In short: Puts Reading on the map! In full: Really good race, few problems at the start which could be improved. Crowd around the course and in the stadium were just awesome, why runners need headphones I do not know. Those with headphones on are missing out BIG TIME ! Enjoyed my beer at the Nags Head on Russell Street and still managed a PB ! Date of review: April 5, 2012
In short: A fantastic day out In full: Registered for this way back when it opened and suffered a couple of injuries so pushed back my blue bib and started in the green zone. I wasn't racing cometitively, just to see how my knee would hold up so the pinch points and occasional slowing down on the tighter corners didn't upset me. To be honest I think you should expect this anyway when you are running with near enough 20,000 other runners through a town. And who can be angry if the people holding you up at the water station are our boys in army greens running for charity?!
Atmosphere was fantastic, particularly through the university and around the train station - I loved it! And the drummers by the Oracle, I was nearly in tears with pure emotion. Spurred me on to finish in a time that I was not expecting at all. And the last few hundred meters in the stadium - you can't help but turn the pace up. Brilliant feeling.
One slight niggle - cutting corners across the grass verges on the tigher bends. Fine if people want to do this and shorten the distance microscopically, but it encourages everyone else to dive across the road to do the same and those of us that want to stick to the correct side of the curb end up getting barged around a bit. Maybe some red and white crash barriers / tape in these areas to keep people on the roads? Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: one of the better events In full: The organisation could not be faulted. Perhaps a more stringent check of who is in the correct pen - however despite that many entrants have an expectancy above their station ! My Garmin read as 13.22 The 'hills' are easy and for a first timer not to be worried about. As a spectator my wife reckons it is the best she has ever been to . Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Has this race become too big for the roads it is run on? In full: A great race but I fear it has got too popular and the roads are now far too congested. More use of the whole road rather than one side of it is needed in future.
Other than that, a great day out Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Just another brilliant Reading Half In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this run/race, after the initial no number saga with many thousands of other runners.. This race cannot be faulted for the support from marshalls, helpers and spectators. Bring on the 30th Reading Half Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Loved it! In full: Fourth time i've done this one, and i love it every time. Few problems with getting the race packs out, but what a great race. The support from the crowds and the bands along the way give this a great atmosphere. Will definately be there next year. Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Twisty and bumpy with tons of support :) In full: Recently moved to Reading so I thought I'd give the HM a go. I have previously tried the Bristol HM which I was really impressed with.
I loved all the support around the route, it was really encouraging to see the amount of people who had come out and all those who were giving out beer/ jelly babies/ ice lollies along the way! It was such a great atmosphere, along with all the bands and drummers. There is definitely a sense of fun to this race and that really added to my enjoyment of it!
I LOVED the stadium ending - I run with headphones but I pulled them out especially to hear the amazing crowd. If there ever was a reason for a sprint finish that is it! Also loved the goodie bag, I munched on all the snacks on the shuttle bus back (which is free, quick and I would highly recommend using).
The race village was well set out with no problems dropping off my bag. I really liked the Lucozade stand where I picked up a pace band and some free jelly beans which I took with me on my race and came in very handy fuelling me on such a hot day.
I did find that the race was hillier than I expected and there were many parts where the route grew narrow and this caused a few problems with pace/ tripping over people and during toilet/ water stops where people seemed to dart across to reach them. However I thought the hills and twists and turns round the centre added to the character of the race and that was where the biggest crowds were so I wouldn't change it!
At the very start I was unable to use the toilets in front of me (free Lucozade was prob not the best plan!) because I was in the wrong colour zone - then once the race had started the queues from those loos blocked the route!! Just as well this was before the official start line.
Despite my grumbles I thought this race was awesome and shows Reading to be the excellent place that it is. I am a fairly new runner and I run on my own but I definitely felt welcomed by everyone. Reading HM has certainly fuelled my passion for running - I can't wait for next year!! Date of review: April 3, 2012