In short: A great way to spend a saturday afternoon In full: Good weather, lovely scenery and fantastic support from the marshals, visitors to the park and other runners. At my slow pace, I found myself lapped by about 20 of the front runners between 6 and 8 miles, which added to the enjoyment for me. A great way to spend a saturday afternoon. I'll definitely do it again. Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Definitely a race to come back to, either as a runner or a spectator In full: Great race. I hadn't done this for a while but had been to spectate because of the laps and scenery. Really pleased to have been back to race it this year. Fab organisation - Woodstock is such a friendly club. Marshals v supportive (ok, I'll pick out the guy on the bridge for special mention too as he really encouraged me but there were other friendly and encouraging guys and ladies out there too). Hills in the 1st 2 miles of each lap were tough but the rest of each loop was lovely! Date of review: September 19, 2010
In short: stunning scenery, traffic free + well organised In full: really well organised, route undulated all the way round - I knew that before hand - Could be a quick route, if you're up to the challenge ! the downhills are fast, uphill bits smooth + predictable, and the scenery was so good it was really good to be able to run somewhere that nice, and no traffic to worry about. Marshall on the small bridge was great, he must have run miles encouraging people over "his" bridge :-) mind you, the other marshalls were great too, looked happy ( and who wouldn't be, in that location ) and cheered us on. As this was the first 12miles+198 yard run I've done, I think it must be a PB ? Well Done Woodstock ! Date of review: September 18, 2010
In short: Scenic, hilly, great atmosphere In full: A great run. Very scenic around Blenheim Palace. Challenging hills - but in the first half of the 4 mile loop, and the long descent in the second half of the loop was WONDERFUL. Well organised, and wonderful Marshalls. And yes, the guy at the bridge does deserve a special mention. Fab comments - and he really did make me speed up to the end on the last lap... Definitely not a PB-course - where else would you run 12 miles and 198 yards? So - a lovely challenging run, time didn't matter, atmosphere was great - will definitely be back! Date of review: September 18, 2010
In short: Hilly but humble! In full: Just got back from Woodstock 12. What a great race. 3 laps around Blenheim Palace with some challenging hills.
Went off a bit too fast and paid for it on the last lap but everything was very well organised and there was a real 'local feel' to the race which is always nice in these times of big, sponsored events.
Rated as a bronze and you can really see why - loads of really friendly marshals (the guy on the little bridge was fantastic) and plenty of water on all three laps.
Medal was good quality and goodie bag included some refuelling food.
Quite a clubby race but beginners would be welcomed too.
Anyone who has never seen Blenheim Palace would love this scenic course. I'm from the area so know it well but definitely appreciated it.
REALLY sunny - shades were a must and pretty hot in places (roll up your vest and run in your sports bra heat) but trees provided some shade in places.
The descents were fun - wheeeeeeeee all the way down yet you really had to pull out all the stops on some of those hills which seemed everlasting at times!
Not a PB course but fun nonetheless :) Date of review: September 18, 2010