In short: One underpass too many? A well organised race showing off the best of Bracknell In full: Having lived in Bracknell, I was surprised and relieved that the course was mostly along wooded footpaths through the estates and out of town. Quite twisty and turny in parts and the final few underpasses became a little bit of a drag. There were enough drinking stations, all well laid out and supported, but one more at the 9-11 mark would have been appreciated. Good finish area, but could we omit that short sharp hill at the very end next year? Made a PB by 3-mins, so I'll be back next year for more. Date of review: April 27, 2005
In short: Needs much better start coordination In full: Can't complain as I made a new PB, whic would have been faster but for the first couple of miles.
The start was far too congested, there were too many runners in the wrong time zones. Never understand why Reading suffers from people being late,a nd other bigger races like Bristol cope fine? The start made even worse by the delay, though not as bad as two years ago.
The drink stations were well manned and that side of things along with the support were good. Also there were no delays getting out of the car parks, if you avoided the stadium car park that is. Date of review: March 7, 2005
In short: A challenging race, the reward was finishing In full: I will probably run Maidtsone again, but never say never. Running on a cramped, narrow and uneven footpath for much of the first half did nothing for me. Being on the heels of the runner in front for several miles does not let you get inro your own rhythm. The second half was much more open and pleasant, even with the hills. Date of review: October 25, 2004
In short: Third GNR in a row and the most enjoyable. Weather was great for the run and came tantalizingly close to a PB, sorry to all those I ran through/down! In full: The two issues are: the water stations are not long enough and should be on both sides of the route. This would make it a lot easier for all to use. Getting cross the road is not the easiest thing to do.
I know it is mainly viewed as a fun-run, and have done it for this in the past, but it is mildly annoying to have walkers starting in the 130-145 zone, but it did not really detract from the race.
Otherwise this is a great race and the atmosphere is the best I have had, sloghtly better than the Bristol Half (another BUPA event).
One more thing, could more people be made aware of and encouraged to respect the 2-3 minutes silence before the start of the race. Last year in the middle of the pack and it was very moving. Date of review: October 1, 2004