In short: great 20 miler training run for marathons. Pretty flat. In full: Very well organised race. Was surpised how busy it was. I liked doing 2 laps of 10 miles and felt like the first lap was a warm up and the second a race! Lots of drinks stations and plenty of marshalls, thanks to the organisors. Quite a long walk to the overflow car park (1 long cold mile) - will bring warm clothes for after next time! Date of review: February 21, 2011
In short: Great organisation, excellent support from enthusiastic marshalls, no killer hills In full: My first time at Bramley, my first 20 miler in preparation for London and a wake up call that I've got more work to do!
Couldn't have asked for more enhusiastic support from the marshalls. Appreciated the frequency of water stations as well. Date of review: February 21, 2011
In short: First class event In full: The 20 miler is perfect for all those running a spring marathon. It provides a great opportunity test your marathon race pace in race conditions. Date of review: February 21, 2011
In short: Good prep for London Marathon In full: Have done this a few times now.....still the same excellent race that it's always been. 20 mile course is 2 laps around quiet country roads. Excellent and very encouraging marshalling. Thanks to everyone involved. Great goody bag! Date of review: February 20, 2011
In short: Thanks to Reading Road Runners for well organised race. In full: The Bramley 20 mile is generally a well run event, and today was no exception. Good organisation from the car parks through to the start, marshalling and finish. Thanks to all who helped, and a PB for me too, so very happy! Date of review: February 20, 2011
In short: Well organised race as always In full: A very well organised race, marshals did a great job in cool conditions, sorry I was too out of breath to thank you as I went past. An unexpected PB was the icing on the cake! Date of review: February 20, 2011
In short: A great pre marathon race with very supportive friendly marshalls In full: A little disappointed with 20mile start took 2 mins to get over the start and then spent 2miles trying to get past the slower 10mile runners. Maybe it would work better to start the 20milers off an hour earlier to avoid the congestion. Date of review: February 20, 2011
In short: A bit dull. But well organised and lovely marshalls... In full: I ran the 20 and found it lacking in atmosphere on route. That isn't RRR's fault, the route and the massive hedgerows are just dull. Twice. Lovely runners (particularly the lady who helped me at mile 16) but I didn't really enjoy it. Chilly too. That isnt RRRs fault either! Date of review: February 20, 2011
In short: Brilliant event - perfect preparation for a spring marathon. Thank you to Reading Roadrunners In full: Thank you to Reading RR, all the marshals at race HQ and around the course, air cadets and scouts who staffed the drink stations, British Red Cross, spectators, chip removers, bag supervisors, photographers and all the participants for making this an excellent event.
The weather was kind - dry and perfectly cool and the route was just as remembered from 2007.
The course is undulating with a few short, gentle hills one short, steepish downhill around 8 miles. The 2 lap 20 mile race is ideal preparation for a spring marathon and was perfectly placed on the training plan for London.
A high proportion of club runners with strong camaraderie made for a friendly race.
Mile markers were spot on apart from 7 & 17 which were a shade late and the roads were predominantly traffic free - all the motorists I encountered were considerate to the runners.
The marshals are super efficient and are friendly and supportive especially when runners take the opportunity to recognise and thank them.
A couple of suggestions to make the event even better: (1) more toilet facilities at the start - there were long queues only a few minutes before the race (2) please can we have drinks in paper cups because the plastic ones split when crunched up for drinking on the move
Overall, totally recommended Date of review: February 20, 2011