In short: well organised and friendly race In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this 10k although I was nowhere near my PB. I could be picky and complain about the lack of chip to chip times but that is probably because the start line is crossed several times during the race, so I won't mention it. Well marshalled but there was scope to shave a few m off the distance in front of the City Hall. Persauded my brother who hasn't run in a race since 1993 to enter on the day and he enjoyed it too. Prefer this year's start/finish location to last year's Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Hot & Hilly, but coastal scenery very pleasant. In full: I found the water stations, well stocked, and didn't stop for water at the end. Personally I would have liked to have seen a water station somewhere between 11-12 miles. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Seemed hilly, but lovely scenery along the coast and well organised In full: My first half marathon and second event ever (did a 10k in Liverpool in 2004). Seemed better organised than the Liverpool 10k, and was well organised, some people have said there wasn't enough water at stations - was fine when I came through. Quite hilly in places Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: very disapointed that it was measured short...... In full: very disapointed that it was measured short......I thought I was going mad knocking 4 minutes off my pb! Apart from that it was a nice day out. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Classy, with big race feel, but fast nevertheless In full: You can’t help but enjoy this well supported race, seemed to be organised more expensively this year, than last. Had lots of free water even at the start, though I felt sorry for the four ladies desparately trying to hand out water at about 6k, felt they needed more help. I would have enjoyed more if I wasn’t so worried about getting a pb, which luckily I did.
Worth the trip from Southampton, South Walians friendly as ever.
In short: Great scenic run through castle grounds. In full: lovely course, new start position good. Organisation was excellent, nice T shirt. Didn't seem as busy as last year, I believe Newbury Tri-athlon was on the same day,also Readings oracle 10K and Strafield 10K. Need to talk to organisers of these events especially Newbury Tri-athlon. The race itself was a disaster for me as I felt ill all the way round and my time reflected it. I'll be back next year for sure. Well done Newbury AC. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Good start, varied middle, grassy end In full: Lack of km markers a bit annoying. Thanks to the random guy counting people through at about 9km so you knew where you were in the field. Girl from radio saying 'you're halfway' about 5 minutes before seeing the 5km marking didn't help. Otherwise great. Easy to get to, easy to park, food/ice-cream available, lots of drink, good goodies. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Well organised race, but was hot and very hard. In full: Excellent organisation. Plenty of water plus gels at some stations was great and very generous. Medal plus Tee shirt was also a bonus. One of the best races I run, also one of the hardest. Organisers deserve a medal. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Organisation fantastic, goody bag superb In full: Very impressed by this 10K which was extremely well organised. Nice touch seeing the race director address everyone on the start line with a megaphone. Course fast, although sometimes hard to overtake on narrow paths. Cobbles in the middle of Reading were an unexpected challenge. Seeing the end at 7K only to be taken on a large detour was a bit demotivating, but scenery more than made up for this. Only minor criticism was missing kilometer markings (I did not see 1K, 5K or 6K) which made guaging your pace hard, but never mind, the superb medal, mug, banana, energy bar and copious drinks at the end served by friendly helpers made up for it! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Great race on a glorius sunny day. In full: Well done Istead and Ifield. Good organisation, with all marshals encouraging and friendly, which makes all the difference. About three and half miles flat/downhill, followed by one and half miles struggle mainly uphill! But well worth it. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Short race I signed up for a 10k not a 9k In full: Scenic and very hot only one water station is not good enough as people were collapsing. Organisers need to be flexible given the heat. It could be such a good run if only the distance was correct and facilities were good. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Short course but very scenic. Super for first timers who want to run for fun. In full: The weather was hot and the venue provided little shade although it was very scenic and run mainly on grass. It was extremely disappointing to realise that it was a short course and the kilometre markers were way off. I know that this is primarily a fun run to raise money for charity but loads of first timers will think they're quicker than they are and be disappointed in subsequent races when they can't replicate their times. Better to advertise the race as "approximate 6 miler". Apart from that, nice run with loads of people having fun. Date of review: September 5, 2005