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
In short: Excellent In full: When I compare this event with others that I've paid a similar price for, this one is difficult to fault. A free shuttle bus to & from the event, the fast course(felt like I was freefalling at times), the support from the residents and the motivating finish in the stadium (felt like I was a professional athlete with the cheering crowd).
Once again another PB set here Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Two tough hills but the views and the scenery made up for them! In full: Had brilliant weather which helps,but will definitely run this again next year,nice memento too! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Very fast with no big hills. PB'd by 10 mins and still reeling from the shock!! Great conditions for running but very little support. Water stations slightly bizarely spaced and prize giving could have been done before everyone had gone home! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: An enjoyable 10k through lovely Leamington In full: This was a really nice race in a good town, started by the Mayor as all such events should be. The first half in the golf course was quite undulating - although the one steep hill up was relatively short. The second half through the town's parks was flatter. Organisation good. Quite a nice medal. Will be back next year if poss. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: it gets better In full: much better than previous years worked to the clock. Friendly helpful and easy to get bags at the end and all the freebies Brilliant I even ran along side The Reading Chairman, we are going up!!! Good man lots of respect for you Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Excellent, can't stop talking about it!!! In full: I managed a personal best yesterday. The race flew so much was going on. Great crowds, very well organised. Finishing in the stadium was the most amazing feeling, I did a full sprint around to the finish. Will be back next year. LOVED IT!! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: FANTASTIC In full: My first big race and second half marathon, a PB of 2.02 which was 5 minutes off my first half last month. A well organised and well supported event, definately woth the journey from Norfolk! I will be back next year. Date of review: April 10, 2006