In short: Tough hills, great organisation and hoodie In full: Heavy rain was forecast and it was raining at the start. Happily, after the first few minutes the rain stopped and conditions were good. The organisation was really good and the marshalls and helpers manning the drinks stations excellent. However, I think my strongest memory of the run in months to come will be the hills! The run started with 5 miles of gentle uphill which I found OK. The killer hills were at about 7 miles and 10 miles and seemed to go on for ever! Considering the hills, I was very happy with my time. An extra bonus was the good quality hoodie (I was expecting a tee shirt) which in sizes appropriate for women as well as men (I have several v large tee shirts from other runs!). All in all an excellent run and I hope to come back next year. I will probably ache tomorrow but feel great at the moment! Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Lovely route but organisational issues. In full: The route was lovely - first half away from Windsor along the river Thames and second half back to Windsor along the Jubilee river (didn't even know that existed!). Issues that should be addressed before next year, if it does run again are: (i) lack of a pre-race email; (ii) incredible lack of toilets - in no way can 8 toilets be considered sufficient for the number of people at the event - I am very grateful that the station toilets were open; (iii) more helpers needed at water stations - had to wait at two while cups were being filled (iv) charging £5 to park is expensive. Also the information on the website stated that this was cheaper than public parking which was incorrect; (v) lack of organisation with medal distribution at end of run; (vi) "goodie" bags contained only leaflets - cans of red bull were given out separately a short distance from the finish - I think a lot of runners would have missed this; (vii) a more organised start process is needed - starting people in waves with the faster runners going earlier was a good idea, since the route involved narrow paths, but there is no evidence that runners were selected for waves according to likely finish time; (viii) the distances need to be reliable - I agree with the many comments that the half marathon route was too long; (ix) improved signage or more marshalls are needed on some parts of the route to avoid confusion for runners.
In short: Fantastic friendly atmosphere and organisation, beautiful scenery, tough hills! Will be back next year - I would like to try the 40 mile but realistically 20 miles feels quite close to my limit! Date of review: April 19, 2014
In short: Lots of mud and `wide' puddles. Flatter than last year. In full: I really enjoyed this run. The organisation was excellent with good facilities at the Lakeside and plenty of friendly marshalls.
The stretches along the canal were very scenic but I had to concentrate on not slipping over due to the mud and puddles.
One advantage of the different route was the absence of the steep hill that nearly finished me off in last year's run! Date of review: January 25, 2009
In short: A very well marshalled race with a pleasant country route and a few hills! In full: This is the first time I have done the Epsom 10. The route was very pleasant involving mainly countryside and small villages. There were very few members of the public offering support along the route but this was more than made up for by the impressive number of marshalls and the encouragement that they provided! I liked the pen at the end and intend to return next year to collect another. Date of review: November 16, 2008