In short: Great organisation - and a PB In full: Only my second Half and my first attempt at Reading. Knocked 14 minutes off my last one so well pleased with that. Organisation was spot on, from the shuttle buses to and from the station, to encouraging marshalls, and a fantastic finish in the Stadium. Mile 11 was a bit tedious but apart from that enjoyed the whole day. Many thanks to all involved. See you next year. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed it - top organisation - encouraging marshalls. In full: Achieved a PB, so very pleased; the wet, cold weather seems to suit me. Smashing atmosphere - would definitely do again. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Incredible experience and great run In full: This was my first half marathon and my first race of more than 700 people so I was a little apprehensive. But I needn't have been because this was a fantastic race. Brilliant friendly atmosphere among the runners, great support from the crowds, seemed very well organised - plenty of loos at the start, efficient drinks stations (with very useful markers to tell you when they were coming up - maybe this is normal but it makes a difference), started on time, and an incredible finish it the stadium which I wish I could experience all over again. Am still proudly wearing my medal, but didn't think much of the goody bag. But that isn't really what we run, right?! Thanks to all the organisers and helpers and marshalls and everyone else who made it such a great race! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Undulating was certainly the word - not a pb course with all the hills but challenging and enjoyable In full: Excellent last blast out before London. Good quality, large field of runners. Good organisation, no problems at all there. Taut drink at end was good. Excellent Medal. The hills made for a tough 10K run, certainly got the lungs and the legs working hard but was worth the trip.
In short: My first half marathon, really inspired me to carry on. Just completed Reading half. Would definately do Fleet again, hopefully in a better time. Next time more toilets please. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Excellent for someone like myself who has never attempted a half-marathon before. Again, last two miles weren't fun (loop and gradient, not nice)!! Finish in the stadium was fantastic. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Just when you managed to get up the first hill another appears. View along the top of the downs was great and as you came down past the castle I had to check for concealed archers! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Flat 10 miler, but central london has it's limits..... In full: A few bad ponts...Firstly there were no marshalls at the old polytechnic car park, but two of the buggers blowing up balloons 20 yards from it, making no effort to control traffic or tell people when it was full. The toilets and changing at the old polytechnic car park were only opened 25 minutes before the race start. The surface along the tow path has ankle turning potential in places....
The good! Engraved pint glass made a refeshing and welcome change as a momento. Marshalls plentiful and mostly encouraging and cheery. Course is flat if a little dull and traffic fumey between mile 5 and 8.
Glad I did it as a marathon taper race, but wouldn't travel 1 1/2 hours again to race it again. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: it's great. the organisation was fab, nice flat course In full: really enjoyed it. The great organisation made it a pleasure, really well marshalled (and they were so cheerful and encouraging). The course is lovely - a nice mix of towpath and road. The size is big enough to be fun but small enough that it is a quick start. basically a really nice race! Date of review: April 9, 2006