In short: Fantastic race! In full: This is my local race and also one of my favourites. The start and finish locations inside both castles are breathtaking! The route, although quite hilly, is beautiful and the support from the locals is magnificent.
Whether you're doing this race for the first time or you're a seasoned club runner, the atmosphere is fantastic and you'll have a great time. Why do you think it sold out in 6 hours this year?!
My (minor) gripes are the same as everyone else's; namely far too few loos at the start (I will be leaving home a lot later next year), and nothing to eat in the goodie bags. Reading reviews from past years, this seems to be a recurring theme so I hope the organisers (who overall do a fantastic job) decide to take note this year. Date of review: June 11, 2014
In short: Great run...its got two castles!! Fantastic support coming into Kenilworth In full: Great run. Deceptively hilly but water stations are either just before or just after a hill. Family friendly as you get a ticket for 2 supporters to watch from within Kenilworth castle which keeps them entertained. Nice medal and brilliant support, felt like a superstar approaching the finish. One tiny grumble.. there did not appear to be enough WC facilities at the start but other than that everything worked well Date of review: June 10, 2014
In short: Another great Two Castles race, but a couple of things to fix In full: Enjoyed another great Two Castles race yesterday. Weather was good, the race itself was generally well organised.
Great local support along the way, many streets were lined with cheering people and some lovely members of the public offering drinks and sweets.
Couple of niggles from me. Every year I cannot understand why there is such a severe lack of toilets. There seemed to be about 20 toilets for around 3500 competitors. 10 minutes before the race started there must have been 150 people in one queue to spend a penny!
Also would have been good to have had a snack in the goody bag. An energy bar and /or banana would have really hit the spot.
Overall a very good off road race. PB potential is limited due to the sheer number of runners. Couple of frustrations, but otherwise a race I would highly recommend and will likely do again next year! Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: Enjoyable as ever In full: The annual jaunt from Warwick Castle to Kenilworth Castle. It was a hot one this year - lots of casualties, and paramedics kept busy. This race has grown enormously since I first tackled it a few years ago and the atmosphere was great - lots of mad people in fancy dress - a three-person Chinese dragon, and a group in Bavarian clothes carrying beer glasses added to the occasion. There was good support from the locals - with plenty of jelly babies and one lady shooting the runners with a water pistol! Organisation was good, although again this year, it seemed to take forever to get a bus back to Warwick, one of the detractors of it being point-to-point race, however this was a minor complaint in the scheme of things. Would have been nice to have a banana or a fruit bar in the goody bag especially given the wait for the buses, but again, that's a relatively minor complaint. Same time next year then! Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: One of the best In full: Love this one. The course is a challenge so has its own PB category in my mind but the start and finish being in such excellent locations makes it really interesting.
The hills add a bit of spice but the support is excellent as you go round with only the bits in the country being nice and quiet.
Its a big field and a little bit busy queing for the start but the roads are nice and wide I did not notice any congestion.
goody bag is pretty average. Good medal, very basic tshirt & no sweets or chocs.. Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: Great race on closed roads In full: This is a fantastic race. The best 10km I have done. It is exceptionally well organised.
Roads are closed, and there is a good mix of serious club runners and fun runners.
It has a reputation as being a very tough course. I think the reputation is a bit unfair. It is challenging, yes, but by no means ridiculous. The toughest bit is during the climb into Hill Wootton (the clue is in the name, I guess!)It's definitely not a 'slow' course though - the closed roads and presence of decent runners offset the elevation factor, I would say.
Starting in one Castle and finishing in another... what more could you want?! I will do this race every year until my legs fall off!
In short: Glorious point to point run with a big field of varying abilities In full: A lovely race with great potential, but after 25 years of being on the calender, there were a couple of issues that should really have been resolved by now:
My first gripe is the organisation at the finish. Any point to point race will have logistical issues with regard to bag and competitor transfers and seeing other posts it appears this was a challenge, however as i was meeting someone at the finish, the cramped nature of Kenilworth Castle meant it was difficult to meet up and incredibly busy.
If like me, you'd left a bit too much out on the Warwickshire roads, I could really have done with something more than a bottle of water at the finish. As I'd arranged to meet up, i hadnt got any energy supplies with me or any cash with which to purchase any. The 'goody bag' was well short on substance and i would have rather opted for a banana or cereal bar than another printed T shirt.
The event isn't hugely spectator friendly - Friends and family aren't allowed in Warwick Castle at the start and the whole of Kenilworth seems to have been on lock down, so by the time my father arrived, he had to park around 1.5 miles away and missed the finish!
This race has the potential to be one of your annual highlights, but I would be learning a lot of lessons before i did it again. Date of review: June 11, 2013
In short: Lovely slightly hilly run between Warwick and Kenilworth In full: First time I've done this race since 2010 and its popularity seems to have exploded in the last few years. A slight tweak to the route improved things this year in my opinion and the start and finish within the castle grounds as always make the race that little bit special. The people of Warwick and especially Kenilworth turned out in force and I loved the unofficial 'jelly baby station' in someone's front garden in Kenilworth - fabulous!
My only gripe this year was that the buses back to Warwick took forever to arrive. Maybe sort that out for next year please? It was the one annoyance over a pretty much otherwise perfect race! Date of review: June 10, 2013