In short: Enjoyable race In full: Good race and the course was well marshalled and signed. It was a good job because the course was mainly on cycle ways and footpaths. The marshals did a terrific job where we had to cross side roads.
The course was certainly "undulating" and the hill at about 8 miles made it quite challenging I thought.
The start/finish location was quite nice and spectators were able to get a coffee while they waited.
Only minor criticism was over the marshalling of the car park that meant people arrived later and left their cars in silly places. Minor detail that I think could be improved for next year.
In short: Not Easy! In full: Found it tough going today - not sure why - it actually felt like 3/4 of the race was uphill! By mile 9 I was barely moving - most odd. Anyways, always good to return to my an old stomping ground, and mostly enjoyed the race (aside from my lack of fitness!) The local support was outstanding, and the marshalls and organisers were brilliant. I should also mention that the goodies at the end were the best I've ever received - I was actually pretty chuffed - shame I couldn't provide a performance to match! :) Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: I love this race! Best in the area by a mile, give it a go next year! In full: I've tried to do what I call my 'home' three halves for the past few years but with one thing and another this year was the first I've made it to all three (Reading, Wokingham & Bracknell). Hailing from Wokingham I never thought I'd be praising Bracknell but it puts the others to shame (relatively as they are good races)! Course is brilliant, all cycleways and paths, organisation is ace, marshalls great but what really makes it is the local support and the strange fact that Bracknell is really a runners paradise once you delve beneath the ring roads and dual carriageways :-) This is one of those races that just has a brilliant feel about it, very friendly, top organisation, and a decent sized field with a good spread of abilities. I've PB'd on it twice now which helps! Was really happy to hit 1:30 this year, will be back next year to go under as the course seems to suit my style of running! Thanks Bracknell for a brilliant race, I do hope it continues and It would be brilliant if Quintilles are still on board even if they do move out of town... Date of review: August 28, 2010
In short: Good race with a local feel and neatly avoids the worst corners of Bracknell In full: Not the most scenic of routes, but avoids the town centre while also achieving a reasonable smattering of support, especially near the frequent water stations. Fantastic organisation, a friendly field and PB potential. Date of review: August 17, 2010
In short: Best Half in the Area In full: Superb organisation and marshalling, small field of runners, good support and fantastic goody bag (puts Fleet to shame). If your looking for your first venture into a race, you can't go wrong with this one. Once you've done it you'll be back for more. Excellent event. Date of review: May 13, 2010
In short: Last year was NOT a fluke - it really is a cracking event. In full: So far it`s the race of the year - I don`t why but I really do like this one. Easy to get to, loads of parking, good starting area. Generally flat for the first 5 miles, then becomes more of a challenge but despite that and the twists & turns it`s still a fast course. Massive amount of support where needed - water & sponge stops. Great finishing area. Super goodie bag. Well done Bracknell for putting on another great event. A must for next year.
In short: My home race, not the prettiest but great atmosphere and fabulous support all the way round. Smashed my target time so very pleased! In full: This is a great race for all standards. Mostly flat but some killer long slopes (not really hills) half way through! Dig in and don't look ahead and you'll do fine! As last year, great organisation, fabulous support all along the course from the locals. There were even more water stations than last year and the lovely kids were there again towards the end with jelly babies! My 3rd half marathon and knocked 7 minutes off last year's time and a PB! Will definitely run again next year. Date of review: May 13, 2010