In short: Decent fast race. In full: This is the second year I have run the Shinfield 10k and I have to say on the whole I wasn't disappointed.
I'll start with the positives. The route is very good, and they do well to avoid the major roads and take in some of the countryside in the area. Chip timing is a major plus for me and it's nice there is a fate as well for the non-runners and children to enjoy. This really adds to the day and makes for a family day out. There are loads of marshals about cheering you on, as well as locals stood outside their front doors. Having constant support is a big plus.
The minor issues I have with the race are these. This event is getting so big now, it's clearly outgrown the space they use for the start. There is barely enough room for the runners at the start/finish and although they have done a decent job of not allowing spectators into the back where the toilets and bag drop off area is, once the race has finished it’s very short of space. I think a new start/finish point will be required.
Not having the race numbers and chips posted out in advance was also a disappointment. This meant we all had to arrive well in advance and then 760 runners are stood around with nothing to do for well over 30-50 minutes. Had this been raining, it would have made for a miserable start to the race. I’d like to see these numbers and chips posted out in advance.
The final point is about not wearing headphones. Unlike some events Shinfield clearly tell you well in advance that you can’t use headphones (unlike Swallowfield 10k last year when they told you at the start line). That said I cannot see any reason why we can’t use them. The first part is on a closed road, then through fields and a quiet housing estate and then quite country lanes, back through a field and that earlier housing esate. I saw one car over take me, and with plenty of marshals about to wave you through, I can’t see why headphones are banned. I use my iPod to tell me my pacing information per mile, so having to look at this device is more distracting that listening to it. Even if I could use one headphone that wouldn’t be so bad. I run on open roads on other races without issue, and this just smacks to me of someone with a little bit of power letting it go to their head, or H&S gone mad.
Despite these minor issues, it’s still a great race and I will be taking part again next year. Hopefully it will continue to grow and improve over time. Date of review: May 6, 2014
In short: Beginner friendly flat 10K with a fete at the end. Very nice race. In full: This has come a long way since the 2 toilets in a boggy field and that's your lot. Easy parking, easy registration, sensible loo arrangements (if overwhelmed but that is the norm). Fete is not quite a s good as it used to be but ideally located. Couple of bottlenecks if you are one of the Alf Tuppers but all in all a real honest good value race. Smashing support all round and top marshalls. What more can you ask for? Date of review: May 5, 2014
In short: Great race, organisation was excellent, really smooth. Some slight inclines in the first 5k but pretty much flat or down from 6k. Found it nice and fast. Nice touch giving out popcorn at the end. Date of review: May 5, 2014
In short: Great race - a bit hot though this year! In full: I ran this last year when it was cold and wet and dreary and managed my 2nd best ever 10k time. This year it started an hour earlier which was good as it was warm. The heat eventually got tome and my legs tied up a bit, so I walked through the water station and lost 10-15 seconds, but managed a new second best-ever 10k time. Rather stupidly I missed the timing mats at the beginning so ended up with a gun time rather than a chip time but I was glad to get an official time and it was only about 10 seconds out. There were enough loos and the marshals were really encouraging. Well done RRR - will be back again next year. Date of review: May 7, 2013
In short: Summertime fun in the sun!.. In full: A sunny day at long last. It may have been a little warm for running, or a shock to the system but can't complain as I managed to just get a PB by a few seconds. The race was well organised and really enjoyed my first outing at Shinfield 10K. It had a nice feel to it, with the Mayday Fete and the Brass Band; but what made the event for us was the children's races, which made a morning of it instead of rushing off after the run was done. Well done RRR, we'll be back next year. Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: Quick and scenic in places In full: Definitely a good race to do if you want to see what sort of time you're capable of on the day! A nice mix of countryside and housing on the route which splits up distance very well... the marshals and spectators are very supportive. From the start it quite quickly opens up on to the open road so the usual race start congestion quickly dissipates Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: A well designed course with great organisation In full: It rained and yet it was still wonderful. A quick course that was obviously designed by a running club as the ups were gradual and the downs encouraging. Very well organised, lovely tea and cake at the end and lots of loos available. A good turn out and wide field makes this a good one for beginners. What more can we ask for?... well some sunshine for next year please. Date of review: May 10, 2012
In short: As always very well organised by RRR. I love this race as it statrs my 10k season. In full: I did not mind the drizzle and not cold once you got moving. I always just feel sorry for the fete organisers as most times I have run here it rains.
Good course and fast finish over the last 1K. I will be back next year and expect RRR to sort the rain out! Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: First time I've run it in 5 years but will be back In full: The rain wasn't too bad actually...great organisation...enjoyed a rewarding cup of coffee in my new mug when I got home.. Date of review: May 7, 2012