In short: We shouldn't complain about the drizzle, if it had been as windy as it was on Saturday that would have been no fun In full: I only saw mile markers at 4, 5 and 6. No big deal, I've never understood why we have "mile" markers in a 10K race. It didn't affect my perfomrance. The sharp turn into the stadium is a problem, but the only alternative would be to change the route and bring the runners in from theopposite direction, and who wants to ryun down that hill, let alone up the otherside to get to the top. The corned does need better marshalling. I have just looked at my time on the results and its about 20 seonds slower thanthe clock at the finish, just as well that I wasn't close to a PB.
In short: Good fun! In full: Friendly enough. Nice route through rurla villages with a bit of trail to break up the tarmac. Couple of hills to make it a "proper" race and a nice early start leaving the rest of the day free. Nice mix of club and "fun" runners Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Nice course, nice pint glass, good marshalling In full: A good workout two weeks before FLM, and the second year I've run it. Thought I'd forgotten to enter as the race pack didn't arrive till Thursday! No toliets or changing open when I arrived, but otherwise well organised. Grass on the sports ground for the first laps was long and tricky to run on - at least one faller. Beer glass is great to replace last year's which my son broke. But an empty goody bag was slightly unexpected. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable run. The only comment I would make was that two laps around the field at the start amde for a congested first half mile. It might be worth looking at putting the double lap at the end, where the runners are more spread out. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Two PBs in two years, lovely scenery, well organised and on my doorstep. Who could ask for more? In full: I love this race. It isn't clubby, and it is through a beautiful route. I would reccomend it to anyone. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Good small, friendly, well marshalled event. In full: Very enjoyable, only one minor criticism, I would rather run on the road that twice around the foootball pitch at the start. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Impeccable organisation and good support along route In full: This was my first event with a field of this size and I envisaged total chaos at the beginning. In fact everything was very calm and it was only when you saw how far back the starting lineup went that you could appreciate how many people were running - well done to the organisers.
Thanks to the people blasting out the Rocky soundtrack around mile 10 - I was transformed from Albert Steptoe to Stallone (for about 1/2 a mile anyway!). Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Quite hilly race especially around the 7k mark! In full: Excellent course and would do it again, but be aware that this is quite a hilly course but very enojable, would do it next year 100%! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Superb organisation In full: Cracking race with seamless organisation from start to finish. Massive thanks to the people of Reading for turning out and supporting along the route. The stadium finish was great, but parts of the route were extremely dull. Knocked 2 mins of my PB, so looking good for FLM (fingers crossed!) Date of review: April 10, 2006