In short: Has potential In full: Has potential to be better. False start was an unannounced test of the horn. Going back over the chip mat listening to jokes from the sidelines about being disqualified wasn't helpful.
The course itself was lovely, virtually traffic free, I would have appreciated the marshal stopping the car when I came to cross. Lots of twists, turns and quite scenic. The trade off is it was difficult to find rhythm and settle into it. Fine if you are not looking for a pb on a "Flat" course.
Agree the 5 portaloos were not enough for 810 runners.
Agree mile 12 is a big mile marker to go missing or not be prominent.
Not sure why they bothered with a medal of that quality, I have genuinely had better quality medals from School organised fun runs. Better to have skipped it completely in my book and gone with just the buff.
More loos, market the race as undulating and better signage next year. Date of review: December 15, 2013
In short: Love this race In full: Great race, great to see so many Ealing Eagles, Barnes & W4 Harriers. But msotly the Eagles - Thanks all :-)
As with all races, there are never enough toilets in my opinion. I was there early so not a problem.
I do think the path just after pembroke lodge when the trail splits in two could do with a run route sign.
As usual the organisers did a great job, wonderful race, great field and dates permitting I will be eagerly signing up to return next year. This is a must do race on the calendar. Date of review: May 5, 2013
In short: Very wet this year, first time I have had to wait for a bag and what was the 1:30 pacer? In full: Very wet.
Love Reading, have done it for a few years now and will continue to do so. Some small points took the shine off the event for me this year, the bag collection didn't run very smootly for the runners in 6000-8000, 8000+ seemed fine as did other areas. Problem made worse by standing in a puddle with wet feet. Not ideal.
The 1:30 pacer, only one of them and not a pace pair as in other races. Nowhere to be seen at the start (runners should be able to line up behind the pacers and helps promote good use of the starting waves). Then proceeded to sprint past me going at 6:30 mile pace around the 4 ish mile mark. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: An Amazing Day In full: Amazing Half Marathon Debut from the race organisers. Had a great time pacing the 2 hour group and will be back next year, fantastic crowds along the course - thank you Ealing for the massive support along route. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Great Scenery, good marshalls but some challenging hills. In full: Really enjoyed this race (Got a PB). Marshalls were great for me, although I did hear someone else ended up doing 30 miles. The water and food stations were brilliant, I only took water but there were all sorts of goodies there, bananas, gels, coke, water, etc. Weather stayed dry which made a big difference.
Will most likely sign up again for next year. Although I would happily pay an extra fiver to see some portaloos compliment the ones at Sheen Gate.
Oh, goody bag, quality T shirt and good medal provided for those that are interested in them. Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: Fast race, good conditions, well organised. In full: I like the early start and its a quick course. I would have liked to have seen a goody bag at the end for the money. Date of review: April 11, 2010
In short: Great scenery, long hills, big wind In full: Really well organised. Marshalls where you needed them (although the finish was a little confusing). Very runner friendly and credit must go to the organisers. Regular water & sponge stations and prominent mile markers. Medal, mars bar, banana and most of all hot steak pasty made it great value for money too. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Great way to start the festive season In full: Superb atmosphere, really well organised. Got there early and avoided any queues. Great race, finished nice and early thereby avoiding queues for medals.
Will run it again next year but have to find a better way to stay cool under that Santa suit which made it the hottest race of the year for me ! Date of review: December 6, 2009