In short: Well organised, lovely finish, lovely support, and great finish line. In full: I really enjoyed running this race, it is a great course mainly on footpaths and hillier than I expected, although nothing to bring you to a horrified halt. Lots of friendly support during and after the race, great parking, and a great finish line on the lawn of the Bracknell Arts centre. The weather helped but it was a nice course in the main. Great value compared to many bigger events. I will definitely do it next year if unsuccessful with the Marathon ballot! Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: Who ever said Bracknell was flat In full: I grew up in Bracknell, so even though its not the most scenic race, it has little place in my heart. Running through the estate i grew up on is nice. A tough hill to combat at six miles, that just goes on for ever. Lack of miles in the legs after a nasty bug meant the training was lack lustre, but i hit my target so as pleased. 1:45 Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: A great atmosphere and In full: As the organiser's offspring I thought I'd best give it a go at some point! I had doubts prior to the race due to doing Reading in hideous conditions and was put off running completely. However, having the sought after number 1 I felt I had best turn up! All in all I thoroughly enjoyed it! The course is interesting and the support around the course is fantastic! A community event in which everyone joins in and provides invaluable support (much needed along parts of harvest ride). The organisation wasn't bad either, couldn't fault it. Much enjoyed and might even enter again one day! Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: Good but hilly in parts In full: First time doing this half and only got a pb because I had a friend pacing me all the way round. Its too hilly to be a sure-fire pb race. Not an easy course but nothing horrendous. Loooong hill between miles 6 and 9, really wore me out! But well organised and local for me. Btw I really liked the emblemed towel in the goodie bag - nice touch! Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: Best organised half around! In full: I've done the event a couple of times before and it always compares favourably to other half marathons cos it's so well organised- there's a few other race organisers that could learn from this!
The marshals and support from local schools in the area make this a race worth running even if the scenery is nothing to get excited about.
Sure I'll be back next year! Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: Excellent race, as always In full: Done this one many times and it's always an excellent show. Smooth organization, great start and finish venue, varied course, plenty of water stops etc etc. Can't fault it. Will be back next year. Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: A very well organised race, which is good value for money and friendly too In full: The organization was great, nothing seemed to have been missed and the goodie bags and mementos were good too. The only thing that needs a slight rethink is the water stations you don't need two at 1.5 and 2.3 miles and then a gap between 5 & 7.5 where there is arguably the most challenging part of the course. Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: Cracking race even in THAT rain! In full: Even in terribleconditions, the rce was excellently organised, especially having to change the finish at the last minute. The support was awesome, it really keeps you going, especially through 6 - 9 miles where it is tough. My home race and one I will definately do again. Welldone! Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: Good organisation and marshaling - just a real shame about the awful weather! In full: Despite the weather, a more enjoyable race than my one previous HM. Getting the pacing right meant I didn't struggle so much with the hills and head-winds, the mud and the puddles, though they were certainly plentiful. The underpasses got to be a bit of a killer towards the end of the race and the last bit felt like the toughest slog despite being my fastest mile. A cracking job by the organisers though, and nice to get both a medal and a t-shirt for completing it. Date of review: April 30, 2012