself. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Well organised, scenic, not too hilly In full: I hadn't been to Windsor Park before, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its scenic and not really what I'd call hilly (but then I'm from Buxton). The marshalling and drinks stations were very good. Came by public transport so avoided the parking issues. I'll be back next year ! Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Great marshaling. Too many people for the start funnel. Goody bag poor, but then when packed it's mainly promo rubbish anyway. Quite undulating. The start time is too late by far. Shame the race doesn't take in the beauty of windsor and eton towns Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Undulating, challenging - that last mile feels like two! In full: As already said, full credit to the marshals they were absolutely fab! The course is a little challenging, but there are as many downhill stretches as there are upward ones. My only gripes would be the cups of water at water stations (why? especially when you're handing out bottles of lucozade at the same stations!) and the start, which could have been a little more streamlined. Other than that, a very nice race, and one I'll definitely be doing again. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: our first half marathon... and a tough hilly one at that in places. well organised at the start, and great support throughout the event from friends and family cheering everyone on around the great park course. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: A good first half marathon - easy to follow the throng and nice scenery- bit hiller than I'd like! In full: Was concerned about this choice for my first half after poor reviews last year. Gather the course has been altered though to reduce the number of hills and were some very pleasant down hills through much of the route. water stations were frequent and lucozade option was great - the young cadet marshals did a great job and were clearly enjoying the day and the same could be said for the venture scouts and cubs helping at the stations. My only gripes were the tiny snack size mars bar at the end and the extremely poor organisation on exiting the car park. Took an hour and ten minutes to reach the main road - if the same no of marshals had assisted with the exit as they did the entry i think it would have been a lot smoother. Date of review: September 26, 2010