In short: Very well organised half marathon - massive improvement over recent years In full: POSITIVES - Started on time (first time this has happened in all the years I have run it). - Brilliant stadium setting end to the race, excellent organisation after the finish. - Plenty of support from locals - the race really seems to be a big event in Reading.
NEGATIVES - Water stations were a bit of a shambles, first one was on the right of the road at the point the route turned sharp left ! - Loads of runners lining up too far forward at the start. One guy started right at the front with the elite athletes. The next time I saw him, I overtook him after 2.5 miles. Bear in mind he probably started about 7 minutes before me !
GENERAL COMMENT - Could be the only time I get to visit a Premiership stadium in the near future unless Leeds United can score some goals to win the play-offs. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Last 2-3 miles? Punishing. In full: Good organisation, the bag thing worked well, we were well prompter to get down to the line (how far?) and the atmosphere was 'middling'. Water stops were well placed, but why put Lucozade straight after water? Why not spread it out. Though I was grateful for it.
Local crowd turned out well - loved the house playing 'Eye of the Tiger' from a stereo on their drive. But there were a few too many tight bends, which caused a few bottle necks.
The last 2 miles were SO demoralising - I could see the Madejeski 'spike' from miles back and seemed to take an age to get there and what was with the double vback and up-hill finish?
Great to finish in the stadium, best ever actually, but my God I was shaking so much I hardly noticed it. All I wanted wa a blanket and a drink and had to walk a bit too far to get one (I really needed as I crossed).
However - PB'd it and will be there next year! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: 2 hour journey but worth the trip In full: smashed my pb so very pleased.lots of runners with you all the way round to give you the edge.miserable weather but that cant be helped.well done to the organisers.
i will probably be back next year due to distance from home but if not a race i will never forget.thank u very much. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Hard sections but then a nice long-long downhill to the finish. In full: Police and marshalls where necessary, which was VERY comforting. An attractive route and some hard elements to 'mix it up' a bit. A race where you can push hard and elongate the string of followers ! A lovely 2& half km downhill to the finish. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Fantastic! In full: I always enjoy this race - it's one of the best I have ever done in terms of crowd support, the route is varied enough to stop it being boring (yes, even the last couple of miles), and of course the stadium finish is amazing.
This year was extra good with the start from the stadium (never seen so many toilets!), the on time starting and the lack of snow!
Good to see that the organisers have really worked on improving past problems and made this an definite on next year's race caledar. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: SUPERB!! In full: A big thank you to all the people who start in the wrong place, too near the front. If gives the rest of us, who start in the proper position,a boost overtaking you all!! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Well organised. very well marshalled, flat quick course In full: this was my first 10 mile, and it was great course. Flat, quick with nice scenery along the towpath. a bit rough under foot at times compared to road running but nothing bad. very well marshalled thorughout left you feeling safe and monitored. good water points at critical moments. will make this an annual race. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Did half - great run, well organised, well supported. In full: 1st time I've run this half. Took over 3 mins off my time at Bath 2 weeks earlier. Very well oganised and good crown support for a small event. Nice T-shirt and medal - great value. Would certainly run this one again. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: A wonderful day In full: A really good half, first time I've done Reading, and really enjoyed the whole day, excellent organisation, plenty of toilets, free drinks, nice medal!, slightly overcrowded on some parts of the route - could be wider Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Really lovely small half marathon! In full: Can't fault this event at all. Well organised, nice marshalls and friendly water station people. The course was well routed. Well done to all involved with this half. Got a PB too! Mooooo! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: The supporting crowds make this race In full: My first time at reading, I shall be back. The support from the crowd is something else, just when you start to flag they start cheering. The two hills are fine, they break up the race. My advice find someone to run with if it's your first it makes all the difference.
In short: Flat course with a few minor inclines. pity about the wind in your face for the first few miles! In full: First time for this one and nice to do one so close to home. Organisation and race more relaxed, makes a change from the big organized races. Helped 'she who must be obeyed' round for her PB, so I collected a few brownie points! Hopefully they will last long enough until next year's race. Date of review: April 9, 2006