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
In short: Will def be back to run this again In full: Got to the start area a tad late. The race village was rammed at the start and everything seemed a bit chaotic (possibly because I was in a rush). Missed a pre-race trip to the lavi because of a queue that wasn't moving. The race got going though and I didn't encounter anything negative from that point onwards - the marshalls were the brilliant, the water stations were frequent, it was well supported, there was a good quality field of runners ... all in all, perfect marathon press. Date of review: February 13, 2012
In short: A good race made great by the marshalls In full: This is how to do it. Excellent facilities, with seperate storage for the 10 and 20 mile runs. The course is flat and fast. The highest praise goes to the marshalls - they were fantastic. Lots of cheery faces and words of encouragement despite hours standing in the cold.