In short: Was my 2nd. Bring on RHM11 In full: And once again, Reading Half Marathon shines as one of the best races I've done. The other being last years Reading Half.
The organisation is just faultless - even when you get your bag after, there are people to tell you to have your number clearly visible and as a result, your bag is ready for you pretty much as soon as you get to the desk.
The route is nicely challening with a couple of hills, and made the excellent race that it is by the fantastic support around the whole course.
The finish is a full on sprint to the huge cheers of thousands of people in the stadium.
I can't finish this without mentioning one of the marshalls who, as you run through the uni could be heard shouting "mind the humps, get your Sunday morning humps". A small example of the genuine fun and passion that all the marshalls have.
Once again, a brilliant race. My only niggle - the silver medal of 2009 was much better than the Jim'll Fix it medal of 2010!
See you in Green Park in March 2011! Date of review: March 27, 2010
In short: This Class Half is always Full In full: One of the best half marathons in the country. Faultless organisation and marshals, great shuttle bus to and from race. Vocal crowd and superb stadium finish. Would have to agree with fellow reviewer, the last three miles are the worst you can see the Madjeski but the route seems to snake around it and takes forever to get there!
One minor point where was my free massage? Said in the joining instructions that there was a free massage tent I couldn't find it and was forced to pay for one off the firefighters.
In short: Well organised mass participation race In full: For such a large event very little goes wrong. My 6th Reading half now and it is difficult to find fault without seeming to be knit picking. Would have liked to have had the option of a water bottle at 3rd station with a cap and for the first time a lot of people seemed to stop just after crossing the line. Also seemed to be a lot of I-plodders oblivious to faster runners trying to get past. Liked the 5k timing mats (new this year) Date of review: March 26, 2010
In short: So well orgnaised.....right down to the extra toilets in car parks! In full: One of my absolute all time favourites..it gets bigger each year but the organisation is such that everything still seems to run with ease and as a runner I feel "looked after". great crowds, good marshalling, fantastic finish ( do hate the final 3 miles...a bit soleless but even that seems to improve each year) Brought a running friend with me this year as a spectator and he is now desperate for next year when he can run it too.....well done Reading! Date of review: March 26, 2010