In short: Everything you need in a spring 20 miler In full: 4th time I've done this one. Organisation and marshalling top notch again. Glad I wasn't the only one who likened the 'silver coaster'(?) in the goody bag for an ashtray - LoL. Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Fast flat but momento rather than a medal In full: My first time at this race and was pleasantly suprised at the minimal hills and super fast route. Perfect weather and well organised start. Goodie bag was well stocked with some decent munchies and a juice drink. Two niggles though... The isotonic drink station was giving out water too... If you went to the wrong table that was what you ended up with (ok for a 10 miler like me but would be grumpy if I was doing 20!) . I'm sure the momento was supposed to be something different to the normal medal but we love our running bling... Not sure what to do with my 'ashtray'?!?!... Drill coming out to attach my own ribbon. Good job Reading RR but bring back the bling please! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Excellent Organisation In full: Good race and the two laps weren't that bad for those doing the 20 miler, Friendly marshalls and plentiful water stations. Its a well organised run. A little expensive as a training run (presume many used it as that for a spring marathon rather than a race). Loved the mars bar in the goody bag! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Enjoyed this race. Loved the goody bag! In full: Despite living quite nearby, this is the first time I've done this race - 10 miles. Lovely countryside, hills weren't too bad, very encouraging marshals and I loved the goody bag. I haven't eaten a Mars bar in years! Also cranberries, granola bar, juice, peanut butter - yum! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In full: Really friendly race, not totally flat but still a fast course. Accurate distance and good value. Would be good if it could be made affiliated so times could go onto power of 10. Would definitely do it again and recommend it to friends Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: The 2 minute gaps between start waves made it different! In full: A sort of handicap race where you could enter on your own or enter as a pair and choose whether to start at the same time or have a 2, 4 or 6 minute gap for the chaser. Much fun. Not great scenery though but fab atmosphere which more than made up for it. Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Well organised fast course. Great marshalling, good coffee stall In full: Did this race years ago and is still as good as I remember. An hour to get there but well worth the journey. There was nothing I could find wrong and it's quite nice for the ten milers to be able to go and support the twenty milers. Great job Reading Roadrunners Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Well worth coming back for In full: It was four years since I'd done this race, and I had memories of tough uphill sections and a long drag straight uphill on a busy road for a mile between 9 and 10. Well that was still there, but I managed to get myself through that my chatting to someone all the way up so I didn't notice it too much. The rest of the course has enough variation to keep you interested. The last half mile uphill is always tough though. The organisation for this one has always been good, but seemed incredibly smooth this year. The marshalls were great even though they must have been freezing cold. I wasn't too far off a PB for a half, which given the fairly challenging terrain was probably down to the encouragement I got. Probably close to the most enjoyable race I've ever done which is saying something. Well done to Roberttown - it's a really good race! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Friendly small scale half marathon In full: Very friendly small scale half marathon, completely different atmosphere to the 'big' local halves coming up on the next few weeks. Some people were moaning about the queuing for everything at the start- it didn't really matter, the race was just delayed for a few minutes so that no one was left behind. Flat Kentish countryside, more undulating than Paddock Wood, but nothing you could really call a hill. Friendly supportive marshals. Well done Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: OK, room for improvement In full: On the positive side: a pleasant course, well-marshalled (thanks guys!), reasonably flat (though quite not the pancake I expected!), and pretty much traffic free. So far, so good.
I have two gripes, which shouldn't be too difficult to resolve...
1) pre-race organisation was a bit chaotic. The queue for numbers should have been far better managed. Putting sponsors/local sports businesses into the sports hall while people are queueing just cramped the available space and didn't help anyone. The fact that the start of the race had to be delayed because people were still queuing for numbers/toilets is an unfortunate symptom of underestimating how many people will converge at once on a small space.
2) Mile markers were inaccurate! The total distance was spot-on - but each mile marker from 1 - 12 was slightly ahead of my watch; as I passed 12 my watch read 11.60 miles. However, from 12 - 13.1 it made up the distance and measured out at 1.5 miles. That was a bit frustrating.
All in all - not bad, and full of good intent - but room for improvement. Will give it another go. Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: my favourite Kent half In full: I ran this last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. They have made a few changes and the race HQ was a massive improvement. The course is very fast with only some rolling slopes but nothing to throw you off your stride. Very friendly , well supported and only a handful of cars were seen in the whole race. I will definitely be back for 2016 as this is now a permanent fixture in my race calender. Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Quaint, flat, brilliant In full: A flat and scenic race that was well worth doing. The organisation was very good and all in all it was well worth doing. The medal was a it basic for a half mara but to be fair, it was a cheap entry. The organiser was talking at the start but could do with a megaphone as we couldn't hear a word he was saying. But the course goes through lovely scenery, great marshals and was well organised. I will definitely o this again. P.S. The website states no headphones so please do NOT attempt to wear them! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: nice friendly run flat route well organised In full: Nice friendly race for valentines race your partner. Nice flat course chip timing and use of virgin active sports centre after. This was my wife's first 5k and she really enjoyed it lots of couple enjoying a Sunday morning run Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: great race and goody bag,plus tshirt and socks In full: Great idea giving categorizing runners in dog breeds rather than the usual times, all adds to the atmosphere of a great race. Date of review: February 14, 2015