In short: First 2 miles too funnelled and bunched very well supported though In full: This was my first half marathon, had some tough parts, after 8 miles some of the hills took their toll on some. Downhill stretches even painfull due to lactic acid build up but beautiful scenery and I would echo the other contibutors who have praised the cadets and marshalls who were great encouraging all the way. What a long last mile though! Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: A though 1/2 Marathon that makes marathons look like a walk in the park In full: A tough undulating (still hilly imho) 1/2 marathon.
The start could have been better organised, as we didn't even know the race had started. Better pace sections at the start could have been improved if people who were slower runners were not in that section, could have been easier if people were able to over take at the start instead of the very long fence section past the start. They could have provided a better goody bag than a fun sized mars bar & a lucozade after the race too.
Apart from those gripes a definite challenge that makes you feel proud of your achievement as you approach the finish on the long walk.
Marshals, cadets & scouts were very supportive throughout the course so a hearty thanks for that.
In short: A nice happy day In full: After delay caused by M4 closure parked the car at 4 minutes to 1pm and hurried down to the start. So pleased we made it. Fantastic course, great organisation, lovely medal, perfect weather, great friends to run race with and we all got PB's! Can't wait to next year. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Went to windsor with a cold, come away with a newPB In full: Apart from the nightmare getting out of the carpark, a good day. Pratically flew around and knocked 4 minutes off my half marathon time. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Challenging half In full: Not what I was hoping for - took forever to get to the race and a long while to get out of the car park too at the end. The race is in a nice setting, but strangely it's not once that sticks in the mind as particularly picturesque, my memory is more of a race where for 13 miles you're following a train of people. The course itself is a good one,but I couldn't really hit a rhythm because I was constantly having to check my stride. Serves me right for only just making it on time but I left early enough to arrive a good 1.5 hours early. Good medal at the end. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Grand scenery and possibly one of the best last mile views around. But it's a very long last mile! In full: The strange lunchtime start was helped this year by cool weather, though we could have done without that north wind. The marshals were EXCELLENT - someone please congratulate them for friendliness, cheerfulness and encouraging applause at all the right moments. And then there was the one who gave us a lecture about breathing and lactic acid by Sandpit Gate. Good organisation and (for a change) what felt like the right number of ladies loos. Thanks Windsor. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Undulating race with fantastic last stretch In full: This year they tweaked the course so it all took place within the park, and it was great. No car traffic to contend with whatsoever during the race, very well marshalled, good toilet facilities though a bit poor on the goody bag issue, but you get a mars bar and a lucozade, so at least that's something. Windsor is a lovely picturesque town, and the last mile on a straight line that seems to never end with the castle at the back is one of the best sights in any race I have ever run. I would not call it hilly, but it's undulating, up and down, and it can be taxing at times, but then the last mile is mostly downhill! Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: First and last time for me... In full: I'd never been to Windsor before the half marathon and was looking forward to seeing somewhere new - the finish overlooking the castle was spectacular but aside from that, I could have been running in any park anywhere. The course didn't seem very spectator-friendly either but I'd like to pay particular thanks to the lady at Mile 11 who appeared to be cheering for one and all - your positivity really made a difference. Particularly for me, as I'd vomited at Mile 10 (mild heat stoke, I think).
The day was baking hot, which made the 1pm start feel harder than it needed to. Combining that with disorganisation from the very beginning (starting 20 minutes late due to traffic problems) and a hilly course, I didn't have a huge amount of fun. Plus, the organisers not providing adequate drinks at the end of the race was ridiculous, and dangerous - I had two small cups, but it seemed as though it was in the minority. A funsize Mars bar (as opposed to a goody bag) didn't really sweeten matters much either.
A nice medal and good toilet facilities can't make up for Windsor inadequacies in other key areas.
In short: Great potential let down by poor organisation In full: Let's be clear, this is a challenging race - hilly, hot (this year) and crowded. Too crowded for the narrow paths for the first few miles, not helped by the very short staring funnel with an hour's worth of times spread over 200 metres of less.
The comments about organisation are fair, and it seems that this race is just too big for the location. The spectator area is great, lots for kids to do, and a good chance to watch in the first mile. But things don't seemed too well organised for runners (and drivers). The start was delayed but the one place this couldn't be heard was when waiting at the startline - the speakers didn't point in this direction. I too was refused more than one cup of water when I finished, which is madness - even offering to use the same cup! And for a race that makes so many statements about not running with iPods, about half of runners did run with them, which is dangerous on a course this narrow and I got frustrated with people cutting me up.
What did happen before the 80s and the first Walkman. Did people just sing too themselves?
So, Windsor - done it once and that' enough. A shame. Date of review: October 26, 2009