In short: Popular midweek event In full: Good marshalling, course and atmosphere. It's uphill at the start and uphill at the end, but it's still pretty fast. Being part of a series it's a good measure for how you're progressing over the summer. Date of review: July 7, 2005
In short: Undulating but fast In full: Although the course has a couple of hills the worst of them is at the start and it probably works in your favour by stopping you from going off too fast. The route is a mix of country roads and forest and farm tracks. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Small is beautiful In full: This was a short 5K dash around quiet country roads near Bicester. It's part of the Oxon grand prix series so was taken fairly seriously at the front of the field. The course is flat apart from a couple of times where the road goes up and over the railway. The organisation was excellent. Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: Small race with a view In full: This is a tough little race on bridle ways, footpaths and back country roads from Chinnor along part of the Icknield Way and back to Chinnor. If you're feeling particularly foolish you can do a second, longer lap and make it a half marathon.
The course is undulating with a climb near the start, a sharp little rise at 9K, and more gentle undulations in between. It's not a PB course, but very attractive and a great day out in the Oxfordshire countryside.
The organisation was good, with plenty of water stops and a useful race diary and medal at the end.
As well as the running events there are sponsored walks setting off earlier on different routes. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Great race as ever In full: My comments on this year's race are almost identical to last year's. It's a good flat course through some of the less attractive parts of the town. It's a twisty course, but I like twisty as each turn gives you something to aim for. The goody bag was probably the best ever. Date of review: May 9, 2005
In short: May day In full: This is a nice event that is part of the village spring fete. The course is reasonably fast, mostly on country roads. Because of the fete there is plenty for spectators to do. Date of review: May 6, 2005
In short: A good way to spend Good Friday In full: I liked the flatness, the mostly rural course and the organisation. Personally I didn't have any problems with parking, baggage or toilets and would definitely do this race agin for its PB potential. Date of review: March 29, 2005