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
In short: Great race - excellent organisation big thanks to lovely people of Reading In full: Great day only hampered by injury before and during race. Lack of long runs before hand. Very well organised I had read of probs the year before only slight confusion with car parks and no zebra crossings to get to the "Olympic Village ". Very funny with all the guys taking a wizz in the stream with ladies running past warming up in full view ! Great. First two miles progressive hills stops most sane people from tearing off. A little run through Reading Uni at 4 nice.Reading town centre at 5/6 rapportous applause. The finish was great 5,000 people in Madjeski. I've got 8 bottles of Lucozade Sport "stop thief" :) Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: ...and a small pot of honey. In full: Well, I thought it was going to be rubbish after doing it last year too, but boy aren't we wrong! I regretted entering this, I spontaneously booked my place in October without thinking and wondered why until yesterday. With the news that the trains from where I live were not running properly I felt I would not enjoy the day at all. But now I realise my cynicism was totally unneccesary! Got a lift to Reading, and when I got to the start immediately realised the difference. The organisers use the 25000 capacity stadium and surrounding area to host the 9000 finishers plus many friends and family which makes so much better sense than last years 'in a field' debacle. This means lots of room, toilets aplenty and the scope for baggage tents instead of TNT lorries. My fave tent tho was the Lucozade tent, talk about branding an event (aside from Asics), where I saved myself many purchases of 4 packs thanks to the bottles being given away! The start was so much better, on time, and although a little slow (people in wrong starts) it got going and carried on going well. The little bottles of water or Lucozade packs to squeeze instead of little plastic cups made a world of difference. Great support from the crowds, well marshalled and great police work, plus mile markers all the way. The stadium finish was better too as it's half the circumference of the pitch so gives you a longer buzz in front of a crowd, and the filtering of people this way makes it all so smooth, out the other side, silver foil, badge, water/lucozade, chip taken off and off you go to the baggage tent. Can't find any major faults, the goodie bag is as obscure as most races, and I too missed not having a Fruit Malt Loaf! The organisers have ironed out all the creases, they've listened to the complaints and rectified them. Medal is better this year too! A big well done! Should you do this run? A week ago I would have said no. Now, a definite yes. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: I recommend this one. Excellent organisation, enthusiastic support on the route from marshals and spectators, a fairly flat course, plenty of water and energy drinks to keep you going. And a brilliant sprint finish in the Madjeski Stadium. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Very good low profile half. Gentle course with good PB potential. In full: Positives - 1/2 mile markers were a welcome change. Course was good (apart from the traffic). Good atmosphere. Negatives - lack of toilet facilities. No one handing out drinks at the first two water stations. T shirt was the same as last year. On the whole a very good race, which I'm sure was reflected in the size of the entry and I broke 90 mins for the first time so I've got to be happy. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Great day and course for a first timer In full: This was my first ever race and I thought everything went very smoothly and was well organised. There were signs everywhere which is really encouraging especially for a newcomer. Carparking and bag storage was easy to find. The course was very good with a couple of unexpected hills, but balanced out by very welcome downhills! The road surfaces were nearly always perfect, but the last km was a little offputting running through the field on a muddy single track. Overall both me and my husband enjoyed the day and as beginners think it was just right for us. The photos on the website are also great - and loaded so promptly!!
In short: Lovely course, well organised, good value. In full: Not exactly a hilly route but certainly not flat, undulating would be a fair description. The hills are short and sharp, well compensated for by the long descent towards the finish line. Considering how close to the M25 this race is, you really get a feel for the countryside, could have been anywhere in rural England. An original finishers' medal made this a very worthwhile outing. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Great race!! In full: Challenging hills but I managed a PB so a fantastic day for me. But also in general it was great, very well organised. Well worth the forty miles plus I travelled to get there. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Hills, hills and more hills! In full: I did this race two years ago and had forgot how challenging it was. The hill at the start and the undulating last few miles by the wood really pushed me. I really enjoyed it! Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Fantastic race for a first-timer - but then I'm a first-timer so what would I know? In full: I thought the organisation was excellent - having been warned that in the past it's been poor. The route was superb - it could hardly be described as hilly. The dual carriageway at the end was a touch soul-destroying though. To my great surprise I found myself having fun all the way round - and being able to sprint-finish into a rather wonderful stadium was an added bonus. I'm definitely hooked now. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Fantastic run, great potential for pb, very well organised In full: Satnding up all the way from London was not perfect preperation but the end result was well worth the journey. Excellant atmosphere, superbly organised, great potential for pb, enjoyable route and added bonus of thinking I was a professional footballer at the end!! Suffered an injury but completely enjoyed the day and would definately do this run again (once my tendinitis has gone!!) Thank you reading Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: They finally got it right!! I loved the new start, and to not have to wait around getting cold was great! In full: Another year and another PB and finally it started on time (which for the club that had run a sweepstake on how late it would start was a bit of a disapointment!!).
My only criticisms are that I felt very rushed at the start so didn't get a warm up and despite being told on numerous occasions to start at the right places, once you got to the start there was no one marshalling so you could just jump in anywhere... but apart from that well done everyone! Date of review: April 10, 2006