In short: Faultless. Blueprint for how to organise a road race. In full: 5th time in this race (maybe sixth) even. I love events that are put on by running clubs, over the pricey commercial alternatives (eg, bands, mass aerobic warm-ups etc). All the important logistics make it run like clockwork from an army of volunteers who did a great job. Shame the MOD are such penny-pinching w******s that they charge for their empty land, meaning the organisers are forced to charge for parking. Can't believe people are so keen for medals when they offer a nice memento regardless. Just don't understand why grown-ups get so animated about medals. Baffling!! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Everything you need in a spring 20 miler In full: 4th time I've done this one. Organisation and marshalling top notch again. Glad I wasn't the only one who likened the 'silver coaster'(?) in the goody bag for an ashtray - LoL. Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Fast flat but momento rather than a medal In full: My first time at this race and was pleasantly suprised at the minimal hills and super fast route. Perfect weather and well organised start. Goodie bag was well stocked with some decent munchies and a juice drink. Two niggles though... The isotonic drink station was giving out water too... If you went to the wrong table that was what you ended up with (ok for a 10 miler like me but would be grumpy if I was doing 20!) . I'm sure the momento was supposed to be something different to the normal medal but we love our running bling... Not sure what to do with my 'ashtray'?!?!... Drill coming out to attach my own ribbon. Good job Reading RR but bring back the bling please! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Excellent Organisation In full: Good race and the two laps weren't that bad for those doing the 20 miler, Friendly marshalls and plentiful water stations. Its a well organised run. A little expensive as a training run (presume many used it as that for a spring marathon rather than a race). Loved the mars bar in the goody bag! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Enjoyed this race. Loved the goody bag! In full: Despite living quite nearby, this is the first time I've done this race - 10 miles. Lovely countryside, hills weren't too bad, very encouraging marshals and I loved the goody bag. I haven't eaten a Mars bar in years! Also cranberries, granola bar, juice, peanut butter - yum! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Well organised fast course. Great marshalling, good coffee stall In full: Did this race years ago and is still as good as I remember. An hour to get there but well worth the journey. There was nothing I could find wrong and it's quite nice for the ten milers to be able to go and support the twenty milers. Great job Reading Roadrunners Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Great value well organised race In full: Well organised and clear instructions issued in advance. Decent medal and technical shirts available for sale at cheap price. Plenty of rolls, soup and cake available. Need to arrive early though to get car parked. Toilets just about sufficient though queues did build up.
A good course, with undulations, and much PB potential (I'm from Wales where the hills are genuinely steep). Decent atmosphere though it's much quieter once the 10 milers have gone.
Not much to fault this. An improvement would be a different medal (or same medal but different ribbon) for the 20 mile race.
The date is a little too early in the year for most to be at peak form though. Still, impressive times were run on the day. Date of review: April 3, 2014
In short: Well organised race, good for a PB In full: I turned up early and so had none of the problems some have reported with toilets or parking. The marshals were very good and gave lots of encouragement; being a rural course other support was thin on the ground, as you'd expect. It was a bit crowded in the school before the start (and would have been worse had the weather been bad), but there's not a lot that can be done about that, and the rest of the organisation was excellent. Date of review: February 21, 2014
In full: Arrived at Bramley at around 09:20 for a 10:30 start & spent about 30 minutes waiting in the queue for entry to the car park. Note to self - I’ll leave home earlier next time !
After that there was a 10 minute walk from car park to the Race HQ which was extremely busy. Sufficient loos (no more than 5 minute wait) but queues a bit chaotic due to limited footprint of Race HQ (local school). There were about 1300 entrants with the split being 700/600 in favour of the longer distance – testament to those preparing for a Spring marathon.
Onto the race...I did the 20 miler which involved 2 x 10m laps of the same course. This was largely flat with a couple of minor hills at around 6 & 8 miles so a big thumbs up in that respect. Plenty of camaraderie out on the course but it was pretty quiet out there at times once the 10 milers had finished.
Positives - Excellent marshalls. Plenty of drinks stations. Good scheduling for those doing Spring marathons. Also had great weather – one of those rare dry days when the sun shone !
Negatives – Looks like the race has outgrown Bramley. No loos out on the course (didn’t bother me but if you’re doing 20 miles you may need a pit-stop). Those doing the 10m may feel a bit cheated by the entry fee (though I thought the 20m was good value).