In short: Fairly Hard Core! In full: Horton Village Hall is a great race base, lots of parking and lots of places to sit down! The marshals were encouraging, the cakes at the end were lovely and the prizes were very good. It is a hard race - I did the fifteen miler and had to pass the finish line twice - a voice in my head kept telling me to turn in! The race incorporates all the hard bits of The Sodbury Slog and Leg 8 of The Cotswold Way relay. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: A Class Act! In full: This was my fourth Reading Half and it didn't disappoint. Always well-organised, friendly and, when compared to some other 'city' Half Marathons, good value. The weather today was challenging but, as always, the support was uplifting and thank goodness for marshals who are prepared to stand out for hours in the wet and the cold!Without them, the race couldn't take place - Thank you! Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: A wonderfully scenic course In full: I love this race. Have done it 4 or 5 times now and the changed start route is a definite improvement.
However, I do have a couple of gripes: the vet prizes are, in my opinion, poor. Just MV 40 and FV 35 . . . that's it! The senior male winner was actually fourth overall. . . Also, it's heck of an ask for 50 something runners to win a category if they are competing against someone nearly 20 years younger! I can't believe that the organisers couldn't find the funds for a couple more prizes.
All that said - today it was particularly beautiful and the ice-cream van was pure genius! Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: An enjoyable experience! In full: We happened to be in the area this week end, so decided to see if any local races were being run!I'm glad we decided upon Sherwood Pines. It's not a pb course but the fact it's a trail race should tell anyone this. However, it's traffic free, run on a great surface and reasonably challenging. Certainly good value for money. If we happen to be in Nottingham this time next year . . . we'd do it again! Date of review: July 18, 2010
In short: A pleasant scenic Sunday morning race In full: This, in my opinion, is not a pb course! However, it is scenic and a great way to spend a Sunday morning. I don't know how accurate the course is - I was probably a minute slower than I would be on the road and on this course I'd expect the difference to be greater. The prizes are fab! Ronhill vouchers - what a great touch. Much appreciated. The cake in the coffee shop was also very good and, if you want, you can use your race number to get a discounted entry to Bowood House and Gardens. Date of review: April 11, 2010
In short: An enjoyable 10k In full: The weather made this difficult and I think everyone's time was probably slower than they would have expected! It's certainly worth the trip and it's organised by runners - which is always a positive! Date of review: November 22, 2009