In short: Decent value, no frills event. In full: A previous reviewer commented on marshalls, the one I asked at the start couldn't tell me where the baggage tent was - another runner helped me out. Also concur with previous comment on finish, I found it unclear where the finish was after turning the corner from the road, so kept going. But despite that, pretty well organised. good marshalling on the junctions around the route (esp in directing drivers trying to get into the garden centre at 9k), water station at about 5k, Mars bar and water at the finish. Gradual incline around 4-5k but quick route with definate PB potential. Overall no fills decent value event. Date of review: May 5, 2008
In short: A proper brief to car park marshalls who knew what they were doing would be nice. In full: RRR not bad, but need to distance themselves from the 3k race which my son ran, it was very poorly organised, no times, so why bother with numbers, advertised at £3 but was £3:50, registration in a different place, none of the marshalls knew this..... as for the car parking, marshalls back to cars and chatting with friends, others on mobiles whilst others with hands in pockets, not very impressed. The race itself was well ran, just the before and afters, especialy with the cars afterwards... carnage would be a good word...... Date of review: May 5, 2008
In short: Straight forward 10k race In full: My third time at Shinfield, and once again it went smoothly with no dramas, and for the third time I broke my PB. The field at the end was a bit boggy, and the unmade road just after the start was a bit iffy with the parked car right on the corner and the water-filled potholes, but they aren't exactly things that the organisers have much control over. All-in-all it's a simple unpretentious 10k race that does exactly what it says on the tin. Thank you Reading Roadrunners for another good event. Date of review: May 5, 2008
In short: Pleasant fast 10k road run In full: My first foray into the 10K distance, very pleasant, shame about the rain, but posted a quick time and it ran like clockwork. good work folks. Date of review: October 28, 2007
In short: Straightforward and enjoyable village race In full: This is a straightforward and enjoyable village race, although the fete atmosphere was rather dampened this year as the heavens opened at the end of the race. The course is reasonable with just one long drag uphill in the 4th kilometre that you can make up with a largely downhill final 3k. We’ve had our doubts about the distance as so many seem to run PBs, but I got it slightly over 10k on my GPS so I guess it’s just a genuinely fast course. I took over a minute off my PB, although the 17 second difference between my watch time and the official time put me one second over 44 minutes which was annoying. Must run faster!
One minor comment – the medal was very cheap. A few extra pennies spent on the medal will give you a far nicer momento.
In short: All right on the night!!! In full: There appeared the potential for things too go wildly wrong ... 'wing and prayer' come to mind ... having said that the race passed off without obvious incident. I understand late withdrawal of use of the recreation ground was the cause of slight disorganisation. So race officials did well to salvage the race's reputation as a local favoured event. Date of review: May 10, 2007
In short: Lovely little race In full: This is a nice little race with plenty going for it, for instance, it’s a fairly flat course (apart from one serious climb at about 4K); the marshals are plentiful and very enthusiastic; the village fete atmosphere; the BBQ; the mars bar at the end; not too crowded and a fair mix of runners.
But there are a few points the organisers could take on board to improve it, like providing a changing area and slightly better organisation at the start. Runners really should have been encouraged to start from a realistic point. This is important because the course IS advertised as being ‘flat’ and by implication fast, and quite a few club runners were looking for quick times, which meant a quick start and any slower runners were caught up in the initial rush!
I enjoyed this race and was hoping for a PB (which I got) but have to comment that it is quite twisty and has some very sharp turns.
In short: puts the 'fun' into running In full: The marshalls are some of the friendliest I've encountered in road races and are so encouraging - it really helps when you're flagging. My only suggestion would be to have 800 metres, 400 metres etc to go signs as I wasn't sure where the finish was and saved a bit of energy unnecessarily when I should have been sprinting - but apart from that and the traffic problems at the garden centre(which I don't think much can be done about)I enjoyed it - great race for beginners too. Date of review: May 8, 2007