In short: Undulating 10m there are easier ones to do, but then you won't get served tea in the church afterwards and have your certificate completed and presented to you by the timing marshals. Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Yay!! Let's do it again!! In full: Haven't done it for a few years and more fool me. Great day from start to finish. A pointant beginning with a minutes silence and the playing of the last post to remember those who have died fighting, with great emphasis on current campagins; a great course, not as muddy as I remember it, but the water obstacles provided much fun and entertainment for runners and spectators. At the end, great bananas, goody bag and hot tubs to wash off the mud!! Will definitely encouraging more Eynhsam Roadrunners to enter this race sooner rather than later so we don't miss out next year. Well done Bitton. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: A nice race, spoilt by the lack of consideration for ladies! In full: The race is well organised and the route though challenging is along quiet country lanes with the locals getting involved along the way handing out much appreciated water and providing impromptu showers with their hosepipes, all making for a fairly enjoyable race.
Unfortunately, all this was ruined by the changing facilities made available to the women competitors at the end of the race. There were only showers for the men which, though unfortuate for us women, we would have accepted if the ladies changing area hadn't also been used as the baggage area for all.
We found men wandering in to collect their bags whilst the women were in various states of undress leaving us women feeling irrate and down right uncared for.
Ladies, only do this if you're not shy and retiring and are happy to flash at male competitors!
In short: Sunny, Windy, Bit Hilly, More Small Sweatshirts Needed! In full: First go at 20 miles so bit anxious, but loads of cheering from supporters, marshals and cadets at water stations. Thought it a great idea to have a marshal at the top of one of the short and sharp hills which we did twice. He cheered me up both times with great gusto which was much appreciated.
Though sweatshirt momento was nice, didn't complete the course quick enough to get a small or medium and ended up with large...it almost reaches my knees and will be my comfort sweatshirt from now on.
Maybe order a few more S/M's next year and not so many L/XL's. Date of review: April 2, 2007
In short: A pleasant run for a Sunday spring morning with a few challenges on the way In full: Firstly, there was Toblerone? I've knocked points off for there not being enough to go round!
A pleasant race which once you get away from Banbury, meanders along the country lanes and through pitureseque villages. A big thankyou to the residents of something-credy who came out and clapped, banged pots and pans, blew whistles shook marracas and were very supportive.
It is deceptively hilly, with quite a nasty one at 8 miles, not helped by the turn at the top that was brings with it a strong "skydiver" breeze to make things tougher.
Unfortunately, those gentle slopes you run down on the way out turned into tough hills on the way back and though there was more banging through something-credy, the hill out of the village is where you really need to dig in and work.
The organisation was fair, though I thought there could have been more and the start and finish and the presentation was badly handled.
I still can't believe there was toblerone, I didn't even get a whiff! Date of review: March 12, 2007