In short: Best ever medal and a great reason to complete In full: I signed up for this as soon as it was announced, hoping that my plantir fasciitis would have cleared up and I'd be running again. Sadly this was not the case, so I was the person plodding away at the back, in a boiler suit which turned out to be appropriately named, as it was warm on the day!
I am very interested in WWII aircraft, so the chance to start a race practically underneath a Lancaster, and finish it alongside a Spitfire and Hurricane was a great incentive. Getting there and parking were both fine. Getting out again through Sunday London outskirts traffic was another story. It took an hour and a half to get there, and THREE hours to get back! Though obviously not the museum's fault!
The museum site is excellent, and the first half of the outward loop was fine, on wide pavement with good visibility and with reasonably attractive buildings around. The second half was much less enjoyable, with broken and uneven paving stones, glass, dual carriageways and pinch points with trees and bollards. I understand the pinch points may be unavoidable, but next year if possible to route away from really uneven surfaces it would be a big improvement.
If it was about the scenery, I definitely wouldn't be back, but the museum itself, the great idea of giving out cards to wear round the course with the name of a fallen airman, the runners in 1940's gear, and the medal, all made it worth doing.
The marshalls inside the grounds at the beginning didn't direct me, so I went the wrong way and had to turn back. The marshalls at the section between the roundabout and the traffic lights were engaged with the participants, and encouraging, as was the chap by the underpass after the flyover who was brilliant. Otherwise, nearly all the marshalls either seemed disinterested (I know I was the slowest one out there, but a bit of a smile, or some encouragement went a LONG way, when I got it), or were totally disconnected, not even watching the runners (or the traffic), but using their mobiles or calling down the street to their friends!
Actually, on that front, I DID appreciate the couple of runners who passed me while I was out on the course while they were walking back to their cars, who said encouraging words. Less so those who acted as though I wasn't there! It wouldn't hurt you fast runners to encourage those at the back!!!!
The guy who cheered me over the line (& the runners who had finished but who also cheered me on) were great, thank you!
All the ATC cadets were excellent, great job by all of them and I'm sure their CO was deservedly proud of them.
Signage at the museum could have been improved a bit. I had to ask several people where the loos were!
Goody bag was fine, with some welcome nibbles and a drink inside. I agree with some other comments that handing out the t-shirts at the end would probably have been better.
The medal was fantastic, the best one I've ever 'won'. Good on the organisers for managing to keep it a secret, too!
There was no information about the presentations, so I totally missed those.
Hopefully I'll be back next year - running, this time!
In short: Since when has Oxford been 'London'!!!! In full: A very nice race, with some attractive scenery. Bit crowded at the start even for a slow runner like me, but an enjoyable event. The marshalls deserve a special mention for (mostly) being very encouraging & cheering people on! Date of review: May 17, 2010