In short: cracking race, massive potential for a PB if the weather is in your favour. Great start time, excellent goody bag and t-shirt. Well worth the 160 mile round trip!!!! The only race that I haven't had to que for the toilet Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Well worth finding! In full: This is a good race - which as the organizers say is one of the flattest courses in the county... This is undoubtedly true having run Kibworth 6m 2 weeks previously I certainly thought this was flat - there are one or two minor inclines but other than that fine. 1/2 mile markers are a great idea for the first 10 miles, but then seemed slightly tortuous over the last couple of miles!!! We had 7 runners out, all bar 1 set a PB - and the one who didn't set a pb here last year!!! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Fast route through some beautiful scenery In full: A very nice course that was well marshalled and organised. Course layout was great, essentially traffic free through the deer park. Plenty of support at the end. Chip timing and a medal. A good race. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: A great race taking in bridle paths town paths and parks In full: This was my first ever 10k last year and I managed to knock 6mins off my time this year finishing just under an hour so very pleased with myself!!
The organisation was very good with loads of marshalls along route Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Excellent event In full: Excellent race and really enjoyed it. It was a real pleasure not have to queue for hours for the toilets! My only gripe (and nothing to do with the organisers), why do individuals insist on starting in pens way ahead of their predicted finishing time? As a lady, it pains me to say it but most of the offenders are ladies and they also run in a group and completely block the route. Have some consideration please! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: The sun always shines on Atlantic College! In full: Very easy to find (always a bonus for me!), beautiful location, millions of well organised marshalls (and particularly enthusiastic at 9km!), and a top new momento for the collection - a mug this time! There are lumps and bumps, but if you make the most of the downhills, you won't be held up. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Big hill, nice race! In full: Well organised race, good marshalling and no problems with traffic. Not doing it before was a benefit, as even half way up the hill I was convinced we would turn before the top. Then at 3 miles it all got betterand away we went!! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: A pleasant run along the coast, but bad start & finish organization In full: The run itself was quite fast and flat, although a bit windy, and pleasant views along the coast (when not in the Leith dock area!).
The start and finish were very badly organized. Hard to know where to stand at the start (timing bands not clear at all - should be larger and higher), so all the slower runners seemed to be at the front! The finish queue backed well up beyond the finish, making times slower, and it took ages for exhausted runners to get out of the finish area to food, drink and warm clothing!
Volunteers along the course could have been better organized - water laid out in advance. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great race with a superb atmosphere. Will defo do again! In full: My only critisismn would be that some of the turns and roads were a bit narrow in places for the number of runners. I saw two runners fall because of this very fact! Apart from this....the race was well supported & expertly marshalled. Great fun and met lots of happy runners, particulary at the end in the stadium. Felt like I was taking part in the olympics! PS> Knocked 15 minutes off my PB! See you next year for the 25th Reading Half Marathon. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Well organised with pretty fast course - well worth doing In full: Had trouble finding Hose as no map or directions with race number but thanks to a nice lady at the village hall found my way there eventually. Nicely organised with plenty of room at the start. Not completely flat course but i guess as flat as you can get for a rural course. Plenty of water stops for those in need of it. A definite possibility for a PB - well i managed one anyway. No medal at the finish but a t-shirt and certificate. Now i know where Hose is would definitely do it again.... Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Very very good race In full: All in all this was a well organised race and was made especially memorable by the number of locals who turned-out in support (although I wish the group of cigarette smoking specators who nearly choked my lungs around mile 10 had stayed at home). No problems with toilet q's- less than 1 min wait if you moved down along the line of cabins but I admit that they were too far away from the start and a few along the side of the starting line would have been useful. Can't believe the huge number of people who insist on standing in a completely unrealistic time slot at the start persisting in delaying those who really want to achieve a good time. I watched one girl who blocked my path in the sub 2 hr area finishing in 2hrs 50mins.. Perhaps more emphasis on this from the stewards would help.. The last 2 mile were really tough - especially doubling back on ourselves. I'm sure the organisers could find somewhere more interesting to make us run around along the course next year. Only other problem was the placement of the first water station in the university grounds.. The booklet said this would be on the left, instead it was on the right, on a right hand bend causing lots of runners to cut across others nearly bringing down more than a few.. All this being said I really enjoyed the event and managed a PB. I will definitely return next year as the finish is the most amazing that you can experience! Date of review: April 9, 2006