In short: Add spectators around the whole course and it's 10/10 In full: Of all the races I've done, this is by far the most organised, easy to complete race I've done. Clockwork unlike I've seen before! Not a single moment of waiting around in queues.
The race itself was good - a very pleasant route, but lacked crowds in some parts. Also, where there was a crowd I think they'd all lost their voices - especially on the finishing straight where there was potential to go mental! Some encouragement from the organisers and marshalls to make more noise would make this race a perfect one.
Will be back in 2011.... Date of review: June 1, 2010
In short: Was my 2nd. Bring on RHM11 In full: And once again, Reading Half Marathon shines as one of the best races I've done. The other being last years Reading Half.
The organisation is just faultless - even when you get your bag after, there are people to tell you to have your number clearly visible and as a result, your bag is ready for you pretty much as soon as you get to the desk.
The route is nicely challening with a couple of hills, and made the excellent race that it is by the fantastic support around the whole course.
The finish is a full on sprint to the huge cheers of thousands of people in the stadium.
I can't finish this without mentioning one of the marshalls who, as you run through the uni could be heard shouting "mind the humps, get your Sunday morning humps". A small example of the genuine fun and passion that all the marshalls have.
Once again, a brilliant race. My only niggle - the silver medal of 2009 was much better than the Jim'll Fix it medal of 2010!
See you in Green Park in March 2011! Date of review: March 27, 2010
In short: Great except confuding start! In full: A really impressive atmosphere, well organised, and great enthusiastic marshalling. The only negative is that for some reason, the bag drop for runners 15,000-20,000 was somewhere random (away from the main bag drop). I never found it - no signs - and ended up dumping my bag onto a friend...
Otherwise, a challenging, but very enjoyable race. Well done Bristol, I'll be back! Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Mentally challenging but good PB potential In full: Not a bad race at all. A VERY impressive medal and a decent goody bag. Not sure about how many adults would have wanted all those sweets tho!
The parking marshalls were excellent, and in general it was very well organised. I didn't have a good race really but I'm not that fit at the moment so didn't expect to. The race is flat thus fast but the as nice as the scenery is, it's really not an easy run as it's the same old scenery and most of the marshalls were not that supportive.
I'd probably do it again but I'd say that a non runner should take on Reading Half Marathon for what is possibly the best event I've done! Date of review: June 6, 2009
In short: Fast, flat (or down!), and good fun! In full: Good organisation, plenty of water stops, free Lucozade (always a bonus!), and generally a good race. I shaved a healthy 2 mins off my PB so really enjoyed it! Date of review: May 17, 2009
In short: FANTASTIC! Fantastic support! Just brill! In full: My 2nd half marathon. The 1st time I'd done Reading...
Excellent organisation throughout. Water/Lucozade pitstops nicely organised - no huge crowding for a drink.
But perhaps the best thing about todays race was the crowd! It seems that most of Reading made the effort to cheer us on! What a great crowd! Pretty much the whole route had spectators and cheering. A fantastic drum band under the bridge by The Oracle - wicked atmosphere and great accoustics!
I loved it! BRING ON RHM10!!!! Date of review: March 30, 2009