In short: A race in a town where I was brought up.. past and future combined. In full: I have always wanted to take part in this race but due to previous coaching commitments it has had to wait. This race is being used as part of my Marathon training and I have been slowly increasing my mileage since January and have never felt any better. Claire was on hand to give support and stayed in the Stadiun until I had passed the finish line. Having earmarked a time of 1:35 or better I made sure I was in the pack with similar paced runners and sure enough at the gun I maintained a steady run which carried me through half the race.
From Reading Uni onwards I somehow managed to pass the 1:35 pacemaker and kept up the pressure to achieve a PB (previously 1:33). Going past places I grew up around was special and it certainly made time fly by. At one point I was doing a 1:30 pace but by mile 10 I started to slow down to ensure I kept my energy to finish on a high.
Running into the stadium was amazing because I have supported Reading since a kid and was my first chance to enter like a player and receive a medaal. How cool is that.
In short- a must do again run to do even better than before but 1:32:03 well what more could I want. Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Reading Half 2011 what a great race. In full: Reading is my local race and the one that got me into running. This year was the best I have run in, the support around the course was fantastic, so many peple turned out to make it a great race to be a part of.
Really good mix of runners, so if you are thinking its not for you think again !! Date of review: March 26, 2011
In short: Fantastic day. Organisation near perfect and great support out on the roads In full: Loved every minute of the race. Organisation before before the start in the race village and at the end in the stadium were faultless. Enjoyed the entertainment on the way round and the crowds were very supportive. I had a fabulous day and I'd recommend it to anybody who would listen ! Date of review: March 26, 2011
In short: Well organised big half marathon In full: The race was well organised, a bit of delay at the start but no problem given the mild weather. Lots of support around the course, plenty of drinks stations and I appreciated the bottles rather than cups, but the hill at 2 miles makes getting a PB a challenge. Medal and goody bag were good as well. Only downside was the parking - a bit expensive, and I was surprised to find a queue 2 hours before the start. Date of review: March 25, 2011
In short: One of the best half marathons n the UK In full: This race gets better and better each year. The kids love the green park 3k race beforehand. The whole organisation is just superb and the atmostphere really uplifting. Reading you did yourself proud once again, thank you, a very special event Date of review: March 25, 2011
In short: superbly organised from start to finish In full: this was my 3rd time running and it is still a fantastic race to run. the support all the way around is tremendous from people cheering to local bands who have just set up on the roadside to give you some motivation! the thought of finishing in the stadium as well is enough to keep you going when you're feeling a bit tired! i beat last years time by a minute so happy with that ( 1 hr 50). apololgies to anybody who was behind me when i dropped my phone whilst trying to inform my family and girlfriend i was close to the finish....i nearly caused a pile up! besdides that another superbly organised race...well done Reading and Sweatshop! Date of review: March 25, 2011