In short: Beautiful riverside run with friendliest atmosphere In full: The course is really lovely - the path never leaves the river Thames and is pretty all the way. The ground underfoot is mostly trail and although not muddy or slippery I definitely noticed the rough stony ground in places and would invest in some trail shoes for next time (I ran in road shoes this time, which were fine in the dry conditions).
The people running and the organisers were super friendly. The field definitely had a fair sprinkling of 100 marathon clubbers and ultra running types, but I'm a marathon newbie and didn't feel out of place at all. The atmosphere was a such a pleasant contrast to your average corporate city road race.
The path was busy-ish in places with walkers and we co-incided with a rowing regatta so there were boats exiting the river across the path, and coaches on bicycles yelling at their teams. So some weaving in and out was required for a stretch. But I didn't find this particularly onerous.
I've got the next one pencilled in my diary already. Definitely recommended. Date of review: November 5, 2014
In short: More loos please! In full: I was still in the queue for the loo with 5 minutes to go before the start (having joined the queue 30 minutes earlier). So a sprint to the start area was required!
Otherwise - brilliantly organised. My first half marathon and I loved it and have already signed myself up for another in 4 weeks. Gulp. Madness.
With no real comparison, the course did seem hard. I train on some big hills, but the killer with Windsor is that the hills are small but relentless. It was hot, hard and I did the classic beginner thing of going out too fast. Still got home within my target time though.
Am eternally grateful to the woman who shouted out my number to encourage me down the finishing strait! Date of review: September 27, 2006