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I have an athlete who wants to run her 1st half marathon.
Would anyone recommend this race as a first experience?
Yes. It's very well organized, the course has a few gradients and twists and turns but is not a killer, the start and finish venue is excellent, in fact it's an excellent race all round and superb value for money. It sells out well in advance so get in there soon.
Note to self: must book leave and enter as well.
Yeah I've entered this as it's 4 weeks after Reading and I've missed some training due to injury so wanted another half end of April/early May. Had heard it's very well organised and I like the smaller races of about 1000-2000.
Muttley, how does the course compare to other halfs such as Reading (I'd consider fast) and St ALbans and Watford both of which I'd consider pretty tough courses?
Yeah i would agree with Reading being quicker. Watford is maybe ever so slighlty harder than this and St Albans is the hardest.
Its very quick first 6 or so miles, you climb from roughly 7.5 till just after 9, not a monster hill, but pretty tough at this stage. Last mile is also pretty quick being mainly slightly down hill.
Great start and finish area makes it really appealing and my favorite half in the area.
Does anyone have an entry they are willing to transfer ?
There will be mile markers around the course, attached to lampposts or telegraph poles as close to the actual distance as possible - they are all within a few metres and give a pretty good guide.
There are 6 water stations around the course at approx 1.5 miles, 2.3 miles, 5.0 miles, 7.8 miles, 9.4 miles, 10.2 miles and a further one at the finish. Bottled water is provide at the finish, whilst the on course water stations will offer cups of water. The water stations will also have a supply of wet sponges to cool your fevered brow. Enjoy your first half marathon
I cannot believe that i've missed registering for this event for the second year in a row! *smacks head*.
Good luck to everyone running this year!
I can handle wet......... I can't handle wet and windy.
**EDIT** Looks like I'll have to handle it having seen the forecast, lol
I love this half marathon!!!!
There are a few hills but nothing crazy. Bracknell is generally a bit hilly with underpasses which you wiil encounter. The race is well marshalled and the directions are clear.
It's a nice small race to start off your running I'd say. South Hill Park is a great place to start and finish. Long Hill Road is the best road in my view. You are mainly going down hilll going down Long Hill Road and then turning right onto London Road so can pick up speed! Plenty of spectactors cheering and water stops.
One of the most organised runs I've done. You get a t-shirt, water and goodie bag at the finish and South Hill Park bar opens at 12pm for a celebratory drink
Did I really say earlier on the thread that this race is held in the warmer weather? It's not that I often talk bollox or anything like that ...
It looks like Sunday is going to be a real stinker weather-wise. Oh well, at least we can shelter in the underpasses.
The official rules are as stated by the race organiser in one of the earlier posts in this thread - no number swapping is allowed. I've just been looking back through a thread relating to this race from a previous year and the organiser said :
"There is no "swap shop" for non runners to exchange numbers. We are aware that there has been some swapping, but do not condone this as each number is unique to the person that entered"
From my point of view, I thought I'd entered the race about 4 months ago so I've done lots of training but realised this morning that I'd not done in fact entered and am therefore keen to get a place as it's a really good race. I've changed numbers like this before and (god forbid), in case any emergencies arise during the race, I make sure my contact details are written on the back of my number.
If you live locally to Bracknell I could collect the race pack and give you the money for the entry fee. Please can you let me know if you are interested in doing this by clicking on "message member" below or contact me on 07500 702970.