In short: Shame organisation still lets it down and it could be such a good race. In full: Delay was frustrating but I live locally so jogged to the startand not a big problem. Can see why organisers wanted people there at 8.45am because despite this people still arrived late leading to delay. Good course with excellent PB potential. Organisation is improving and if things can go smoothly will be a top class race. Good to see energy drinks this time as well. Whoever went on about mile markers was not being observant, ticked them all off on the way round. I have no doubts this will get better every year. Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: Great first half marathon In full: I had a great time in my first half marathon. Delayed start was of course annoying in the cold, but running in such a big event was fantastic. Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: This race would be good if they reduced to the runners of runners considerably In full: I've done this twise and ran it with a lot of people from our running club and everyone I spoke to said they would not do it again due to the other crowding and delays at the start. This is a shame as it is a quick course and is well organised appart form the over crowding Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: A definite improvement on last year, still area's that need work. In full: The delay at the start was painful, and is the result of it taking so long to get parked. The organisation at the finish was a massive improvement from last year, where it took 10 minutes to get the space blanket and another 20 to get my bag. Those coming in around 2 hours would've been much longer. The parking and buses need to be addressed before and after, if these were sorted out, would be one of the best races around. Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: Great, great, great In full: Had so much fun. Definitely not PB material so decided to take my time and enjoy it. Beautiful scenery, really friendly marshalls and a real sense of camaraderie. Definitely in the diary for next year. Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: Very long delay at start in the cold. Long delays leaving Madejski Stadium car park but otherwise very good. Mile 9 onwards was awful - flat, boring industrial estate in howling cold winds.....but I'll probably be back next year ! Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: A lot of negativity surrounding this event but I had a great time!!! Thanx Jamie!!! In full: Before I start I'd like to thank Jamie who ran next to me for 11 miles, I only hope I didn't slow him down too much, I just know that without him running with me I would never have achieved my PB of 1.34 - thanx Jamie you were a star!!! I hope he's a Runners World Fan and sees this message, well done to you for your time of 1.33 and thanks for looking after my gloves!! ;-)
The only negative thing I have to say was the wait at the start, for such a large event this is unacceptable especially after having warmed up to prevent injury - only to be kept waiting for 30 minutes - this really is something that needs to be looked into as it happens every single year!! The last two miles leading into the Stadium were so dull and boring, maybe the course can be changed slightly to alleviate the boredom of otherwise a very good course.
All in all I had a great day - achieved a PB and enjoyed the atmosphere. The finish into the Stadium is amazing - felt like I was finishing the Olympics!!! ;-) (I wish!!).
I will be back next year. Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: Don’t Park at the Madejski Stadium you will miss mothers day lunch, seemed like I was stuck in there for ever! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed my first half marathon, the course was kind and the spectators were very encouraging. Delayed for over 30mins at the start in freezing temperatures, that was annoying but not a patch on the bloke with the microphone. Start was OK but there needed to be more honest runners as a lot of slow runners decided to slip in near the front, hence a lot of overtaking all the way round! All was going well until the last two miles..the most boring and uninspiring two miles in history, has to be changed for the future. Organization seemed poor at the end but who cares I came away with a better time than I set out to achieve. Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: Same as last year in every respect minus the driving sleet In full: The rest of you seem to have the organisation thing sorted. Being a local, it was a case of arrive at 8.45 bring a paper and sit in the sports centre for an hour (on the floor usually). Warm up from 9.55 onwards, as the start is always late, and wear a bin liner (or train through winter for a freezing standing start). Cant comment on the busses at the end but those supposed chewey bars in the goody back were like cement. Finally, please change the last 2 miles, GP is the pits with no redeeming features to spur you on. Thankfully no sleet this year. Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: All aspects fully organised. Excellent In full: Post-race, the tea queue took a little while, and traffic seemed a little stressful for early leavers. Prize giver could use a microphone. These being the only minor niggles, it was a lovely occasion. Date of review: March 7, 2005