In short: Hilly and challenging In full: A tough race in a delightful village. Going to places like this an extra bonus to being a runner, for its location this comes second to Great Langdale in the Lakes, no shame there. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Slightly disappointed not to get a medal after 16 miles! In full: This was my first long race. The organisation was OK, wasnt enough loos (are there ever?!) and there was hardly any crowd support on the way round except for in the town centre. The scenery was pretty along the towpath, but unfortunately the traffic was not stopped on the second part of the lap so part of the race was on a rather narrow pavement. A bit gutted not to get a medal after my hard efforts - I already have lots of mugs at home! Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Overall, not a bad race. If they repeat next year, need to think about provision of more loos and not having the portaloo where we had to squeeze past it at the start of the race. Hope Asthma UK raised loads of money. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Maybe it was the weather but wasn't impressed. In full: Turned up an hour before the start and was directed to the overflow carpark a mile away. Was extremely annoyed to find on having jogged up to the HQ area to try and find the toilets (which I don't feel there were enough of), that cars were being directed into the carpark at the start/finish area!! To me it looked like the marshalls were alternating the traffic between both carparks. If this was the case, it is out of order to direct people who turned up early enough to be sent to a carpark a mile away!! Running up and down the same bit of Westacott Way was boredom in itself and the narrow pavement section along Waltham Road made overtaking nigh on impossible was not great either. Other than these two sections, thought the rest of the course was nice. Course marshalls were encouraging, water stations were good also. Didn't mind the bag with the Mars bar at the end as I have so many mugs, t-shirts, medals etc from over the years that I don't normally take the memento at the finish anymore. Results service on website was the quickest I think I have ever seen.In all, I don't think I'll be back.
In short: well-organised, off-road and flat, a nice race In full: Initially I was put off at the thought of laps, but going round the other way for the second was a nice idea. Good parking and baggage storage, and nice to be off-road. Scenery not spectacular, but I liked the race. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Great race, good crowd and well organised. In full: I'd been told that Reading was fast, but I did begin to panic at the start when I found myself surrounded by people who had clearly started in the wrong time section, and had to spend a lot of time weaving around people. But despite a slow start (8 minutes for first mile), I managed to knock nearly five minutes off my PB. Loved the race, it seemed to absolutely fly by. Support from the crowd was good, and big thanks to the guys and girls with the jellybeans at around 10 miles. Scenery wasn't great - didn't really bother me as I don't notice these things much when racing, but I did get pretty bored on the stretch on the dual carriage way towards the end. Overall it was a well organised event, and definitely a great race for PB's. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Fast race without the atmosphere. In full: Well I got a PB but the 10 miler I ran yesterday was mentally easier! 2 laps of a boring lake did my head in. The marshalls eventually took their hands out of their pockets and started to clap but the spectators...it was like running passed a bus stop - what were you all doing? Certainly not encouraging anyone. Not one I would rush back to. On a plus point the organisation was good although a proper finishing line would be helpful as it was difficult to see where the end was from the 9km mark. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Great marshalls; poor souvenirs; long trek to the car park; repetitive loop on business park In full: For first timers the course map was not at all clear, so the distance to the parking was not obvious. Could have allowed drop-off for young children etc. I expected a medal, and got an uninspiring bag and had to pay for a T-shirt. Marsahlls and lcoals were very enthusiastic,a nd the run itself was great, depsite the boring loop on a dull dual carriageway which I did SIX times including the walk to and from the car park. Date of review: April 15, 2006