In short: Apart from the last mile running away from the finish - Excellent In full: Very well organised, plenty of toilets, impressive finish in the Staduim, good atmosphere from the Reading public, who were in no doubt emphatic with joining the Premiership! Only gripe being the last mile around the park - can it be changed for 2007? Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Great Experience - Thanks for a great 1st half marathon In full: Stadium was wonderful, organisation very good, lots of loos! Running away from the stadium in Green Park, nearly finished me off but I made it! Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Catherine myself and Sara did not want it to end! In full: Fantastic day! What a very special race, I have never smiled so much whilst running! Everything from start to the finish line was excellent. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Scenic,flattish,friendly race.Recommended. In full: Scenic,flattish course with the occasional undulation to keep you on your toes.Half mile markeres a minor irritation. It would have been good if a marshall had remained at the finish to direct all of the runners round the last loop. Either that or put a max. time limit. Clock was also dismantled before the last runner was in.However,generally was a friendly,organised race with a lot to recommend it. Did a PB and will be back next year! Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: picked a realistic start position and spent the whole run overtaking those who didn't - it felt good! In full: Facilities were excellent, especially toilets. Free drinks before and after were welcome. I am now used to the start delays at every run so that was expected. I really enjoyed this run and I overtook the camel this year so no disgrace there. Support was excellent - lots of people made the effort to make banners and to bring out the saucepans and spoons to make a racket - they make the whole event enjoyable. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Great place, but lack of effective start organisation meant fun runners set off in front of many genuine runners In full: Race itself goes through an interesting course, with a finish to die for (if a little dodgy over wet cobblestones). Alas, some of the best scenery is swapped for housing estates. Last year there was some attempt to graduate the start, which meant good times were achievable. This year the organisers seemed to completely forget this important detail. I normally take 4 minutes for each of the first 3k, but this year took over 6 mins for each, fighting my way past endless fancy dress costumes and charity groups. Even had one inexperienced guy stop dead in front of me on the finish line. Please keep the fun, but remember many people are there to run! Has the potential to be a terrific race if a good race manager is appointed. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: A well run, scenic race with pb potential In full: This was well organised with the race over mainly flat (few gentle inclines) and so had PB pomise. First time I'd done it and must it wasn't straight forward to get to the start (lots of single lane roads to get lost in). Having done it I would definately do it again. Only slight issue was that to get official time had to pay £2 after finish and they will post/e-mail time to me, never needed to do this before as times usually posted on web for all Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Fantastic race, fairly flat. Excellent for running a PB (a broke mine by two mins.) Organisation was good and I would certainly do it again. Only moan is that the startering gun was extremely quiet! Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Why oh why did they make you run away from the finish ! In full: Good course and the first hill at 2 miles helped to thin out the crowd. Start was worth arriving late for as it was pretty nippy. Liked the atmosphere and the pots and pans family made my race ! Would help if there were better marshalling at some corners as came across a couple of hoodies sat on their bikes in the middle of the race ! Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the route In full: Despite a slightly congested start and difficulties overtaking round the golf course, meant I couldn't do my usual trick of going off to fast so good in a way! got to enjoy some of the scenery. Unfortunately an injury reared its head as I hit the road, but the encouragement of the crowd meant I didn't wimp out. Loved the route as you were never quite sure where you were going next and it was traffic free. Great race, definately be back next year, injury free and looking for a PB Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Despite what i'd heard it turned out to be a superb event In full: It was my first crack at Reading Half and was a bit wary because i'd heard about the problems last year. However, everything seemed to run perfectly smoothly. Even the jams getting out of the car park weren't too bad considering there were 13,000 participants and probably that again in spectators.
I also enjoyed the course, there was lots of variety in scenery and I even enjoyed the last few miles as you could Mad Stad all the way which gave me a lift and dragged me along!
The crowd were superb all the way round and particular thankful to the little kids banging on pots and pans and the family that had set out a table at the front of their house giving out jelly babies and water whilst playing the Rocky soundtrack, both gave me a timely boost!
Will definitely be back next year!! Date of review: April 11, 2006