In short: Good all round In full: as an ex resident of Bracknell I never realised how hilly the town was especially around the half way mark... Nice drop downhill when we got to the top tho! Good to see so many kids helping at the water stops. Enjoyable day and too 11.25 mins off the personal best so can't be bad! Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Good race for all standards although a bit hilly at the end. In full: Great weather, great scenery and good atmosphere. A little hectic at the start as the track was so narrow but all in a good race. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: My first Half - a great day out (apart from the heat!) In full: Really enjoyed it. I thought it was very well organised with plenty of water stops. Energy drinks would have been good though. An earlier start might help with the weather. And a plea - free parking for runners! Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Good first race In full: My first half-marathon and I was very impressed, good atmosphere and well organised. Could have done with it starting a bit earlier though. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Great race, but RIP knees! In full: Yes there are several big hills, but going up's not a problem if you take it steady - it was the 350ft+ descent in the space of about 1km that had the potential to put you on crutches for the rest of the week. At least it was near the end. Overall I thought it was a great race: friendly, well organised, loads of local support and really pretty countyside, good website. My first 10k - I'll definitely be back. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Utterly fantastic from start to finish In full: Absolutely fantastic scenery, wonderful people, superb forum participation. This was my first full marathon and I'm really not expecting to better the experience, even though I'm hoping to do a good few marathons yet. Thoroughly enjoyed every inch (but probably ought to apologise to anyone who overheard my dodgy singing as I got carried away). Love it. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Good race, well marshalled and gret scenery In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Rather nasty prolonged incline at around 8 miles but otherwise an easy course. Weather was very hot (Damn those weather forecasters who forecast rain and thunder!). Water stops were OK but the conditions empahsised the need to take time to re-hydrate - stop running and get a few good glugs of water in! Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Not the quickest of courses, but as it's local and the Berkshire County Championship I'll be back In full: I was in the 2nd lead group that took a wrong turn at 2 miles. We eventually caught a couple of runners who dropped off the back of the lead pack, and I think the remainder of that group were well out of reach anyway, so probably no adverse effects on the overall results, (although of course it could of been different). One of those helping at the finish line overheard me asking the 2 guys who just beat me if they were in that group too (which they were) and was genuinely apologetic and wanted to know more to avoid a repeat next year - so credit for that. Also, 2 of us nearly got run over as a marshall had their back to us and failed to stop the traffic. Real shame because everyone else was really friendly / encouraging etc. Overall a good day, but not the easiest of courses. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: First time Half Marathon In full: My expectations were low as a newbie. Great atmosphere, and nice venue for the race.
There where a couple of steep hills, a nasty dirt track and insufficient & inadequate refreshment stops. Plus, after running 13 miles for the first time in my life, I didn't appreciate the old dear who said "you are only allowed on bottle of water" as I crossed the finishing line.
Nice medal though ;) Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Just how you'd imagine a locally run race should be! In full: Great event with a nice if slightly sporty field of mainly club runners. OK route following the banks of the loch with some great scenery. Shame about the start and end through a bit of housin estate. A couple of long very gradual inclines but nothing that will tax the legs too much. Great local support at the plentyful water stations and seamless organisation of your own drinks table (makes you feel like an elite).
Best of all was the great forumite turnout, over 10% of the field! Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Hot weather but well organised In full: Didn't realise Harlow had so many hills and fields. Course is mainly on cyle paths so takes you into more interesting parts of the town. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Well organised and friendly race, but the 1 o'clock start is too late in the day. In full: The atmosphere was good at the start and finish. I didn't enjoy the two laps or the very steep decline which you had to do twice; that really did my knees in. Only providing water was disappointing, it means you need to load yourselfup with gels or other drinks. Date of review: April 26, 2005