In short: Respect to the organisers In full: Ten out of ten to the organisers for having the balls to make a decision early, nought out of ten to the weather forecasters they trusted. Date of review: February 8, 2009
In short: Great atmosphere, great cakes, nuf said! In full: Everything about this race makes it unmissable and the atmosphere in the station before the start gives it a real buzz. The route is so varied it never gets boring, it's well organised and marshalled with the traffic being happy to stop (blue lights come in handy) although I was surprised that the last road crossing was a do-it-yourself affair but perhaps I crossed at the wrong point, anyway it kept it interesting. I did a PW but didn't care as I enjoyed it so much. I've saved the best until last - the Cakes. Date of review: November 11, 2008
In short: What a rip off, it's no wonder that the 2008 race is not on here. In full: A rip off, why? Because the organisors of the 2007 race kept the entire entrance fee and only offered £5 off if you entered in 2008. If they had put the 2008 race on RW you can imagine what the reviews would have been like. Forget the Windsor Half and run a HM race organised by a running club not money grabbing moraless business men. Date of review: September 15, 2008
In short: For club runners In full: This is a race mainly entered by club runners only and that is a good thing, every now and then it's good to have a race without fun runners, first timers and people dressed as fruit. Don't get me wrong as I like those kind of races more but this one is about as hardcore as a 5k can be and your position tells you where you really are in relation to other club runners. Date of review: August 12, 2008
In short: If Carlsberg did Time Trials ........... In full: Try this and you will do it again, the organisation is so efficient you won't realise how much of it there is, the volunteers (and that is what they are) cannot be thanked enough for making this event what it is - a run/race suitable and welcoming to all. There is elite competition and there is running for beginners and everything in between. You get the same level of support and cheering up to the finish line whether you are first or last. If you are thinking about it don't, do it. PS - Also try Bushy Park Time Trial. Date of review: July 29, 2008
In short: Do this race if you can In full: This is a very well organised race through nice countryside. Surprisingly I got bored at mile 6 probably because I was in a desert of runners, they were all a long way in front or behind but that's just the way it goes. The marshals were great and knew what they were doing and the hose at a water station was very welcome. The thing I like the most about this race was the run up to the finish, this year I was totally knackered and oblivious to the crowd support until two little girls screamed very enthusiastic encouragement at me and it gave me the strength to speed up. No idea who they were but they'll make fantastic marshals. Date of review: June 3, 2008
In short: Well organised and a nice route In full: First things first, this race was hot, hot, hot so get your hydration right. The forecast warned us and it wasn't joking, I paid the price for not hydrating as I was heading for a good PB up to 10 miles then blew and ended up almost with a PW. That's how important water is.
I thought this race was well organised and very well marshaled. It's up there with the best. Nice surprise to see chocolate at the finish, can we have Twix chocy bars as well please? Date of review: May 13, 2008
In short: Put this event in your race diary for 2009 In full: A very well organised race and far too many good points to list so I'll list the top three - the marshaling, the course being traffic free and the number of loos. The one and only gripe was that the start was too crowded meaning you lose a minute or two. I thought the number of runners was good and made you feel you were part of an event, it was also uplifting to get great support from the locals. I've read the positive comments on the scenery which I thought was OK but then I'm spoilt because I run in Richmond Park. All in all a great race. Date of review: February 11, 2008
In short: A PB course but where are the results? In full: Second time I've done this course and this time it was very windy but that's Blighty's weather for you. The organisation was efficient and it was a good to see km markers which are important to so many runners. Where are the results? I can't see them on F3events.co.uk. The main improvement I suggest is that the first time I did this the main changing rooms were open which made for a much better event. I did the Brighton 10k the week before and recommend that before this one. In summary and average race. Date of review: November 28, 2007
In short: Excellent organisation but needs chip to chip timing In full: This race was very well organised from approaching the village by car then parking, bag storage, PA announcements, mile markers, etc, too many good things to list them all. A mention must be made that there were no queues for loos, ladies and gents - excellent.
The course was car free so totaly safe and there were loads of marshals who all knew what they were doing, although they were a bit quiet but who wouldn't be standing in the cold rain for hours. Full marks to them for a fantastic job. I thought it was good as well to see the locals out giving support. This always gives a boost.
The course was quite scenic and in my opinion the hills were just right, you need some to make it interesting and vary the pace a bit, or a lot!
An all round excellent race and with cakes at the end, perfect. Date of review: October 30, 2007