|Date:||03rd May 2010|
Shinfield is near to Reading but is just South of the M4. This race starts and finishes at the Green in Shinfield and uses pavements, roads and lanes to pass through the neighbouring villages (Ryeish Green and Spencers Wood). Although it has three long, gentle uphill sections, most of the route is flat.
It's the third year I've done this race and once again there was aÂ change to the route: this year the last 2.5K were different. This change included an off-road narrow footpath across aÂ field in order to get back to Shinfield. It lasted from about 8.2K to 8.8K and there was aÂ strong, cold headwind as we crossed the field. And in the last K there was aÂ short section on an uneven pavement.
Unlike last year, this year the race was licensed by UKA.
At the finish, there was aÂ Mayday fete including the 4Bs: aÂ bouncy castle, aÂ band, aÂ barbeque and aÂ beer tent. I enjoyed three of these!