In short: Enjoyably different In full: Towards the hilly end of 'undulating' but none the worse for it, and those wishing it to be a half or a 10M have probably missed the point. Beginners may be better off with the 10k in October though. Beautiful setting, pretty well organised, only £6, decent facilities, (although no showers), but be warned - you entry gets you into the park free, but not anyone else with you, and it isn't cheap. Drinks half way round wouldn't be a bad idea, but it was warm this year and I feel the heat more than most. Good pre Abingdon warm up race, expecially if you turn up an hour early and do a lap as a warm up to turn it into a hilly 16 ! Also its on Saturday afternoon, so no early start, and doesn't interfere with saturday nights out ! I'd do it again, and quite a few there sounded as though they come back year after year. Date of review: September 20, 2006
In short: Great scenery but room for improvement in organisation. In full: Really enjoyed the route and lack of traffic but there are a number of areas that could be improved. Only two half full cups of water when running 12 miles is not sufficient. I finished mid-pack but walking back to car park marshalls were taking off bibs and walking away with runners still needing encouragement and possibly help. Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: Is it Hilly. Yes it is. Do hills put me off, I'll get back to you on that one. In full: Right then Blenheim Palace is a fab place to run. Yes there are hills and yet more hills, but they are the fun bit!!!!!!!!!! It is nice to do a quiet race only 207 finished and I was number 129 out of that. Marshalls were good and you can annoy all of the yanks that come to vist the palace.
Do it again, you bet I will, It is a perfect race before the Abingdon Marathon in 5 weeks.... Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: I hate that first hill and I train on it each week. In full: Living in woodstock I couldn't really let it pass me by so I may be a little biased. That said however I have to say that the Woodstock Harriers do put on a very nice race (first hill aside)Yes there are a few cars but they certainly don't 'whizz' by, and although the finish could do with a little work it is otherwise a lovely run in a beautiful park and not so busy that you can't enjoy the scenery. Still hate that hill mind Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: Didn't enjoy this race at all which may be coloruing my view of the overall organisation In full: Disappointed that I didn't finish (not the race organisers problem I know). Unfortunately did the Burnham Beeches half marthon a few weeks ago (and did finish), and Woodstock suffers in comparison regarding atmosphere and facilities. Also it isn't traffic free - lots of people whizzing about as if they owned the place (they probably did!) Very fast - I watched the finish - which many people missed and had to be redirected! Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: Great setting, undulating (not hilly) good fun. In full: Enjoyed the course and scenery and there plenty for the faimly to do while running.
I would call it undulating (not hilly) as there was only one significant uphill bit this was followed by a steady downhill for over 1 mile on each lap. I think this makes it alright for running a good time.
2 Suggested Improvements from me: - we were charged £7 for adult spectators which needs to be flagged up by the organisers prior to entering. This also made it a bit steep in terms of value for money. - the area in front of the palace was the only hotspot for vehicles. I was forced to stop by a coach turning in front of me and I saw two other incidents of runners taking evasive action around cars who were turning onto the parking area. I think more should be done to warn these drivers. While the Race marshalls were great, the Blenheim Palace stewards seemed oblivious to us. Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: This was my first 10K plus and I really enjoyed the challenge. In full: Had driven down from staffordshire to run the race with brother-in-law and really battled it out at the end. Went for a sprint finish and crossed the line just ahead of a runner that the timekeeper had prematurely placed ahead of us. This sent the jobsworth into a frenzy and he very publicly and rudely admonished us for sprinting across the finish line. Since when was a race a non-competitive sport? After running 12 miles I was looking forward to well earned pat on the back but was left feeling very deflated. However, many thanks to the other runners for cheering us on! Date of review: September 17, 2006