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
In short: Great atmosphere, loads of support - shame about the baggage tent!! In full: A great day, its seems the whole of Reading came out to support it. never seen so many people on route. The start was fairly well organised and great to be on time, the finish was a huge improvement - you really could savour the atmosphere in the stadium and you had space to stretch and relax before going outside Well done!! Only gripe was the baggage tent. Firstly it wasn't clear where it was, OK I know it was a huge marquee but it was labelled GENTS CHANGING! There was a small gap saying IN-OUT where 7000 runners had to file to drop off their bags. I must add that once inside (10-15 minute wait) the staff were very efficient. At the end my bag was found very quickly. Overall, a good race and consididering the numbers, well organisied. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Good course, Shame about the Start In full: The start was split in to time bands, but it's a shame it was not put in to use. Poor start, but other than that a nice course through Leamington. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Great race, lovely course, well organised. In full: Car parking was excellent. The course is reasonably flat, with only a couple of small hills. I improved my best time this by over 1m 30s, so quite a quick course. The great goodies at the finish were very welcome, and the organisation made it a super run. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: April 10, 2006