In short: starter for ten In full: First road race for 20 years; enjoyed the event and will do more. Lack of mile markers caused problems, and no prizes for the toilets at the start, but other than that delighted. Will be back next year. Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: A Huge Improvement on last year. The Organisers have listened to previous criticism and done an excellent job. In full: OK… So Reading is no oil painting, but other than the take it or leave it scenery they had everything spot on this year. Despite a much bigger field, the start was well organised, the route was well supported/marshalled and there is the excellent finish in the football stadium. Good Goodie bags, plenty of water and lucozade, ample toilets and a good quality medal… Well done to the Organisers for listening to the runners and putting on a top event. Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: Friendly, PB potential course. In full: Thought the event was good and is now getting the popularity it deserves; however I wouldn't want to see it grow much more. Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: This was my first half marathon and i was very impressed with the organisation and also the atmosphere. Lots of support on the way round. Will definately be there in 2007 !!! In full: This is by far the best event i have ever taken part in. Plenty of toilets - both at start and race site. Atmosphere will take some beating !!! Got cheered on almost all the way round. Cracking course - a couple of challenging hills but nothing that will kill you. Lovely Medal for my collection and the goodie bag for half decent too. Well done to the event organisers. See you all in 2007.
In short: Fantastic First Time Half marathon experience!! Def be back next year!! In full: Was my first half marathon and I felt the training paid off. Was a good route but must admit did find the long stretch from about 10/11 miles back to the start line was the toughest along with the horrible part at Green Park! Was determined not to give up though and seeing the stadium in the distance really helped motivate me. The atmoshere at the end in the stadium was amazing and felt on such a high when crossing the finish line. Am eager now to run lots more halves and maybe..just maybe a full marathon! Will be out running again as soon as body has fully recovered!! :) Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Enjoyed it and happy to get a bag at the end In full: Of course it's flat this is Sheffield, and who needs water except at the end, where they appeared to have run out - whoops! who'd have thought there'd be that much demand at the end of a 10k. I liked the 3 laps for a change. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: excellent organisation, great fun. In full: An undulating course which makes it all the more challenging/interesting. Great Marshalling, especially liked the Goldwing club helping and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the fun run. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed the finsh in the stadium! In full: This being my first half marathon I wasn't sure what to expect but I can say i thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Even with the onset of a painful blister at 8 miles I still manged to exceed my target time of 1 hour 45 mins!
Really enjoyed the finsh in the stadium! Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: I'll be back In full: Those drummers were outstanding. Start was a little narrow, and one or two spots around the course were too narrow (between mile 8 and 9 the road was coned and taped - one lane for runners, 1 for spectators, could have been wider.) No major gripes though really, will be back next year Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Good to see another well organised track ultra In full: First ultra on the new K2 track in Crawley. Events like these can only take place thanks to all the helpers - it was good to see that some runners had managed to bring lap recorders.Gloucester and Serpentine running clubs had no runners - provided a lot of race support.Also the K2 track manager + Brooks.
In short: Slick, and fast half marathon In full: The best organised Reading Half I've experienced. My personal worst, but that was due to lack of training, not the event. A huge well done to the organisers. Date of review: April 11, 2006