In short: oh my god!! the coutesy bus service aaarrrggghhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In full: I arrived at Reading Train Station from Paddington to be met by the longest queue in the World!! The organisers knew how many people were taking part so why didn't they lay on extra buses - what a mess and then after the race, i waited an hour for a bus back to the Station!!! Apart from that, a great race but something needs to be done regarding the bus service and the crammed narrow Start! Date of review: March 9, 2005
In short: A great run, with some tough hills, espescially the first one! Everyone very friendly and well organised In full: A run that cuts through National Trust land for most of 13 miles. A number of hills but some nice down hill sections to enjoy as well.
In short: Was a challenging course, but managed to break my pb by 10 minutes, so pleased with that. Hills were very challenging. Well organised event with a good atmosphere. Date of review: March 8, 2005
In short: Forget the "twists and turns" you get to run through an INTERNATIONAL STADIUM and me the Lord Mayor! In full: Not sure what all the fuss about the twists and turns is about. It is three laps so you know where the bends are. So if your looking where your going you can position yourself to take the corner wider. Weather was bit cool but alright when got going. No real complaints-running over bridge on the first lap can be a bit wierd. Because I was with a lot of runners at first, you could feel the bridge vibrating through your legs. Didn't love running on the gravel car park too much but rest was fine. Oh apart from could do with some Km/mile markers. Towells not great but good idea if you'd not brought one ofr the showers. Date of review: March 8, 2005
In short: This was my 1st Half Marathon, I am a local but because I wasn't sure of the procedure left in plenty of time. My experience is nothing but praise for the organisation. Just a shame we didn't start on time Date of review: March 8, 2005
In short: Horrendously late start in cold conditions. Despite waiting at the correct time prediction, spent most of the race fighting to overtake people. Horrendous traffic both at the beginning and the end. In full: Don't mean to be too negative about the race as it had its plus points (even managed a pb), however, the race is too big. Despite giving a good amount of time to get there still difficult to get to the carparks - and no choice but to do the official parks because didn't know Reading at all. Ended up in the wrong car park and spent over an hour after the race trying to get out of it. Could be a great race but organisation needs a lot of tweaking. Date of review: March 8, 2005
In short: This race has the potential to be great, such a shame that it was a shambles! In full: Well, where to start with this one!! I'm glad to see that plenty of other reviewers have had the same thoughts as me on this race. Firstly, to be held at the start like that was terrible, and then to have a speech by the mayor holding us even longer....it beggars belief. Decided to take out my frustration and anger on the course, only problem was the tight start way too small for that field, it should have been a 6k to 7k field max. The first time racers all ground to a halt on the first molehill at 1mile jamming up everybody behind. Couldn't see any mile markers until 4 miles, and even then the signs were tough to spot. The water stations were all on the tightest roads, jamming the field up again. Why not place them on wider roads, or on just one side so the field can get by? The finish was ok in the stadium, though the loop around Green Park was tough, but it's all about a challenge! However, trying to get the bus back to the station was even more of a challenge! Reading residents will surely recognise a true council shambles when they see it - putting the diversion route up the one road - and then close one lane for roadworks! Crazy! Just glad I finished early and was only stuck for an hour!
Finally read the Reading evening paper yesterday, they report on a great race, well organised, with only a few minor hitches! Sorry, but what race were they at?? All the comments about the price are justified - no chance of a refund I suppose? Or any chance of a decent explantion from Sweatshop/Reading council on what went wrong?
Only saving grace was the baggage organisation, great job done there by the army. Also did get a PB by a few seconds, although would have been on target for under 1hr30 if the start hadn't been so shambolic. So in general pretty hacked off with whole thing. Date of review: March 8, 2005