In short: Dull route, poor goody bag, horrendous parking In full: Once you get over the novelty of being on the F1 circuit, this is a very dull route. Very flat, so good PB potential if the wind isn't blowing; it is very exposed to the elements. As you would expect from a race run by the people who bring you the London Marathon, much of the organisation is very good. For example, plenty of toilets, no waiting to deposit or retrieve bags, plenty of excellent marshals . But the goody bag is poor given the price of entry-a cotton rather than technical t-shirt, for example. The worst part was getting out of the car park after the event. I finished the race at 2pm and finally got out of the car park 2 hours later. Complete chaos, and not a marshal in sight. For that reason alone, I wouldn't do this race again. Date of review: March 14, 2016
In short: Beautiful route, excellent organisation, spring sun! In full: This must be one of the prettiest races in Oxfordshire, lovely countryside using very quiet country lanes. The only slight downside of a lunchtime start was having to run past several very enticing village pubs! The course has a couple of small hills to keep things interesting, but nothing really challenging. Excellent organisation and plenty of very enthusiastic marshals to keep you going. Plus a great atmosphere at the start and finish with the festival going in around it. The first time I've done this race, but it won't be the last. Date of review: May 5, 2014
In short: Great organization, lovely, scenic route In full: The second time I've done this event. Like last time, the organization was flawless. I don't know how many marshalls there were on the course, but they seemed to be everywhere! A big thanks to them for their encouragement. The mostly flat route would normally be perfect for a good time, but a strong wind made it a bit tougher. Still, the lovely countryside and quiet roads make this a favourite. Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Lovely countryside, excellent marshalls In full: An enjoyable race, lovely countryside and a pretty flat route. The marshalls were excellent, really encouraging, a big thank you to them. I had a few minor quibbles: charging for parking when it's already an expensive race (for a 10 miler) seems a bit excessive. There were lots of people wearing earphones, which caused one or two near misses with cars that I saw, but marshalls took no action. Not much point having a rule against them if you don't enforce it, is there. But overall, this is an excellent race. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Fast route and great organization In full: This race is made for PBs (so long as the wind isn't too strong); I set a new pb for the third time at this event. It helps that you always get great support from the marshalls around the course. Thanks to them and all the organizers for a really great event. Date of review: December 8, 2013
In short: Flat and fairly flat route, but so-so organisation In full: The route is very flat, but there are a lot of narrow stretches, especially along the river, that will slow you down. The section through Christ Church Meadow was one big muddy puddle by the time I got there, not pleasant.
I was surprised by the lack of signage to the MINI car park and around the stadium. Goody bag is a bit miserly for an expensive race. What happened to the results. They were supposed to be 'live' but it's now early evening and they're not out yet.
On the positive side, though, the course was well marshalled. Big thanks to the people who stood out in the rain for hours and kept up the enthusiasm! Frequent water stations were also well staffed. It was good that after the first one the tops were taken off before handing them out. Quite fast to get through the finish area and get bags, which was just as well as we were all cold and wet. Date of review: October 13, 2013
In short: Great local support and excellent organization In full: The two best things about this race are the great local support all the way around the race and the clockwork organization. It's also a nice, virtually traffic-free route. The marshalling was excellent; a big thank you to everyone involved in putting the race on. Date of review: June 30, 2013
In short: Running round the Grand Prix circuit is different! In full: Great organization and a friendly welcome. My first time running round the Grand Prix circuit. Wide, traffic free(!), flattish, so potentially very fast, although exposed to the wind. A big thank you to the marshalls and others involved in the organization, which was buttery-smooth. Date of review: May 8, 2013
In short: Fast, flat and excellent organization. What more could you want! In full: I always look forward to this race, the the folk at Alchester didn't disappoint once again. Faultless organization and an army of enthusiastic marshalls make this one of the most enjoyable events of the year. And this is despite the dreaded headwinds on the airfield! Date of review: December 9, 2012