In short: Boom!!! Broke 2:30 so I am happy!!!! In full: This was my target 20 miler (as the next 3 are off road or horrendously hilly) and I knew what to expect after last year, ran an avg/pace of 7:26, my target for London is 7:24, so I was well happy and the course did what it said on the tin.
Good organisation by RR, pretty good value, decent medal and chip timed so can't moan for £21.
Whilst it wasn't warm today it certainly wasn't cold and it was very sunny. Water in cups wasn't really sufficient for me personally, could have done with some bottled, even if only on the water stations on the 2nd lap. However, I can see why the organisers don't do this as entirely agree with the previous comments about littering. If you can carry it for the first 12 miles you can carry it for the last 8, or dispose of it with your cup at the next water station, appalling!!!
Mile 5-6/15-16, and between miles 7-9/17-19 there are some sneaky inclines, whilst not noticed on the first lap they do take their toll on the second lap and need factoring in if your aiming for a time.
Will be back in 2014, Well done RR!!! Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Very well organised scenic run. Great prep for a spring marathon In full: Parking/organisation very good. Very well marshalled all way round. Crowds thin on the ground so you have to be very self motivated especially if you are doing the 20mile. Positive: course, and organisation Negative: start time (would prefer 9:30) and crowd support. Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Very tough second lap In full: Cannot agree more with previous rating which comment on the runners littering. Its easy enough to hang onto your rubbish and drop them off at the water stations. We love to sun these scenic routes, now please lets have the decency to leave things as we found them. Thanks to the Marshalls and water staion volunteers for a great job Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Fantastic marshalls, well organised race HQ In full: This is a very well organised race along quiet roads with only mild undulations - much less challenging than say the Hemel 20. Lots of marshals and good support in the village and plenty of water stations. Race HQ is excellent with good changing facilities, bag drop and cake/sandwiches stall. Received the best goodie bag I've ever had on any race. Only organisation hiccup was the parking; queued for 20 minutes to get in and the marshalls were a bit thin on the ground. Also much further away than the 10 minutes stated!
One negative (not the organisers fault); I was very disappointed to see just how much litter (mainly empty gel packets) were dropped by runners. One local in the village I saw was understandably disgusted but it wasn't just there; especially on the second lap there were empty packets everywhere. There's no need for it. Perhaps the race organisers can encourage/threaten but as runners we do need to be better behaved Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Great organisation, well marsahlled, nice atmosphere. Will do it next year, too In full: 2 laps of 10 miles. Flat with some mild hills in 6/16 and 8/18. All tarmac. Easy parking, great goodie bag and nice medal. Well done Reading RR!! Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Great race, but finish line carnage In full: Very enjoyable race today, with great facilities, but the finish line seemed an area of carnage at the end of lap 1, with people being physically pushed and shoved my some marshalls down either lane...How hard would it be to have to have a "finish" sign on the left hand side, and "another lap" sign down the right ? Just a thought, surely would make the marshalls life one hell of a lot easier than trying to physically direct every single runner ! Still very much enjoed the race though and will be back Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Good marathon training run In full: All on-road. Not traffic-free, but no problems.Not as flat as Gosport half, not as undulating as Basingstoke half. Years of practice has made this run (rightly) a regular for many. Parking - ample. Toilets - pretty good. Baggage store - good Changing - Ok, but no showers. Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Great race - Definitely worth a place in any runners Spring Marathon training schedule. In full: First time running at this event - definitely back for more next year. A nice mix of club and casual runners, all made to feel welcome. Although two races run simultaneously (10 & 20 miles) the start is well organised with time banners for both races to line up to - thus reducing congestion. Excellent, supportive marshalls and lots of them, throughout the entire route (thank you to them, both for the support and encouragement and for standing out in the cold for so long on a sunday morning!) Lots of water stations - a big thank you particularly to the Army cadets at the 5/15 mile station for the 'singing' encouragement - well done to you). A fairly flat course with just a couple of inclines at the 6/12 & 8/18 mile marks - but on largely traffic free country lanes. Nice scenic course. All in all - I would thoroughly recommend this race. Well organised, well supported, great marshall's and local support - the only thing missing is a nice warm shower at the finish!! ( but I guess you can't have it all!!) Thank you Reading Roadrunners and all connected with the organisation of this great race. See you in 2013. Date of review: February 14, 2012
In short: The usual excellent organisation form RR In full: Did the 10 this year, having done the 20 three times before, and with no spring marathon this year. As always, it was very well organised. Not sure about those saying it's pancake flat though! It's not a hilly course by any means, and is reasonably fast but there are a few inclines, including a longish one between 6 and 7 miles that add up to about 250 ft on the 10 and nearly 500 over the 20. Very good prize pot for those of us lucky enough to sneak into it, but the best thing by far was the top VFM tea and cake stall in the schoolhall afterwards! Date of review: February 14, 2012