In short: Windy, Hot, ... but short on my Garmin?!! In full: I decided to enter Shinfield 10K on the day and found it to be friendly, well-organised and with plenty of marshalls to help on the course. It was quite hot and windy out there but a reasonably fast course with just a few bumps meant it passed without incident.
I have to question the distance though, as it came up short on my Garmin. Date of review: May 2, 2011
In short: Good race improved by new course In full: The new course seems a bit more hilly than the old one, though maybe that was because it was a windy day and the hilly bit is rather exposed. In spite of that, it was more pleasant than the old one, especially the finish where there was lots of support. The gravel footpath part was fine - good surface and plenty wide enough - though it could be a different story after heavy rain. Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Varied course but quick In full: I enjoyed this one. There was quite a crowd but, after a few minutes from the start, this caused no impediment to proper running. The terrain was a bit up and down, but the variety was good - I liked the gravel path near the end - with some pleasant rural stretches. I think it is a fast course. The organisation was excellent, as I expected from this club. Will return. Date of review: May 5, 2010
In short: Good 10k; shambolic kids 3k In full: 10k was a pleasant race. Brought kids along to do the 3k first, but this was extremely disappointing. It was in a different spot to the 10k; there were no signs as to where to go to register or start; because it was in a different place I was unable to see the kids finish (the whole point being to cheer them on, surely?); the 3k race was just twice round a very uneven field - kids were stumbling all over the place, apparently; kids getting confused as to where the finishing line was (because marshalls, not in the critical place); no timings given. All in all a very disappointing kids 3k. Date of review: May 5, 2010
In short: Well organised race! Definate value for money In full: The marshalls were great in this race. Really supportive and friendly. The course had enough variation to be interesting and the goody bag at the end was great with some useful bits and pieces. Well done Reading Road Runners! Date of review: May 4, 2010