In short: First time iv run this race. Great organisation, parking, marshalls etc. However, was upset wuth the long course and was shocked after emailing the organiseres, with a response of 13.3 is the half marathon distance!!! Hopefully Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: Excellent race - my favourite half marathon In full: Great atmosphere and excellent organisation makes this a memorable race, and one that is well worth doing. Despite two or three upward slopes the course is extremely fast - so much so that I knocked over 3 minutes off my PB which was set in Feb 2012 at the pancake flat Race Your Pace HM. Obviously I'm very happy! I would agree that 13,000 runners is now probably the limit so as to prevent the course getting too crowded. The colour coded timing pens seemed to work pretty well, though I admit that it does get frustrating when you find yourself stuck behind someone who is walking / going slowly after half a mile. The goody bag was full of treats, the medal good and the finish at the Madejski added a real incentive to run all out for the final few yard. Logistically I know it would be hard to do, but it would be great to run the entire circuit of the pitch and not just a quarter of it. I have no complaints with the Garmin distance issue that others have mentioned. Yes, mine came out at 13.30 miles - however, they are rarely 100% accurate (and never claim to be) so a degree of error is to be expected. Also, with such a large number of runners and twists and turns on the course it is doubtful that anyone other than the fast guys at the front was able to run the racing line. I have 100% confidence that the course is accurately measured to UKA's satisfaction, and if its good enough for them then its good enough for me. Date of review: April 19, 2012
In short: Once again, an excellent event, on a fast course. In full: This is definitely an expensive race, but I've run it several times, and it is my pb route, so I just keep coming back for more. Like many people, my garmin read long, but given the width of the course and zig zagging, this was well within the confidence limits for the garmin. I am confident that the course measurement is accurate, and I got my best time in a decade. I was pleased that the colour coding worked better than in the past, certainly in the red pen, where I started. Having had a disrupted preparation I started towards the back of the pen. I'm glad I didn't tag on to a pace runner, I wasn't impressed with their strategy. By running an even effort, I gradually passed The 1:45, 1:40 and 1:35 runner and was not far off the 1:30 runner. They all went off fast, then slowed. Its a great race for beginners too - my son's first race of any description and he ran a negative split by keeping steady until the dual carriageway then picking up, finishing in under 2 hours. I personally do not like the stadium finish - the "roar" does not make up for the awful running surface. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: My favourite Half ever In full: The Reading Half Marathon is one of the best if not the best half in the country. The organsation is impeccible. The goody bags full of all kind of treats. The course is fast I ran a PB last time I did it and the stadium finish is great also.
In short: Qucker course than I expected In full: Wasn't sure about parking near the start so opted to park in the centre and get a courtesy bus. Found the bus service to be superb both there and back. Did have to park at the station for over £7 when I knew there was a car park close by for £4 but just couldn't find the car park :-( Better car park sign posts would be beneficial.
Nice to see Sally Gunnell starting the race and once we were under way there was great support pretty much all way round. Liked the landlord giving out beers at about mile 7 although not many takers unsurprisingly.
Super finish at Madjeski stadium which made you feel like an olympian for just a few moments. I didn't run a PB but I did run much quicker than I expected so course quicker than I thought.
Not the cheapest but would definately recommend this one especially now I have no worries about the traffic/parking. Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: Worth travelling - Enjoyed In full: No problems. As a newcomer, I was glad I walked the start the day before to get the layout of Stadium & Park. Race was fine, bit narrow at places and bit uphill into the stadium at the end. Lots of spectators, some roadside on their sofas drinking wine near the Universtity! Very good atmosphere - hope to run Reading again. Date of review: April 7, 2012
In short: Best ever race In full: This is definitely the best organised and friendly race I have taken part in. This was my third half marathon but blew the other 2 out of the water.
I came into the race with a few niggling injuries but other than the approach to the stadium (which was a dual carriage way) there were crowds cheering you on through the whole route which gave me a massive lift and help me finish and even achieve a P.B. Big shout out to the ladies banging on the pots and pans with wooden spoons – you sounded great!
There were loads of water and lucozade stations for energy boosts, so dehydration was not a concern.
I could not recommend this event highly enough – this is a brilliant advert for Reading and the people of Reading!
Can’t wait for next year!
So sorry to hear about Ged Clarke who died after finishing the run, thoughts are with his friends and family.