In short: Overall a good time for all In full: Well organised for a big event (almost 9,000 runners), although a bit too narrow at times. A pleasant course with good local support. Apparently John Madjeski (the owner of Reading FC and the finishing stadium) ran the race - but I did not see him ! Minor niggles were slower runners starting up at the front and some of the scenery could be better - Reading has the river Thames which was not featured. Certainly better than the final 2 miles. The finish was great fun - running into the stadium with a few thousand (?) people cheering you on. Suddenly everyone was sprinting ! In summary a good day out. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Good race, bout time for new T Shirts! In full: Overall better than last year. Weather wasn't THAT bad really. Mile markers could have been a bit more prominent but at least T shirts different design this year (although not dated so wouldn't be surprised to see same next year!) Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great race, once you get up the hill to 2km its simple! In full: Very well organised, got a PB despite setting off way too fast, good flat course once you've pushed yourself up the hill just after 1k. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: good first race In full: realy enjoyed the race good atmosphere and very good organisation I found the course a bit dull but the start and finish were good the momento was a bit on the weard side but then again didnt do this for any thing othere then just to finish my first 10k race in prep for the sheffield half marathon .Will be back next year to beet my time Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Good race, well marked out with down hill finish! In full: My first entry in a race having started running two months ago. A special race for me and a good mug at the end. Shame I haven't lost enough weight yet to fit in a small vest Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Enjoyed the experience, although the hills were certainly a challenge for a road runner like me! Will have to do more, scenery fantastic & weather a dream, perfect conditions Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Special race as my home town In full: First time I've done this race, only my second 10k. Finished 2.5 mins quicker than last time, so pleased with PB. New t-shirts this year were available, but only in some sizes (supply fault apparently). Passes within around 0.5 miles of my house and runs past the lovely church in St John's, the only nice bit of scenery to be honest. Will do it again next year, will hope for better weather! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Very well organised half marathon - massive improvement over recent years In full: POSITIVES - Started on time (first time this has happened in all the years I have run it). - Brilliant stadium setting end to the race, excellent organisation after the finish. - Plenty of support from locals - the race really seems to be a big event in Reading.
NEGATIVES - Water stations were a bit of a shambles, first one was on the right of the road at the point the route turned sharp left ! - Loads of runners lining up too far forward at the start. One guy started right at the front with the elite athletes. The next time I saw him, I overtook him after 2.5 miles. Bear in mind he probably started about 7 minutes before me !
GENERAL COMMENT - Could be the only time I get to visit a Premiership stadium in the near future unless Leeds United can score some goals to win the play-offs. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Last 2-3 miles? Punishing. In full: Good organisation, the bag thing worked well, we were well prompter to get down to the line (how far?) and the atmosphere was 'middling'. Water stops were well placed, but why put Lucozade straight after water? Why not spread it out. Though I was grateful for it.
Local crowd turned out well - loved the house playing 'Eye of the Tiger' from a stereo on their drive. But there were a few too many tight bends, which caused a few bottle necks.
The last 2 miles were SO demoralising - I could see the Madejeski 'spike' from miles back and seemed to take an age to get there and what was with the double vback and up-hill finish?
Great to finish in the stadium, best ever actually, but my God I was shaking so much I hardly noticed it. All I wanted wa a blanket and a drink and had to walk a bit too far to get one (I really needed as I crossed).
However - PB'd it and will be there next year! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: 2 hour journey but worth the trip In full: smashed my pb so very pleased.lots of runners with you all the way round to give you the edge.miserable weather but that cant be helped.well done to the organisers.
i will probably be back next year due to distance from home but if not a race i will never forget.thank u very much. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Hard sections but then a nice long-long downhill to the finish. In full: Police and marshalls where necessary, which was VERY comforting. An attractive route and some hard elements to 'mix it up' a bit. A race where you can push hard and elongate the string of followers ! A lovely 2& half km downhill to the finish. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Fantastic! In full: I always enjoy this race - it's one of the best I have ever done in terms of crowd support, the route is varied enough to stop it being boring (yes, even the last couple of miles), and of course the stadium finish is amazing.
This year was extra good with the start from the stadium (never seen so many toilets!), the on time starting and the lack of snow!
Good to see that the organisers have really worked on improving past problems and made this an definite on next year's race caledar. Date of review: April 9, 2006