In short: Flat race. Fairly quiet roads. NUmber one goody bag!! In full: Event takes place along seafront and was perfect weather this particular Sunday. Could be very different on a windy day! A couple of things - more toilets. Only 3 for 150 competitors. The 2nd lap on the cycle section needs more marshals to make sure cyclists know to go round twice. Otherwise an enjoyable friendly race for beginners and experienced competitors and probably one of the best goody bags I have ever received. Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Beautiful countryside and excellent organisation - thank you Marlow striders In full: My first multi-sport event so wasn't sure what to expect. It was a really great morning. The 7km run course is done twice- once in each direction which as a nice touch and made it seem more interesting. The course is pretty flat and runs through nice paths and criss crosses the lovely Thames at Marlow. The bike course takes in the stunning scenery of the Hambledon Valley - a really beautiful ride. Marshalls were on hand everywhere needed and were very encouraging. One (tiny) thing to consider- I was expecting something to help re-fuel at the end but all that was on offer was a glass of water- a banana or cereal bar would have helped a lot. A great event and will definitely do it again, thank you. Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: Excellent race for a duathlon first timer In full: Suffered badly from pre-race nerves but it was my first one. I entered it because I thought it would push me to my limit and it certainly did. The transitions were hard and couldn't feel my legs on the last leg of the run, but I did it in a reasonable time and the medal was pretty good too. The support and organisation were fantastic. Definitely entering next year :) Date of review: December 26, 2013
In short: My first Tri! In full: Chose this as my first tri (sprint distance), as I'd swam there before and knew the area was flat for the cycle. Everyone was very friendly and helpful to this beginner, a very nice introduction to triathlon.
The swim section was a bit crowded but the water is nice and clear. The cycle section was very flat, but a strong headwind on the return leg made life very difficult. The run was a simple out and back, it was quite nice to be able to observe swimmers and cyclists in other waves, and doing loops meant that my wife was able to see me go past a few times. The organisation was smooth, and the organisers were on hand to help some of the competitors who had specific queries.
Would I do another tri? Yes, but I'd probably wait until I get a road bike and get some more miles in my legs - I was constantly lapped on my hybrid, so will stick to swimming and running for the moment. Date of review: September 30, 2013
In short: Well organized, but a few teething troubles In full: This race went very well, and the facilities were very good. However, I found the weed in the lake absolutely terrifying. I am not a confident swimmer and got so tangled in it that I had to ask a canoe to tow me out. The other problem was at the finish, it was so congested I didn't find my way to the water or the teeshirts - but got both later on! Apart from this it was all very well done, the bike section was very enjoyable and it was novel to be running through the theme park Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: my first open wate triathlon. In full: A great experience, with like minded souls. A great event and looked after. some weed to deal with in the lake, but ive had that on training swims. A fantastic event, plus you run through the park.
In short: My first tri, this has converted a runner into a wannabe triathlete In full: I've lost my running 'mojo' over the last few years. I decided to shake things up a bit and have a go at a triathlon - ignoring the fact that I hate swimming.This was my first tri, and it won't be my last. The course profile doesn't do the hills justice, they're challenging but not impossible. The bike ride is quiet out in the countryside, and most of the support was near transition, but I expect that will be the case in any future tri's I do. Overall I had such a good time that I'm looking for more sprint tri's near me, and if I can do some swimming training maybe even a longer one :). Very friendly bunch in transition, helping each other - not just newbies like me. Date of review: September 5, 2013
In short: My first ever triathlon, great atmosphere, well organised, great medal and tshirt, lovely flat run and not too challenging bike course! In full: I took part in the Reading triathlon sprint distance as my first ever triathlon. It was great. Really good for a first timer. Lots of club runners but really supportive atmosphere. The training day offered before hand was really helpful too. Totally got me hooked on triathlon now. Date of review: September 2, 2013
In short: Cracking Event - Great Value In full: This was my first Olympic Tri, having done a couple of Sprints last year and I was really impressed with the whole event. Plenty of updates pre-race, easy to register and rack up and a fairly personal feel to it, not being too large an event (yet). The marshalling and sign-posting was second to none and the cycle route, although not overly hilly, had a few draining sections, but a couple of swift bits too. A good course for spectators too.
To top it off, 60 quid for an Olympic length... very good. Well done guys. Date of review: September 1, 2013
In short: My first Olympic distance tri and I am glad I took the plunge at Reading. Great fast course and excellent organisation. In full: Big thanks to Oliver and Ceri and all the marshalls and volunteers for making this a great frist time experience. I cant wait to sign up for 2014! Date of review: September 1, 2013
In short: Swim, Run, don't mess about in transition... In full: 1st go at an Aquathlon, well organised, excellently marshalled and a fun event in the lovely summer sun... Apparently I did 4 extra lengths (20 instead of 16), it was so exciting!!! And I messed up my transition - shoes on and GONE in future!! Not to worry, it was a great morning and look forward to future events. Date of review: August 13, 2013
In short: Newbie friendly, flat/fast course. In full: Despite the rainy & cold weather, an enjoyable evening. Great for a newbie like myself new to open water swimming and in dire need of some leg strength. Helpful organisers and clear race pack. There were some people moaning about the car park, but it states in the pack that cars will be let out of the car park once the cycle route is clear. My only suggestion would be to maybe to let cars out through a coned off section (H&S permitting)for the people in the first heat to get away if they so wish. Date of review: June 5, 2013