In short: No problems experienced, good for beginners. In full: Having read past reviews I was a little concerned. However, no problems experienced on the day, timing chip worked fine (the normal thread through the laces), plenty of running room and a good mix of abilities. The starting of 5,10 and 20km runs at the same time didn't present any issues and had no impact on my finishing time. No much atmosphere, could easily be a training run. But if you want a flat, traffic free course and are new to running events this is ideal. For the facilities the price maybe a little expensive. Date of review: April 11, 2014
In short: Good if you want to see a famous rowing venue In full: On the positive side a fairly good oportunity to visit the Eton Dorney rowing venue. The course was flat and offered a decent chance of scoring a PB.
I hated the running chip. In nearly 40 races I have never seen anything like it. It would have been more efficient to have a marshall standing at the finish with a clip board. Poking your fingure into a hole to register your time is stupid. Please sack the designer!
Having the 5K, 10K and 20K runners on the same course doing laps is not ideal. If I were a slower begginer trying out a race for the first time it would have put me off as the fastest runners lap me. Please rethink this.
Onsite Parking right by the finish is good but making it so the cars leaving the car park have to drive accross the course was a little silly. Theres load of room at Eton Dorney to park. Please rethink.
Other than these points this race has potential. Get a few more marshalls on the water station, extend the course or stagger the race times and most importantly change the chip. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Great route, horrible organization In full: Great route, scenery and PB potential. Route should be changed and shoud circumnavigate the entire lake without imposing a U-turn. The 10k distance was actually 9.8 km, please correct it. No time displayed on any screen once finished, although this was promised on the event's website. Non-sense finger time-chip to insert in a machine after the finish line. Please use clear sign-posts to direct 10k runners to the finish line instead of a poor marshal unable to manage the situation. Goodie bag simply outrageous (1 Gatorade drink and a medal) for an expensive entry price (18 £). No photographer during price-giving. I feel cheated
In short: Don't bother entering, distance short and times inaccurate In full: Plenty of parking, a good number of portable toilets, registration was organised,friendly and this is where the postives of the event ended. The water station not manned adequately 1 at 5k then at the finish where you helped yourself. Course was good even though head wind on the return, turning point sharp and crowded so almost had to stop. Medal yes not bad, goodie bad none existent when I finished around an hour, bottle of gatorade all for £18 not worth it. Advertised as chip timing. The chip was on your finger most annoying with or without gloves but with gloves I could not bend my finger, no point putting the chip on top of my gloves as I would have stuggle to remove them without dropping the chip. Found out after the race how the chips worked and they are started on the gun, so if like me female and not fast you hold back to allow faster running to start first you lose valuable time. Quote from a race organiser "if your a serious runner you would be at the front on the start line" I felt offended by that comment as any pb time is an acheivement to me and I am as serious as the next runner. Not enough room for all entries to start on the start line and we would be getting in the way of the faster runners if we tried. Finish was rubbish as you had to get your chip in a small hole which you were unsure registared that you finished the race. It took me 4 attempts to put it in the hole as my hands were cold and after the 3 try I chose to turn my watch off first. No one there to help you and if you came in with more then 2 other runners you would be queuing to stop your chip. The marshals few and far between appeared disinterested even taking down the start area before the 20k runners were on their 3rd lap. I asked where I could look at the results and told by the same chap organiser they would be on the site that night if they got away quick!! Looking at the results now some of the runner were still out there an hour after this comment was made so my advised to this chap is if you don't want help out at these events with a positive attitute to all runners don't bother at all! My watch also recorded 150m short and faster time than the results so waste of my £18 entry as I feel cheated. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: The venue was great but the race organisation was poorly executed. In full: The organisation getting in was good, plenty of marshals to direct you to the parking area. Facilities were good - plenty of parking, a good number of portable toilets, registration was well organised and friendly. Unfortunately that's where the positives end. The race organiser spent 40 minutes telling everybody the start time was 2.30 pm not 1.30 pm - how he didn't know the start time I'll never know. The water stops were a disaster - not in places as promised and not enough people manning them. I had to stop and wait for a good 20 seconds for a drink. Your time was promised on the big screen and on a print out. This didn't happen. The course was scenic and most importantly flat and I've no doubt many people smashed their pB. The venue was great but it was just let down by poor execution. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: disorganised and overpriced In full: Starter kept saying race would start 14:30 but it was a 13:30 start time! You would think he could get it right! Pre-race information promised (1) 2 drinks stations every lap but there was only one at start/finish area and my husband had to jump in to help or there wouldn't have been any (2) times displayed on a big TV screen as you finish - not true (3) immediate print out of your time - not given (4) goodie bag for all finishers - not true: they ran out of them before half of the 10K runners finished (which I presume means the 20K runners got nothing). So £19 for a medal and a bottle of Gatorade at a race that was completely disorganised, with none of the officials able to answer any questions. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Disorganised and poor value. In full: Promised "tv screen with times displayed at finish" did not materialise, promised "print out with time on it" did not materialise, any request for information was met with "check the website later" but still no update. However, bank account £18 lighter. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Windy, flat and disorganised In full: Brutal winds on the way back up towards start/ finish. On a still day it is definitely a PB course. Start was run pretty smoothly but the finish less so. The 5k people were given no chils which seemed odd but the chips we were given for the 10k were most odd. Worn on your finger and then seemed to serve no purpose; there was no sensor oads that you ran over which would auto read your time. You had to push the finger thing into a reader and then a lady with a clipboard asked you your name, age etc. The entry fee is a bit steep considering disorganised finish and 'goody bag' which contained a bottle of Gatorade and some bits of paper!
In short: 20km (4 x 5km loops) - fine (can't legislate for weather sadly otherwise PB times) In full: Turn up, get finger chip, race number, run. £22 for a bottle of energy drink and a medal (no goody bag). The course on my garmin was 12.2 miles not 12.5miles (20k) therefore times are quicker and gave me a false sense of achievement. Offical Times not displayed by the time I finished, no one to point out these things at the finish. Saw event organiser packing away, rudely pushing past people to make sure he got going. If it wasn't for the fact it was flat and other took part, I would have preferred a training run with a mate. Will only do it again if I am hunting a PB and some confidence. Date of review: February 2, 2013