Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:55
The hill at mile 3 used to have a long, very gradual slope before the steep bit, now it's just straight up. So same climb overall but over a shorter distance. I never notice the hill at mile 8 as by then I'm into my stride.
In 2007 I ran 1:29 at Reading and finished about 515th, this year 515th was 1:25, conditions were arguably better in 2007 too, less wind and cooler. A warm early spring day always catches out those who can't do heat.
At the front Reading has more quick runners (see above point) so spurs people on. Wokingham is definitely as quick a course as Reading but being earlier in the season it doesn't get as many runners in peak condition.