In short: Absolutely loved it! In my top 3 races!! In full: I loved this race. Adrenaline buzzing from the start and a wonderful course. Some of it was laps but you forgot you were running past the same part that's how much fun this was. Definite 10/10 must add to a bucket list if you haven't done it Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Really enjoyed the race till the finish when the course was 13.39 miles and I missed my PB In full: I enjoyed the race, but the course appears to have been laid out incorrectly at the turn around point which made it long. I was really pushing for a PB and at 13.1 miles had achieved my target. Problem was that the finish line was another .29 miles down the road! I'm sure it will be correct next year but I might not be running as well by then. Would like to say I would go back but not sure as the response from the organisers has been very poor in regard to the course. Medal and T-shirt very nice though and the course is very flat. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Well organised race in very scienic area but could have been better In full: Windsor half marathon : it was a beautiful bright day to run a very well organised run in a very scenic surrounding . Run starts from "long walk " which is around 1.5 miles from windsor and eton rail station . There is a big car park just next to the start point and most of spaces were empty means many more car could have been accommodated if runners come in car .
Good : -Fennel start so runners had to start at position of their predictive time . - very good support throughout out the route - very scenic route , some part of the route was throughout private area which is normally not open to public . - last mile is on downhill ( first mile is up hill ) and fantastic cheering and support from spectators.
Need Improvement: - why 1pm start ? It waste whole day ? - could not they afford to put goodies in a bag after charging 30 gbp ? Mars bar , water ( only one small bottle )and medal were given in hand . -no information was send with the chip and runner number . Information was available on their website site though . -need to increase number of toilets at start point - only tap water , at the start - water in cup ; difficult to drink unless stop . - NO energy drink throughout route , it could have been better if alteast one station had some energy drink . - Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Hard as. In full: Love this race but this year they didnt provide gels and snacks all the way which let them down. Will be back next year but hope they take that on board. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Well organised and well worth the trip In full: Thought it was great apart from the dull section through Boots. Start / finish area was great but queues for toilets were enormous Felt a bit sorry for the marathon runners entering mile 24 while we were sauntering along the river bank on the way to the pub ! Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: My last F3 event In full: You wouldn't have thought you could go so wrong with an event that basically goes out and back along the river, but at an F3 Event, you can! Toilets, drink stations, marshals and signage all lacking in my opinion. A lovely riverside venue in a beautiful place like Henley, but that's about it for the event I'm afraid. I've read iffy feedback on F3 before and now I know why. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Beautiful But Brutal! In full: I choose Loch Ness for my first marathon due to the senic surroundings and wasn't disapointed. The whole event from bus pick up in Inverness to the finish was organised very well. Great support when needed, crowds gave you a much needed lift and I will be back one day.
Can someone please do something about that hill at Dores though! Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Very well organised, very welcoming to runners of all abilities, I will definitely be back In full: Beautiful sunny day, excellent organisation in the start finish area (bag drop, changing, toilets, volunteers) and support out on the course was amazing.
Not the easiest course, undulating with lots of twists and turns through residential streets and local parks but definite PB potential thanks to the fantastic pacers.
In short: a marathon of two halves In full: Running the full marathon, it was a busy start mixed in with the masses running the half. As such, it was hard to pace, and was running 6.30 miles till we split off at mile 11!! The first half is city based, with stretches round the uni, boots campus plus past some of the cites famous landmarks. Once we split at 11 miles, I was suddenly running with 4 or 5 more runners and settled into a calmer pace. Running out of the city, the support dwindled but a high number of enthisiastic marshalls encouraged you along the scenic parkland and lakes, though some stretches of trail and grass weren't too welcome. Lots of hydration stops on a perfectly calm, if hot autumn day were most welcome, as was the return leg back into the city and the grandstand finish. The medal was also one of the best i've ever received. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Awesome race - hilly but worth every ache! In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race. The fact that it was mostly through countryside and villages will bring me back. It was tough as it was hilly - but that's what I like. Also, I liked the fact that it was only 1400 runners. I did a race the weekend before and it was 5,000 runners - I could not start where i wanted to as there were 4000 first timers in front of me thinking they are going to run 1h30...so I was meandering all the way to the finish. I will be back for this one next year - thank you so much for a fantastic race! Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Excellent atmosphere and organization In full: Well done Ealing! A great event. Lots of support and so well organized (I've run approaching 50 halfs so I have an idea). The course is a bit up and down so tough for a pb and that last 1 km through the park to the finish line is a bit long as you think you are done before you are! The marshalls were fantastic. The weather was superb this year and the locals were out in numbers. Will def do again next year. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: A half marathon favourite of mine! In full: My sixth time around this half marathon. I've seen a few different routes, for me this is the best. It has PB potential written all over it, just as proof I took 11 minutes of my PB this year and ran it in 1:47:02. The drinks stations were nicley spaced around the course. And once again a day of fabulous weather, I don't think it has ever rained. In all seriousness it's a good day out for all the family, the only improvement it needs to make is some way to reduce the horrendously long queues for the toilet pre-race. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Back for the fourth time, great as ever! In full: I've got a soft spot for the Robin Hood. Ten years ago, I "ran" it as my first and "only" half marathon. It took me about two and a half hours, and I only enjoyed the last 100 metres. I hadn't trained properly and I didn't regard myself as a runner. Running went on hold for seven years. In 2012 I came back having giving this running lark a proper crack and trained properly and enjoyed every minute. Two years on and I jogged round, conversational all the way, thanking every marshall, geeing up every supporter, encouraging anyone around me who seemed to be struggling, in 1h57m. Great race, next year I might give it some welly, the course has "PB" written all over it! Date of review: September 30, 2014
In short: My first fell run. Thoroughly enjoyed it! In full: A lovely run and brilliantly organised. It felt like a proper fell run without being too daunting. The tea and home made cake at the end was historic.