In short: Very good but a few tweaks needed In full: The run itself was great. Great scenery. The route was great and everything well organized. They called out over the tannoy to let people know when to put their baggage away. The only criticism I have was the placing of slower runners in front pens. By the 1st Km there were pepoeople walking. There were obvious slow runners at the front and because of the slow running and walking, it became very congested and slowed faster runners down. This needs to be sorted really as it was very off putting. Many were obviously novices as their etiquette was very bad. Walking should be done to the side, not all over the road.This spoiled the event for me a little.
In short: Excellent In full: My third year of doing this. As always, the organisation was first class. Caters for all ages and abilities, and the atmosphere is superb. Hope to return next year. Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: Fantastic - Event of the running year. Uplifting and inclusive In full: Second time and have just spent an enjoyable few mintues reading all the reviews. I have to agree with all that's already been said. I just missed out on my hoped for sub 5 and last few laps for me were dreadful BUT the support was so uplifting. I would also like to mention the unknown curly haired girl on the bridge. She was a highlight of every lap, dancing, cheering out your name, she must have expended as much energy as those of us running. The spectators all around the course were wonderful. The medal in its own little bling bag, a cool buff, free beer, free official race photos, showboating people along the way having their pics taken. There was never a dull moment. Even 2 days later I am still buzzing from it. If you only ever want to do one marathon in your life then this is the one. Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: Beautiful challenging course In full: It is really nice to have another local half marathon and this one is not bad at all. Very well organised with really friendly and encouraging marshals. Hard to believe it was an inaugural. The route was mind boggling on paper and you do find yourself passing people both ahead and behind you, it changed a lot underfoot and the A20 wasn't so pleasant to run down but actually it all made for a challenging and in some parts beautifully scenic run. I particularly liked that there was just one water station and you passed it 5 times, as it was quite warm and sunny. You knew exactly where you were going to get water again. I'm not sure its a good half for a first timer as it is quite tough but I will definitely sign up for next year! Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Most excellent event..... one of the best days of my year so far and can't wait to give it another go! In full: tzruns have made 21 laps of a cyclopark into something very special. The organisation is absolutely first class from pre-event through to the days following, with added extra's to set it apart from other events. The race was just brilliant I was buzzing the whole way....the spectators support and fellow runners were brilliant. 21 laps of a cyclopark? ..... only if these guys are organising it! You have to experience it for yourself to feel how great it is. Can't wait to go back. Thank you. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Absolutely brilliant In full: If you only do one track marathon in your life then this is the one! It is truly fantastic, as a runner there is nothing more you could want, as a spectator there is always action, as a human being it is the most uplifting of races. Just go and do it! Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: WSR are rightly popular In full: Hilly and muddy. Lots of water stations and the Love Lounge (pat.pending) is a great USP. Lots of toilets Good atmosphere on arrival with quite a few happy campers Marshals good Nice tee Average medal The hill at 3ish miles from home is hellish The uphill on last third of kilomette is against the Geneva Convention
In short: Excellently organised and very friendly with fabulous marshalls In full: A hard course because of the "undulations" - hard for a beginner however the marshalls were the most friendly and enthusiastic I have experienced who really did push you on. Very well organised and the trail part of the course very enjoyable. The only down side was the A20 which was not quite so enjoyable the 2nd time round. Would recommend but caution you should enjoy hills. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Quick 10km but could be better In full: This was my third London 10km. The previous two were sponsored by BUPA but today was sponsored by vitality. There less stewards than usual which wasn't too much of an issue. Previous years they have asked people to check bags in and make your way to the start based on the starting pen you are in. This year was more of a free for all. Previous years the starting pen was based on expected times for finishing and the calibre of athlete was appropriate. This year there all shaped and sizes which worried me. On starting my worst fears were realised. It took me 3km to get space to run at race pace. People in the blue zone walking by 1km. What is the point, clearly there were plus 60 minute athletes in the blue zone who were holding others back. I missed a pb by 25 seconds due to the inappropriate people in the blue zone. I hope next year vitality adhere more strictly to starting pen procedures. The course if not for the sheer traffic has pb written all over it as flat. It is well supported. The finish is almost the same as the marathon. The t shirt is a proper technical adidas t shirt. The goody bag was larger than usual. Collection of baggage was awful as many runners did not understand the concept of queuing.
In summary a quick race but could be improved if slower runners are kept out of the blue zone. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Country life In full: A mostly flat run through country lanes,plenty of views to admire if you are not too tired to look,well organised event,worth taking the family Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Hot In full: Killer hills in the first half followed by a long flat second half,a cheap no frills race,mostly run by club runners but popularity growing year on year.good support from marshals on a very hot day,I felt in view of the temperature a single cup of water at halfway was not enough,the last 2k was a struggle,I would have loved a second water stop Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Another fantastic WSR race. Second one this year and booking up some more. So well organise, marshalled and a real must for all. Not for a runner who hates hills and mud!! Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Amazing organisation and support. Bit of a challenge in the later stages! In full: Only my second marathon and found the last 5-6 laps really tough! The support and organisation were on another level though and chatting to people on the Facebook page before and after has been great.. Real sense of community. I found Brighton Marathon easier but the Roadrunner much more of a personal experience. I was cursing the last few laps promising I never wanted to see the place again (purely because my legs and knees were killing me!) but a few hours after I got home I had my name down for the Coyote later this year.
Yes.. I think I have gone a bit mad. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Love it!!! Forget VLM, this is the must-do race for any runner! (Warning: it's addictive) In full: Where to start?! An ansolutely fabulous event, which never fails to outdo the previous year's event. The organisation and attention to detail are beyond any given to any other race. Online entry is easy, transfers are free adm welcomed so that the places don't go to wasted, every query is answered almost instantaneously and the fantastic, friendly organisers go above and beyond in every aspect to make this event top of the list every year :-) The course itself is unique, being 20 laps, it means everyone sees everyone, the social aspect chat on the course is infectiously giddy and from a spectating point of view, it's truly perfect! It's pretty quick too, but it's not about the times! The intimate but bonkers and welcoming crowd are always incredibly enthusiastic, the annual theme (of something daft), wearing silly hats, building mid race props etc etc.....adds another inclusive element which anyone and everyone can join in with. Professional race photos by photographers as bonkers of the runners are included in the race entry fee and are the best from any race in the world, no stupidly expensive naff quality race photos here!! There are showers, cafe, tons of loos, water stations with tons of moving water station marshalls, tireless volunteers who are awesome year after year. Oh and for the bling hunters....bling, bling and bling galore!! The goody bags are built by runners, with actually proper, perfectly designed USEFUL stuff in...no powdered magic porridge dust or whatever it is we're normally landed with. The bespoke vests are truly unique, so much thought and detail goes into every step of the organisation for the whole year before....oh and beer!! Two years in a row, we've had a cracking bottle of beer given courtesy of brilliant sponsors at the end.... Enough waffle, just run it, it's flippin ace!!!!! Have you entered yet? Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: A must-do race In full: Where do I start? First, you get to pick your race number and how your name appears on the race number. Loads of pre-race e-mails, fun and informative. On the day - race registration was like clockwork (so it should be, seeing it was manned by 100 Marathon Club members!). Pre-race facilities - free car park (a contributiuon to the race charity was encouraged), a buzzing cafe, loads of cover in case of adverse weather, toilets, cliff bar tasters and general banter with everyone. The race had a buzz about it, which was actively encouraged by the organisers. Now the for race itself. 21 laps sounds like hell, but it actually added to the fun. 42 x water stops (either side of the track so you didn't have to cross other runners), 21 x toilet stops, and unlimited fun from the wonderful marshalls and supporters along the way. Having names on our numbers meant there was no lack of name calling (in an encouraging way), and with Matt running the reverse route this just added to the encouragement. Plenty of space to put up tables for race refreshments. I loved seeing the families on the course with picnics laid out, enjoying a fun day out. Lovely smooth tarmac - a couple of small undulations - which suits me as I hate 'flat'. Post race - what can I say about the medal that hasn't been said? A massive medal, its own 'bling sack', a snazzy buff and crisps/Cliff recovery bar. Will I do it again? The massive smile on my (free) race photo says it all! And last, but not least, all marshalls were so encouragins and fun (laps enabled rapport to be built up) but the fantastic curly-haired girl in the striped top on the bridge deserves a medal - she was AWESOME, never stopped dancing around, shouting out our names (and she was still going strong when I finished). I don't know who you are, but thank you. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Life Changer In full: KRR was my First ever marathon in 2014 and my experience then encouraged me to make KRR 2016 my 40th marathon ?? I recommend anyone contemplating marathon distance to give this event a go - it will change your life!! Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Beautiful route along the Thams In full: Small but well organised 10k from Marlow to Hurley and back. Very scenic and flat, it is an excellent event for both a running newbie or an experienced runner. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Regret not doing previously In full: Lovely run by and over the river with grassy stretches but mainly it's run on paths. It definitely is one for beginners as it's not too large. Marlow has another, much larger running event in May, but the course is so dull. This is very different. Personally, I hope the FM run does not get too big as the friendly atmosphere is a great asset. Date of review: May 30, 2016