In short: Half Marathon in my doorstep In full: So I had to do it eventually. Yes, very close to where I live but I never noticed all those hills before! Very well organised, supportive atmosphere. Marshalls were excellent, especially as this was potentially a difficult race to marshall. As others have said, not great potential for PBs but I did ok and it's left me with a warm glow now the sunshine's gone away again (and otherwise it's miserable Monday). Date of review: March 9, 2015
In short: Good starters, fantastic main course, shocking dessert In full: Most of the other reviews say it all. This should be a great race (a PB for me!). The people of Reading around the majority of the course were brilliant - samba bands, jelly babies and even a pub giving out free beers. However, with all their experience, I would have hoped the organisers might have cracked how to get people's baggage back to them without the endless queues in sweaty running clothes, standing in the driving wind and rain. And some better signage for the shuttle buses and prepaid car parks might have made the whole experience less stressful for runners and spectators alike. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: Very tolerant of disorganised runners! In full: The most excitement for me was getting to the Julie Rose Stadium on time having missed my train and arriving in Ashford 2.5 miles away from the starting line with 12 minutes to spare. Thanks to excellent support from staff/volunteers I managed to join the starting line in time as the 1000 or so runners set off around the track and into Ashford. A fairly straightforward, slightly undulating course, extremely well marshalled on closed off roads. A PB following a sprint finish around the stadium more than compensated for the earlier drama! Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Potential to be a great race In full: Sounds like a rethink on the parking facilities would bump up the overall ratings quite a bit. I got there early as I hadn't booked in advance and was not aware of the queues that others reported close to the planned 9.30 start.
A comparatively scenic course with a touch of undulation in perfect weather for racing. More Worcestershire than Worcester. Plenty of supportive stewards and the water stations seemed to appear like magic just as I started to get thirsty. The end of the race could be improved - a bit like one of those training runs when you're determined to do a certain distance and run round the block until the target's reached (or is it just me that does that?)
Overall, a good experience for me (which seems to be the consensus from most people who got there early) with the added bonus of a much improved PB! Date of review: April 16, 2012