In short: Did not enjoy this one! In full: Definatly not one i'd run again. running surface was mostly paving slabs that were hard on your legs & hips. 3 laps meant you could not tell if people overtaking were because you were slowing down or faster runners lapping you! Route became crowded at the start due to the fact that most of the race was on the pavements. Environment was boring, there is only so much urban housing estate you can stomach, and seeing the same views 3 times over was even worse.
Only benifits was that it is a fast course...so took a PB here and the facilities were reasonable.
In short: Good race despite weather In full: Really enjoyed the race, especially the scenery around the villages near Wokingham - was tempted to pop into the Green Man pub for a quick pint! Thank you to all the supporters and marshalls for cheering us all on. The only downpoints were the idiot drivers trying to drive through runners on the start line and the bottlenecks in the first mile, but overall a great race and I'd recommended it to anyone. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Enjoyable even though wet. In full: Re-iterating what others have said about the start as it probably cost me 40seconds to a minute and could be avoided. Always been the same though so knew what to expect. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: generally a fast well organised race In full: enjoyed it. generally a fast course apart from a couple of hills, especially the one towards the end which was quite testing on tired legs. well organised and liked the tee-shirt. weather a bit cold and wet but i achieved a pb. just got under the 40 min barrier. i would do it again next year Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Nice run around the lanes near Wokingham In full: What a wet day! This is the price of winter running, at least there was no real wind to worry about. The start of the run was very congested with foolish car drivers forcing their way through the field just 5 minutes before the off! The course narrows immediately after the start which causes an inevitable bottleneck - we should really reverse that loop at the beginning! This is a very nice course for those that like the company of runners and the occasional marshall / police. Thanks to those for standing around in the cold and wet for a couple of hours - at least we were mobile. The advent of Sunday shopping means that this course neglects Wokingham itself and goes off into the nearby villages. On a cold, wet day, there were not many supporters to be had! No danger of sunstroke. An enjoyable race and I intend to be quicker next year. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Muddy in the extreme In full: A tough multi terrain race with a very friendly atmosphere. The jelly babies and fruitcake at the water stations were very welcome. My only criticism is ... Portsmouth Joggers - splash out and buy some bright yellow directional arrows - the red and white tape is not adequate for unmarshalled junctions and this isn't the first year that people have got lost. Apart from that a good, tough & very muddy course - how I smugly laughed at people in racing flats! Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: A fast course bravely marshalled in the rain In full: Quite a lot of traffic but a very well organised race with a good T-shirt for your efforts. Not sure why some of the reviewers are moaning about undulations - this is as flat as it gets in Surrey. Perhaps they were from Lincolnshire running clubs? Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Good race for people wanting to run off-road and not in club cross country In full: This is an open multi-terrain (actually cross country) race. Good organisation although the rain all-night rendered the field car-parking unusable so it was a bit interesting but they managed. THE hill was also even more slippery than normal. However very pleasant run through woodland and park and the commentator keeps the spirits up at the end. Also with a choice of 5, 10 or 15km it gives scope for everybody, from the beginners at 5km to the people in marathon training at 15km. Well worth giving a try. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: More hills than any race I've ever done ... but very enjoyable In full: Well done to Stamford Striders for putting on an excellent event. The rain wasn't a problem at all, but I nearly skidded over on the footy pitch in the last 50 metres. I got round in 2:50, which was a PB by virtue of never having run this distance before. I paced myself well, so was pleased with that.
Thanks to the excellent marshalls at the 25k junction, who said that I had "a fantastic pair of legs" !!! That gave me a lift for the last hard 5k. Date of review: February 13, 2006