In short: Efficient organisation and a great end of year event In full: Having already taken part in the Bedford Half Marathon three times before, I was confident that the slick organisation and friendly marshalls and other volunteers would make this a great race.
The bus shuttle to the start line from the free car park did not require any wait. Collecting timing chip and dropping baggage for secure storage was done with in a couple of minutes.
Plenty of toilets and gents urinals set up - in addition to those in the schools sports centre changing rooms.
Before the event - cup of tea (50p!) and a banana (30p!). No queue, but I did notice the queue for the food was longer after the race.
Start was on time at 10:00 and plenty of marshalls and a clear PA to ensure that all went to plan.
A crisp sunny day made the undulating course along quiet country lanes all the more enjoyable. There is one stretch along a main road, but the traffic did seem to be considerate and kept a safe distance away (although of course it just takes one reckless car driver to change that).
Plenty of drinks stations. Water from cups. I am sure that I could have had another cup if I had needed more.
Last few miles of the route is largely downhill and makes for faster miles. Final 800 metres on a slight incline back to the school.
Last year there was a perfectly usable rucksack, this year a kit bag. Happy with this as I already have a few running shirts! Date of review: December 8, 2013
In short: Poor organisation / A good route through Oxford In full: Good points:
> Traffic free route into Oxford and running in places that are normally out of bounds - e.g. the Oxford bypass > Mainly flat and slightly downhill for last couple of miles > Sufficient water stations > Car parking was easy at 08:00 (BUT - I note the comments of others about lack of marshalls, and I can only imagine what it must have been like arriving slightly later).
> Wrong sized t-shirt given to me. I was in the first 300 finishers, and asked at the at van for a Large size. Was passed a t-shirt - which turned out to be Medium when I looked at home. > Have e-mailed the organisers but no response to date, asking for a replacement. > I am conscious that this is a commercial enterprise running this event (and good luck to them), but I am not pleased at lack of engagement from organisers with reference to my query. > No control over traffic leaving at the end of the event - I could not see a sign.
In short: Well organised, welcoming and a sense of achievement at the end In full: The route was very well marked with not much scope to get lost. The route itself covered some beautiful Peak District scenery and was largely off road and traffic free (old railways lines). The check points every 10 miles were welcomed, along with the drinks and food available at each. Rory Coleman gave some good advice at the beginning of the event and was there to greet each finisher in Derby. Well worth it: and adventure within a day! Date of review: August 25, 2012
In short: A chance to run in beautiful surroundings In full: West Wycombe Park is a beautiful setting. A perfect way to spend a Sunday morning! The 10k route had three hills, but the scenery provided a distraction, and should not discourage newcomers to this event. A relaxed feel to the day (easy car parking, friendly collection of numbers, encouraging marshalls and refreshments), was the product of very good organisation. Date of review: June 18, 2012