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
In short: Decent fast race. In full: This is the second year I have run the Shinfield 10k and I have to say on the whole I wasn't disappointed.
I'll start with the positives. The route is very good, and they do well to avoid the major roads and take in some of the countryside in the area. Chip timing is a major plus for me and it's nice there is a fate as well for the non-runners and children to enjoy. This really adds to the day and makes for a family day out. There are loads of marshals about cheering you on, as well as locals stood outside their front doors. Having constant support is a big plus.
The minor issues I have with the race are these. This event is getting so big now, it's clearly outgrown the space they use for the start. There is barely enough room for the runners at the start/finish and although they have done a decent job of not allowing spectators into the back where the toilets and bag drop off area is, once the race has finished it’s very short of space. I think a new start/finish point will be required.
Not having the race numbers and chips posted out in advance was also a disappointment. This meant we all had to arrive well in advance and then 760 runners are stood around with nothing to do for well over 30-50 minutes. Had this been raining, it would have made for a miserable start to the race. I’d like to see these numbers and chips posted out in advance.
The final point is about not wearing headphones. Unlike some events Shinfield clearly tell you well in advance that you can’t use headphones (unlike Swallowfield 10k last year when they told you at the start line). That said I cannot see any reason why we can’t use them. The first part is on a closed road, then through fields and a quiet housing estate and then quite country lanes, back through a field and that earlier housing esate. I saw one car over take me, and with plenty of marshals about to wave you through, I can’t see why headphones are banned. I use my iPod to tell me my pacing information per mile, so having to look at this device is more distracting that listening to it. Even if I could use one headphone that wouldn’t be so bad. I run on open roads on other races without issue, and this just smacks to me of someone with a little bit of power letting it go to their head, or H&S gone mad.
Despite these minor issues, it’s still a great race and I will be taking part again next year. Hopefully it will continue to grow and improve over time. Date of review: May 6, 2014
In short: Beginner friendly flat 10K with a fete at the end. Very nice race. In full: This has come a long way since the 2 toilets in a boggy field and that's your lot. Easy parking, easy registration, sensible loo arrangements (if overwhelmed but that is the norm). Fete is not quite a s good as it used to be but ideally located. Couple of bottlenecks if you are one of the Alf Tuppers but all in all a real honest good value race. Smashing support all round and top marshalls. What more can you ask for? Date of review: May 5, 2014
In short: Great race, organisation was excellent, really smooth. Some slight inclines in the first 5k but pretty much flat or down from 6k. Found it nice and fast. Nice touch giving out popcorn at the end. Date of review: May 5, 2014
In short: Great race - a bit hot though this year! In full: I ran this last year when it was cold and wet and dreary and managed my 2nd best ever 10k time. This year it started an hour earlier which was good as it was warm. The heat eventually got tome and my legs tied up a bit, so I walked through the water station and lost 10-15 seconds, but managed a new second best-ever 10k time. Rather stupidly I missed the timing mats at the beginning so ended up with a gun time rather than a chip time but I was glad to get an official time and it was only about 10 seconds out. There were enough loos and the marshals were really encouraging. Well done RRR - will be back again next year. Date of review: May 7, 2013
In short: Summertime fun in the sun!.. In full: A sunny day at long last. It may have been a little warm for running, or a shock to the system but can't complain as I managed to just get a PB by a few seconds. The race was well organised and really enjoyed my first outing at Shinfield 10K. It had a nice feel to it, with the Mayday Fete and the Brass Band; but what made the event for us was the children's races, which made a morning of it instead of rushing off after the run was done. Well done RRR, we'll be back next year. Date of review: May 6, 2013