In short: Was not a half marathon In full: Was really looking forward to this race. Start went well (after driving through a few road closed signs to get round Shrewsbury despite being easily on time). Couldn't find the 100 toilets advertised but didn't have to wait very long for the ones I did find.
Variety of course was great; almost like two races. Great half around town and great half in the country. Hilly, but I expected that.
BUT, the course was about half a mile too short. Looks like we took a short cut around mile 10 and also a slightly different finish. Very disappointed as was running well. Never done a race before where this has happened. Such a shame.
Many thanks to the water station staff, marshals and all supporters out on the course. Plus the friendly runners I talked to around the course. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Favourite Reading Half so far In full: If you want a large road race with great atmosphere and crowd support then go for this one. Organisation at start was great. Parking close by, no queue for loos, nicely organised starting pens. Support round the race brilliant, including lots of live entertainment and unofficial water tables (?). Stadium finish is the best for a masse event! I didn't use the baggage tent nor the shuttle buses - which sounds like was a very good choice. Took a long time to leave the car park though which spoilt it a bit and if even more people tried to park close by there wouldn't be enough space... Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: Really enjoyable start to the year - highly recommend In full: My second time running this race and as before came home having had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding morning. Organisation was superb thanks. Very friendly all the way round, both runners and marshals. Challenging and scenic. There were a couple of bottlenecks, one soon after the start going up the first proper footpath and also some people found those steps a bit too crowded but if you are not looking for a super fast time and just want a tough but enjoyable run I recommend this one. Fast people need to start off fast near the from, but slower people, please do start further back.
Many thanks for putting on the race. Date of review: January 5, 2014
In short: Hard but appealing In full: I got around half way through this race and thought 'never again'! The uphills really were quite hard! But, bieng a circular route they were accompanied by some fast downhills. By the end I changed my mind. Scenery was lovely, organisation excellent and atmosphere friendly. May do again if free. Be prepared to possibly walk some of it and enjoy! Date of review: April 29, 2013
In short: Loved it In full: First time I have run this one after a recommendation from a friend. I am really glad I did. Only my second trail run and am enjoying them immensely compared to the usual pavement slogs. Lovely cross country route with some nice downs and challenging ups! Plan to be back next year.
Many thanks to the organisers, including the marshalls, for a great morning out.
One comment to the organisers. Would it be possible in the race brief to politely request that those runners who walk uo the steps to keep the middle free if at all possible for those who are trying to run up please and/or not walk three abreast? It's hard enough trying to run up them without also repeatedly having to politely ask people to move over. Date of review: January 10, 2013
In short: Loved it In full: Really enjoyed this one thanks. My first 'trail' race so don't know how to compare it in terms of toughness but I though it was pretty hard going. Not helped by the fact that I only have road shoes...Made a lovely change to running around Dorney Lake. Thanks to everyone who helped run this event. Well worth turning up for. Date of review: July 15, 2012
In short: One of my favourites In full: I've been running this race since 2007 for two reasons. One, it is the closest race to where I live and two, I really enjoy it. Another good one thanks MAC. I was a bit thrown at the start when we went the wrong way, but all was corrected. But at least the bridge was open (been worrying about that for weeks!). Thanks ever so much to the organisers, the marshalls, the water providers and anyone else who helped make it a great morning's event once again.
Was hoping for a really fast time (for me) this year but did struggle a bit. Thought it would be cold but ended up getting a tad hot. Still, knocked over a minute of my previous best for this course so was pleased.
The t-shirt was brillant thanks, more than happy to have that rather than a medal or goodie bag. Didn't realise it was a 'technical' one until I got home (I had thought "Oh well, another t-shirt that I won't wear" but was very pleased when I opened it).
Looking forward to next year already. Date of review: April 7, 2012
In short: Lovely morning out for the whole family In full: My 6th running of this event (why are previous year's reviews on runners world elsewhere?) and really enjoyed the whole morning as always. As did my family. Such a lovely, friendly event. Will be back again next year.
Only drawbacks were that kids missed not having a bouncy castle this year, and I could have done with a second water station due to the warm weather. Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable new half marathon event In full: Thanks to PP and all of the marshalls, water stop helpers and anyone else for an enjoyable morning. Being a local to Maidenhead it was great to run a half marathon so close to home.
Despite it being an easy route in theory, I was quite a lot slower than my pb. Think might be a question of training/prep rather than anything else though.
Route was great. Unlike others, I enjoyed the first lap at the start! Meant my family could cheer me on more than once. Need to sort out the faster runners catching up before all get through start line though. Road closures worked well. Not great having to go under the main road twice, but I am not sure there is much that can be done about that. There were clear mile markers (one reviewer didn't see them).
Timing indicators at the start would be useful to help people line up in right place according to expected finishing time.
Didn't use/need baggage drop or toilets.
I plan to run every year, with my designated number. Date of review: September 6, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable team event. Highly recommend it. In full: Second year of running this and really enjoyed it. Lovely atmosphere and well organised. Routr around Maidenhead is great. Slightly twisty bu get to run along the high street as well as along the thames. Thanks Purple Patch and helpers. Many thanks also to *all* of the marshalls. Can't have been that nice stood in the rain, but they were brilliant and giving directions and encouragement. Hoping I can do the half planned in September. Will be back for the relay next year - need to keep our shield! Date of review: June 12, 2011