In short: Great day out round Oxford, well marshalled plenty of water shame about bag storage In full: A great day out, shuttle buses from mini plant car park to start were very good, not so obvious to find on the way back though. Great venue for an HQ and finish.
Ran a PB taking 5 minutes of my previous, there were a couple of tight spots on the Thames path but nothing to serious.
The only gripe was bag storage, long queue to put my bag in and then an even longer queue (45min to an hour) to get it back which after a half when you are getting cold is not a good place to be!!
Get that sorted and it would make all the difference. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Very Hot day but good course & great marshalls In full: Good day allround but very hot, friendly marshalls offering support all the way round and the course was fairly good, a couple of bottle necks where the route narrowed but overall plenty of room to run your own pace.
The only downside was using plastic cups for water as it was so hot bottles would have been a better option to battle dehydration but that is the only criticism of an otherwise good day. Date of review: August 22, 2012
In short: Amazing scenary despite the rain!!! In full: Glorious scenary which takes your mind off the 13.1 miles in front of you. Although it was pretty wet this year a great race. The hill just after half way could catch you out if you weren't ready for it but a great finish round the bay on the seafront. Despite not beingrun on a fully closed road the traffic was so light it didn't matter. Great support from people all round even in the rain!!! Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Wet, Windy, Muddy In full: Course was OK, weather was awfull, muddy sections meant you had to take care, course could have taken in more of Cambridge as it could have covered some of the great sights.
Marshalls kept cheering despite standing in the torrential rain. Overall average race Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Great pb potential, excellent crowds and a wonderful day overall In full: This was a fantastic day again this year and the course was the right length!! A bit worried at the start trying to get in to the correct starting zone based on time, however once underway it was a lot faster than last year to get under way. Crowds were fantastic all the way round and the run accross the barrage to the finish was a great way to finish.
The middle of the course was a bit bland but the start and finish made up for it. A great race for someone who hasn't competed before Date of review: October 17, 2011
In short: Shame about the distance but nice flat course with good PB potential In full: I took 11mins of my PB so despite the slight shortcomings in the distance, for good reason, I can recommend this as a great course to get a PB.
The start and finish areas were poorly organised and it seemed to take for ever to get started and clear the finish.
The course was narrow in places and took a long time to thin out enough allowing you to settle into an even pace and to move past people. Becuase the course was narrow, the areas around the water stations were a bit manic, other events I have done have kept the water collection to one side of the road so if you are not picking anything up you can move past without having to sidestep as if you were playing at the millenium stadium to get through.
Would consider in the future if not racing elsewhere. Date of review: October 30, 2010
In short: A nice traffic free route with great scenary In full: better conditions this year than last year and took 5 1/2 minutes of last years time and just missed a PB. Agree with others about the cups of water, however took a camelbak and didn't need to pick up anything on route. Date of review: October 2, 2010