In short: Exactly as it says on the tin - muddy woody! In full: Really enjoyed it again! Great course, great organisation, great value and goody bag and soup and doughnuts. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Not great but enjoyable In full: Having heard great reviews I have to be honest that some areas let me down. Trying to fit two dirstions of runners along one footpath caused very heavy traffic in a few spots. felt a bit like we were in the way as the roads weren't closed and people were wandering alon the course with their dogs. I thought the weather made it quite interested and enjoyed the mud path but a few people fell near me and it wasn't the safest thing I have ever seen - also had no warning it was included so came as a shock for a road race. The most annoying part was cups for the drinks - I know this is cheaper but very annoying and impossible to take on whilst moving. I will probably do it again but only as I have friends in the area so I can combine it with a visit, certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Good course, great support. Drinks could be better. In full: This was my first race for four years and I was glad to be back!! Good atmosphere, as the bulk of the runners were friendly local club runners, and the marshalls were incredibly enthusiastic and friendly. Didn't think much of the drinks stations - plastic cups one third full of ice cold water. Parts of the course are a bit bleak at this time of year, so it is definitely character building!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Excellent race, got a PB what more could you ask for !! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the race, great scenery loved seeing the lion at 6K. some nice hills to test you, will be back next year! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Worth the step up from a 10k In full: Two options for distance with both races well operated. Good solid organisation, nice course with marshalling at very frequent intervals. Excellent parking facilities. Chip assisted ensuring a spot on timing. Well done Reading Road Runners for a job well done! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: cold, wet, muddy In full: This was my first half, and what a first!!! going out was good, i liked going around the town a pity i had to dodge with shoppers!! A shame about the weather but the organisers are not gods so had no control, but bearing that in mind they do control the route and should've taken the weather into consideration with the mud slide!! on seeing quite a few people rolling around in it i decided to run back down on the path.
All in all i did enjoy the race and would do it again Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised race with a nice flat course In full: Good warm up race for a spring marathon, nothing too challenging, only some small inclines. Nice little goody bag at the end - with a very useful hat, which is much more practical than receiving a medal at the end which just gets thrown in a draw when you get home (For all those groaning about lack of medals!!!!) Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Too many XC races are sterile - not this one In full: A decent blend of mud, ditches and water guaranteed a good work-out. Well-marshalled and marked through-out. Worth the 50 mile round trip for a commemorative horse brass and bacon butty. Will be back for seconds next year. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: My second year round a well organised and scenic route In full: A well organised race. Do not be put off by comments about parking. Most people knew there would be over a thousand people turning up for a race that started at 10:00, to those people moaning please get up earlier, it is not the organisers fault.
The route is fantastic, and with the second half of the course downhill, making for a good negative split
Atmosphere great and beginner friendly, nice goody bag (Gel,drink etc.), and a nice medal which my little girl loves.
Well done Mike and everyone else involved in organising and marshalling the event. Will be back next year.
In short: Course is fast, flat, quiet, exposed. Excellent organisation and easy parking. In full: A great course - hardly any traffic and plenty of space. Quite exposed - susceptible to cold winds but this year was ok. Good facilities at village hall apart from the showers being cold! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: well organised In full: skip over the broken glass, straight on at the recently burnt out car...... Great organisation, well marshalled, poor goody bag,but surely there's a route that's more attractive? Date of review: February 19, 2006