Reading Half Marathon

err help! Enter! How?

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14/10/2002 at 22:52
yeah when
I might do this
Trogs    pirate
15/10/2002 at 00:34
Did Reading last year. Might do it again, depends if I get into London and when it (Reading) is. Last year was on 10/3 and all details were on the website I've not looked at the site recently so don't know if it's been updated for next years yet.
15/10/2002 at 06:58
Anyone doing the Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday, 20 October. I am and you will spot me sporting my Maidenhead club vest.

If you have done this before it would be great to hear from you.
15/10/2002 at 08:33
It was bad, but not bad enough to stop me doing it again. The baggage disposal was the biggest nightmare so if you can find a way of not having any then that would be an advantage. I haven't seen any sign of enteries being welcome yet but I'll keep an eye out.

Would be good to see you all there in your club vests
15/10/2002 at 08:33
EP, you're even crazier than I thought! There you are on another thread lamenting the fact that you can't run for more than 20 mins, and here you are entering a half! My admiration for your ba*ll* is endless.
15/10/2002 at 08:37
It's not till March, so you've got stacks of time. Nearer the date the website will (presumably) switch to this from whatever other event it currently redirects you to. You'll be able to enter online, which is nice and easy.
15/10/2002 at 09:11
You'd be well advised to enter in advance. It's a big event and was full this year. Some would say it was overcrowded. As for timing, I'm sure you'll be alerted either in the RW mag or on this forum.
iron fraggle    pirate
15/10/2002 at 09:34
I'm doing it too EP, as the route goes fairly near home, and past junior fraggles nursery school, which I'm going to raise some dosh for (he starts primary in April!!)
Will be there with my club vest on (or long sleeve depending on the weather!) - maybe we shoud pre-book Ninos in towm for a pasta party?!!
15/10/2002 at 14:24
I miht do this, as it would be easier transport wise than Coniston, and I dont think i should do both
15/10/2002 at 23:47
I do, youre right
He may well be at Brighton, tremble!
Trogs    pirate
16/10/2002 at 00:23
Late as always!

EP - I don't recall the exact route but yes there were a couple of steepish hills. One was fairly short but quite steep; another if I remember rightly was up around the Uni campus.

As BK has already said the worst bit from the organisational point of view was the baggage store, it was a real choke point and took forever to get into to the point where they had to delay the start cos people were still trying to deposit their bags. Once at the front of the queue the set up was very good with bags nicely ordered by running number. The start was overcrowded with the normal number of people standing at the wrong place but then again the time markers were not particularly visible.

It was my first half and I did quite enjoy it so I may well do it again except that I've sort of commited to the Salisbury 'Race for us all to meet' which I think is the week before and I'm not sure I can manage two half's on consecutive weekends.
16/10/2002 at 08:36
Oi, EP, BZ pack it in.

Of course you can Murf. I'm doing both
16/10/2002 at 12:48
I did it last year and stayed in Reading the night before which was a terrible mistake!

I popped out to see some of the sights the night before and ended up in the Fez club, as you can imagine the hills felt extra steep.

As mentioned before the bag problem was a pain, we ended up just hiding ours in the main gym which is not ideal. It was my first half marathon after running various other distances and was fun.
16/10/2002 at 12:52
The race itself was fine, its not too hilly. They give you bottles of water so easier to drink from and theres also music at certain points(if that helps). Hopefully a nicer day next year
16/10/2002 at 19:53
Sounds good
Where can we stay pixie
16/10/2002 at 19:54
Do you think we can pesuade Bk to come up the night before for a swift half?
16/10/2002 at 21:57
Posh hotel, well with craeture comforts
17/10/2002 at 09:02
Drinks before a race, god I do have a bad reputation. I figure there will be a reasonable number doing this race so I might have to try and organise something.
iron fraggle    pirate
17/10/2002 at 09:26
Hotel wise there's the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express which are both next to Rivermead (start/finish)...guess if you book soon in might be the cheapest. I think there's also a travelodge in town if that's any help.

Bk pasta party at Ninos and post race pint in the Three men in a boat?
17/10/2002 at 16:26
Well if i cant blame you BK for my drink problem, who CAN I blame
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