In short: An enjoyable day In full: Ran this as my first 20 in prep for VLM. Although I was at the back, with some other first timers, I really enjoyed it. The course is slightly undulating but not too hideous. The marshals were absolutely fabulous - friendly, supportive and sometime humourous. Water station staff too were brilliant. Big round of applause to the organisers. Date of review: February 23, 2010
In short: PB with snow before the race then rain, hills, wind and a turn in temperature - great Sunday morning! In full: I am sure the course was more hilly, more uphill, colder with more wind on the 2nd lap but hey who cares with a PB two months before the London Marathon!
It was disappointing the race started late (no time for a massage after with it being Valentines day) but everything else seemed to run like clockwork.
If you are doing a marathon in April or May, Id really recommend this race in 2011....mainly as you wont get a bum bag again next year!!! Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: Love it In full: First time at this one, hopefully not my last visit. Good off site parking. Nice course with a couple of slopes. Plently of helpful marshals at the water stops. Nice one Reading Roadrunners. Date of review: February 17, 2010
In short: ideal benchmark race for spring mara In full: Bumbags? I can see what they were thinking, nice change from a medal or T-shirt, but mine's destined for the charity shop. Date of review: February 17, 2010
In short: Good Mara Preparation In full: I like this race, I find it a fast course, despite one or two undulations around country roads. Great to see the police helping out and the marshalling and support at water stations was top. The bumbag was a bit unusual but the snacks and milkshake at the end were most welcome. Â£18 for a t-shirt on top of Â£20 entry was very steep in my opinion. Date of review: February 17, 2010
In short: Countryside race with a good atmosphere! My first 20, ouch! In full: My first time running 20 miles. The race was delayed by 15 minutes, but that wasn't too much of a problem. The course itself is along country roads with some hills but nothing too challenging. The marshalls, police, army dishing out drinks and photographers were really supportive! I really didnt like going through the finish line on the 10 miles with all the 10 milers finishing when I knew I had to go round twice! Nice to have chip timing on a smaller race! One of the things the event needed was much better toilet facilities! There were 3 portaloos which had cues at all times, (with one leaking) eww). Another problem was waiting in the school, there were far too many people waiting in the warm in the school and caused a bit of crushing at times! Overall a good race. Would of preferred a medal rather than a bumbag! LOL! Date of review: February 16, 2010