In short: Good organisation, well marshelled, testing route, very friendly. In full: Very good race, pre and post massage a bargin at £2:50. Police marshelled course where traffic was busy. Very nice long sleeved t shirt at finish and very respectably priced tea/coffees at race hq. Not a route for total beginners, but very satisfying if you get a decent time as it's all up or down all the way round. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Friendly fast race around outer London In full: Very well organised, with lots of friendly marshalls on the course as well as at race HQ. Reasonably flat and as scenic as could be expected. Good quality t-shirt. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Nice medal - goody bag please! In full: Not a bad race by any means,lovely encouraging marshalls and well manned water stations. My gripe is that I would have liked a goody bag - I have done 'cheaper' halfs and had really great GB's. Failing a GB a free t-shirt would be nice! Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Wokingham The "FACTS" In full: I have run Wokingham 3 times and the weather is always a factor, this would be a fast summer race but it is often unpredictable because of the weather, this year despite the rain I would say it was better than usual! I ran my second fastest half marathon so the course has PB potential, it does however lack water stations, which may not be so bad if the ones it did have offered a decent size cup. Maybe I have been spoilt running my last 3 races in the USA?
The field felt smaller this year but maybe that was because I deliberatly started at the front, this is because (as with other reviews) you can get held up due to the funnel, if you head to the front and start quick then you can avoid (as I did). Another tip is that all the documentation tells you to park in Wokinghams car parks some 10 - 15 minutes away, however there is ample parking around the residential estates next to the park with plenty of unoffensive places, we have parked in the same place for 2 years now only an hour before the start.
I think it is a shame that the area next to the start is so muddy and slippery, dont think it would harm to consider laying some mats in strategic places next year.
Also thought the funnelling at the end was ridiculous as it was very difficult getting to the bag store area and back past the finish line again after to the coffees and teas etc, why they could not design the area with a better passage way.
Spectators with Children and buggies had no chance and if the race want to encourage people to come out in support then they need to consider the logistics better.
They are just my gripes and pointers, this is a good winter race that I will be back for in 2007 and I think all the runners and myself cant thank all the volunteers enough for giving there time and efforts. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: muddy fun - just what off road running is all about! In full: Surprised I managed to stay on two feet going up the hill and on the loop behind the finish area with all that sloppy mud. Good undulating course. Looking forward to round 3. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: A reet Yorkshire treat In full: Hilly: yes; Exposed: you bet; Challenging: definitely, but never dull and what you lose on those steep ascents I'm sure you more than make up flying down the descents. Great race and atmosphere. Plus I love the long sleeved T-shirt at the end. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Marshalls encouragement helpede me through it enormously. Thank you so much x In full: This was my first race which I did alone and I was v nervous but the Marshalls encouragement helpede me through it enormously. Thank you so much x Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Very hard race but well worth it good organisation & friendly atmosphere In full: Its a very tough course with forever going up or down but its very good preparation for a marathon.good atmosphere with friendly atmosphere & organisation Date of review: February 12, 2006