In short: Impeccable organisation and good support along route In full: This was my first event with a field of this size and I envisaged total chaos at the beginning. In fact everything was very calm and it was only when you saw how far back the starting lineup went that you could appreciate how many people were running - well done to the organisers.
Thanks to the people blasting out the Rocky soundtrack around mile 10 - I was transformed from Albert Steptoe to Stallone (for about 1/2 a mile anyway!). Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Quite hilly race especially around the 7k mark! In full: Excellent course and would do it again, but be aware that this is quite a hilly course but very enojable, would do it next year 100%! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Superb organisation In full: Cracking race with seamless organisation from start to finish. Massive thanks to the people of Reading for turning out and supporting along the route. The stadium finish was great, but parts of the route were extremely dull. Knocked 2 mins of my PB, so looking good for FLM (fingers crossed!) Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Typical spring weather, but a decent race. In full: Good race all round, a bit scrappy on the turn into the park at the end, had to dodge several people walking down the middle of the road.Did I miss the first two mile markers or was the 3 mile mark the first one? Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Let's discuss the word 'flat'. My watch estimates 106m ascent/descent In full: Compared to Bristol 1/2 at 130m and Bath 1/2 at 185m, pro rata, the Pewsey 10k is quite hilly. I guess this is relative to experience and as I ran faster yesterday than I have ever run, either I'm getting better or the downhills make up for the uphills.
Still, a really nice course and atmosphere...looking forward to next year Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Great first time half-marathon. In full: Did this a few years ago as my first half-marathon. Thoroughly enjoyed it again this year. Only moan is about the traffic control for about the last mile or so.....when you are deluded with exhaustion (haha), last thing you need is to be dodging traffic. I struggled to cross to the other side on the last bend before the entrance to the finish. Would have been good to have had a marshall in place there. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Fantastic organisation, stunning location, tough hills and glorious weather, who could ask for more. In full: Brilliantly organised event, really impressed by the start and finish line arrangements, provision of two water stations and the clear distance markers. For a small local event with low entrance fee the organisation exceeded by miles my own expectations. The course was stunning, the hills seemed to stretch on forever and that last rise to the finish line was pure evil. I'm told the expression on my face when I turned the last corner and saw that hill was quite a picture! There can't be many events where you get to see a wetlands centre, views across the south downs, an historic castle and a picturesque town. Thanks to everyone involved, a great day. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Good race, great atmosphere, good facilities In full: The only down-side to this race if that the course is 3 laps, so you're covering the same ground multiple times. That said, it does allow you to have a good idea of whats ahead, and after 1/3 of the race you have a rough idea what your finish time will be. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Makes you ache but with a bit of joie de vivre In full: Good move making last years downhill stretch along the chalk path the first uphill stretch - it certainly felt safer that way but made for an extra tough race by the second hill.
Drinks table seemed a bit early not that I used it anyway Date of review: April 10, 2006