In short: Super run, thoroughly enjoyed it, definitely do it again. In full: My first attempt at this one. Its a tough one, not really a PB course, but its as scenic a route as you'll see. Big thanks to all the marshalls and people at water stations etc who braved the rain and did so with a smile. Some nice touches, like the silly signs around the course ensured that it maintained a sense of humour and into the bargain, the best finisher's memento I've had in ages.
Good show all round, thanks to Bourton Road Runners and everyone else involved. Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: Nice race, a bit different and well worth having a go at. In full: My first attempt at this, and I have to say I quite liked it. Its a nice idea, very different form the usual single loop and the finish is very scenic. A bit too up-hill to have huge PB potential, but well worth doing anyway. The presentations at the end were a tad shambolic, but it was still a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Thanks to the organisers and all the friendly marshalls and supporters along the course. Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Splendiferous! Nice course, good marshalling and plenty of support. In full: Really enjoyed this (well, except for the last few miles, but that was my fault for not training enough!). A big thank you to everyone who organised it, supported it and ran in it for a great day. And I got me a PB as well. So all's right with the world. Date of review: April 30, 2007
In short: All hail! Ludicrous weather!! In full: Good race and I'll be back next year! The weather wasn't the kindest, but you can't fault the organisers for that! A specially big "thank you" to the Marshalls, who stood around in that awful weather for hours. Cheers guys! Date of review: March 19, 2007
In short: Nice course, good organisation, cheers Banbury! In full: A thoroughly pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning. Except that hill at 8 miles, which was just plain rude and somebody needs to have a stern word with it! Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Nice course, if a little congested In full: I think some aspects of this race have been a little maligned. It is true that the slower runners clogging the start were a nuisance, but I certainly heard repeated instructions to congregate in the appropriate marked area. If people don't listen, the organisers can hardly force them to start from the right place. Its always a problem at big events and is caused by irresponsible and selfish competitors. That said, the organisers might want to consider whether 40 minutes for men and 45 for women really makes you an "elite" runner. Also, a woman running 45 minutes can still get in my way if I run 41. If you're sorting by time, great, but being a universal constant it is not gender dependent. 45 minutes is identical regardless of your demographic situation. But, that said, I had no other problems with the organisation or the course. I liked the medal, which is vastly preferable to a cheap cotton t-shirt which I'll never wear. At least it looks nice hung on my bookcase in my living room! I didn't get the time I wanted, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on, but not connected to the course or organisation, but I will definitely be back next year for another go. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Hilly for those of us outside the pennines!! In full: Really enjoyed this in a masochistic kind of way. More hills than Leeds natives are used to made it pretty tough going. But the scenery's pretty good, as was the organisation. Would definitely do it again. A great way to start the year. Date of review: February 27, 2006