In short: Unique great first race. Only hope it attracts the bigger crowd it deserves! In full: What a unique and fantastic scenery. The air base hasn't been touched since it was used as part of the gulf war. The bunkers with overgrown meadows and huge abandoned hangers give an errie and hugely unique feeling to this event. Historical and educational, it has been left as it given it has the ability to be re-vamped in a few days if the nation needs it. I was fascinated by it and it's fun to have a completely different scene to run in - not your usual town or park 10k! The marshalls were great. I agree that a few more on the course would have been nice - even just for the odd cheer. Course was marked out on each km and being mid-park meant I could follow the crowd. The bottle of water at 5k was most welcome (as it looked like they were planning cups but changed their mind in the heat) - good call! The spray mist from the fire truck at the end was amazing! Absolute bargain price given the timing chip and t-shirt - would have paid a couple of quid more. Almost as flat as it gets, some gentle includes and declines. It was hot and a bit windy but that could change any given day / weekend and am pleased it wasn't wet or gusty winds! Fab for the family with the playbus, some food vans and fire engines to play with while we were off running and loads of parking right on the line. A few stalls which would have been nice if there were more to hang around afterward. Small crowd given Thame and Watlington were the same day and they have club champs rating but only hope that having proved themselves yesterday that this event gets the attraction and numbers it deserves. Will defo come back if they are here next year. Date of review: July 1, 2013
In short: Gloriously eerie In full: The final part of the drive through Heyford was eerie enough. fenced off, dilapidated, buildings. I thought I was driving through the set of The Walking Dead. Entering the base itself was an incredible sight, with bunkers and hangers everywhere. Great course, but not as easy as you may think as you are totally exposed. No shade and no windbreaks. The only minor problem was a shortage of marshalls, so we all cut out 200m on the first straight & corner. Just one more volunteer was needed! Not the organisers fault, just one of those things. Looking forward to next years race Date of review: June 30, 2013
In short: Nicely run event, has a lot of potential In full: Scenic is probably not quite the word for a disused airbase, but it's certainly an interesting route exploring this Cold War airbase. The site has huge capacity and potential though, the marshals were very welcoming and all in all we had a great morning.
The only niggle was that the course came out about 100m short by my Garmin, I think the whole field may have taken a shortcut at the first set of cones, some combination of a lead bike, a couple more marshals and arrows on the cones would have helped with this. Date of review: June 30, 2013
In short: Surreal environment being on a ghost town of an airbase but made it interesting. One I'll remember. In full: A very good effort for the first race. Good goodie bag, chip timing and enough toilets and refreshments. Could have done with a lot more marshalls around the course especially as some runners were feeling the effects of the heat. Excellent that water station provided bottles of water rather than cups. Well done and fingers crossed for a good charity income for the Air Ambulance and Playbus. Date of review: June 30, 2013