In short: Qucker course than I expected In full: Wasn't sure about parking near the start so opted to park in the centre and get a courtesy bus. Found the bus service to be superb both there and back. Did have to park at the station for over £7 when I knew there was a car park close by for £4 but just couldn't find the car park :-( Better car park sign posts would be beneficial.
Nice to see Sally Gunnell starting the race and once we were under way there was great support pretty much all way round. Liked the landlord giving out beers at about mile 7 although not many takers unsurprisingly.
Super finish at Madjeski stadium which made you feel like an olympian for just a few moments. I didn't run a PB but I did run much quicker than I expected so course quicker than I thought.
Not the cheapest but would definately recommend this one especially now I have no worries about the traffic/parking. Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: Worth travelling - Enjoyed In full: No problems. As a newcomer, I was glad I walked the start the day before to get the layout of Stadium & Park. Race was fine, bit narrow at places and bit uphill into the stadium at the end. Lots of spectators, some roadside on their sofas drinking wine near the Universtity! Very good atmosphere - hope to run Reading again. Date of review: April 7, 2012
In short: Best ever race In full: This is definitely the best organised and friendly race I have taken part in. This was my third half marathon but blew the other 2 out of the water.
I came into the race with a few niggling injuries but other than the approach to the stadium (which was a dual carriage way) there were crowds cheering you on through the whole route which gave me a massive lift and help me finish and even achieve a P.B. Big shout out to the ladies banging on the pots and pans with wooden spoons – you sounded great!
There were loads of water and lucozade stations for energy boosts, so dehydration was not a concern.
I could not recommend this event highly enough – this is a brilliant advert for Reading and the people of Reading!
Can’t wait for next year!
So sorry to hear about Ged Clarke who died after finishing the run, thoughts are with his friends and family.
In short: Well organised, excellent atmosphere and a lovely route! In full: What a fantastic atmosphere! So much support from the spectators and the other runners were so enthusiastic it was a real treat to run at this one! Spent the first 5 miles witha big goofy grin!
Scenery was nice and it was great to run through the towna nd get the support. The last mile or so along a dual carriageway wasn't so interesting and it was tough as there wasn't much shade on such a warm day.
Great to finish in a stadium and hear the cheering from the crowd - what a buzz!
One of my top ever races! (The PB helped too! :) Date of review: April 5, 2012
In full: Altogether a well organised race with great PB potential. Getting more popular by the year though, so congested in places. The atmosphere the whole way along was fantastic, the crowd were brilliant. If I had to ask for one thing to make it better, it'd be (possibly) one more water/lucozade stop, but what was on offer was more than adequate. Would recommend this race to anyone - both experienced runners and those wanting to lose their half-marathon virginity. Date of review: April 5, 2012