In short: Fantastic race, great organisation, and lovely course In full: I can't say anything bad about the 2011 race. I traveled down to do it with my sister, and had a great day out, and a new PB! Also her first race, which I think she enjoyed :-)
I still however have no idea how they make the course so good, I just hope the same team put on more events! Date of review: September 3, 2012
In short: Superb half marathon - well organised and terrific atmosphere In full: Anyone who wants to cross the finish line in front of 8,000 spectators should sign up now! Excellent finish in the Madjeski stadium, but the course in general takes you through Reading Town centre which means crowds and atmosphere. With various bands playing along the route you really cannot choose a better half marathon - beginner or experienced. Date of review: August 4, 2011
In short: Expensive, but good atmpsphere and organisation In full: Very well organised at the start, plenty of toilets and pens for anticipated finishing times. Shame we were late getting started. Well supported through out, especially the town centre and great finish in the stadium. Is expensive though, especially with the charge for parking on top. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Very nice event. In full: Two niggles: much unnecessary worry caused by extremely late issue of the prepaid car park vouchers. Please send around 2 weeks in advance in future to save me sleepless nights! Also, could the trader please have the common sense to bring some Compeed-type blister patches for sale; we can't remember everything!! Date of review: April 24, 2011
In short: It's the big finish that makes this one good In full: No doubt about it, take away the superb finish in the Madejski Stadium and this is a fairly average half marathon with too many runners. Support is great in many parts but it lacks on the A33 when you most need it from mile 11 to Green Park. Marshaling is good, as are drink stations (with energy drinks as well as bottled water) but the issues remain the same: too many runners for the roads at the start of the race, too many runners starting in the wrong places and holding up the pack, and another late start; Reading HM always struggles to go on time.
The organisers still need to find that extra mile so runners don't need to do the demoralising out and back at green park at mile 12. BUT the run into the stadium to finish is truly a great end to a race. The support is loud and the atmosphere fantastic. This really is the main reason to run this congested mass participation run. Date of review: April 4, 2011