In short: The best road half marathon by far In full: I have debated doing Ealing for a number of years, I'm so glad I finally did! It's not an easy course by any means, there are plenty of hills to challenge you and I quite liked the twists and turns. The organisation and support was fab. My local half in Reading could learn a thing or two! Would highly recommend. Date of review: September 30, 2016
In short: Justifiably the best half marathon in the UK In full: I love everything about this race; from the atmosphere, to the seamless organisation, to the way the event is embraced so wholeheartedly by the local community - resulting in fantastic support on the course, to the friendliest marshals I have encountered and the joy of running on closed roads.
I look forward to running in 2017. Well don EHM. Date of review: September 29, 2016
In short: Exactly what a fun local race should be In full: I love the EG 10k. Simple, well organised and friendly. The course isn't flat but it's not exactly hilly, and it makes up for it by being traffic free, good surfaces fro running, and sheltered from the elements. The organisation is top notch, you get a lovely t-shirt, and there is great cake at the end. Perfect Date of review: September 29, 2016
In short: It gets better every year! In full: I have done this 5 years running now and can't fault it. The organisation is impeccable and the community support is superb. There are a few hills but that means a fair bit of downhill too and the cheering and music along the route does wonders for getting you around. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: One of the best local events I've done In full: I ran this race while on a weekend visit to London from Washington DC. EHM deserves its vaunted status. It’s not the fastest course ever, but the community engagement is fantastic, and the organization is impeccable. There seems to be an east-west ridge that passes through Ealing, and the route makes two trips across that ridge and back. That’s where the 4 main climbs come from. The other ups and downs on the course profile are barely noticeable. The hills are over by mile 8, and hopefully your legs aren’t also finished at that point. Unordered list of things that I liked. Water bottles instead of water cups: makes it possible to keep running and to get enough to drink. Big community turn-out all along the route: almost makes up for those hills. Better than usual loo provisions at the start. Race-day packet pick up for international participants. Wonderful baggage drop volunteers: one of them found my bag and walked out to meet me before I even arrived. Pacer groups at 5-minute intervals (though as far as I could tell, the ones I was keeping in my sights weren’t adjusting their pace for the hills). Lammas Park: great venue for start and finish, and very easy walk to Northfields Tube station. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: A really nice, well run race In full: EG 10K is a really friendly race, c400 competitors of all abilities. It's not flat, a long steady incline at the mid point can catch you if you don't pace it, which I have got wrong in previous years. This time got it right and enjoyed it much, more. A great example of a perfect local race for everyone. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: Poor organization - gridlocked road pre-event In full: I don't know how the organizers managed it but all the traffic getting to the event start at Cheltenham Racecourse was virtually gridlocked after GCHQ. I had to abandon my car and run 2 miles just to get to the start on time. Also didn't think much of having to run the last 2.5 miles around the racecourse. This is the first time I ran this event and probably the last. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: Fabulous! In full: First half marathon - and course not designed for plodders like me - but such fun - marshals were brilliant encouraging all - and great to see those on lap 2 doing the marathon course encouraging those still making their way round first lap! A half marathon designed for those of us looking to step up from 10k without taking it too seriously - wine stations are an added bonus! Tip - do wear fancy dress or you will feel left out! Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: Did not believe they could beat last year but the organisers, the volunteers and the community made this a race day that will live long in the memory. In full: Somehow this race achieves just the right mix of organisation and a true community spirit.
The ATC kids at the bag drop rock. Polite and amazingly organised. Bag ready before I even reached the tent. The army of marshals care about their event and showcasing their community and also about having a fun day. As a result the start and finish were as organised as any like sized event I've entered and everyone had time to make conversation. The community turned out in force and the churches, the bands, the choirs and the general public all gave the runners real support, both verbal and in confectionary and liquid form. The addition of names on race numbers made the support even more personal and warm. The course is undulating but I have managed a PB both years I've run so it has to be possible for anyone. I hope this event continues for a very long time. If I can't run it I will volunteer. It looks like everyone's having a blast the other side of the ropes. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Great run, lovely friendly people .well organised. Good beginners run ,not too steep good paths all around.Get tee shirt ,medal, water and banana ! value !, Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Half Marathon woefully short In full: The half marathon is alongside a 5k and 10k which I have no issue with, in fact, the staggered start times worked really well. The half marathon was four laps of the 5k course with an 'extension' to make up the difference (an extra 1.1km required). Again I have no issue with that except the extension was about 30m out and 30m back which adds about [30x2x4laps] 240m. It should of been patently obvious (assuming the standard loop of 5k is accurate) that that additional distance wasn't enough! My garmin, which I know always deviates slightly from the actual distance, especially on a twisting course such as this, measured 12.24 miles. Nowhere near. A shame as there was ample room on the field to extend this to the distance required no problem.
To end on a positive note, as I'd rather not be negative about an event, everything else was organised well and the atmosphere was good. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Challenging but doable for us fatties In full: I ran it with my daughter (her first 10k). Some great runners but most just in it for fitness/enjoyment. It was the first run I had done for 10+ years and I came a respectable distance from last (although the prize giving started just as I crossed the finish line!) Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Aaarrrrrghhhh! In full: A long list of sorrys should come from the organisers: to the participants; to those who should have been participants but couldn't get to the start; to the travelling supporters; to the businesses that lost trade; to next year's organisers who will suffer the loss of goodwill from all involved, and so on. Miserable. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Great, well organised race - lots of fun. In full: EG10K is a well organised race that I would say is great for beginners. It's a good test for those who are used to dead flat races as it does have some gradual inclines that aren't too tricky but still require a push - I'd still say it's PB-able. Definitely recommend this one. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: A challenging run on variable surfaces in a beautiful location In full: This is a new event on the calendar and one right on my doorstep so I had to do it. An interesting and challenging course which takes you along tracks and paths you may not have seen before. Superb organisation from a great friendly local club - well done Hatch Warren Runners - I will be back next year, Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Gets better every year - so many friendly-faced volunteers In full: This year was the fifth Ealing Half and my fifth participation. The organisation was always pretty good, but they really have got it nailed now. It's a fairly narrow start for nearly 4000 runners, so it takes some time for the whole field to get across the line, but there are plenty of flag carrying pace runners, so you can start alongside people of a similar pace and it's chip-timed, so it doesn't matter that you might begin several minutes after the gun. The course is undulating and somewhat suburban along closed roads, with some pretty parks and some boring bits. From the first edition, local churches along the route got involved as water stations and this only seems to have got better, with the addition of jelly babies, orange segments, music and other forms of encouragement! The advantage of the race passing through residential areas is that there are enthusiastic supporters clustered all along the route; the level of support has noticeably grown each year. First names on the race numbers this year resulted in loads of friendly shouts from official marshalls (there were loads of them) and spectators alike. Must have worked - I got a PB! All in all, it's a great community event and a good race for all capabilities of runner. Well done to the organisers! Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Wonderful race In full: I absolutely loved it ?? A gorgeous route, great organisation, smooth running and very friendly and encouraging marshals. Hats off to you all. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: September 27, 2016