In short: Most points have already been raised: Very muddy ( almost to the point of being dangerous in places - almost slowed to a walk)Narrow in places and a times difficult to 'overtake' - not that I did too much of that! Well organised & friendly helpers. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Not a bad word to say about this race - will be back next year! In full: Personally, no prob's with traffic, we stayed and drove round the safari park so no prob's getting out later on. Few hills to make it interesting and nice to have a water station in a 10K. delayed start yes, but only 10mins, so no bother. smooth orgnaisation, great marshalls, exellent views, got a PB!! All in all a lovely race, not a bad word to say about it and will do it again next year! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Good race, pity about the marshalling and water stations. In full: I did enjoy the route, it was nice to be running through the countryside and have the fresh smell of farms in your nose. But I was a bit disappoitnted by the lack of marshalls at more remote points on the course. I did not see any St John's ambulance people about the course either which was a bit of a surprise.
I was also a bit disappointed by the infrequency of water stations. For a PB potential course, I thought that it would be much more preferable to have water stations at more regular intervals (every 3 miles instead of every 4). I think that it definitely impeded my performance for the last 2 miles (I felt like a dead dog).
Bit disappointed that you had to buy your own T-shirt, and the goody bag contained a pair of men's socks - what are the women meant to do with that.
Overall very average. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Excellent variety In full: This was my first experience of a cross-country race so I haven't got anything to compare it with. However, it left a very favourable impression. A very varied selection of surfaces: pasture, ploughed field, sticky mud, streams and gravel tracks not to mention the occasional stile to cross. Very well marshalled throughout with plenty of encouragement for plodders like me. I'll definitely be looking to do this one again. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Potential problems in/out - but fine if arrive early and prepared to look around after. Nice course, good underfoot - hills didn't seem that bad, nice to be downhill second half. Wife and I both got prizes so we're well made up! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Reasonably flat, rural race. Marshalling & organisation was excellent. Atmosphere wasn't the best but it was a cold, wet wintery day. Goody bag was ok but it would have been nice to distinguish which event you completed instead of Bramley 10/20. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: A well organised, enjoyable race. Maybe next time someone could fix the weather though! In full: Having done lots of coastal half marathons this made a nice change. Th weather was evil but the marshals were so encouraging which made it worth while. Nice to get something different to a medal and/or oversized T-shirt. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: A great reason to leave the house on a wet February morning! In full: I'm Wokingham born and bred, but, amazingly, this was my first Wokingham half. It's definitely worth getting out of bed for! First mile was a bit congested, but free running after that. Marshalls and supporters around the course were fantastic - thank you for braving the rain! A great half for racing snakes and fun-runners alike. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Fun event In full: I had a really good time and am not sure what some of the gripes are about. Arrived about 9.15 am with a slight, but not excessive wait at the gate. Did not have any problems with crowded toilets or lack of toilet paper, and was delighted to find that there were alternatives to the portaloos - could it be that for once the men were disadvantaged in this respect? Yes, there was a delay to the start, and I personally would have appreciated a PA system so that we could have been told about this, but it wasn't a dreadfully long delay. My main gripe was the hills, which had me plodding head down so hard that I missed seeing the lion LOL! The deer stampede was excellent though. I could have done without being passed by so many cars going in both directions, but I guess that is the lot of a back-of-the-packer. I was reminded about taking off the chip at the finish. I think the medal is very good, nice and solid. The fact that it is the same each year, with only the ribbon changing is to my mind sensible, because it obviously saves costs on production. The goody bag could have perhaps have done with something instantly edible like a banana or cereal bar, and given the cold weather, it would have been nice to have more places from which to get a hot drink rapidly rather than just the one cafe. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Fantastic race - killer hills! In full: Fantastic race, very well organised, brilliant atmosphere and very scenic. The mud and hills made it challenging, but it was still enjoyable (though my legs and lungs are still recovering). Would definitely run it again - I think! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: We went running and saw lions! What more could you want? In full: A few teething troubles getting in (a bit of a queue), but apart from that it was a wonderful day out in a very nice part of the country. Pleasant course, a few little hills to add interest, and wild animals thrown in. I've done all three races so far, and I'll definitely be doing it again next year. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Very tough this year, I worked hard for my medal, but as ever, a superb run, and marshalled as well as poss. in difficult conitions well done. In full: Third year of running this, confirms that the MVP has a special place in my running year. bit lonely at my end of the field, But I will definitely be back for more. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: My first 10k and loved every freezing cold uphill minute of it In full: It was a shame that it started late as I had to wait right up until I saw everyone moving away from the start line before I could strip off the layers and catch up. Once you started moving though it was a great race and I can't wait for next year. Had no problems with queuing to get in or out of the park as I arrived early enough and spent a lazy afternoon petting the goats! Date of review: February 20, 2006