In short: Straightforward and enjoyable village race In full: This is a straightforward and enjoyable village race, although the fete atmosphere was rather dampened this year as the heavens opened at the end of the race. The course is reasonable with just one long drag uphill in the 4th kilometre that you can make up with a largely downhill final 3k. We’ve had our doubts about the distance as so many seem to run PBs, but I got it slightly over 10k on my GPS so I guess it’s just a genuinely fast course. I took over a minute off my PB, although the 17 second difference between my watch time and the official time put me one second over 44 minutes which was annoying. Must run faster!
One minor comment – the medal was very cheap. A few extra pennies spent on the medal will give you a far nicer momento.
In short: Wish that all races were this well organised and rewarded In full: First time in this race and really enjoyed it. Really well organised with plenty of marshalls, the course is a little twisty perhaps for the ultimate PB, but still an excellent flat chip-timed course - I broke my 35 minute target by over 30 seconds! For a relatively short race with a big field I thought they handled the numbers really well, and add an amusing commentator, a goody bag and medal up there with the best and I'm struggling to find anything negative to say. OK, so there was one thing - too many people lining up at the front who shouldn't have been there meaning a very slow first quarter mile, but that's a universal complaint isn't it, hardly unique to this race. Maybe a few words from the commentator asking people to be honest about their start position wouldn't have gone amiss however. Date of review: May 14, 2007
In short: Wish all races were so well organised In full: My first time at this event, and a PB achieved. Organisation absolutely top notch and very friendly - other race organisers should attend and see how they do it, especially as they're doing it for free! Date of review: April 15, 2007
In short: Well organised race In full: Rather hot and the last 2k is hard uphill, but well organised and friendly, and I still mnaged a PB. I was disappointed there wasn't a drink station, especially after I asked a marhall at the start and was told there was one and so didn't carry a drink with me. Guess I didn't ask the right person. If I'm in the area again at Easter I'll have another go. Date of review: April 8, 2007
In short: Excellent course and organisation yest again In full: Once again the Wokingham Half marathon lived up to its reputation, and I think I've now run my fastest 3 half marathons at Wokingham says it all. The organistion is excellent, the atmosphere is great and the marshalls and crowd very encouraging. Do this race next year if you get chance - you'll enjoy it.
Just one question this year though - why does my medal say 2006? Date of review: February 11, 2007
In short: Another year, another excellent Cabbage Patch 10 In full: As usual, another excellently run race and a substantial PB as I was in decent shape for the first time since 2003 - over 3 minutes off and sub 1:15:00 for the first time. Except that it took me a minute to cross the line and so my time is recorded as 1:15:52. I lined up not too far back in Church Street, but as soon as we were walked forward so many people joined from the sides that I ended up way back and the first 2 miles were an obstacle race. I also think some of the mile markers may have been a little out of place - either that or my pace judgement has got very inconsistent. Minor criticisms though of an excellent event. Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: A race transformed by a new start procedure. In full: What a difference from 2003 - the new colour coded start procedure made a huge difference. Predicted 1:50 on my entry and got a red number so I started in the first pen right behind the elites and celebs. Did 1:42:12 beating my 2003 time by 26 minutes mainly because you weren't continually tripping over slower runners and because there were plenty of runners going at similar speeds to pull you along. I only did it again this year because I was working for the main sponsor - now I'd consider doing it again on my own. Date of review: October 5, 2006
In short: Can't wait to do this one on a cool day! In full: Too hot for me yet again, but not their fault and I was still 11 minutes faster than last year. I did all my training in the Great Park so knew what to expect, but still hard in the heat. I do wish they'd give water in bottles rather than cups however, particularly on a warm day like that. And cycling to the start was a great idea - no 2 hour wait in the car park :) Date of review: September 28, 2006
In short: Great organisation yet again. In full: Cannot fault this race, even though the weather tried it's best to spoil things. Ran substantially faster than expected - surprised myself. Just one request - can someone actually paint a start/finish line on the road! Date of review: February 12, 2006