In short: Hills and mud with a bit of bramble thrown in. In full: The course rises plunges, twists and turns and leaves you thoroughly disoriented. The marshalls are friendly and encouraging and this year they managed to work in a water station. Tea and cakes on sale at the end as a reward for the effort. Brambles-a lot of runners, myself included, got a couple of cuts from the brambles, you only really notice it at the end. If you earn a living from flawless pins wear leggins. The wife did and remained scratch free. Thoroughly recommended as a XC romp to help alleviate the boredom of too many road runs. Puts hairs on your chest as well. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A friendly, well-marshalled, tough race. In full: Thanks to the excellent marshalls, who wer extremely supportive, expecially at mile 18! A tough course, which I amazingly managed a PB on despite the hills and strong winds. A good challenge. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Finish badly organised In full: Would agree with other reviewers. Finish was badly organised. Had to queue for 5 minutes in the cold to hand in tag which has no real relevance. Really needs accurate chip timing. Also water stations were cups rather than water bottles, would have thought Human Race could organise bottles. Thames path part of the course is good though. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Excellent for the beginner In full: This was my first half marathon and I was relieved to find the course as flat as reviews described. The friendly & encouraging marshalls helped lift my spirits as the rain & wind dampened them! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: 3rd place! In full: Despite my Garmin saying I'd run in 53 minutes (a tidy 4 minutes off my PB), the official results said 31 mins, 3rd place, wow! Other than some almightly electronics/admin mistake, a lovely little local run. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: My legs hurt! In full: A traditional spring marathon build up race and it was great to see how well people are looking pre FLM. Unfortunately I'm not mid marathon training so 16 miles was quite a test! Great weather and a first run out of the year in my summer kit. (Should have worn in the new trainers before though)... Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Yes the Breakfast run was a good race and well organised. Jogging alongside the river was amazing! Only downside...isn't traffic free, often stopping for traffic and dodging people running the other way! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed it, but much too busy at the start In full: The start of the race was frustrating as it took me 30 seconds to cross the start line followed by a very slow jog then serious pegging it through the field to try and get a decent postion.
Once we got out of the town centre the pace opened up well and the run along the river was really nice.
This was my first race in 20 years and I did really enjoy it. The atmosphere with the other runners was great. Thanks to the guy who on my shoulder for most of the race for pushing me round in a decent time.
The organisation was ok. The toilets weren't as bad as I was led to expect, but I was disapointed I didn't get my mug at the end just a back of leaflets.
I did the 8.2 and I definitely be back for the 16 next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: The perfect half-marathon - not crowded, flat, scenic, excellent organisation In full: Pity about the wind, but then it affected everyone and no-one can do anything about it. I still managed a PB by 3 minutes though so I was really pleased with that. A great race and I'll definitely do it again, regardless of weather. I think the marshalls had a worse time in the wind and rain than the runners ! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Forget Reading, Forget Bath, do this one. Its well run, friendly and fast. In full: Best Half I've done. Field size manageble, Marshalling superb, polite and friendly. Course as flat as a pancake. I can now say that the best half Marathon is on my doorstep. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great value race in an inner city park! In full: My first race, and was welcomed by all. Great group of people. Brilliant value for money, and I even won a spot prize! Will definately do again! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A challenging 20 miler, hopefully just what I need to prepare me for London. In full: Parking was a problem, I only just reached the start line in time. There didn't appear to be as many toilets as last year and the last mile is really tough.
On the positive side this is a great London build up, with the wind I was glad to finish.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Hilly and windy, but great training for the marathon In full: A well organised race with plenty of water stations. The t-shirt was a nice idea for a memento, but when I finished there were only large and ex-large left. Would it be possible to provide some in a small to fit the lady runners, after all, I didn't see many "extra large" people running the 20 mile course? Date of review: April 3, 2006