Reading vs Bath Half Marathon

which one?

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30/09/2013 at 10:14

actually I was thinking more of this 'Swartz Brothers Burger' place (havent heard of it, despite having been to Bath more times than you can shake a stick ....... but Im sure its cool)

The fact that Ive seen the Edinburgh Woolen Mill in about 4 different towns and cities probably tipped off me off it wasnt really 'unique'


30/09/2013 at 10:17

To be fair, if the brothers Swartz aren't cutting it with the ostrich, I'd be more than happy with half a chicken and chips with extra hot peri-peri sauce. (You never get enough chips though, do you.)

30/09/2013 at 10:19

I thought you were only allowed in Edinburgh Woollen Mill if you arrived in the town on an organised tour coach, wore a label stating which tour you were on, follwed a guide holding an umbrella, and had a blue rinse (ladies) or wore lots of beige and elasticated trousers (gents). I might chance my luck on the day. Definitely Bath for me.

30/09/2013 at 10:27


The Bath 2 laps are soul destroying - there is a littlish lump half way around !

The stadium finish is well worth the previous mileage

30/09/2013 at 10:30

Ah - I was thinking EWM = boutique, Swartz Bros = eatery. Though now I kind of want a Nando's. Thanks Phil. 

30/09/2013 at 10:38

Sorry, I brought up the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, as it was the only thing I could think of shopping-wise that Bath could offer that Reading doesn't, unless you count actual souvenirs of Bath, union jack teddy bears and clotted cream fudge.

Nice to see it's successfully derailed the thread though.

30/09/2013 at 10:45

Why do people care about threads being derailed, the OP has already thanked us and told us that it looks like Bath is for her, so the job of the thread is done so now its a free for all


30/09/2013 at 10:49

Bath has a great independent Kitchenware shop, and also a brilliant Bertinet Bakery that sells some of the finest sourdough around. I think Nandos is a 2 -2 result as I can think of 2 in Reading

I do understand that the course is more important to some so will end my food and shopping requirements here, and get back to the important stuff.

So which has the best goody bag?


Edited: 30/09/2013 at 10:50
30/09/2013 at 10:54

I wish Readings goody bag had a thermal blanket in it. Last year, through foolish reasons, I had parked the car 2 miles from the finish line and walked there after the race ......... I swear to god I was this close to having proper hypothermia (holds fingers close together). I have never been so cold.


30/09/2013 at 11:03
Mr A nonymous wrote (see)

I wish Readings goody bag had a thermal blanket in it. Last year, through foolish reasons, I had parked the car 2 miles from the finish line and walked there after the race ......... I swear to god I was this close to having proper hypothermia (holds fingers close together). I have never been so cold.


I think they had an arbitrary rule that only the first 50% of finishers would get one

30/09/2013 at 11:08

Haha, well that doesnt work because according to the official results, there were 12,863 runners (well finishers anyway) ......... and my chip position was 5582.


30/09/2013 at 11:13

nah, best way to get thermal blankets is not to finish at all. I got actual hypothermia and they gave me about 5 of the things.

30/09/2013 at 11:19

There were plenty of rules you had at the time that the organisers may have put in place - maybe you walked a couple of steps or stopped which would have removed the entitlement to the blanket. I would have been disqualified yesterday under the DF3 rules.

Oops - another tangent.

Which is flatter / faster.  Reading isn't without one or two speed bumps which put a little dent in my early progress last year. I know nothing about the Bath course.

30/09/2013 at 11:46

is there a lakeland in either Bath or Reading? im in need of some baking trays and a deep sided roaster.  could tip it in the favour of which half i run next.   thanks

30/09/2013 at 11:52

There's a lakeland in Nottingham if you're still here... Independent kitchenware shops sound even more exciting though. I vote for Bath.

30/09/2013 at 11:56

Damn - I have left Nottingham already. I will have to wait until next year, and be content with some online kitchenware porn . It's not the same as handling the merchandise though.

Edited: 30/09/2013 at 11:57
30/09/2013 at 12:03

Bristol also has a branch of the independent kitchenware shop, so you could do Bath in the spring and Bristol in the autumn for a double kitchenware shopping hit.

I'd say Bath is a nicer course than Reading, but that may simply be that I have run 2 big PBs at Bath and am therefore sentimentally biased.  I hate the last few miles at Reading on a tough day...

30/09/2013 at 13:01

Dean - yes, there is a Lakeland in Reading.  We also have a Clas Ohlsson if you're after some Scandinavian kitchenware, which I'm sure you are.

Since you come from Stoke though, you should be able to manufacture this stuff yourself.  I thought you all could?

Edited: 30/09/2013 at 13:04
30/09/2013 at 13:20

I could do with some Lint Rollers (bloody dogs), a new security light, packs of pocket tissues, and some hangers. Maybe Reading would be the better option, what with Clas Ohlsson being on hand. Uumm, got me thinking now; planning races is a tricky business. I do like the idea of doing the kitchenware double in Spring and Autumn following Jools recommendation, and I'm not sure I'm up for those last few miles in Reading again.

30/09/2013 at 13:34

Should have hung around here a bit Also-Ran, we've got a John Lewis.

I'm leaning towards Reading now for the Scandinavian kitchenware though.

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