In short: One Word "Excellent" In full: Well i thought that i had put my rating to this Race. well i am NOW. Its like this the park is my Training Ground and use most days to do my training in, which includes Heartbreak Hill, now i am use to the hill, for the race in 2006 is it possible to go up it rarther than down it please :-)) just signed up to do it this year (2006) and i would like to mention my trainer who puts me through hell every wednesday morning as i mentioned part of my training consists of 6 heartbreak hills thats 6 up and 6 down.
hope to see you all this year (2006) Date of review: January 21, 2006
In short: A challenging but fantastic race In full: As others have said, had a nightmare getting out of the car park but was on such a high after wiping 11 minutes off my pb didnt really mind! Great scenery to keep you going but the hills are tough! Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: Fantastic atmosphere and great course In full: Windsor park is beautiful and I ran with my head held high so I can enjoy the views and soak in the scenery. Well organised race with lots of marshalls cheering you on. Date of review: December 1, 2005
In short: Very individual race with a few quirks In full: A lot of posts seem to say this half is very hilly - I can't agree. A few hills yes, but nothing serious. Maybe they make it harder for beginners.
The organisation is OK - but there are some problems. Particularly frustrating for me was the busy start due to cramming everyone in to a 5 metre across path with barriers both sides. I think they should work harder to ensure faster people are at the front and slower at the back.
However, overall a great park to race round and lots of support. Date of review: December 1, 2005
In short: Hilly but beautiful In full: My hometown, so really wanted to do this one. Did it a week after the Great North Run, which made it hard, its a hilly course but theres a great atmosphere and its a fantastic location. Would do it again! Date of review: November 5, 2005
In short: Tough course,but glorious scenery and great atmosphere In full: This is a great race for all abilities.I've run it for the last 3 years and it's not a PB course as the effects of the continuous undulations and hard running surface make it a hard effort,especially near the end.This year was warm (but nowhere near as hot as say,Dartford in July or Thanet 3 weeks earlier).
However,the setting within the Park is superb and the organisation makes it a real occasion,with lots of crowd support and enthusiasm.
I thought there was plenty of water and plastic cups are a fact of racing life-you'll lose far less time overall slowing down to drink and staying properly hydrated.The congestion leaving the car park was partly due to a sudden shower (which prompted a dash for the cars)and also some drivers looking for shortcuts away from the designated routes-neither of which are the organisers fault.There was plenty of parking space available,although runners should allow plenty of time to arrive,as the roads from the M25 get very congested.
Overall,the field is large enough to cater for all abilities and provide crowd support and a "big race feel",but without being so big that racing at even pace becomes a problem.
In short: 1:57 for the race - 1:37 to get out of the car park In full: Nothing the organisers can do about the heat, but bottles would be better than cups. As for the car park, it was the impatience of the runners ignoring the guide-ropes and forming their own queues rather than joining the 'official' ones that caused the problems - 15 lines of cars through 1 gate is a lot slower than 3. Having said that, a few crash barriers rather then easily removable plastic tape may have prevented some of the more blatant queue jumping. Next year I'll cycle to the start. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: My first half marathon but can't wait to do another. Hated drinking from cups though! In full: Really enjoyed the day for my first half marathon. The course was harder than I'd anticipated although I still got close to the time I'd set for myself (1 hr 45). Thought it was very well organised except for having to drink from cups whilst running. I'm not sure if it's an acquired art but one I will have to master for the future! Date of review: September 30, 2005