In short: Tough course and poor organisation In full: Despite an excellent goody bag and an interesting use of a small area to get 13 miles in, this race suffered from a general lack of organisation. No marshall at one turn, mixed with cones being placed in the middle of the path rather than cutting one route off, meant myself and about 5 others got lost, losing at least 90 seconds each. Couldn't even try to memorise the race route as only a general description was given in the pre-race info.
Shan't be coming back for this again. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Mud & endurance In full: Well worth the medal at the end! Not really one if you want to run 19.5 miles as it was a mud bath and slide in places, but a true test of endurance. Agree that mile markers would be a definite plus to this event... Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Great for a first half In full: Absolutely poured with rain throughout but good fun all the same. THis was my first half, so really appreciated the flat course. Nice timing for FLM. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: bit hillier than i thought it would be and the start was a bit far from the bag storage but apart from that great marshals, good course and a good t-shirt at the end. Oh, and I got a PB which can't be bad Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Flat course with good marshalling In full: Marshals around the course were all stars, helpful and encouraging. Marshals at the end on the t-shirts were great, but the water station was empty and was left for runners to man. Apart from a that a good run on a Soggy Sunday Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: race was ok but local pubs had no food and no children allowed In full: It was not really clear where the start line was so didn't know when we had crossed it. Start was congested so first mile was slow due to mud and narrow footpath from Cantley Park. Biggest criticism was the local town. Tried 3 pubs and none were doing food and none accepted children. This took the edge of a nice race, real shame Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Fast, practically flat along country lanes. My favourite half. In full: Yet again I leave Wokingham happy with a PB. It's a fast course, with only a few mild undulations. Run on traffic-free country lanes surrounding farmland, it's either reasonably scenic if you like that sort of thing, or very dull if you don't. Notorious for suffering whatever weather mother nature throws at the runners today it was a steady rain. Apart from giving parts of the course a few puddles it wasn't much trouble, and certainly helped to cool me down. Anything is better than last years arctic wind tunnel in the final mile though.
A few gripes remain, the start is congested (perhaps we could do the Cantley loop the other way round?), and the ground near the baggage tent was very muddy. Otherwise a superb, well-marshalled race which I will be back for every year if possible. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable race, but hills were tough, I carried on running up the hill from hell and as a result struggled afterwards.. Well organised and friendly, many thanks to the organisers. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Good Race - Cars on the start line with 5 mins to go??? In full: Good race - course is a good challenge for the first time. Need to stop teh cars running through the start line 5 mins before the off. Good mix of abilities Date of review: February 13, 2006