In short: Fantastic scenery and a great fun run In full: You can't get much better scenery than this, the grounds are stunning and the run was really good fun. Suited more to the fun / casual runner, as the course is uneven in places and also sometimes narrow making overtaking tricky. But the point of the day is enjoyment and there's plenty of that to be had on this run! Weather was superb, with great marshalls & spectators. I would definitely do it again. Date of review: September 30, 2008
In short: A good overall run with fantastic scenery In full: A good 10k run that I would do again. No major grumbles apart from the packed train getting to Hampton Court, the dubious terrain and the water station at 5k giving cups, not bottles, of water. The course was not the best but OK. The scenery was about as good as it gets – flying geese and galloping deers. Recommend this 10k run to anyone. Date of review: September 29, 2008
In short: Great atmosphere, and a great scenic course. In full: A great day - while the course is a bit uneven and narrow in places, it was made up for by the atmosphere and super-friendly marshalls, plus obviously it's all for a great cause.
Only downside I had was hearing people grumbling about walkers - this in the 60 minutes+ group! If you don't like walkers, then go into the sub-60 group and you'll have no worries.
Other than that, managed a new PB, and got a little bit of a tan once the sun came out :) Date of review: September 29, 2008
In short: Good cause and all that, but organisation not quite up to scratch In full: What a nightmare getting to and into the car park; If the ticket-men knew how big a queue they were causing by dawdling taking money from the single line of arriving cars! Gah! The race itself was mostly ok, but with a couple of "interesting" aspects... a) 15-20min delay... so what was the point of warming everyone up if we are then left to cool down before running? b) Terrain over the first couple of k's, whilst nicely off-road, was rutted and quite honestly injury-inducing! What could/should have been a fast course, wasn't as a result. Shame really, for those runners interested in their times as well as raising money for charity. People do exist that can handle both! Right, now the best bit (not)... what on earth was going on with the pedestrian exit? Hundreds and hundreds of people all being funnelled into one tiny gateway to get out. Through slick movement and cunning I managed to weasel my way through faster than most and it still took many minutes to move just 15 yards. Diabolical. Health and Safety would have had a field day! I don't care what the reasons were, this arrangement was simply unacceptable. Finishing on a happier note... - Being over-taken by a couple of fighting stags as they weaved in and out of the runners at ~8k was, er, different (in a good way). - The Sun was out! - It was/is an excellent cause.
In short: enjoyable day, remember why you are running In full: I wish people would line up in the correct starting pen.This only frustrates runners having weave pass slower ruuners at a very early stage.Hope they create more starting pens for next year. Date of review: October 2, 2007
In short: Too many runners, badly organised, track too narrow In full: Staggered starts were laughable. ONE food and drink van for all the runners and supporters was ridiculous. One medic also. Course too narrow which meant you were either trying to overtake people or being pushed past yourself. Lots of holes and trip hazards - loads of people seemed to come away with injuries having fallen over due to the terrain. Date of review: October 2, 2007
In short: Better than I expected In full: Having entered at the last minute due to the cancelation of the Windsor 1/2, I read the reviews about the start last year and wondered what I had got myself into. The start was late but at least it was organised into pace order this year. A great atmosphere with loads of supporters for all of the less regular runners. Great fun but not one for the more serious runners. Date of review: October 1, 2007