In short: Still undecided In full: The route definitely misses out on the chance to show Oxford off to runners who do not know the city. But apart from the mile 10-11 section which is an uphill section, a personal best is achievable.
Getting to the ground, nightmare, getting out of the ground even worse. 1hr 30 minutes in the car park, I think I moved 20 metres in like 1hr 20. Considering I finished the race in under 2 hours, it really took the shine off the race.
Organisation was poor, no signage to direct you to the start. Then getting out, someone in their wisdom has decided that the cars can exit across the course, which meant getting out was close to impossible until everyone under 3 hrs had passed.
The timing chips were flimsy, I saw a dozen on the ground, some people will be very annoyed today.
I would run it again, if I thought the parking issue was addressed. Alternatively, park in blackbird Leys and walk to the start.
In short: Not much to say, it was ok, but no more than that. "Goody bag", the word goody should be removed. It was a bag full of very little In full: Organisation very disappointing, no one appeared to in charge. Plus a bizarre system, whereby you queued up, then someone would shout "look for your names on the list first in order to get your number" then you would have to queue again.
Trying to get a bottle of water, very difficult, need more than one refreshment point. Goody Bag, contained a green banana, energy bar, a drinks bottle, and bits of paper. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Attention to detail In full: ran it last year (2006, but the hill seemed steeper this time round. The drink stations are not ideally placed, again. Staff as friendly as positive as ever. but it cost a few pounds more to enter and there was no goody bag this year. So all in all, not overly impressed, which did not help as I ran my worst time ever, by a country mile. Not impresSecond time for me, not ready f Date of review: October 25, 2007
In short: I'm Running it again next year In full: Excellent course, for any first timers and im not a pro, its very flat, you cant ask for flatter. Mile markers are very clear. Nice finishing area, only notable point is that the course due to the rural nature lacks supporters which always helps when you are tired Date of review: April 1, 2007