In short: Well marshalled, friendly, scenic In full: A lovely, local race, small enough to feel personal, large enough to be professional. Marshalling is great - very positive and encouraging. Organisation is good, and its a nice country run without being far out of town. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: A few small changes would make a good event great In full: I echo Muttley and a few others. Some people chose a race because of a medal so disappointing not to get one. Having said that, a towel was a novel idea and will be used so thank you for ingenuity. 2 small comments that may improve things for next year. 1) The start is a little congested, yet there is chip timing. Why not follow what they do at other events and stagger the start? For example, you could do the first 100, wait 30 seconds, release the next 100 and so on.
2) Signage - Coming along from Showcase direction and up to the big roundabout were no signs. Even though I know the FW building there were no parking signs to suggest a right turn into the building. There were however signs visible on the opposite side of the road suggesting you need to carry on towards J11. When in Shinfield, there were no obvious signs for number collection, instead the natural path was to follow people to the village hall where registrations were taking place. Again, a small point but something really easy to remedy.
Just to finish on a positive, ample loos and ALL marshals were good particularly the chap on the final big roundabout who was great. Good job! Date of review: May 4, 2016
In short: Nice event but no medal, despite promises In full: OK, so this is a nice village-green race that always goes smoothly. Reading Roadrunners are old hands at this one and do other local events as well. The baggage stow was a bit chaotic though.
But come on guys, if you advertise a medal for finishers under 90 minutes then that is what we should get. A towel with a promotional logo doesn't cut it. A similar thing happened a couple of years ago, when the medal was also promised but we got (if I recall) a coffee cup. It's not the end of the world but it is a bit slapdash and disappointing. Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Great race but why no medal? In full: This was the 4th time I'd done the Shinfield 10k. It's a great course, lots of downhill and flat and only a bit of significant uphill so great for fast times. The organisation is very good.
BUT we got a towel. Not the medal that was promised on the website. Come on Reading RR, if you promise a medal, provide one. In 2014 there was a really nice medal, just replicate that one with 2017 on it for next year. Date of review: May 2, 2016
In short: Good, but room for improvement In full: This is the 3rd year I have run this race, but only the first year I have felt the need to write a review. The route, atmosphere, marshalling, signage and PB potential are all very good. My issue is with finish.
Due to the narrow access road you finish on there isn't much room for improvement, but I do think the foot path on the right needs to be opened up once you cross the finish line. This gives runners somewhere to slow down and spread out, instead of forcing us to stop suddenly after the finish line. What makes it worse is the fact you are then shouted at to remove your timing chips. I was asked 3 times in the space of 10 seconds for my chip, the last person was very rude. Some of us would like 30 seconds to slow down after a run, walk about for a bit and then you can have my chip. There is no need to be so pushy about it.
If the chip collection was moved to the exit of this car park, you could allow runners to slow down naturally, take their time and grab a drink before you hand your chip in. People won’t be able to get past you, so there is no danger of losing any chips. Date of review: May 5, 2015
In short: Great way to spend a bank holiday In full: Great day out helped by sunny weather at a nice run with a great local feel. A fun 'may the fourth be with you' theme too. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Not very impressed In full: Expected better from a major running club. The signage was poor, the goody bag was non-existent and compared to other runs locally, this was very expensive for very little. Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Sunny May Day romp. In full: Well organised race on country lanes. The weather was warm, and I felt as if I could have done with an additional water station at about 8k, apart from that it was a lovely, well marshalled race. Date of review: May 6, 2014