I'm ok with it opening at 2:15 - not a problem for me. But when you haven't moved an inch by 3:15 you get a little annoyed and had I known or they had said the north entrance was closed I might have made other plans. Didn't help that is was a hot day and I was dehydrated and the eastern exit was also closed unlike previous times.
As I said before I've been in there and we cleared the car park in 20/30 mins last few time.
If they started at 2:15 I got out at 3:30 and was one of the last to leave. To put into context the previous two years it was opened at the bottom at 1:30 and took 30 mins max to get out.
It's not so much the time, that's gone now but the less that apologetic attitude of Sweatshop, I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of Sweatshop.
The reason the other entrance was closed was "The north exit to the car park has been permanently blocked with a huge amount of earth, concrete blocks and fencing following travellers being evicted from the site – a valid reason not an excuse and completely out of our control."
Ok Keith but I parked there the last three years and it was never this bad. It has a lot more cars than that after a match at Reading FC and they manage. Southend last year had 6,000 runners in one large car park and it took 30 mins to get out on to residential roads. Sorry 1 car every 20 seconds sounds very slow indeed but I'm willing to be proven wrong.
1. Why is the Reading Half 2014 or 2015 not in the Events section ? Wanted to leave a review.
2. For anybody that was stuck in the Red Car Park this year here is the reply from Sweatshop Events
"Thank you for your email, we appreciate your feedback and we take all customer complaints very seriously.
As you know the red car park is the closest car park to the race village and race route and as such is one of the most popular car parks available. Being so close to the racing route however does come with the disadvantage of the car park not being accessible all day, cannot be opened until 2.15pm which is clearly stated on the website before booking and with up to 600 cars exiting the car park at the same time inevitably means this process will be slower than the other car parks.
Unlike previous years we were unable to open the north exit to the red car park which was out of our control and meant the only available exit was the one used onto Longwater Avenue.
It is obviously our intention to clear these car parks as quickly as possible however our calculations tell us that with everyone leaving at the same time it will take 2 hours from the first to the last car to exit. We do not believe this is an unreasonable amount of time for the volume of cars."