In short: Woking 2015 has a lot to live up to In full: Organisation before Race Day with regular e-mail updates and Surreyhalf app. I want to pass my thanks to all the volunteers and local residents who waved, supported us through out. The Ambulance and St Johns Ambulance staff need a big applause too. You are my heroes helping out those who couldn't finish the race. Got to race village great layout and enough loos. My only concern is that I hope you don't suddenly increase the race entry by too many. Good venue to start and finish at. Shame about leaving the race track, just felt like herded sheep and then stairs to climb! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Warm weather made it harder than it should have been In full: My only complaint would be the water stations as the drinks are in cups and it's a long wait until the first one. Bottles would make it more expensive I guess. Very warm day. Some mildly challenging climbs. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Great race in glorious weather In full: I reviewed this race last year and really enjoyed it then. I didn't get a PB this year but it was a glorious day and the course was lovely as usual. My only criticism was that I had to forego water at the second water station because the volunteers weren't getting the water out fast enough which meant by the time I got to number three I was pretty desperate for water. It wasn't superwarm, but it was warm compared with previous weather, being the first properly warm day of the year. I really like the technical t-shirt. But you've got a great logo City of Salisbury so please do a bespoke medal with it! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Cracking run brilliant organisation and a bargin!!! In full: Others could learn from this, organisation was spot on excellent marshals all the way round plenty of facilities available at race hq a free tech t shirt thrown in as well as the mug, banter and the sun shone. A bargin race that deserves all the praise it can get....
In short: We'll organised but they must have searched for every hill! In full: This course defies geography, how can there be so much uphill with so little downhill!!! We'll organised race with quite a small field that became quite spread out as the race went on. Parking and start we're easy with loads of toilets. The issue was the hills, very little of this is run either downhill or on the flat which can be quite demoralising. A good spring (ish) half to blow the winter cobwebs away. I've been quite critical of tempo events in the past but the organisation was faultless! Would defo do again! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Superb organisation, great race, great weather In full: I live locally but had to drive, easy parking at London Road Station so could walk to the start - Great organised village, loads of toilets, baggage storage looked efficient, but didn't need to use as travelling light. Start was congested and a tad crowded at various points , but didn't spoil the event. Great support all the way round, water stations seemed to be well stocked and nice touch with the bands on route. The finish in the stadium was great touch. Woking will have to work hard to beat this !!! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Fast race through the marsh In full: Let me start by saying: Great medal! I like a good medal and this is definitely one of them. In more than 200 races this is one of the best infact. Also a good technical T shirt. So that's a good start (or rather end of the race!). Plus a delicious bottle of drink and jaffa cakes at the end - all good. The weather for this race was mercifully warm and with a light breeze. My first time running this one. It was well marshaled and seemed generally very well organised. I had no problems parking (having been politely directed), finding the start (with good signage), or finding my way round the course. Its not what I would call scenic: its running through the lanes of the Romney Marsh, but the fact that its pancake flat made up for that. I would say this is a clubby kind of race: people looking for a PB. And other than good marshals there wasn't huge support - but its not like we were racing through a city or even a town! More sheep then people live along the route and they're never that vocal. The finish had good vocal support though. Well done Nice Work (race organisers) for a good race. See you next year! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: 2014 - among the best half marathons out there In full: This is for the 2014 run. With the sunshine this has to be one of the best half marathons out there - beautiful setting, great PB potential, friendly and fantastic organisation and fab post-run goodies. This is becoming a really classy event. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Community spirited, professionally organised and executed race. In full: Starts and ends at the local primary school where the local PTA put on an excellent array of hot/cold refreshments incl. bacon butties. Number / chip collection was slick. Timing start pens. Great rural course, almost entirely on quiet country lanes, some decent vistas and smells of the countryside.
Changes this year: Chip times - lovely addition, just adds to the professionalism. Loved how you could print your gun time off at the end. Moving the finish line to the road was brilliant - the last 50m of the finish straight was my only criticism last year, it was narrow and there was the potential to trip on the legs of the barriers - all taken care of this year with a straight and wide final 200m to the finish. The "other" change - cotton finishers Tee - unlikely to be worn I'm afraid. Would never wear a cotton tee for training. Sorry... I'll be back regardless though
In short: Sea of multi-coloured Santas In full: Love the way the organisers try and change this a bit each year, this year was multi-coloured Santa suits! I opted for girlie pink :) Race was brill as usual, great way to get in the Xmas spirit, well organised and fun for all the family. Band were brilliant too. Date of review: March 9, 2014