In short: very enjoyable - great support on the way round! In full: This is the biggest half marathon I have taken part in, and a totally different atmosphere to smaller races. I really enjoyed the support on the way round, and the face that I was always running with so many other people - it really kept me going.
I had read many negative comments about the organisation last year but everything went very smoothly - the start was on time, marshalling was very efficient and the drinks stations well-run.
The ending in the stadium was superb! Despite the large numbers of finishers everything seemed to flow through well in the channels outside the stadium, although there was potential for confusion if you weren't paying attention. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Great value flat, rural Half In full: As I moved to the village last summer, I had been looking forward to a really local race. It didn't disappoint. Definite PB potential (I've not run a flatter half), half-mile markers really help pacing and I got round in a PB by over 3 minutes! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Great race - so much better than last year In full: Thank you to all involved in making this a great run. The new starting location improved the race immeasurably and the whole organisation was so much slicker than previous years. Running into the Mad Stad is definitely one of the highlights of the running year! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Terrific race In full: Everything about this race was so well organised, from the excellent army cadets directing cars into the car park to the cheerful marshalls (I counted three at each road crossing). The countryside was beautiful, with thatched cottages and quiet country lanes. The runners were a mixture of club runners and fun runners so there was a wonderful atmosphere. And then the medal, the hot cross bun and the pot of honey at the end with a cup of tea from the village hall. Why run the Reading 1/2 when there are races like this around? Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Well-organised, quick course, great finish In full: The start and finish areas were excellent, loads of toilets, good marshalling and drinks stations, decent goody bag. Although hardly mountainous, the couse was a bit hillier than expected with a few decent downhills too. Finishing in the stadium was a real highlight - plus the eight minutes off my PB! Would definitely do it again. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: A great race every time! In full: I love this race. It is not only my local, but also really well organised with a nice route and you get a great race souvenir! The weather was lovely again this year, a bit windy heading up towards Richmond, but not too unpleasant. I managed a respectable time considering my hangover and really enjoyed myself. The Marshalls are all very friendly as well, and in the last 3 years I have never had anything apart from a good race! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Great organisation, quick course In full: The stadium's a great place to start from - used to catering for the needs of 1000s, so much better than most. Bus transfers totally efficient too, for the same reason, and it's a quick course with just a couple of short hills. Stewards were friendly and amazingly helpful, and running into the stadium at the end - albeit after a long detour *near* the stadium that they could do without - was fantastic. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Used to hate this race, LOVE IT NOW!!! Beat my PB by 8 mins!!!! Lots of friendly marshalls too. In full: Ran it years ago when I wasn't fit and hated it - the towpath was almost a river in itself with all the puddles, but yesterday it was dry, sunny, and fast! Beat my PB by 8 mins, and the marshalls were great - lots of them and stopped all the traffic for us mere mortals. Thanks guys & girls Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Good, flat 10 miler In full: Good, flat ,fastish course-bits of the towpath were a bit dodgy where it was mainly gravel but good race.Ideal conditions-found it warm when running even if some people were wearing hats and gloves! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Well organised fast course with good atmosphere. In full: I really enjoyed this race. I liked the fact that the distance markers were every half mile, as it seemed to go a lot quicker than previous races for me! Definite P.B potential, no hills to speak of and good flat country lanes to run on. Adequate parking and marshalling, I would recommend this race. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Well worth the effort In full: From everything I had read about the 2005 race I was expecting a badly organised race on a very flat course... what we got though was a very well organised race on an anything but flat course. The stadium finish was brilliant (especially as I managed to arrive just before mick and phil so there was a massive cheer when I entered the stadium!) as were the crowds and the weather so I really can't fault anything about it - definately well worth all the effort in training! Date of review: April 10, 2006