In short: Yes the Breakfast run was a good race and well organised. Jogging alongside the river was amazing! Only downside...isn't traffic free, often stopping for traffic and dodging people running the other way! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed it, but much too busy at the start In full: The start of the race was frustrating as it took me 30 seconds to cross the start line followed by a very slow jog then serious pegging it through the field to try and get a decent postion.
Once we got out of the town centre the pace opened up well and the run along the river was really nice.
This was my first race in 20 years and I did really enjoy it. The atmosphere with the other runners was great. Thanks to the guy who on my shoulder for most of the race for pushing me round in a decent time.
The organisation was ok. The toilets weren't as bad as I was led to expect, but I was disapointed I didn't get my mug at the end just a back of leaflets.
I did the 8.2 and I definitely be back for the 16 next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: The perfect half-marathon - not crowded, flat, scenic, excellent organisation In full: Pity about the wind, but then it affected everyone and no-one can do anything about it. I still managed a PB by 3 minutes though so I was really pleased with that. A great race and I'll definitely do it again, regardless of weather. I think the marshalls had a worse time in the wind and rain than the runners ! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Forget Reading, Forget Bath, do this one. Its well run, friendly and fast. In full: Best Half I've done. Field size manageble, Marshalling superb, polite and friendly. Course as flat as a pancake. I can now say that the best half Marathon is on my doorstep. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great value race in an inner city park! In full: My first race, and was welcomed by all. Great group of people. Brilliant value for money, and I even won a spot prize! Will definately do again! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A challenging 20 miler, hopefully just what I need to prepare me for London. In full: Parking was a problem, I only just reached the start line in time. There didn't appear to be as many toilets as last year and the last mile is really tough.
On the positive side this is a great London build up, with the wind I was glad to finish.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Hilly and windy, but great training for the marathon In full: A well organised race with plenty of water stations. The t-shirt was a nice idea for a memento, but when I finished there were only large and ex-large left. Would it be possible to provide some in a small to fit the lady runners, after all, I didn't see many "extra large" people running the 20 mile course? Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: What a wind... In full: Enjoyable beginning with a hill and scenery, middle stretch along the front slightly dull but almost died coming back - 25mph winds and gradient, not a race for a pb! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: wonderful route In full: The was end it a bit of a disaster and should have a longer walk out after the race and runners should not just have to stop and stand in a queue. Race chips would be much better why where those pointless tags collected in? They do not reflect the position of the runners, as someone I ran with the hole way and finished at the same time handed in there tag about 20 people behind me because his queue was slower pointless. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Busy race - not particularly exciting In full: Havn't read many of the other reviews but I didn't particularly enjoy this race. The first part along the river is pleasant but after that it's just pavement pounding. I went round with a friend who hadn't trained so we were at the back of the pack and had to put up with the elite runners doing the 16m pounding past us - some were a bit pushy, and I thought that they must have a fairly horrible race trying to get past all the 8 milers. The elite runners also ended up running on the road a lot which probably isn't that safe as there was a fair amount of traffic. The organisation at the end was fairly poor, and the 'goody' bag was just ads and the mug isn't particularly exciting. Wouldn't do this again unless I really needed to do a 16m training run. Date of review: April 3, 2006