In short: Tough but satisfying loop through North Oxfordshire countryside In full: I love this race, and the support it gets from spectaators and marshals. Some reservatons this year: clear prohibition on earphones in the notes sent to all entrants, but marshals did not enforce (the start is crowded and there is traffic all the way round, so it's very important); nor did marshals enforce "keep left" rule. Some people seemed to be running it as a relay, presumably officially as they had numbers, but instead of getting into position early they drove round the course, adding an unnecessary car to the mix - bad idea on the narrow lanes. medal and lollipop at the end a disappointment, but I prefer to pay a very reasonable entry fee. Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Excellent, well-marshalled race, good for a PB In full: Not the race's fault, but I had a lousy time. That doesn't detract from the organisation, the course, the marshalls, the weather, all of which were great: it just wasn't my day, but I'll be back next year if I possibly can to do it properly! Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Hot. Very hot. Seriously hot. In full: It's 15 years since I last ran this, and it was hot then too. If it weren't for the facts that it's local and part of my club's championship, I could have done without the punishment. I prefer to start well before the heat of the day, in summer! And where was the support? The spectators, mostly, might just as well have been dummies. Thank goodness for the many excellent marshals! Date of review: June 30, 2009
In short: Fast, flat, well-marshalled, good morning out. In full: Once you get out of the office park, the course isn't bad-looking at all, although the office park does make an excellent running track, just not very scenic. The marshals were great, and in the rain deserved an extra big "thank you". Nothing remarkable about the race, just a good all-round event, and I enjoyed it a lot. Date of review: April 11, 2009
In short: Enjoyable, flat, friendly, well-marshalled and supported rural race In full: One runner I talked to said it should be classed as "undulating". Was he Dutch? There are some gradients, but gentle ones, and it's as flat a race as you could want. Despite that, the landscape has enough trees to avoid being boring. It's run on good roads (pity runners disregarded instructions to keep to the left, though: some of those corners were pretty treacherous, with high hedges to obscure the view) with light traffic. The marshals - especially considering that White Horse Harriers is not a big club - were numerous and supportive, and the three drink stations (quite enough, and water only is fine by me) had enthusiastic helpers. I don' think there was enough water at the finish, though: the weatehr was warm enough to create a bit of arun on it. There seemed to be plenty of supporters around too, helped by the good weather: I hope Des had a great 77th birthday!
I like the finishers' mugs - a bit different, and more use than another medal - and for me the lower the entry fee, the better: I don't bother much about goody bags. Good value, well-organised, nice course, sold out well in advance. What more to say? Date of review: April 5, 2009
In short: Hard work but well worth the effort. In full: Great countryside, good support, excellent marshals, smooth organisation, uncrowded start, courteous and friendly fellow competitors, challenging hills, bracing weather. Brilliant event, and fantastic value for money. the only thing I'd add is a clock at the finsh - perhaps I just didn't see it. Shame about the non-appearance of the hot drinks, as we all needed warming up at the end Date of review: March 9, 2009