In short: Challenging but enjoyable In full: Warm, sunny & windy - OK the route around the airfield wasn't picturesque but the country road sections were almost traffic free and it was a very sociable event. Thanks for the free T shirt & fruit; well organised and run too. Challenging for an almost flat course - legs had a good workout! Date of review: September 3, 2007
In short: Very enjoyable race good organisation and well marshalled In full: First time I've done this one and would do it again even with my disappointing time of 46:37, although I blame my holiday and lack of training rather than the weather and wind towards the end for that. Organsiation ran very smoothly and loved the tea and cake stand. Very family friendly, well done. Date of review: September 3, 2007
In short: Nice morning out, slightly odd airfield set up but nice enough all the same. In full: Reasonable facilities and a good bunch of people - would do again as the course is anice one for a pb. Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: Like a training run In full: My own fault for not training better - found this quite dull with the last 2k finish ultra laborious - sorry, I did enjoy the event tho. Even had 'S' sized t-shirts by the time I finished 59:16 - pleased to get under the hour (should hope so on a flat course). Good marshalling. Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: not bad a race In full: despite the sun and the wind around the old aerodrome 43m.13s the first bit was slightly hard going into the 2 lap, so not bad a race and wll done to the race Director too Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: In a good cause In full: There are not many things that the organisers could do better but one is perhaps to give more publicity for the organisation to which profits are donated. This is OXSRAD, a long-standing Oxford based facility that exists to provide sporting and exercise facilities specifically for people with disabilities, catering for all sorts of disability and all levels of competitiveness. For 2007 this organisation is again faced with threats to the partial funding it gets from the local authority so income from the race remains vital. I'm sure some complaints about prizes, momentoes were made by people who weren't aware of the beneficiary of the funds raised. Some of course will prefer to put their charity monies elsewhere and good luck to them in the races they choose for 2007. Date of review: May 27, 2007
In short: Nicely organised, well worth doing In full: The big story of today for me was the strong winds, which I really struggled to run through. The event itself was smoothly run, however, and the route was mostly flat with little traffic to worry about. Personally I wasn't worried by the lack of mementos and souvenirs. The generous supply of bananas, drinks etc. at the end was very welcome, however. Nice touch that. Maybe not an event to love, but well worth pitching for. Given the right weather conditions, the route has big PB potential - but not today! Date of review: September 17, 2006
In short: Pricey In full: I picked this race as I missed it last year and it isn't to far from home.
I had read the RW entry details and 2005 reviews before I entered, so I wasn't expecting much in the way of mementos. I was curious though to see what my £9 was going to buy me. A PB would be nice, after all that's what it's all about isn't it?
For me the conditions weren't up to much - too warm, humid and windy. It was all going fine until I hit the headwind as we re-entered the airfield.
I had expected great scenery, what with it being out in the countryside, but to be honest I thought it was a bit disappointing.
On the plus side, the organisation was rather slick, and the choice of venue made the course almost completely traffic free. Could've done with more toilet facilities though.
Will I do it again? I wouldn't rule it out - it's close to home, flat, and if the weather's favorable then a PB should be within grasp. Date of review: September 12, 2006