In short: Amazing views and atmosphere In full: Having completed the event in Forest of Dean last year, I was expecting a race of equal measure - the organisers did not disappoint.
A perfect course for PB hunters and beginners – you immediately start to enjoy the scenic route set out. The first bit of sunshine in 21 days did show with large muddy areas of the course but don’t think anyone really minded. The hill section at the end did take me by surprise but made it all the more rewarding once crossing the finish line.
Organisation from start to finish was great and was nice to be able to relax in the event village afterwards rather than rushing off.
Would definitely look to run this again next year.
In short: The rain tried but failed to dampen spirits In full: Flat course and perfect for first timers. There could have been better parking arrangements, maybe marshals to help guide cars to the overflow section- being local I already knew about this area but many were driving around for a long time looking for spaces! Pool based was fine although many people did comment they imputed their incorrect swim time during sign up so like myself, some were left to either tail behind and lose time or attempt overtaking in the short 25 metres, risking collisions with other competitors. Bike route was fast and fairly painless although deep potholes were a problem on the ride back from Thame Town centre! Run route was traffic free along the Phoenix Trail so perfect opportunity to get your head down and run. Atmosphere was great although I’m sure it would have been better had the rain stayed away. All in all a great race and will probably make it an annual race.