In short: to actually run around Wakefield and not stagger on a Saturday night was a change In full: seriously though, i agree that there should have been toilets at the start of the race , not a pleasant site , people urinating over the pitch n putt !!
the end of the race was a let down to be honest - people walking all over the place , not knowing that they are obstructing us. There should atleast have been a coned section for us to run in.
Not sure exactly how they worked the finishing times but i could have bet my house , that i had finished quicker - serves me right for not having a stop watch.
In short: well organised, great atmosphere, good having start and finish in the same complex, finishing bit in stadium improved from 2005. course is flat and downhill for large parts, the uphill bits are very short. ideal for a PB. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: great day especially the stadium finish In full: this is only my second half marathon but what a well drilled event.the course was well thought out(hills at the beginning thank god)and lots of spectators especially running via the oracle. lucozade at the drink stations was a nice change from boring ol' water.however,it was the stadium finish that really topped it-what an adrenalin surge-i even managed a sprint finish! if there was to be a gripe it was the long delays getting out of the hp car park at the end.still nonetheless i would definately recommend this race. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Organisation getting better and new course is great In full: This was my fourth Reading definitely the best (not in terms of time though!) well organised now and a good course. Getting stuck in HP car park for 50 mins a bit of a pisser though. Need some car park marshalls post race methinks Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Brilliant, loved the finish. In full: That was one of the most well organized races I have ever been to. I thought it was great, and I loved the finish, I was grinning like a Cheshire cat. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Spectacular organisation, decent course In full: This is a unique race. It is small (less than 1000 runners I think) yet spectacularly well organised. On-line entry, chip timing and very good marshalling (required as they have to stop the trams when runners get in the way!) make for an efficient race. However, this race also has a great atmosphere - a cheery announcer, the local scouts organising the baggage tent, a cake stall and 50 spot prizes. The course is undulating, with the second half along quiet suburban roads. There is slightly too much traffic on the first half, but it is worth putting up with that for a well-organised friendly race. Congratulations to the organisers! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: The "Jim'll Fix It" style medal made it all worthwhile In full: Only my third Half (Windsor and Gt Barforth previous form), and definitely the best. 2 gripes: It took a while to get parked (50 mins from the motorway), and the finishing time markers weren't observed/ visible enough at the start; other than those minor points, brilliant! Great finish in the stadium, quick getaway by car (2 hr wait to leave Windsor 2005 ruined the whole day), great support and well planned course. Sprinted at the end, kidded myself the crowd were cheering me... Well done to everyone involved in organising this race, see you next year. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Fantastic, excellent organisation In full: Fanastic pre run booklet, excellent toilet facilities, stadium finish was wonderful, just the motivation to run that last 100M quickly. Music support great (loved the drums) Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Excellent In full: Only started running in September. Ran the Goring 10K in February and then this half marathon. Was really nervous and had nightmares that the sweep car would pass me but the support was brilliant and there was such a good calm atmosphere! Finished personal time of 2 hours 15 so really pleased with that and more pleased that I managed to run every step. The sprint round the stadium came from somewhere and was brilliant! Managed to raise £600 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance so worth today's stiff legs. Thanks to all the support round the course! Excellent organisation all round and the Lucozade was a greatly received! Will be there next year. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Highly scenic, lumpy in places, and deceptively fast. In full: The majority of this very enjoyable multi-terrain race is off-road, following a scenic footpath through the Penrose Estate down to Loe Pool, and across the sand bar that separates it from the Sea. Grit your teeth and dig in for the ascent out of Loe Bar along the coastal path - it's a long drag up to the main road past RNAS Culdrose, and back into Helston. By way of compensation, the views from the coastal path to Gunwalloe and beyond take some beating. 2006 was a record breaking year for the event in terms of entries, and both Men's and Women's course records were smashed in the almost perfect weather. Date of review: April 10, 2006