In short: Not as intimidating as it seems In full: At first glance it seemed that the event was just catering for the faster club runners - and there certainly seemed to be a lot of those lining up and the fact that i appear on the last but one page of the results, despite just dipping under 3 hours, shows the quality of runners but in reality the organisers and Reading Roadrunners made everyone welcome. We had no problems with the car park - one of the first to arrive which we were quite surprised about - perhaps others weren't quite as organised or just didn't want to arrive more than an hour before the start. We were also one of the last to leave and the marshals still had a cheery attitude despite having had a long day. I guess that the impression you get at an event comes out of the way you approach it, all i can say is that i had one of the most enjoyable runs i can recall thanks to the company of those I was running with and that all the facilities were still open and although they started to start closing down 4 hours after the race start ( as noted in the race instructions ) there was still plenty of marshals and support about when my wife finished - slightly after the 4 hour mark. Would like to applaud the group of runners from Slinn Allstars who stayed at the finish long after most of the main field had finished to cheer on and encourage all of their members and every runner along the last few hundred metres to the finish as well as the support given by the marshals and Reading Roadrunners to those following the pack at a slightly slower pace. Making an event attaractive to non club runners has to come from those taking part, as well as the organising club, after all running 20 miles is a bit of a challenge for many. In this case the club appeared to be working hard to encourage and help those running their own race no matter what pace. That said a loo on the route would have been appreciated :) Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Lovely race In full: When I saw that this race had a 4 hour cut off, I did begin to regret entering it as I am a slow runner, however the race booklet also advised that if you thought you might take longer than 4 hours then to let them know - so I duly did that and was quite relieved to see that I wasn't the only name on the list.
I am really glad that I didn't back out as I loved it. Very friendly and encouraging marshals (in particular the marshal that encouraged runners up the hill as soon as she saw people appearing in the distance) - the vocal encouragement was much appreciated; good water stations; and good support. Definitely a recommended race. The gorgeous weather certainly was a bonus!
In short: Mixed bag In full: The race itself was pretty decent (nice terrain, only one relatively friendly hill, blessed with good weather) and ran smoothly. However, it felt like too much of the focus is on the 10 (I did the 20) and this made it a bit anticlimactic. I finished the 20 in about 3.25 (running it as an LSR as marathon training, as I imagine many are) and everyone was already packing up. Erm, that's pretty standard mid-pack marathon runner time...? I wouldn't fancy being a 5hr+ marathoner at this race. Was a bit underwhelmed by the goody bag (having got a medal and a nice tech tee from watford half a couple weeks earlier). Supposedly there were T shirts for sale with everyone's names on which might have helped this a bit, but they had sold out. Then tried to get a massage but got turfed out of the school at 4 - my boyfriend was one of the last to get a slot and he'd finished it in 2.51, hardly slouching...a lot of these problems could be avoided by starting the race at 9.30 and paying a bit more care to the 20 mile runners. I've got better value from a variety of half marathons so probably wouldn't do this race again unless I was marathon training and needed a 20 miler. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Family feel, great race. In full: Not raced this one since 2009, really enjoyed it. Great marshalls and support long the route. Goody bag was perfect mith a nice medal, mars bar and an apple juice drink. Top marks to all those who organised the event, well done. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Great Marshall's, really friendly In full: Great 20 miler, fantastic marshall's and impressive goody bag. We arrived early so had no problems with parking, toilets or bag drop. The start was quite busy and took quite a while to thin out but a well organised and enjoyable race. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: PB's galore on a glorious day! In full: I found the route to be slightly longer than 20 miles but apart from that the course has some lovely views and good underfoot round the lanes. A good bunch of support at the overlap point and a well organised event with good drink stations and a quality medal. Would recommend to anyone!! Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Perfect for marathon training In full: Really enjoyed this run, going into it without many expectations. Start was a little chaotic, but the field soon thinned out. Don't think you could solely rely on the race's water and sports drinks being handed out, so I would recommend you take some of your own nutrition to supplement theirs.
To all the moaners saying the parking facilities were poor, just get there earlier next time. I travelled from south Wales (2 hour drive), getting there for 9am. No wait and I drove straight into the car park and had several toilets to choose from upon arrival. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Lovely 20 mile race with fantastic cheerful marshalls! In full: Great weather for a lovely 20 mile race with fantastic cheerful marshalls! I definitely would recommend, but we also experienced difficulty with the parking so I would advise to leave a lot of time due to a long queue to get past the rail crossing and in the car park. Even though I accidentally left my timing chip in my bag(!), I had a good race with a PB and it was a perfect start to training for London! Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Great race, helped by the beautiful sunshine In full: I really enjoyed this race, helped by the fact that it's the first time we've seen the sun during most of this winter's training. We arrived early and had no problems with parking, my sister ran the 10m and I ran the 20m both were really well supported. fantastic cheerful marshals. No problems with bag drop or toilets but mainly due to arriving so early, it also helped that the weather wasn't wet so we could drop our stuff early. We found the finish area busy but didn't have any problems finding water, goody bag and chip removal. Overall a well organised race that I would do again Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: did 20 miler yes it delivered for me In full: Top race 20 mile race good value, first class Marshalls , best value food outlet , cakes sarnies , drinks etc. don't knock this look at the whole picture , this race is made by runners for runners Date of review: February 16, 2014