In short: My first marathon! In full: A very emotional race for me - cried at the start and the finish! A wonderful race, just a few things that could improve it...
1) Expo. A big disappointment. I agree with everyone else, why on earth make us travel all the way out to collect a chip and number which most other races manage to post, a 'goody bag' which was insulting and a couple of potatoes?
2) Start. Far too few toilets (although the queues were much shorter up near the start.) Signs for pens seemed to be non-existent, I just put myself in the one where the runners looked friendliest! Couldn't hear a word the announcer said, I think they just need to extend the PA system to the back of the pens. I do agree that it was crowded with runners and spectators, but it was lovely to be with my other half right up until the start to get those last few words of encouragement!
3. Finish. I loved the grandstand finish, but it went downhill after the chip removal. It was far too crowded and I felt utterly overwhelmed.
Overall, though, this was a brilliant race. The marshalls were fantastic and as for the spectators, they were the best I've ever seen. Thank you so much for the support, it was such a boost!
P.S. One tip for next year's runners/supporters - the local buses were much quieter after the race and we didn't have to queue at all. Date of review: May 26, 2008
In short: Friendly race, although extremely disappointed by the promised chip timing. In full: First time I have run this race, impressed with ease of parking and baggage drop. Also very impressed with the refreshments - excellent cakes!
Really disappointed by the non-existent chip timing. Unfortunately, my watch died at Mile 8 so was relying on chip time as started fairly well back in the field. I notice from the results that I am not the only person not to have a chip time. This was the only real problem, but a fairly major one.
Otherwise, a really enjoyable race. Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: A great reason to leave the house on a wet February morning! In full: I'm Wokingham born and bred, but, amazingly, this was my first Wokingham half. It's definitely worth getting out of bed for! First mile was a bit congested, but free running after that. Marshalls and supporters around the course were fantastic - thank you for braving the rain! A great half for racing snakes and fun-runners alike. Date of review: February 20, 2006