In full: A cool and sunnt morning in RTW, set for a great race. Fab organisation and marshalling, thank you very much.
Wonderful conditions and I was keeping up 7'30" pace for the first 6 miles. Sadly I never bettered 8'30" after the two lovely big hills between 6 and 8 miles.
Great work by Dame Kelly Holmes waiting to help give out medals at the end, a very nice touch. For me it's just great to be back having suffered with an achilles problem and not raced at all since August last year. In all the circumstances very happy with 1'47".
Well done everybody in RTW. Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: 2 laps with plenty of hills, but what goes up must come down. In full: This was my second time for this race, the last being three years ago.
The scenery was just as good and the organisation was fine.
Very efficient bag drop, good marshalling and adequate water stops. Sponges would have been very welcome - it did get a bit warm out there from time to time!
The medal and mars bar combo was fine. I have plenty of plastic bags an flyers at home!
The race seemed to lack a bit of atmosphere this year, perhaps competing with the Olympics, the start of the football seasoon and the school holidays might account for that. Still thank you to all the marshalls and volunteers for another very enjoyable race.
In short: Well organised and friendly In full: Another hot and, surprisingly, humid day. It actually felt quite chilly in the wind waiting for the start, but I quickly warmed up after a 9.5 minute first mile up the hill.
I felt as though I was making good progress in the middle section, but the last 4 - 5 miles felt like hard work. All in all I was reasonably happy with my time of 1'47", although I was hoping for sub 1'45" today.
Thank you to Handy Cross and to all the marshalls and volunteers for the excellent arrangements. The goody bag was very impressive, as was the organisation at the start and finish area.
I'm sure that I will be back and will hope for a better return once I am back to full fitness and have put some extra mileage on my legs!
In short: Excellent management and marshalling - well done and thanks to all the marshalls and volunteers In full: I will be back!
Not the greatest scenery, but better than Reading [if you ignore the stadium]!
Excellent organaisation and marshalling and theh availability of water and sponges was fantastic. Other race organisers please take note!
The denizens of Bracknell deserve a pat on the back for their enthusiastic support, even through the thunderstorm.
Thank you all.
I had an OK race - 1'47". A bit disappointed with the time but the hill from 7 - 9 miles and all the ups and downs make this race feel longer than it is [if that is not too stupid?].
Back on the road after an 18 month lay off and looking to get back to the glory days of sub 1'40". Amsterdam Marathon in October and Ranelagh Half Marathon in Richmond next up. Realistically looking to beat 1'45" at Richmond.
In short: Good early season run in perfect weather In full: A pretty good course and some lovely scenery when you got into the countryside. Blessed with a bright, cool day - almost perfect conditions really.
A couple of amusing hills - I lost some speed at 8 miles and could have managed without the incline at 12 miles.
The stewarding, bag drops and water stations were fine. Thanks very much to all the volunteers. More sponges would have been perfect - but maybe that's a bit picky.
The goody bag was a little thin, but at least the bag will be useful!
Overall, a good start to the season. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: February 5, 2007
In short: Rain, wind, hail & storms - bring it on! What a race! What a day! Fab! In full: Just had a great time. The organisation and marshalling were fabulous. Special thanks to the starter [for taking my kit back to the school when I arrived with bag 2 mins before the start]; the two ladies on one water station for their enthusiasm [already mentioned in dispatches]; and the ladies serving tea and buns. I would also thank all at the school and leisure centre, and the few brave residents of Downton who came out to cheer us on. What a lovely village - such a welcome change from Central London.
Yes, it was wet (I thought I was going to drown at one stage, I was breathing so much rain)but it wasn't too hot or too cold and I managed a really satisfactory time [1'42"].
The scenery was lovely, particularly the lovely hills and streams and rivers!
Organisers, you did a wonderful job - thank you. I can't wait to come back for another go next year. One of the highlights of my running year in 2005. What a way to get over the rubbish served up at Twickenham yesterday. Worth every minute of the 4 hour round trip.
Well done everbody. Date of review: November 26, 2006