In short: Great atmosphere, shame about the delayed start and long wait to get out of the car park afterwards! In full: This was my first time at Reading. I'd heard there were problems with delayed starts in previous years but expected that to be improved this year. Maybe it was - but standing around for 25 minutes in the freezing cold at the start was enough!
Once the race started it was fine. Some hills to climb, but balanced out by some downhill stretches too. In previous half marathons my times were around 2 hours, so I was pleased to come in at 1:49, but maybe the faster time was due to the course rather than my ability. I guess I'll find out next year when I enter it again - despite the niggles, it was pretty well organised for such a large event, so I plan to do it again next year.
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