In short: Perfect weather, probably a good one for first-timers In full: A race very much of two halves, the city then the park. Great PB potential and plenty of great goodies at the end, including Marmite on toast and Tetley tea.
The only problems that need to be rectified are: toilets - no way near good enough for an event of this scale, and the technical t-shirt - one of the ugliest pieces of sports clothing ever designed, it will go straight to the charity bin. Date of review: October 11, 2010
- Organisation. Helpful volunteers, particularly in the bag drop tent.
- Above average finishing medal.
- Beautiful Oxford, the perfect location for a day trip race from the Capital!
- Good touch by organisers by placing estimated finishing times at the start. However, if only people were guided by this it might have assisted the extreme congestion!
- Race etiquette by some (probably the minority) of runners. If you place yourself up the front when you're going to finish in 75 minutes you have to expect getting bumped or trampled by more competitive runners. It's unavoidable in such a narrow twisting start.
- 9km was the first marker I saw.
- Narrow final 2kms (2 runners wide) along park track making it very difficult to overtake at the critical time.
- A longer home stretch along the grass would have been better, and highly doable!
- To the revolting old battler who started spitting/coughing up crap in the middle of the finishing area - have some respect for other people and move to the side. Date of review: May 18, 2009
In short: Laid back punt around the park In full: Nice saturday 10km good for all abilities. None of the previous years "reported" problems present, although there were some narrow spots at the beginning. The three lap course did mean some overtaking had to be done towards the end, but then again, it was good to set a marker for the race home. Haven't seen the times yet, and hopefully they resolved the measuring problem from last year. Date of review: May 9, 2009
In short: Great course...but new velcro for chips required In full: This was my first Wimbledon 10km. The hill wasn't as bad as some people make it out to be and your rewarded with a very long gradual downhill, which makes the course a definite PB setter (both me and my girlfriend ran PBs). There was an excellent selection of goodies at the end, including water, shakes and an engraved medal. Only downsides were insufficient amount of toilets at the start, the velcro on the timing chips needs to be replaced (my velcro was completely worn and I was fortunate not to lose the chip during the race), and the race T-shirt is very budget and not worth the £ - more of a pyjama top! These were the only downfalls in a race that was well organised and enjoyable. Date of review: October 22, 2008