In short: Got a new PB! In full: Great, flattish course. Brilliant Marshalls getting soaked in the rain. Bands playing along the route was a nice touch. Loved my medal and tshirt. Fab goody bag too - thanks! Will be back. :-) Date of review: October 28, 2013
In short: Fantastic event despite the weather! In full: Just to say a big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who put on this event.
It was my first half marathon for 20 years, and I really enjoyed it thanks to the great atmosphere you created and the efficient organisation. All the bands along the route were very good as well. I only wish that I had been able to stop and listen to them properly!
In short: A great run, on course organisation superb. Off course organisation dire bordering in non-existant In full: My second year at Oxford and yes I will be back. But as others have pointed out, the organisers need to start organising.
The course itself is a a good mix of residential, parkland and all on closed roads. The only bit I didn't like was the tow path by the Thames, very picturesque but passing other runners was hard (narrow and muddy).
But the bands, supporters and water stations were just great as were fellow runners (it didn't feel too like a race, although it clearly was!).
The downsides are that it is a commercial event and there is little effort to help. I was early to the car park (but even then as I drove through Oxford, the road I needed to get on was already closed - 2 hours before the race) but already a queue; and getting out took 30 minutes. I did point out that the excellent materials sent out didn't obviously say 9.30 start. I think that was to make people get there early - but it meant a long time in the cold and rain.
In short: Good course, organisation needs improvement In full: I really enjoyed the course. Ran a much faster time than I expected despite the weather. It's a shame the weather was so poor, as the most scenic bits of the course were riddled with puddles. I saw nearly every distance marker. Wish there were a few more distance markers at very end as I didn't know how much of the stadium we were running and I could have started my sprint sooner. Marshalls were very friendly. Goody bag and tech t-shirt were good (and you got to pick your size).
Organisation could be improved in future years. The parking at Kassam was a nightmare. Took ages to get in (nearly missed the start despite leaving what we thought was ample time). Race finish blocked the exit so we were stuck at a dead stop in a queue to exit the car park for 90 minutes. This was made more frustrating because it was pouring with rain and didn't have extra clothes, so was very cold and wet in the car-a space blanket would be a nice consideration for goody bag next year. Signage for start line/toilets/baggage could have been improved.
I would definitely race it again, but would rethink my parking for next time! Date of review: October 23, 2013
In short: Super fast race, great course horrible and offensive Organisers attitude towards runners .. In full: Fast race, great course marred by poor organisers attitude noticed on OHM facebook page… No ‘Live’ timing and issues with T Shirts and parking could have been politely replied to 'but' I was offended by what looks like the wife (Elaine Heyes) of the Oxford Half Marathon Race Director (i saw being interviewed at the race)on OHM Facebook on 14th October masquerading as one of us paying runners and calling us ‘paying’ customers “moaning minnies” and suggest we go “find a sense of humour” and saying “I for one, will definitely be back next year “ ….. of course she will to collect £30 per entry !!!
I do not appreciate the Oxford Half Marathon Organisers "Doing a Ratner" as Gerald Irving Ratner did when making fun of, and showing contempt to, paying customers. I now choose to exact my revenge on them by voicing my opinion and by staying away from the Oxford Half Marathon 'forever' as potential customers stayed away from Ratners’ shops … !!!!
In short: Terrible day with the weather but more than made up with a great course and super stadium finish! In full: I have run many half marathons and this was right up there especially considering the weather. Hats off to the volunteers, the bands along the route and the lovely added touches.
Course was great and to finish in the stadium ifself was amazing. Could have been more signs for baggage and toilets around the stadium but what a goody bag. Had quite a few things in the goody bag, a great tee tech shirt, a medal with a design of a Mini Car, bananas and other fruit in the stadium.
I was parked at the Unipart Park and Ride and loads of buses and no cost! Nice touch.
Considering the weather, as this was out of the organisers hands, it was a credit to Oxford and I will be there next year Date of review: October 20, 2013
In short: Poor organisation / A good route through Oxford In full: Good points:
> Traffic free route into Oxford and running in places that are normally out of bounds - e.g. the Oxford bypass > Mainly flat and slightly downhill for last couple of miles > Sufficient water stations > Car parking was easy at 08:00 (BUT - I note the comments of others about lack of marshalls, and I can only imagine what it must have been like arriving slightly later).
> Wrong sized t-shirt given to me. I was in the first 300 finishers, and asked at the at van for a Large size. Was passed a t-shirt - which turned out to be Medium when I looked at home. > Have e-mailed the organisers but no response to date, asking for a replacement. > I am conscious that this is a commercial enterprise running this event (and good luck to them), but I am not pleased at lack of engagement from organisers with reference to my query. > No control over traffic leaving at the end of the event - I could not see a sign.
In short: Organisers should NEVER criticise their paying customers on an open forum In full: Quote from one of the race organisers, Elaine Heyes, on facebook "for the moaning minnies, I suggest you find a sense of humour and enjoy the pleasure of running". This is unacceptable and unprofessional behaviour from a professional race organiser who is profiting out of the said moaning minnies. Why not listen to feedback and treat your customers with respect? And the sanctimonious comment of running for the pleasure of it - from somebody who is only in it for the money! Fancy quoting what you and the other directors are taking home? Appalling attitude. Also, "I will definitely be back next year" - of course you will, Elaine, 5,500 entries at circa 30 quid each is quite an incentive! Complaint of the organisers'conduct being made to Oxford City Council is imminent. Date of review: October 18, 2013
In short: Fantastic race. Amazing atmosphere. Scenic route. In full: I've run over 35 half marathons & found this one of the most organised & well run with plenty of water stops. The route was really good too. I really enjoyed it & hope to come back next year. Thanks again to all. Date of review: October 17, 2013