In short: Organised, plentiful (bottled) water, friendly, fast and a nice medal - highly recommended but don't expect scenic as well In full: In my short racing career the most organised 10 miler I've done. Marshalls and Police ensured everything went like clockwork, bottled water at abundant water stations, with plenty of helpers. A nice finishing medal and a unique design (so far), with results and placings announced as you finish. Don't expect scenery and car parking is in the surrounding industrial estate, but these in no way detract from the race itself. Oh by the way - bloody hot - 84 degrees and a 11am start! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Lovely weather, lovely race. In full: Good fun, a bit of rain would make it even more so! A bit cramped, especially first 1/2 mile, but didn't take anything away for me (probably helped my pacing). Hills were deceptively challenging. Nice sign to tell you the last hill had been done, but i still seemed to be going uphill from there! Must just be tired legs. Good XC fun especially if it rains next year. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Well organised, pleasant club run In full: This was my second 10K, so I'm not exactly an old hand at this game yet. It was on the warm side for me, so any PB aspirations went out of the window early on.
That did however give me the chance to notice the scenery (pleasant), and how well organised and marshalled the course was - well done to those involved. I saw somebody go down with what looked to be heatstroke, and the marshals were there quick as a flash. If they could have turned the Sun down I'd have been happier, but then you can't have everything!
Course is quite flat, and what slopes there are were quite gentle (though not that they felt it at the time). The bit through the rutted farmland added a nice challenge! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable - nice mix of scenery and terrains, 'undulations' not too taxing, and atmosphere quite 'intimate' and friendly. Definitely on the calendar for next year! In full: Probably goes without saying that this isn't the best race for those with dodgy joints, being multiterrain. Almost twisted my ankle twice...and watch out for the few hundred metres of single track in the last km - not the best if you're in a hurry to get past slower runners. These are minor points though - I really enjoyed it and intend coming back next year. See you there! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: A lesson in how to organize a race In full: Organized like clockwork, great start and finish venue by the Thames. Flat course, and too early for the massed chavs of the Reading Massive to be out to spoil things. And a medal to die for. An object lesson in how to organize a race. Top marks. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Fast and Flat, looping in and out of University and Park. In full: Nice flat course with park, castle, uni etc all en-route. Good for a shopping trip with the family after and 2k for the kids first. Missed a couple of km markers in the first 5k. Water at 6k. Splendid finish. Chip timing. Superb. Popular but wide start and once you have run 500m plenty of elbow room. Flatter than the Swansea Bay 10k. Date of review: September 4, 2005