In short: Good run, good atmosphere, good cause, big turn out around 2000. In full: Good race, great scenery, very picturesque. The course isn't the easiest there is some uphill bits and some running on gravel, but it's well worth it and it's all for a good cause. There was only one problem I was dropped off by friends (as I don't drive) and there was no where to put your stuff, except in your car. In the end one of the friendly cancer research people let me put my stuff by one of the their stalls. Date of review: January 22, 2010
In short: Great course - Organisation good intentions but... In full: The course itself was fantastic - varied and the scenery was superb - a nice place for a run....but the organisation had good intentions and I hope a lot of money was raised but in terms for a runner who is not exactly olympic class but enjoys their running there was a lack of proper organisation - for instance, no dedicated bag area, the 1 water stop (on a really hot day)was literally that - you had to stop as the poor lasses manning it were woefully underprepared I'm not the fastest but I was ahead of the majority and they were already panicking and with a band playing it seemed to be a bit farcical - please for next time take into account the weather and needs of the runner - apart from that it was OK Date of review: September 28, 2009
In short: Picturesque scenery. Undulating! In full: Always love running at Blenheim with its lakes and glorious scenery. Course started and finished on grass which is a bit hard going. Which ever way the course is set it will always be undulating. This route had one quite long uphill and a super downhill, with lots of other undulations thrown in too. My garmin measured the course at bang on 6 miles so quite a bit short of 10K. More or a fun run than a race with most folks wearing the CancerResearch cotton T-shirt with long trousers and an amazing quantity of ipods. Still great fun and a fantastic one for new runners to have a go. Date of review: September 28, 2009
In short: Where's my Mars Bar? In full: Just got home from this lovely race on a beautiful (if a little warm) day. Good organisation, scenic, undulating course and good support at beginning and end. My only complaint? I know its for charity but surely the sponsor Tesco could manage a better edible reward than a lunchbox apple thing that resembled and tasted like a cylinder of plastercine - grim. Overall a lovely race for a great cause and would definately do it again. Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: A bit tough for my first race In full: Questionable km markers. I went from 2 minutes outside my pace after 2km to nearly three minutes under at the end. If the markers are to be believed I did the final 1km in 3 minutes.
Start delayed too long - pulled a muscle in the 'warm up'.
Water station was due to be 5km - bit of a shock to find it 1 km early.
Nearly decapitated myself at the end. Came around the corner at speed and had to duck under a low hanging branch to avoid another runner. Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: A fabulous race through the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace. In full: Quite an expensive race but it is for a very good cause. A bit of a delay before the start with the speaches by the Duke (who started the race) and a couple of others but we got off eventually. Very hilly and you need to have your wits about you, but a great challenging race, as all Blenheim races are! Date of review: October 14, 2004
In short: Good race series but agree with other comments about the lack of loos (big queues before the race (especially non-runners!), and occasional km markers. Understood water station was at 5k, psychologically damaging to reach 5k marker a bit further on! Date of review: October 6, 2004