In short: Great Day Out In full: Never going to be a PB, but if you like something a little different it's great. Real mix of terrain: a couple of roads (barely any traffic), footpaths, stiles, ploughed fields and a couple of hills. There is a sheet of directions and the course is pretty well marked, but the wind had messed around with a couple of the signs, making it possible to get lost, but it's a very friendly set-up and fantastic as a day out. Hope to be back again. Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Fantastic race, with exceptional organisation In full: There is nothing to fault with this race - the organisation is flawless. The route is very picturesque - undulating, but nothing too brutal. The Marshals were super friendly & supportive, and the water stations really well managed. I've only ever done big city marathons, but loved every minute of this - a really great run! Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Great scenery, atmosphere, organisation and tough running, a super little event In full: Everything is good in this race, especially if you enjoy a hearty off-road challenge. Rogueruns do an excellent job of the organisation with plenty of route markers marshalls and signage. The scenery is superb, parking facilities great and free tea and coffee and cakes at the finish. What's not to like? Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Not as flat and fast as they make out, good organisation, lacked atmosphere and support In full: Pros - very well organised, and friendly. Friendly pacers and friendly marshals and people at the end giving out medals. Cons - not as flat and fast as advertised, lots of sharp turns and hilly segments, having run Amsterdam this seemed quite hilly for a 'flat' race. Lots of obstacles such as bollards in the way to watch out for. Roads not all closed and also cyclists and pedestrians on the route.Not a PB course for me. Not much support along the way compared to larger city marathons. Glad I've done it but wouldn't do it agsin Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Nice event but no medal, despite promises In full: OK, so this is a nice village-green race that always goes smoothly. Reading Roadrunners are old hands at this one and do other local events as well. The baggage stow was a bit chaotic though.
But come on guys, if you advertise a medal for finishers under 90 minutes then that is what we should get. A towel with a promotional logo doesn't cut it. A similar thing happened a couple of years ago, when the medal was also promised but we got (if I recall) a coffee cup. It's not the end of the world but it is a bit slapdash and disappointing. Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Brilliant low key race In full: Third time back to this lovely race, really friendly well organised and great value. Medal changes year on year which is nice. What's not to like about a scenic country run, for get London and the other big city stuff, this is where real runners run. Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Great race but why no medal? In full: This was the 4th time I'd done the Shinfield 10k. It's a great course, lots of downhill and flat and only a bit of significant uphill so great for fast times. The organisation is very good.
BUT we got a towel. Not the medal that was promised on the website. Come on Reading RR, if you promise a medal, provide one. In 2014 there was a really nice medal, just replicate that one with 2017 on it for next year. Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: One of my favourite local races In full: Another lovely Greenway run. Great atmosphere, off-road route (mainly cycle paths), green fields and perfect weather. Love the tea and cakes at the end too! I think this was my third time, hope to be back again next year. Thanks to NHRR for this super event! Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: superb smaller event with great atmosphere In full: Gillingham trotters do a great job with this smaller low profile event. Nice route with about 150m of climbs. Rdcommended Date of review: May 2, 2016