In short: an enjoyable race In full: I did the 20miler so 2laps-I'm not hugely fond of multiple lap courses but actually this was a lovely race. Negative points first - toilets....yes the usual grumble but this was definetly need several more. Car park - not sure why we have to pay for the car park, surely this should be in the race fee? Also, a very long que to get in, it took me 30mins and then following waiting for the loo and then the reasonable walk to the start, I arrived with only 2mins to spare - but then at least I wasnt twiddling my thumbs! Finally, just a small grumble but I think the starting pens could be a bit bigger for each group. Positives - a very scenic route. Although it wasnt traffic free there were very few cars to worry about. The marshalls were just brilliant - so friendly and encouraging. For them alone it is worth turning up! The course is undulating with a couple of hills that could make you sweat, but I do really think this course has a good chance of a PB. Nice little goody bag at the end with a quality medal. The race is also in a very good spot on the calender for anyone running a spring marathon to gage how your prep is doing - turns out, mine is going pretty well! Would definetly recommend. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Lovely countryside, excellent marshalls In full: An enjoyable race, lovely countryside and a pretty flat route. The marshalls were excellent, really encouraging, a big thank you to them. I had a few minor quibbles: charging for parking when it's already an expensive race (for a 10 miler) seems a bit excessive. There were lots of people wearing earphones, which caused one or two near misses with cars that I saw, but marshalls took no action. Not much point having a rule against them if you don't enforce it, is there. But overall, this is an excellent race. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Great race,even the weather behaved! In full: I opted for the 10 mile race and thoroughly enjoyed it.For the most part flat with just a couple of inclines.Great marshalls and fantastic organisation. Didn't bother me but I don't think there were any toilets out on the course-for those running 20 miles I think a few portaloos dotted around would've been welcome. Really enjoyed it and many thanks to all involved. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Glorious day for running In full: Fantastic weather made this race special today. Everyone very friendly and generally well organised. This was my 3rd time doing this run and I opted again for the 10 miler.
I think this race, now in it's 20th year is growing out of it's Bramley School HQ but not sure if there are any other options. There was a very crowded entrance and bag drop off points not well sign posted. Ambulances decided to drive through the line up point 5 minutes before race start. However, the course was well marshalled with a few welcome spectators dotted around to give some encouragement.
Glorious scenery, a nice mix of runners both club and recreational made this a race I will definitely put on my calendar for next year. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Well organised 20 mile road race In full: Really enjoyed this one - 2 laps of country roads, well marshalled at every point - with lots of drink stations, some with energy drinks. Friendly atmosphere, first lap included the runners doing the ten mile race as well. Decent goodlie bag, loved the Roadrunner medal (although a separate medal for 20 mile runners would have been nice) Use of the school with tea and coffee on sale was great, the weather was great but the school would have been especially useful on a cold, wet day Somehow managed to squeeze a pb, my friend also pb'd so all in all a good day! Thank you to the Reading Roadrunners! :) Date of review: February 21, 2013
In short: A Good Pre-London Workout In full: The 20 ticked the all boxes that I was looking for, right time in the training, close to home, OK value, good organisation.
On the day I arrived to see a long queue of traffic, but was surprised by the organisation to move it into the car park and take £1 at such speed. The mile to the start worked as a warm-up which had most of the facilities that you need (can any race ever have enough toilets?). The start worked well with the 10 & 20 mixed in. The course itself was well marked including every pot-hole, which after this winter that is a very large number and must of taken a considerable effort. The first lap went by uneventfully and this time I avoided racing those running 10 miles. On the second lap the course became a little lonely and only about half of the marshals were cheering by that point. Then someone sneaked in a few hills that I'm sure weren't there on the first lap. After running 20M at marathon pace (according to my Garmin) it was a bit disheartening to find I still had 0.15M to run meaning I just missed 2hrs. I'm not sure if the course was long or the fact that I took the marshals directions to run on the left or I was weaving about like a drunk at last orders meant I ran too far but it was annoying. The goody bag was way more generous than I expected and the food and drink was well recieved. In short I would run it again in the build-up to a marathon Date of review: February 20, 2013
In short: Very well organised race along scenic country lanes. In full: Did the 20 as part of my build up to Paris Marathon in early April and much preferred to a training run for nearly 3 hours in my own company! Arriving on a cold morning in fog and faced with a long queue for the car park my mood wasn't great. Within minutes I was in and parked followed by a stroll back to the school HQ where the atmosphere buzzed. The gun went on time and lo and behold by mile 2 the fog had cleared and we were treated to what felt like an early spring sunny day. The mood of the marshals was equally cheery and although the crowds were thin there were enough "well run"s and "keep going"s to satisfy anyone. An undulating but far from tough course. Home made sandwiches and cakes in hall at the finish a bonus. Oh, and a goody bag better than many supposedly bigger races. One for the diary. Date of review: February 19, 2013
In short: Good course - will be back In full: Excellent marshalls support, especially the enthusiastic lady advising us of pot holes,my only gripe was the queues for toilets. Date of review: February 18, 2013