In short: Hmmmm In full: I'd rather have no K markers than inaccurate ones.According to the markers I went through 1 K in 5:37 and 2 K in 9:31.Clearly something is wrong.Many people try to run even pace,and use the K markers to stay on target.It's no joke when they are so far out.Secondly there was insufficient water at the finish.When I finished there was a queue of 30 people,and the water station had run out of plastic cups.There was a similar problem with the water last year.Not good. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: getting good at mud now! In full: Not so good at computer stuff, this is for 2006 really. Might do 3rd round, but 1800 - 0600 nightshifts sat, sun, mon, tue that w/e + 23 mile drive to irchester, so a bit of time management required! Great race. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: The Reading Half could learn a lot from this race !! In full: Great weather for ducks...and a good pb potential i'd say as pretty flat and open with out being too congested. One of the best half i have done. Parking, marshalling and organisation were pretty darn good...clear skies next year please !! Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Good race again - thoroughly enjoyed it - will be back next year In full: Shame about the rain. Bottleneck at start a little frustrating - other than that an excellent fixture, good atmosphere, not too hilly, plenty of friendly runners on the way round. Could we have a "drowned rat lookalike" competition next year please? Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Great organisation yet again. In full: Cannot fault this race, even though the weather tried it's best to spoil things. Ran substantially faster than expected - surprised myself. Just one request - can someone actually paint a start/finish line on the road! Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: I'm blowdy knackered after that, but the smile is beaming! In full: Not lying when they say "tough and hilly", just glad it was on asphalt. Mega positive was the marshalls who were all cherpy and offered much encouragement. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Potential pb course In full: The first 7 kms were lovely - but the last 3 were disappointing. Well organised with good marshalling. The weather was lousy but they couldnt do anything about that, or could they ? Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Very well organised race. First 6km run on roads and quite flat. Last 4km run on residential pavements which are not in good repair, so watch your feet. I especially like this event as there is a photograph on the internet of every competitor. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Shame the weather was not good, otherwise lovely In full: Only one crititism that was the bottle neck at the start I spend 4 miles trying to make up the lost time. why not run us out the other way directly onto the road?? Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Fast, flat course - nice location In full: Definite PB material, course was fast and flat with few bottlenecks once past the start. Major improvement on previous year with switch in location but the fine weather helped. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Muddy fun In full: My first race and it rained! The course was ok for a beginner (even with the very muddy hill). Undulating is a good description - not too hilly. Marshalls all ok for the 5k. Nice to get a medal. No proper storage facilities. Overall good fun. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Excellent race...will definitely do it again In full: Excellent organization: changing rooms, bag storage, toilets, cheerful marshalls, refreshments, midrace water supply (even if a bit difficoult to use), free t-shirt for all finishers, free chocolates at the end ;o) Despite the rain and cold weather it was really an excellent event. To be done...and repeated! Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Quick, Well Organised, Friendly Race In full: This is without doubt a quick and well organised race. The marshalling is excellent, the atmosphere is friendly and there are more than adequate changing and parking facilities. Also, there is the bonus of the tes, coffee, chocolate, sandwiches for sale afterwards, oh, and a nice medal at the end.
I only have two things to comment about, it would have been nice to have had a clock at the finish line showing the race time. Secondly, is it not possible to stop people driving out of the car park until the race is over? I know there is a large gap in abilities of runners, but everyone pays the same entry fee. You don't see 7 or 8 cars trying to get out of the finishing straight when the first few runners are finishing, so why is it acceptable to do this when the last few are finishing. I find this very rude and insulting. I always stay to the end to cheer on the last of the runners, (finished in approx 70 mins) and had an hours drive home, and if we can do this, so can others!
Will be back next year though. Date of review: February 12, 2006