In short: First run on new certified 10km route In full: Another decent, smoothly organised Reading Road Runners race with enthusiastic marshalling and a even a few locals braving the cold & wind to lend a cheer. Route is on a new, accurately measured 10km course and as such times will be well down on the previous (shorter) route. However I was disappointed to be over 20s outside a recent half marathon 10km split. The wind and running alone was a big factor, but the 9th, offroad km was a real struggle. The course certainly isn't quick. Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: Good course, even better weather In full: One of those days where it felt like the whole race was downhill with the wind behind, recording a sub 71 on what was meant to be a tempo run. Others found it undulating rather than hilly though and we were very lucky with the weather. Date of review: February 15, 2008
In short: Quickish race with strong field In full: First half of the race is lightening fast. It's pretty flat but somehow feels downhill. Second half includes some off-roady sections and less even surfaces, although it's still possible to run quicly over them. Cash prizes and cabbages for top 10 - also the start line photo was a nice touch. Useful long sleeved t-shirt more than justifies the cost of entry. Date of review: October 20, 2007
In short: Recommended for speed and quality at the front In full: Great race, well organised and loads of encouraging marshalls who did a great job.
There are people to run with whatever your standard, which made a big difference to my race.
First 7 miles are lightening fast, after that a few 'features' such as a lose gravel path and steep ramp to climb over a bridge make it a little tougher, but it was good to suprise myself with a nice pb, running 55:53ish when I expected a ~56:30.
Nice long sleeved t-shirt at the end makes it well worth the entry fee.
Will do this again next year. Date of review: October 17, 2006
In short: Friendly and Free In full: Great course, scenery & friendly people. Course is mostly on grass and gravel paths, which didn't suit me at all - in fact I thought I had a good race but didn't even manage 10km pace. Date of review: September 16, 2006
In short: Last chance of the year for a 10km pb! In full: Sceneic and enjoyable with a very fast field.
Following organiser's instructions meant that I got stuck towards the back of the pack so the first downhill mile was a struggle to hit at target pace, but numbers thined out from there. Well recommended for anybody chasing 35mins or below 10km times. Course profile is downhill first mile, then 2 and 3 uphill, 4 and 5 back down, 6 undulating with a climb for the last 300m. Date of review: January 5, 2006