In short: Fantastic event. The friendliest 10K I have ever done, and I have done plenty. I do triathlons normally and pick 10Ks thru the year to fine tune and this was the best one for me. great course, great organisation and great people. After race party +++ In full: A great race, all those who slated it before hand missed a treat. great family spirit, top winning time and superb after race event. Prize giving great and food fantastic - sausage baguettes, bacon butties, unbelievably good pastries, hot drinks and goodie bags. Compared to the "great......." British 10K, if your going to do one in London, pick this one next time. Somthing like £10K raised for charity. Hard luck to those who blogged against it, hope you enjoyed your Sunday as much as everyone there. Tough luck to you and well done to the organisers - top race. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: My first 10k. Challenging because of the hills and the mud, but very well organised, marshalled and supported and ultimately very satisfying when you finish. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Lovely run but where were the marshalls?? In full: Scenery great and a few hills to make this a slightly challenging course. Great friendly run for beginners, but not a marshall to be seen stood out on the course except at water station and the road crossing point - what would happen if anyone got injured?? Great that we got free entry to safari park afterwards - a "grand day out"!!
In short: 4th time around for me. A PB although my legs had forgotten about the hill at mile 9 (I think). Very friendly.The weather made it a nice challenge this year. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Nice One Apart from the Off Road Section. In full: They cant help the weather but they have to come up with a better 10 to 12 miles. If they want to include x country then state it. Other wise stick to the roads. Difficult conditions I am pleased with my time. Excellent Atomosphere but everybody would have felt the last 3 miles today. Luckily I steered clear of the drink stations!!!!
In short: Excellent again In full: Could have done with more mud this year but it helped the times - I was 7 mins faster! Those who thought that was muddy don't know they're born! Special thanks to the man by the High Moor who told me the footy score. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: The odd niggle on the organisational front but nothing to spoil an excellent day and a very enjoyable run. In full: Some observations from the day: 1.The brilliant marshal that split the one long queue of cars into two streams, only for them to have to merge 400 yards down the road :-) 2. The 7km marker - surely not! 3. As usual there were some impatient idiots tooting their horns where the course crosses the road at about 5k. It's sunday - chill out people. 4. Fantastic course. Challenging incline at 9k is a nice touch. 5. This was my first ever 10k. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back next year. Highly recommended. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Exactly as it says on the tin - muddy woody! In full: Really enjoyed it again! Great course, great organisation, great value and goody bag and soup and doughnuts. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Not great but enjoyable In full: Having heard great reviews I have to be honest that some areas let me down. Trying to fit two dirstions of runners along one footpath caused very heavy traffic in a few spots. felt a bit like we were in the way as the roads weren't closed and people were wandering alon the course with their dogs. I thought the weather made it quite interested and enjoyed the mud path but a few people fell near me and it wasn't the safest thing I have ever seen - also had no warning it was included so came as a shock for a road race. The most annoying part was cups for the drinks - I know this is cheaper but very annoying and impossible to take on whilst moving. I will probably do it again but only as I have friends in the area so I can combine it with a visit, certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Good course, great support. Drinks could be better. In full: This was my first race for four years and I was glad to be back!! Good atmosphere, as the bulk of the runners were friendly local club runners, and the marshalls were incredibly enthusiastic and friendly. Didn't think much of the drinks stations - plastic cups one third full of ice cold water. Parts of the course are a bit bleak at this time of year, so it is definitely character building!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Excellent race, got a PB what more could you ask for !! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the race, great scenery loved seeing the lion at 6K. some nice hills to test you, will be back next year! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Worth the step up from a 10k In full: Two options for distance with both races well operated. Good solid organisation, nice course with marshalling at very frequent intervals. Excellent parking facilities. Chip assisted ensuring a spot on timing. Well done Reading Road Runners for a job well done! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: cold, wet, muddy In full: This was my first half, and what a first!!! going out was good, i liked going around the town a pity i had to dodge with shoppers!! A shame about the weather but the organisers are not gods so had no control, but bearing that in mind they do control the route and should've taken the weather into consideration with the mud slide!! on seeing quite a few people rolling around in it i decided to run back down on the path.
All in all i did enjoy the race and would do it again Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised race with a nice flat course In full: Good warm up race for a spring marathon, nothing too challenging, only some small inclines. Nice little goody bag at the end - with a very useful hat, which is much more practical than receiving a medal at the end which just gets thrown in a draw when you get home (For all those groaning about lack of medals!!!!) Date of review: February 19, 2006