In short: Great course, great crowd, very friendly supportive marshalls,great competitiors In full: I was a bit aprehensive about this race, because I felt pre-race information was a bit vague, with an apparent lack of facilities. Only real prob was no bag storage, but parking near start (if arriving early enough) compensated. Toilets near start (always important for us girls!). Great marshalling, only one taxing but short hill near the start. Otherwise, one of the flatest runs in the area I know of, hence Pb's in abundance. Was not at all intimidating or clubby for newcomers. Wonderful support during the second half of the course through a very attractive part of the town. And the views from the top of the golf course made the climb worth while. One downer - only one water station that I noticed, (were there more?) I had my own water, but could be a problem for some if it had been any hotter. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: O.K so the scenery isn't that great but I went for a quick time and I got one, Well Pleased In full: This race was quite typical of your big budget, big field races. The start area had the usual idiots thinking they could run sub 1:20 in a pair of Green Flash trainers and wearing shell suit bottoms, the scenery wasn't anything special but then again neither is the Great North Run and no-one ever complains about that race and yes the last two miles were a bit of a drag but at least you knew how far you had to go to the finish and what a great finish it was, I'd have quite happily run twice around the pitch to savour the atmosphere,it's the closest I'll ever get to running into an Olympic Stadium as leader of the Marathon,then again maybe if I start training hard I might get selected for London 2012, dream on!!! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: A Big Race atmosphere and quick course. Finishing in the stadium is great fun. The route is unlikely to inspire any landscape artists but, hey, you should be concentrating on your PB not looking at the scenery! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: A good course fro confidence boosting running; lots of PBs from my club, but not a give away time, as there were a couple of undulations and a breeze to deal with Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: On time at last! In full: Vast improvement from previous years. Thought the baggage tent could have been better, 1-7000 bags to be dropped off in a tent with an entrance 6foot wide, which also had the changing rooms in it, meant struggling with a couple of hundred other people to get in. Eventually got in to the tent to find an unmarked (at least to me) entrance at the other end!. Still everything else nice and smooth, besides the usual problem of people starting in the wrong sections and getting in the way of faster runners. Restored my faith in Reading and 4th Pb in a row, so will have to be back next year. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: What you'd expect from the organisers of the London Marathon In full: Well organised, nice medal, good finishers pack, friendly staff and fast course make up for a not so senic and repetitive course. Could teach other event organisers a thing or two.
Extremely recommended Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Sound stadium ending made up for the unchallenging and dull course. In full: With so much space, funding and opportunity for good planning, the organisers could afford to make it easier to stow kit and have adequate changing facilities. It was not the case.
An average run with miniscule scenery to admire, but was more than made up for by the ending. A sound effort in the stadium contrasting the business and industrial park tedium.
Surely the easy part is making a large enough tent for everyone to change in, and then putting decent signs showing where you should stow bags? Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: You forget that the course isn't much to look at... In full: Like the new course layout - definitely better not to spend a long time at the end trotting around the business park! Good goody-bag and tremendous organisation: lots of loos, lots of helpers and well-spaced arrival area meant limited bunching; even the queue for the buses back to the station was well-managed! The course isn't terribly scenic, but it's so fast that it doesn't really matter, and intermittent music on the way was uplifting (especially the percussionists in Green Park in their purple t-shirts; I reckon they worked harder than all of us). Always a friendly race and this time no exception: I have to come back next year to see if I can crack my PB (Reading 04)! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Very friendly, well organised and a good course. Several hills make for easy downs as well as harder ups! In full: I really enjoyed this, and shaved nearly a minute off my PB. Admittedly it's only my 3rd race! I found the course great but then it's similar to the sort of terrain I use on my practice runs. Well done to the organisers. I'll be back! Date of review: April 10, 2006