In short: Great race In full: Enthusiastic marshalls which really helped us to get round the course during what was a very hot day. It made up for the lack of support from the onlookers (please don't just stand there - cheer). Very well organised - well done. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Probably one of my favourite races In full: Great marshalling, well sign posted and lots of water stations. It really is a beautiful route through the forest. A good one for beginners as everyone is so friendly. Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: Overcrowded In full: If the organisers want to encourage people to come by public transport, it would be helful if they could provide baggage storage areas. Other charity running events manage it, why not Cancer Research? Up to 3km, it was really overcrowded and muddy. I've run the Watford 10km and 1/2 marathon from here and there's some lovely countryside around so why stick to the confines of narrow, muddy paths? Not one I'll be rushing back to....... Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: I won't be doing this one again In full: Could the organisers start the race earlier i.e. when it isn't boiling hot? I'd always wondered why this half marathon was so unpopular with my running club and now I know - it really is hilly and boring and not very well supported (this is certainly not one for the beginners out there).
If you really want to experience a brilliantly organised race try the Cabbage Patch 10miler in Twickenham (yesterday). Windsor: never again. Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Fast race without the atmosphere. In full: Well I got a PB but the 10 miler I ran yesterday was mentally easier! 2 laps of a boring lake did my head in. The marshalls eventually took their hands out of their pockets and started to clap but the spectators...it was like running passed a bus stop - what were you all doing? Certainly not encouraging anyone. Not one I would rush back to. On a plus point the organisation was good although a proper finishing line would be helpful as it was difficult to see where the end was from the 9km mark. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Bring back the medal! In full: I did this last year and I have the medal. This year's shoe bag, with lonely mars bar at the bottom, was a bit of a let down (it does say that we get a medal on this site).
Apart from that, it was a good race. I rather liked the 3 x 1 mile route at various stages of the race. The route was lovely and flat albeit rain swept and the marshalls were really encouraging despite the rain. All in all a great race... as long as they bring back the medal! Date of review: April 14, 2006
In short: Terrific race In full: Everything about this race was so well organised, from the excellent army cadets directing cars into the car park to the cheerful marshalls (I counted three at each road crossing). The countryside was beautiful, with thatched cottages and quiet country lanes. The runners were a mixture of club runners and fun runners so there was a wonderful atmosphere. And then the medal, the hot cross bun and the pot of honey at the end with a cup of tea from the village hall. Why run the Reading 1/2 when there are races like this around? Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Awful! In full: Not one I would run again. Uninspiring 4 laps. Dull route. There are so many excellent 20 miler training runs at this time of the year and this isn't one of them. Date of review: March 13, 2006