In short: Just another brilliant Reading Half In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this run/race, after the initial no number saga with many thousands of other runners.. This race cannot be faulted for the support from marshalls, helpers and spectators. Bring on the 30th Reading Half Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Loved it! In full: Fourth time i've done this one, and i love it every time. Few problems with getting the race packs out, but what a great race. The support from the crowds and the bands along the way give this a great atmosphere. Will definately be there next year. Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Twisty and bumpy with tons of support :) In full: Recently moved to Reading so I thought I'd give the HM a go. I have previously tried the Bristol HM which I was really impressed with.
I loved all the support around the route, it was really encouraging to see the amount of people who had come out and all those who were giving out beer/ jelly babies/ ice lollies along the way! It was such a great atmosphere, along with all the bands and drummers. There is definitely a sense of fun to this race and that really added to my enjoyment of it!
I LOVED the stadium ending - I run with headphones but I pulled them out especially to hear the amazing crowd. If there ever was a reason for a sprint finish that is it! Also loved the goodie bag, I munched on all the snacks on the shuttle bus back (which is free, quick and I would highly recommend using).
The race village was well set out with no problems dropping off my bag. I really liked the Lucozade stand where I picked up a pace band and some free jelly beans which I took with me on my race and came in very handy fuelling me on such a hot day.
I did find that the race was hillier than I expected and there were many parts where the route grew narrow and this caused a few problems with pace/ tripping over people and during toilet/ water stops where people seemed to dart across to reach them. However I thought the hills and twists and turns round the centre added to the character of the race and that was where the biggest crowds were so I wouldn't change it!
At the very start I was unable to use the toilets in front of me (free Lucozade was prob not the best plan!) because I was in the wrong colour zone - then once the race had started the queues from those loos blocked the route!! Just as well this was before the official start line.
Despite my grumbles I thought this race was awesome and shows Reading to be the excellent place that it is. I am a fairly new runner and I run on my own but I definitely felt welcomed by everyone. Reading HM has certainly fuelled my passion for running - I can't wait for next year!! Date of review: April 3, 2012
In short: What you see is what you get In full: Like the heading says, what you see is what you get. A national graded half marathon with 20,000ish runners in a major city centre, big sponsorship deal and a route that takes in everything. I loved it. There is nothing wrong with the route, marshals, support, public, runners or even the weather (ok it was sunny but not too hot). A BIG thank you to Sweatshop Mizuno, Reading FC, Lucozade,the marshalls at begining, end and inbetween for helping to run this event. Without them it wouldnt happen. The support was good from the public and yes there were a few imperfections like the Archway pinch point in the centre and some of the relay handovers were a bit ropey but all in all the atmosphere was good and the majority of runners curtious. There are always the few who run with buckets on their heads and dont see/ have consideration for anyone else, but there are also the others THAT CUT CORNERS.... oh well nevermind no one is perfect i guess. They appear at every race and always will. You have to remember with this event that it is a big event and attracts thousands of runners and spectators out and with it being a lovely day even more turned out. That WILL cause problems with getting in and out of the venue and queues for the loo but all in all you should of sorted yourselves out and given yourself more time to get there and not be such a hot head to get away. Im not perfect but arived in plenty of time to pick up my pack that was damaged in transit, walk around the village, have a snooze and go to the loo before it all kicked off. Afterwards i sat and chilled out in the lovely sunshine and cheered on the other runners. Well done to all those that ran and never let me stop. I will be back again. Date of review: April 3, 2012
In short: My first half marathon in my hometown! In full: This was my first half marathon and the atmosphere was fantastic. I had high hopes after my training went so well but unfortunately my time wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped for.
The one niggle I have is that there weren't enough toilets on the course. At the 8.5 mile toilet stop the three portaloos just weren't enough; I had to queue for almost 10 minutes, then after that I just couldn't get started running properly again so that's why I didn't get my target time. So it would be nice if there were a few more loos around the route.
Loved the finish in the stadium, made a great end to the race, but as others have said it would have been nice if you got given water as soon as you finished rather than walking for a while to get it.
Might have to go back next year to beat my time. For a first time race it was great and the amount of support along with all the bands was fantastic. Also a special thank you shout out to the little kids on Tilehurst Road who had big bottles of water and showered you when you waved at them - that was a nice touch on such a hot day. (If you get sunburned when running I think it probably means it's too hot to be running a half marathon!!)
So sad to hear about the runner who died at the end - thoughts with all his family and friends. Date of review: April 3, 2012
In full: This was my second reading in a row, I travel from aberdeen which illustrates how much I like this half. Generally a fast course with two medium hills the people of reading come out and support it and offer plenty sweets and encouragement to keep you going. I can't understand the negative comments though there are a couple of pinch points but surely expected given the race turnouts. True there are a few runners that require manners and should know what their time should be and to prevent holding up others but you know to start further up the field or just quicken the pace. Plenty of water stops and lucozade points and enough markers to ensure you know what you need to do. True, water point at the end would be good but impractical as the finish line would become backed up, ok my endomomdo app showed a bit over as well but if in any doubt surely stretch yourself more to get that pb why leave it to chance. Only gripe was getting out the car parks as per previous year but that was it. Will be back again next year to further reduce my pb Date of review: April 3, 2012