In short: Great community feeling In full: I drive through Bracknell quite a lot, and always thought of it as little more than a collection of roundabouts and dual carriageways, with oddly-alphabetically named housing estates set around. So running a half round it looked like the ideal way to discover if it's actually a real place or not.
And what I found from this race is that yes, it is a real place, with friendly locals who don't let a drizzly and chilly May morning stop them coming out to support runners along the 'testing and at times picturesque course' (to quote the local Councillor in the programme).
There are ups and downs (both natural and, through the use of subways under the roundabouts, artificial), there are twisty bits, there's one long sweeping uphill from about 6-8 that gives you decent views over the town as a whole - all in all, a good varied course. And it's almost entirely residential, which means lots of people come out and cheer you on.
Organisation was excellent and the t-shirt is top quality, making the race a bargain at this price. The kids staffing the water/sponge station were really funny, too.
In short: Bracknell's little gem In full: I'm a first timer to this race and i was very pleasantly surprised at the first rate slick organisation, marshalling was terrific and crowd support generous on a cool morning. Easy to get to, parking was well organised and finish was a top notch. i enjoyed the small field (please keep it that way) and sponges were an added bonus- i can fault nothing. Big pat on the back to the organisers for their hard work. the only minus is the underpasses take a big toll on the knees due to the twists and turns and they ache today, but the benefit of off road outweighs the small -ve. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Really enjoyable - and surprisingly quick... In full: First time for me at Bracknell - work there every day but never been tempted. Was not expecting anything like as quick a time as Reading, but first few miles had to hold back as course was quite zippy. Hills at 8/9 were a bit of a test, as was the gradual incline up to finish coupled with the twisty bits in the underpasses. Never the less managed to PB by nearly 3 mins....!! Good organisation, easy parking/toilets, nice goody bag. Support and water stations very good too. Overall very nice race indeed - hope they keep it this small. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Top notch organisation, excellent marshalling, loads of crowd support... In full: and very enthusiastic children at the water/sponge stations. Although missed out on a PB, beat my time from last year. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Superb organisation and great value In full: I've run this race several times now and I find it impossible to find fault. Every time it seems to run like clockwork which I'm sure is a tribute to the hard work of the organisers. Plus it's one of the best value races around. Highly recommended Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Who would have thought Bracknell was this pretty? In full: From parking 20 yards from the start, the huge number of loos at the start, enthusiatic marshalls (most anyway) and a no waste goody bag at the end this is a great race. This is a well organised race in suprisingly pleasant surrounds. A few hills, but nothing to stop a fast time. The best value half around Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Fabulous event In full: Great organisation from start to finish. Excellent marshalling and support. Great teams on the water stations. Can't wait to do it again next year!! Date of review: May 9, 2010