In short: The organisors were let down by the parish hall and weren't clear that it wasn't affilliated In full: I signed up to a race in Worcestershire so wasn't too worried about the location change unlike some. I can understand the frustration but there was notice in an E-mail na few eeks before so issues with that could have been dealt with in advance 9rather than on the start line). I am not sure how the clash happened - if the council knew about the half it should have been picked up on.
The toilets was a major issue - and apparently the hall owners let the organisers down but it was certainly a big problem.
The route itself was pretty and quite flat, and there was adequate water on the course (although may have struggled if it had been a hot august). The lack of marshalls and the signage were not good - at one point I ran for a while before I was confident I was going the right way.
Having no where to store kit (I borrowed space under someones car) and the lack of water at the end were not great - but the massage was nice and only £5.
Asd the course in unaffiliated and therefore times do not count for anything I don't think I will be doing this again - but if it gets affiliated I would think about it..... Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: Ok half with good support but a few things to improve In full: I enjoyed Reading but the start was far too narrow and too many slow runners at teh front - made the PB impossilbe by mile 1 as I just couldn't get running (despite being in the second wave with a planned sub 1.25). They need to tighten this up. Few too many hills for an easy PB and the water containers were impossible to use! I also was very glad to be a woman at the end as the baggage claim for men was awful!Don't issue numbers based on finish time! Finally- there were just about enough toilets - a bit crowded with 30 mins to go but that is always the way! Date of review: March 4, 2014
In short: The name says it all - it is a big hill! In full: A great race that will become a regular on my calender now it is a 10k. The hill is hard but the long steady down hill makes up for it. And the organisation is great. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Must be good - it was my 4th year! In full: This is a great race that I look forward to each year. Usual gripe about the toilets - please can we have a few more!! Was quick this year due to fab conditions. Well organised - thanks! Date of review: November 17, 2011
In short: A beautiful and relaxing riverside run In full: This is one of my favorite races. 3rd year in - I definately prefer the Uxbridge - Watford route - get the worst of the mud out of the way early! Great organisation (could do with a few more toilets....)and a really friendly crowd. Being able to buy a hot chocolate at the end really helped :-) I'll be back (baby permitting)!! Date of review: November 18, 2010
In short: There were more hills than I remember - undulating is an understatement! In full: I found it quite hard work - there are a lot of hills and for the regular 20 miler this would be a tough one. As it was only my second I managed a PB! The organisation was excellent and everyone was very friendly - including the other runners. Only complaint.. the usual - more toilets please!! Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Slightly more undulating then you expect! In full: The wind and the hills made this a tough year but I still managed a PB! Don't let the fact it is a motor circuit lull you into thinking it is flat - there are several hills to tackle! Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Flat, fast and friendly course In full: The organisation was fantastic - started right on time and there were lots of marshals (and water stations for those who needed them). You felt part of a great cause. A good run for beginners and PB hunters alike! Date of review: February 13, 2010
In short: A good flattish course with good Marshall's and a nice atmosphere In full: PB's would be very possible if you were near the front and there hadn't been rain for a while! A bit slippy in places this year.
There needs to be more toilets at the start -about twice as many. Several of us nearly missed the start!
The Uxbridge to Watford route is a better way round in my view-despite the walk from the station at the start.
Generally a good race with good Marshall's and a good atmosphere. I'll be back. (Shame about the baggage bus nut that wasn't the race organisers fault)! Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: The half would be great for beginners - even with the hills - the marathon a little less so! In full: I really enjoyed the day - although the 13 mile point when we lost 11, 000 runners and most of the crowd was tough! However those who made it out to cheer the full marathon runners on did a great job - the marshals and water stations were fantastic and I managed to knock 9 mins of my PB with an injury so it can't be all bad :-) The free physio at the end was great! I would certainly recommend the half for any beginner - and even with the hills it would be pretty quick. The full is good for those who want a solid crowd free, super well organised run!