In short: Just when you managed to get up the first hill another appears. View along the top of the downs was great and as you came down past the castle I had to check for concealed archers! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Flat 10 miler, but central london has it's limits..... In full: A few bad ponts...Firstly there were no marshalls at the old polytechnic car park, but two of the buggers blowing up balloons 20 yards from it, making no effort to control traffic or tell people when it was full. The toilets and changing at the old polytechnic car park were only opened 25 minutes before the race start. The surface along the tow path has ankle turning potential in places....
The good! Engraved pint glass made a refeshing and welcome change as a momento. Marshalls plentiful and mostly encouraging and cheery. Course is flat if a little dull and traffic fumey between mile 5 and 8.
Glad I did it as a marathon taper race, but wouldn't travel 1 1/2 hours again to race it again. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: it's great. the organisation was fab, nice flat course In full: really enjoyed it. The great organisation made it a pleasure, really well marshalled (and they were so cheerful and encouraging). The course is lovely - a nice mix of towpath and road. The size is big enough to be fun but small enough that it is a quick start. basically a really nice race! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: What a fantastic course, how did they find this one. In full: Fantastic course, shame I was running and couldn't enjoy the views. Or maybe I was enjoying the views which explains my poor time. Mile markers were in the right order but otherwise were randomnly placed. But what the hell it was a great course, excellently marshalled and marked. The one criticism is the on-line entry form made no mention that you don't park at the start but at the finish which is a short distance away but out of view. As a result a number of us were driving aimlessly around Helston looking for the parking (and where to pick up numbers). I do prefer to send a SAE and get my number beforehand. But these were minor criticisms. It was otherwise excellently organised, the best course I have ever run (I am not normally a fan of multi-terrain events). I will most definately be back next year. Congratulations to all involved. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Good to have this event on my front door step! In full: Yet again the oraniser Ruth and all the college staff and students did everyone proud. Areally lovely friendly race,no Primma Donnas just some very good club runners and newbies having fun and serious racing as well. A great race and one that big city race organisers could look at for guidance. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Ran like clockwork and great atmosphere! In full: How hard were the last 2 miles?!? Overall, very pleased with whole race - seemed to go faster than my watch did though...! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Tough start - finish like a pro In full: The two climbs are possibly a little fierce for complete beginners, but if a lardbucket like me can run up 'em... Still, if you can stay the course to halfway throu the seventh K, three and a half Ks of downhill towards a shining sea and an encouraging crowd have you finishing feeling like a elite athlete, if you ignore the granny who trotted in ahead of you. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Good race - well organised, friendly crowd, great support In full: Seem to have sorted the transport issues to the station so no delay on starting - good organisation all round I thought: clear instructions no shortage of loos. Course has a couple of significant hills but fast course nonetheless: largely flat and good underfoot. Finish at the Madjeski Stadium was a real lifter - even if the switchback from mile 11 was pure murder! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Excellent event for such a huge number of entries. In full: We arrived early after reading all the reviews from previous years and were a little apprehensive about what to expect. e.g delayed starts, boring scenery and overcrowding. The first two miles were crowded and as a number of people have said on here there were too many people in the wrong time slots but what can you do? I followed the 2hr pacemaker who was very accurate, probaly only going 20 secs or so under. Reached my PB in 1:59:28! Good organisation and atmosphere, Really enjoyed it. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: A really good race In full: This is my 5th and most enjoyable half marathon so far. Good organisation, plenty of loos, and good crowd support all the way round. A couple of hills but still got a pb. Will come back next year. Thank you to the people of Reading for turning out and cheering so loudly. Date of review: April 9, 2006