A unique event brought to you by My Sporting Times. If you like swimming, even just a little bit, try this. It's a good one to set a pb. And if going solo for six hours isn't your thing, you can do it as a team of two, three or four. Love the medal! See you next year.
Posted on 14.07.18
Crickey, this was a hot evening to do an event but it made it all the more satisfying after a weekend of great football!
The event HQ was located in a field at Brickledon's Farm, a place heralded for its free range eggs!
Registration was a simple process of collect your number and "go- faster" pins. There was a baggage area but with cars being parked a mere few metres away, there was no need to make use of this facility. Great to see Steve, the massage guy, making a collection for a local hospice too.
The course took in the stunning countryside of West Berkshire and the infamous Roman Walls at Silchester. There were three water stations along the course which was well marked with kilometer markers and arrows. The terrain was a mixture of footpaths, fields and road sections. This made for a variable run which was undulating at times with a sharp up and downhill at the end. A challenging course, especially given the heat!
The welcome back at the farm was uplifting; music, clapping and cheering, Peter Cook on photography, a great feed station and a cracking medal with iTAB insert.
Another great one from MST and I hope to see it grow next year! Thank you to all the marshals for giving up their time to help and Brickledon's Farm for hosting. See you in 2019.
Posted on 08.07.18
I love doing this event. It's my fifth year and one for your race diary if you like a challenge which is well supported, superbly organised, safe and not to mention, always sunny!!
Do have a look at the race photos from 2018 if you want to get a feel for the event. But honestly, just sign up. And soon, as this event will sell out.
See you next year!
Posted on 12.06.18
Wow, I am so glad I did this race. It's the first on ever and I will certainly be back again next year. The two lap course takes in the stunning grounds of Wellington College past manicured cricket pitches, a lake with swans, a gold course, heathland and woodlands.
There were plenty of marshalls, a well stocked water station at about 2.5/7.5k and the cheers from the start finish were really encouraging!
My Sporting Times had this one covered from start to finish. I was met by a car parking attendant before being greeted with smiles at registration! There was a clear race briefing beforehand, supportive marshalls on route then a fun medal, massage and bacon rolls afterwards. And I will mention ample toilets and showers!!!
This is one for the calendar. See you next year!
Posted on 03.06.18
We got the early entry which was 40% off- great value for money!
Registration- Saturday, not particularly well signed to the hall but quick once we found it
Race day- plenty of portaloos, half started behind the marathon, didn't use bag drop as we parked relatively nearby, race pacers, and great to see so many Race Check visors! Really want one now!!!
On course- quiet so appreciated the volunteers whistling and dancing. Plenty of water stations.
Race finish- water, bananas, oranges, Carlsberg, isotonic, massage and foil blanket (needed as it was windy)
Will be back again for the marathon
Posted on 20.03.18
What a terrific event. The course takes in the surrounding fields of Butlers Lands Farm, the Roman Walls at Silchester (did anyone else see the alpacas?) and a ford crossing. The terrain was especially wet and muddy this year and the last stretch towards the finish line was an epic struggle.
This was great fun, well organised and as it was a sell out in 2017, I'll be sure to get my place confirmed for 2018 when entries open.
Thank you, MST.
Posted on 01.01.18
Terrific event from start to finish. Stunning venue, friendly and enthusiastic marshals, great facilities (change rooms and showers too), hot food (mmmmmm bacon roll, yum!), massage (yes pls!), shop run by Runners Retreat (Christmas pressies sorted), mulled wine and mince pie at the finish, huge chunky medal, iTab to follow with name and finish time too.
10K, 5K and 1/2 mile options. Something for everyone, and dogs even allowed to run too!
Sold out this year so will be getting my name down early for 2018.
Posted on 17.12.17