In full: A poorly organized race.Start particularly difficult as masses starting in very narrow path.Unless at front no chance of getting away efficiently.Baggage organization needs to improve, another way over prised race,wont be doing it again Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: I've changed my opinion from last year - for the better! In full: I wasn't going to do this race this year until I found out I'd got a place in the London Marathon. As Wokingham fits perfectly with Reading in the training schedule, there I was, running it in spite of saying I was unlikely to!
But this year I thoroughly enjoyed the race, and I'd now call it one of my favourites! Of course the fact that I improved my PB by 4 minutes had nothing to do with that!
But it is only a 'favourite' because of the route and the medal. Again I found the organisation at the start/finish in need of attention. The maul others have described at the start was not great, and again I didn't like having to fight my way through other finishers and people handing out leaflets at the immediate finish. Who wants to cross a finish line to have to be saying "excuse me, excuse me.." as you fight to find your way to a bit of clear space? It would have been easy to have missed the little lad handing out the medals with all the folk hanging around.
I also think its a bit rich charging for a drink at the end. When most races give out drinks and bananas, we have to queue to buy tea and sandwiches.
Nonetheless: the medal was excellent and a great reflection of the race's 25th anniversary; there seemed to be more spectators this year (in spite of the fact that the weather was much better last year!); and, as last year, the marshalls were great. Oh, and Liz Yelling was running ;)
So, next year? Yeah, I think I'll be back! :) Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: My home town Half, a tad rainy but good In full: Set a good time, could have done with more toilets and a bit less mud, and the baggage tent was a little dodgy in terms of staffing, but a great course and good marshalls. Date of review: February 22, 2010