In short: This was my first half marathon and i was very impressed with the organisation and also the atmosphere. Lots of support on the way round. Will definately be there in 2007 !!! In full: This is by far the best event i have ever taken part in. Plenty of toilets - both at start and race site. Atmosphere will take some beating !!! Got cheered on almost all the way round. Cracking course - a couple of challenging hills but nothing that will kill you. Lovely Medal for my collection and the goodie bag for half decent too. Well done to the event organisers. See you all in 2007.
In short: Fantastic First Time Half marathon experience!! Def be back next year!! In full: Was my first half marathon and I felt the training paid off. Was a good route but must admit did find the long stretch from about 10/11 miles back to the start line was the toughest along with the horrible part at Green Park! Was determined not to give up though and seeing the stadium in the distance really helped motivate me. The atmoshere at the end in the stadium was amazing and felt on such a high when crossing the finish line. Am eager now to run lots more halves and maybe..just maybe a full marathon! Will be out running again as soon as body has fully recovered!! :) Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Enjoyed it and happy to get a bag at the end In full: Of course it's flat this is Sheffield, and who needs water except at the end, where they appeared to have run out - whoops! who'd have thought there'd be that much demand at the end of a 10k. I liked the 3 laps for a change. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: excellent organisation, great fun. In full: An undulating course which makes it all the more challenging/interesting. Great Marshalling, especially liked the Goldwing club helping and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the fun run. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed the finsh in the stadium! In full: This being my first half marathon I wasn't sure what to expect but I can say i thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Even with the onset of a painful blister at 8 miles I still manged to exceed my target time of 1 hour 45 mins!
Really enjoyed the finsh in the stadium! Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: I'll be back In full: Those drummers were outstanding. Start was a little narrow, and one or two spots around the course were too narrow (between mile 8 and 9 the road was coned and taped - one lane for runners, 1 for spectators, could have been wider.) No major gripes though really, will be back next year Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Good to see another well organised track ultra In full: First ultra on the new K2 track in Crawley. Events like these can only take place thanks to all the helpers - it was good to see that some runners had managed to bring lap recorders.Gloucester and Serpentine running clubs had no runners - provided a lot of race support.Also the K2 track manager + Brooks.
In short: Slick, and fast half marathon In full: The best organised Reading Half I've experienced. My personal worst, but that was due to lack of training, not the event. A huge well done to the organisers. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Great race, well orgainsed, ideal for beginners In full: This is the first orgainsed race I have done since deciding to get into running and I couldln't have picked a better one. Location is great, it isn;t too bad apart from one hill but that is followed by a long downhill stretch to the finish. Credit to the orgainsers. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Well organised- good race. Generous goody bag including shirt. In full: Spoilt only by the wind. Could the start not be moved forward so the race actually ends by the visitor centre? Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: a good race along one of the best sretches of beach in england. Only thing I was disappointed with was the offical timings system being up to half a minute from actual race time and the storage facility on the bus Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: A PLEASANT CHALLENGE In full: After a 12 year gap, I found this race very enjoyable. Yes it was challenging, but I have run hillier courses than this. With good hill training it is PB potential, and I did my best 10K time for 12 years of 44:48 so I will be back next year. Date of review: April 11, 2006