In short: Worth entering for the finish alone In full: This was my fourth RHM in the last five years and I always have a good time. The weather was atrocious, so the amount of people lining the course was particularly humbling.
Unlike previous years, I started in the second pen from the front and had no troubles in getting into my pace. I know from previous experience how congested it can be the further back you go, so this was particularly welcome.
The dog leg leading up to the stadium was as unwelcome as ever, butI absolutely loved the finish - it's always one of the highlights of my racing year and is certainly the closest I'll ever get to having a crowd cheering for me!
The finish funnel was run with military precision when I went through and I have to say a special thank-you to the men and women handing out blankets, medals and goody bags in the pouring rain - I really appreciated your efforts.
Altogether, this isn't the most scenis of races, but it is a fast course (I got a PB for the second year in a row) with plenty of support and a finish that lives long in the memory. Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: Well organised mass participation race In full: Not sure what this was like for "racers" but as someone who wants to enjoy the event, I thought it was great. Course is pretty boring (but mainly flat), dog leg near the stadium at the end was a bit depressing but support along the rest of the course was fab and more than made up for those negative points. Enjoyed the stadium finish although surface a bit dangerous in the rain! Fab chunky medal (I ordered an iTab after the event as well - really pleased with it) and plenty of food in the goody bag which is always a bonus! Got the Mizuno ViP band which was brill - somewhere warm and dry to wait before the race/change after and monitored bag storage area as invaluable in such poor weather! We were in the red car park and it did a long time to get out but think that was the rain rather than the organisers fault so can't really complain. Overall organisation was smooth - no problems. I would definitely do this one again. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Wet and wild but great fun In full: For slow people like me no silver blankets which in freezing conditions was not great but otherwise a fantastic day despite hail and snow. The support was amazing and seeing people by the side of the road in the hail was special. Date of review: March 22, 2013
In short: The supporters made the race In full: My first time of running Reading. Must admit found it very congested and think there are too many runners for parts of the course. I ran round with a friend to motivate them so did start further than back than i normally would, maybe thats the difference. Ran an extra 400m with all the weaving we had to do. A very twiaty course so it will make the garmin less acurate and struggle to find a racing line. Can not say I will be entering again as I think there are better and cheaper halfs around. Wokingham being an example. Sorry. What i will say though is there were many first timers there who did seem to enjoy it who wanted to complete it as an event rather than a race. Date of review: March 20, 2013
In short: Superbly organised (next year can you arrange good weather) In full: Goes from strength to strength, full credit to the organisers who did a fabulous job. Despite the conditions it was a great day, the marshals, teams of people handing out the water, the crowds, the team at the end with the blankets, goody bags and medals, the bands - all so enthusiastic and the weather was awful! - thank you everyone!!!!! Date of review: March 19, 2013
In short: Tough wet conditions on a fast course, great organisation as always. In full: It was tipping it down most of the day, however the race and support was excellent. Well done to the organisers and the crowds that made it out in the rain. New pb for me too! Date of review: March 19, 2013
In short: Big City atmosphere In full: I entered this as a build up race to VLM and a chance to realign my HM PB on the promise it was a quick course. Registration was easy although, as a member of a HM organising committee myself, I am aware of the costs involved in hosting such events and thought the cost expensive but on arrival you can see from the facilities that no corners have been cut and the costs are there for all to see - lots of toilets, a well set up race village, hire of the stadium, pre race literature, road closures etc etc. So although quite steep in price, I think it's good value.
The course itself is OK - nothing to write home about. You do go through the centre but it can't be for more than a mile at tops then it's back out into dulls-ville.
fair play to allt he marshals and spectators coming out in the horrendous conditions. Fair play to you and thank you.
The finish in the stadium is a nice touch. The goody bag was really good I thought - some lovely treats inside to help get some much needed fuel back into the system! Easy exit to the bag drop, easy pick up and having the car park (i was in Blue) away from the stadium, made for an easy exit back on to the motorway.
Overall, well organised, has a big city/event feel to it and a course for hunting down that PB. Would I do it again? Maybe. there are lots of other races like this in the UK and there wasn't anything really standout but a good race for the lead up to VLM. Date of review: March 19, 2013