In short: Well organised, excellent atmosphere and a lovely route! In full: What a fantastic atmosphere! So much support from the spectators and the other runners were so enthusiastic it was a real treat to run at this one! Spent the first 5 miles witha big goofy grin!
Scenery was nice and it was great to run through the towna nd get the support. The last mile or so along a dual carriageway wasn't so interesting and it was tough as there wasn't much shade on such a warm day.
Great to finish in a stadium and hear the cheering from the crowd - what a buzz!
One of my top ever races! (The PB helped too! :) Date of review: April 5, 2012
In full: Altogether a well organised race with great PB potential. Getting more popular by the year though, so congested in places. The atmosphere the whole way along was fantastic, the crowd were brilliant. If I had to ask for one thing to make it better, it'd be (possibly) one more water/lucozade stop, but what was on offer was more than adequate. Would recommend this race to anyone - both experienced runners and those wanting to lose their half-marathon virginity. Date of review: April 5, 2012
In short: Puts Reading on the map! In full: Really good race, few problems at the start which could be improved. Crowd around the course and in the stadium were just awesome, why runners need headphones I do not know. Those with headphones on are missing out BIG TIME ! Enjoyed my beer at the Nags Head on Russell Street and still managed a PB ! Date of review: April 5, 2012
In short: A fantastic day out In full: Registered for this way back when it opened and suffered a couple of injuries so pushed back my blue bib and started in the green zone. I wasn't racing cometitively, just to see how my knee would hold up so the pinch points and occasional slowing down on the tighter corners didn't upset me. To be honest I think you should expect this anyway when you are running with near enough 20,000 other runners through a town. And who can be angry if the people holding you up at the water station are our boys in army greens running for charity?!
Atmosphere was fantastic, particularly through the university and around the train station - I loved it! And the drummers by the Oracle, I was nearly in tears with pure emotion. Spurred me on to finish in a time that I was not expecting at all. And the last few hundred meters in the stadium - you can't help but turn the pace up. Brilliant feeling.
One slight niggle - cutting corners across the grass verges on the tigher bends. Fine if people want to do this and shorten the distance microscopically, but it encourages everyone else to dive across the road to do the same and those of us that want to stick to the correct side of the curb end up getting barged around a bit. Maybe some red and white crash barriers / tape in these areas to keep people on the roads? Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: one of the better events In full: The organisation could not be faulted. Perhaps a more stringent check of who is in the correct pen - however despite that many entrants have an expectancy above their station ! My Garmin read as 13.22 The 'hills' are easy and for a first timer not to be worried about. As a spectator my wife reckons it is the best she has ever been to . Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Has this race become too big for the roads it is run on? In full: A great race but I fear it has got too popular and the roads are now far too congested. More use of the whole road rather than one side of it is needed in future.
Other than that, a great day out Date of review: April 4, 2012