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
In short: Great organisation, great support, great finish, great day! In full: Great organisation, much better than the previous two Reading Halfs i've run. Great support along the way as well, and great to have several bands playing. Rocky music really helped at 10miles(ish) The two hills killed me right at the start, but after that I really enjoyed it. Finished with a sprint as well! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Excellent organisation, big-race feel and PB potential In full: The changed start and course have massively improved this race. A very big field didn't hamper the friendly feel of the race, the water stations were well placed and manned, the marshalls were encouraging and the stadium finish is worth running the 13 miles before! Great goody bag too. If you were ever to enter a half marathon, I'd recommend this one. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable race - organisation far better than last year In full: Agree with earlier comments that some people started in the wrong pens, but for inexperienced runners there really wasn't too much guidance on this given by the marshalls. Interestingly, saw a couple of bumps/collisions caused by people with personal stereos/ipods.
Great support given by the Reading people. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: not recommended In full: definitely not a race to be recommended. - having to walk 30 minutes (the last bit uphill) before/after the race to get back to the parking lot - advertised as a flat race, but it's really anything but. if you want a flat race, go try stroud or silverstone. - hardly value for money. for 20 quid, i'd expect a bit more than a bottle of water and a jar of honey at the end. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Clockwork organisation, fabulous crowd, a great day In full: Fabulous day. I felt quite emotional at parts on the course because the crowd gives you such a fantastic lift, and running with loads of other people is just such a contrast to the difficult, lonely training that you have to do.
I was running in sleet and rain during the winter but the atmosphere, cameraderie and support on the day makes it all worth it. Can't wait to do it again next year. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: We shouldn't complain about the drizzle, if it had been as windy as it was on Saturday that would have been no fun In full: I only saw mile markers at 4, 5 and 6. No big deal, I've never understood why we have "mile" markers in a 10K race. It didn't affect my perfomrance. The sharp turn into the stadium is a problem, but the only alternative would be to change the route and bring the runners in from theopposite direction, and who wants to ryun down that hill, let alone up the otherside to get to the top. The corned does need better marshalling. I have just looked at my time on the results and its about 20 seonds slower thanthe clock at the finish, just as well that I wasn't close to a PB.
In short: Good fun! In full: Friendly enough. Nice route through rurla villages with a bit of trail to break up the tarmac. Couple of hills to make it a "proper" race and a nice early start leaving the rest of the day free. Nice mix of club and "fun" runners Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Nice course, nice pint glass, good marshalling In full: A good workout two weeks before FLM, and the second year I've run it. Thought I'd forgotten to enter as the race pack didn't arrive till Thursday! No toliets or changing open when I arrived, but otherwise well organised. Grass on the sports ground for the first laps was long and tricky to run on - at least one faller. Beer glass is great to replace last year's which my son broke. But an empty goody bag was slightly unexpected. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable run. The only comment I would make was that two laps around the field at the start amde for a congested first half mile. It might be worth looking at putting the double lap at the end, where the runners are more spread out. Date of review: April 10, 2006