In short: Fun and friendly but a proper [Half Marathon] race In full: Marafun is a charity event, a nice 'church social' feel but also a serious race, under rules and over the distance. I think the 'mile' markers went a little awry at times but the distance was right at the end. As everyone says, the marshalls were great. It would be nice to see a few more supporters out and about but I did get some friendly waves. I train around the area but even so, I wasn't prepared for St Paul's Wood Hill!
In short: Worth travelling - Enjoyed In full: No problems. As a newcomer, I was glad I walked the start the day before to get the layout of Stadium & Park. Race was fine, bit narrow at places and bit uphill into the stadium at the end. Lots of spectators, some roadside on their sofas drinking wine near the Universtity! Very good atmosphere - hope to run Reading again. Date of review: April 7, 2012
In short: Good race despite the wind; but pedestrian access issue In full: I enjoyed my run despite the gusty wind. It was at least dry! I was disappointed that 2 gates onto the Showground that I tried were closed to pedestrian access, one opposite the Premier Inn (unlike in March 2011). This was not great just ahead of the race. The map for entrants shows lots of gates and those closed should be marked. Date of review: November 29, 2011
In short: Race OK; Cause Very Worthwhile In full: To be honest, it wasn't my favourite run, taking the hill 3 times, but there was a warm Irish welcome and the Emer Casey Foundation deserves continuing support. I hope I'll make it again next year. Date of review: November 1, 2011
In short: Very challenging; organisation good - couple of improvements possible In full: I found this a tough run. I ran throughout the London Marathon but had to walk a few times here (although I had trained less). I am an old charity runner so I'm not going to do great times but I was 15 minutes slower than both Brighton and Norwich Half Marathons. As mentioned, the starting pens need to be larger with access other than from the rear. I had no problem with water stations but I was aware that one station was running out of water for the backmarkers - that mustn't happen. Next year? Just a 'maybe' but mainly because I'm getting too old for long hills. Date of review: September 25, 2011