In short: Very Challenging course In full: The hill at the beginning is a killer, the first 5 miles for me where rubbish, lucky at a water stop they had some energy drinks, two of those one after the other gave my body a good kick start! If you love hills and like a challenge this is the course for you. The water stations had plenty of water of lucozade, the down side I found as I was at the back cars where aloud to drive through the park (I think they lived in the park not sure and not care),at one point we had cars on both sides of the road and we had to run around the cars! I also felt sorry for the leaders as they had to run through the slow people at the back as they had done the second lap and we was stil on the 1st lap! Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Enjoyable, Challenging traffic free half marathon. In full: Have run this several times over the years. Not the easiest of courses (and usually warm/hot weather)but good support in some areas and the marshalls and large number of runners keep you going. Don't like the 1pm start - has always been 1pm - perhaps organisers could tell us why 1pm not 10am. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Surprisingly hilly well organised race with a silly start time In full: First time I've done this and was surprised how hilly it was. No massive hills (total 700ft ascent over 13.1m) but very bumpy. Didn't seem to be much on the flat except for a mile or so passing the polo fields, where there was a head-on wind to slow you down. It makes finding a pace pretty tough and there were also a few tight bends. It reminded me a bit of a trail run but on tarmac. Last mile down the walk was very fast but seemed very, very long as dead straight!
The parking was very well organised and I had no issues getting in or out. The race HQ was perfect set in the park next to the Long Walk to Windsor Castle. Marshsalling good but not much traffic in the park. Water stations fine but could have been more on a hot day. Either that or provide bottles so runners can carry beyond the station.
My moans would be the start time (1pm). I wouldn't have bothered had I realised as it carves up the entire Sunday. I was also a bit confused by the line-up expected finish times. It seemed that the fastest was 1:30?! I think the start might work better if the road was fenced on both sides much further down the road and there were some pens for expected times. As the fences stopped at 1:45 sign, people poured in there and the start was slow and crowded. Something needs to be done if you want a good start with 4,000 runners on a narrow two-lane road.
A trip around the Great Park makes for some great views including some deer. Support was excellent at the start and at a few points mid-race but mostly fairly quiet.
This is a well organised event with a bumpy course that shouldn't be underestimated. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Actually quite a dull route, but good spots of support In full: Maybe it's a sad thing, but I am more interested these days in how the twists and turn of a course affect the time I'm running. As nice as the flora and fauna look I'm always interested in how the gradients and turns affect my running.
Windsor is an interesting one - There's some good stretches to get into a groove, but also quite a low of ups topped with a tight turn into a down.
The course feels like it's mapped out just for the distance, not to be conducive for good running.. The danger of looped course as well means I was overtaking people far before their second lap, and I wasn't sure of what controls stopped people from just cutting down the last mile after lap 1.
Also, I don't expect water cups for £25, I expect bottles - but the lucozade is a nice touch. Maybe a touch expensive for the race, but a popular race can charge a premium.
May be back, might not. Date of review: September 26, 2011