In short: as described - organisationally excellent In full: Really enjoyed this race, despite the scenery getting fairly dull after lap 1 and not much support (I ran in the first race, the 2nd looked better attended). Superbly organised (wish this team would take on organising the Brighton Half, which I normally really enjoy but was shocking this year) and did exactly what it said on the tin. Pacers were superb and very professional - and I actually enjoed the lap-format as it breaks the race down into four manageable parts for you and makes the final 3 and a bit miles quite enjoyable as you know your on your final lap. Good prep for London...! Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Dull and expensive In full: Considering this was a Lucozade sponsored event the value was shocking. The scenery was dull which was expected, but for 25 pounds you got a mug and a drinks holder! I have recieved a medal and a nice t shirt for similar events at half the price. Marshalls also unenthusiastic. Would not recommend. Date of review: March 30, 2010
In short: All about getting a new PB! In full: Agree with all the other comments. 4 laps of a lake near Windsor, flat as you like but very boring. I got a PB so very happy and if I was chasing another one, would do this again, however would not consider this as a fun / training run. Organisation was fine but very expensice for a mug and a lucozade bottle. Had a friend run her first half so upset she did not have a medal or t-shirt to show for her efforts. Justification for the cost was the seminar by Liz Yelling however I could not attend. Maybe next year they should just charge those were interested in going along. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Dull!!! Quite expensive. But fast...if that's what you're after. In full: 4 laps around the school rowing lake. Does exaclty what it says on the tin; 4 laps of flat tarmac, no scenery, no supporters, but flat and smooth track. If you're looking for a fast paced run this is great, however if you're looking for a race with inspirational views, camaraderie and a good race to keep your marathon progress on track, i could think of better options...especially for Â£25 a pop without even a T-shirt (did get a mug though).
Human Race (Race organisers) did do a good job though and i wouldn't hesitate attending a differnt race that they organise...although the guy giving out the mugs and lucozade at the end looked like his dog had just been shot.
In summary...if you're looking for an all out fast run to topple your PB, there are few races that will meet this criteria better. However if you're looking for a race taht is goign to support your marathon training and keep your motivation going, the lack of supporters in this remote location and the lack of sceneary leaves thsi race lacking. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: A lake of two halves. In full: Firstly this is an excellent course for a PB .. as flat as Keira Knightley although 4 x laps around a lake get a little repetitive. Especially when one half into the wind !! Organisation was excellent. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Enojyed it!! Very well organised and a different sort of half to run. Worth doing. In full: I did enjoy the race - partly cos my race plans went like clockwork and I got a nice jump in my pb!! The seminar was really useful - and nice to meet some people from the forums at the race too! It might not have been picture postcard scenery, but it was quite a good setup for running in that you could see how far there was left to go and could chart progress in that way. Thanks to all involved for what was an excellent day out. Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Boring course but made up for by the organisation, atmosphere and marshalling In full: Going 4 times round a flat, windy lake wasn't that much fun but the organisation was great, the marshalls very enthusiastic and friendly and the Liz Yelling seminar really useful. Overall, well worth the trip. Date of review: March 28, 2010