In short: A very well orgainesed race located in the scenic Vale of Glamorgan. There are some small gradual undualations for the first 5K but it is nice and flat with some gentle gradual downhills in the next 5K. Also nice cup given to finishers at the end. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Fantastic race for my first half marathon and under 3 hours, very pleased!!!! In full: The local residents were fabulous in the cheering and support of all the runner, very uplifting for me, great organisation, could do better especially at the end, was a bit lost in the last mile coming into the stadium!!!
Really enjoyed it and would love to do it again!!!! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Cold and wet!!....just the way I like it!! In full: Very pleasant day...well, apart from the weather! Very cold, biting wind with freezing rain! The friendly chat warmed things up!
After my PB, I went out to cheer the back-markers few on their last few hundred metres. The entrance to the stadium - the last corner before going onto the track, was manned by a solitary police constable. This resulted in members of the public crossing straight in front of the poor guys struggling to complete 10k in 75-80mins. These fellas have paid the same money as the guys up front and should be afforded the same respect. They were having to dodge folk walking their dogs and pushing prams - oblivious to the fact that they were on a 'race' course! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: As usual, great 10k In full: Cracking race - my fourth time doing it and it's obviously getting more popular. That's why there's one thing they're going to have to put right, and that's the queue for water at the end, when you are stuck with having to stand completely still for 10-minutes, having just stopped running. Not good. Sort that one out and you have the perfect 10k Date of review: April 9, 2006
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