In short: Great Day, beautiful scenery and fantastic marshalls! In full: Fantastic setting!! Most scenic race I have done in a long time. OK - so it is challenging on the hills, slightly more than the described undulating! Well organised and contact with club (James Bolton) afterwards to find out about results was great, especially when you find out you'd won your first ever individual prize! I would highly recommend it and want to come back next year (hopefully without the 3 hour journey round the M25!) Thanks for a great race! Date of review: October 8, 2009
In short: Challenging, but great scenery In full: Despite it being very warm day and despite THAT hill (!), a scenic run round the grounds of Blenheim. I mostly enjoyed it, just the heat got to me on 3rd lap so slowed down somewhat. Nevertheless, Mr Motivator on the bridge got me going for the final stretch so thanks to him and thanks to all the organisers/marshalls. Date of review: October 8, 2009
In short: great race In full: My first time at this distance - perhaps I should have chose something flatter!
Great marshalls, notably 'Mr Motivator' on the bridge. Shame there was no water on the third lap but thanks to the guy on the bike mopping up straglers at the back and providing emergency water supplies. It was great that the finishing line was not packed away until the very last people who came in 2:30ish hrs later! Thanks for a great day out for the family too - plenty to see and do in the grounds of Blenheim - will do again. Date of review: September 25, 2009
In short: Tough, but good challenging race in fantastic surroundings In full: I really enjoyed this race around the grounds of Blenheim Palace, what a wonderful place it is. A very warm day and a few steep hills made it difficult, I had to walk for a while on the 3rd lap after climbing the "big" hill at around 10 miles, but well worth the effort. Thanks to everyone who helped with the organisation and all the encouragement from specatators and marshalls, a really laid back atmosphere made for a good day out. Date of review: September 21, 2009
In short: Fantastic scenery but the hills seem to get worse each lap ! In full: A lovely location and a challenging route with 3 hills each lap. Marshals generally great especially the guy on the bridge who was so encouraging every time. Minus points were that the last lap got a bit congested with general visitors and the final drinks station ran out of water which wasn't pleasant given the heat of the day. Generally a good day out though and a good training run. Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: Challenging 3 lap course set in Blenheim Palace grounds, on a warm day. Marshalls and people manning the drink stations were very supportive. The 2pm start and the warm sunshine added to the challenging nature of the course. Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: A very good race and a Saturday afternoon too. In full: This is a race I have not missed since moving to Oxford in 1987. I like the fact that it is a Saturday race which really makes for a relaxing Sunday. You will need it though as the course is surprisingly tough especially if like this year it is very warm. Date of review: September 20, 2009