In short: Very well organised race with great atmosphere In full: Definitely a race I would do yearly. Well organised with a great goody bad and medal. Plenty of spectators and motivation. Marshals were brilliant and water stations were regular. Undulating course for most part but highly recommended. Great value too. Date of review: May 21, 2014
In short: Very well organised race, hilly but enjoyable race In full: A bit nervous about this race as not come across it before and was suprised about how good the organisation was. Not much to fault this race so recommended to all. Only minor gripes were unattended baggage tent and no uka discount but these are vastly out weighed by the very good race. Car parks are close by so you can leave stuff in cars if need be. I was suprised by the number of happy marshalls on route and the goody bag consiting of a medal, a reusable draw string bag and a tech t-shirt were nice touches. The course itself are footpaths along side roads with a couple or road crossings. Its quite hilly from mile 7 to 10 but then I like hilly courses so this suited me fine. Date of review: April 28, 2014
In short: Simply an excellent race In full: I live local, so could be biased, but if wasn't good, I'd race elsewhere. Bracknell does everything well. Keeps it simple and it all works brilliant. If they could just arrange for the breeze to be behind us next year for the 3 mile uphill section, rather than into our faces it would be perfect :-) Goody bag was excellent containing a great medal and T-shirt. Despite the weather, even the crowds were out in force in pockets, so thanks to them for coming out and cheering us on. Marshalls were great too. I finished in the top 50 this year, so gunning for top 40 next year. Date of review: April 28, 2014
In short: Well done Bracknell In full: Many much larger races could learn a lot from this well organised, friendly half marathon with an excellent goody bag. Well done to the people of Bracknell for turning out to support on a damp blustry morning. Date of review: April 28, 2014
In short: Bracknell - small town, big race ! In full: Slick organisation. Enthusiastic marshals. Great goody bag, and a wonderful finish in the grounds of South Hill Park. Will definitely be back again next year. Date of review: April 28, 2014
In short: Definitely doing this one again! In full: First time in Bracknell, it's my local race now so really wanted to do it. Weather forecast was dreadful but we were very lucky on the day, perfect conditions for me. Hills weren't bad at all - not after some of the races I've done! Marshalls and supporters were brilliant and spurred me on to knock 5 mins off my pb :o) Don't normally do a race more than once but I think this might become a regular for me. Thank you to the organisers for a great event x Date of review: April 28, 2014
In short: Those who weren't racing made the race! In full: Organized like clockwork. Spectators were amazing and really made the race what it was! Excellent goodie bag too! Date of review: April 27, 2014
In short: If you live near enough not to require an overnight stop then there's enough about the event to make it worth doing every year. In full: The event's organisation was superb. Lots of free parking close to the start/finish lines. Space for spectators to watch and wait for entrants. Race info arrived in plenty of time. Cheaper than many half-marathons. Plenty of marshalls to give directions and signs at every turn. Lots of the marshalls and spectators were very supportive. And road signs to help find the event, too. Substantial medal with design unique to the event. Announcer was enthusiastic and supportive, and could be heard from the car parks, which made finding the start simple. Helpful people removing the timing chip at the end. Goody bag and t-shirts easily accessible at the finish. And the t-shirt was better than I was expecting.
Only two gripes. The first was the length of the uphill section between about 5-8 miles. I wasn't wearing a GPS so I don't know how long it was, and it may turn out to be significantly shorter. Nor was it the steepest of hills. Not liking it probably says more about my lack of fitness and experience than the chosen route but I wanted to explain why I didn't give higher marks for beginner friendliness or PB potential. It was only my second half-marathon and the first was virtually flat. That said, I did beat the time for my first race, so perhaps I'm complaining too much about the hill.
The other gripe was the scenery. I don't know the area well, so I don't know if there were realistic alternatives, but it was a bit dull.
The positive hugely outweigh the negatives, though.
Many thanks to the organisers, volunteers and spectators. Date of review: April 27, 2014