In short: Enjoyable event, but needs more marshalling In full: Entered this race for fun as I thought it would be similar to the cross-country routes I did at school. Very enjoyable event and a nice run, not a course to get a PB on due to the terrain but no major hills. Needs more marshalling as a large section of the runners (myself included) got slightly lost about halfway (when we had to crawl under a gate we knew we were in trouble!!) but I accept marshalls may be hard to find. Well worth turning up for and hope to do it again next year. Date of review: May 23, 2007
In short: Lovely run with definite PB potential In full: I stupidly ran this despite suffering a heavy cold. On a better day I believe I could have got a PB on this course, which had some minor undulations but nothing too ghastly.
Lovely countryside, really enjoyed the event which was well attended with friendly marshalls and supporters. Would have been nice to receive some kind of memento but I applaud Pewsey Vale Running Club's decision to donate all proceeds to charity.
Oh and the cakes were great as well! Date of review: May 21, 2007
In short: Definite PB course In full: Definitely a PB course as very flat, however the scenery was uninspiring - two laps of the airfield. Also, disappointed not to get any kind of memento - a medal or t-shirt would have been nice.
However, plan to run it again this year as it was a good day out - having the kids' races made it a family event. Date of review: May 9, 2007
In short: Very pleasant event, short and sweet! In full: My 2nd year at this event, managed a PB despite a lingering cold!
Very pleasant run, mostly downhill for 4 miles then a sharp hill - definite PB potential if you can save something for that ascent!
Good turn-out for this event, nice to see some first-timers taking part. Decent t-shirt at the end is preferable to a medal and good thinking holding it the week before London this year - allows those of us preparing for the big day to use it as our last hard run of training!
Look forward to next year. Date of review: April 16, 2007
In short: Definitely a PB race, enjoyable run too!! In full: Did not get a PB, but only because I had not recovered from the Bath half the weekend before! Otherwise it would have been a certainty as this was a VERY flat course!
More importantly I enjoyed the run, lovely course through the Oxfordshire countryside. Well organised and supported, with plenty of locals coming out to cheer us on - thanks to all of you.
Nice mug at the finish, plus I bought one of the commemorative t-shirts with the names of all the runners on the back - what a wonderful idea!!
Will definitely do this one again. Date of review: April 2, 2007
In short: Great race to prepare for London, organisation could be a lot better In full: Really enjoyed this event, despite horrendous weather conditions (rain not so bad, but wind really didn't help).
Lovely scenery out in the countryside, and a really friendly bunch of runners.
Unfortunately the organisation left a lot to be desired and if this is improved this could be an excellent race. Having to walk a mile after the finish to get back to the race HQ was really not funny, especially when it is raining and you are cramping up like I was. Also the race HQ was chaotic, not enough space for so many runners, but to be fair this was due to everyone cramming inside to keep dry and warm.
Well worth turning up for though, a real confidence-booster 7 weeks before London and a good t-shirt to show for my efforts. Will do it next year irrespective of whether I am preparing for London or not. Date of review: March 5, 2007