In short: pretty flat course apart from The Road of Remembrance hill at the end In full: a well run race on a pretty flat course apart from The Road of Remembrance hill at the end, that being said i still ran my second best PB. A decent medal too that you can add your time on to. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Fantastic organisation and atmosphere In full: It's my local race so I love seeing so many familiar faces en route. Even without that home advantage though, the crowds, the closed roads and the bands make this a great race. Great organisation on all fronts - e.g. Bag drop, finish line, plenty of water in bottles to name but a few. No doubt there are a few hilly sections, but you barely notice them really with the crowd support. EHM 2016 just knocked EHM 2015 into second place in my all time favourite half marathons. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Gets better and better every year In full: There's a reason why runners keep coming back to West London, this race really captures the best of Community spirit in London.
Organisation was as smooth as ever, bag drop volunteers were brilliant and friendly before the race, after the race they already had my bag ready before I reached the tent - brilliant.
Plentiful portaloos, I visited a few times and didn't wait more than a few minutes.
Start line moments away from race village, perfect.
From the start the spectators seemed to have upped their game this year, Ealing seemed to be ever more proud of this award winning event and really cheered their hearts out. This years race numbers included runners first names, I heard my name being called out by spectators regularly over the 13 miles.
I knew the course so had no problem with the undulations and knew when to go easy and when to push on the downhills.
Coming back into Lammas park for the final km was a wall of sound,I ran 10 minutes quicker than last year and smashed my PB.
Water stops were plentiful, supported by Ealing's churches. Race village was excellent post race and a great atmosphere.
Do this race, you won't be disappointed, get the EalingFeeling ! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Ok race. Pretty well conducted with chip timing. Some organisational issues In full: I note that as in some previous years there was a shortage of some t shirt sizes at the finish. I found this with a lot of runners to come after me so I took a medium one that my wife can use. There are cheaper races out there where this problem does not occur as they ask for your t shirt size and give it out before the start -why can't you do the same as that? Marred a decent morning. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Hopeless management ruined event for many In full: Appalling traffic management ruined day. Used to be my favourite race,I don't know if I will come back. Poor communication from organisers who have not acknowledged my email of complaint. This event has gone from hero to zero in one year! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: An amazing event for the whole community In full: My fourth Ealing half and yet again the atmosphere around the whole course was electric (I was bit confused by the review by John Stone3 as there is no John Stone on the results list; the spectators at Ealing half were having far too good a time to read a book - cheering the runners, handing out jelly babies, waving from their front doors or upstairs windows, holding their own parties (the smell of a barbecue from one group of spectators was very distracting), dancing to the bands and generally enjoying the event and the atmosphere. I had a wobble at about mile 9 when I was feeling tired but a kind marshal checked that I wasn't injured or otherwise needed to stop and then encouraged me on my way so that I was able to get back to running and finish the race. Despite that wobble, I really enjoyed the race because of the amazing support - not a brilliant time but not a personal worst either. I loved the buzz of the race village too. Race pack collection is tricky but people were warned to expect queues. Having all the toilets in one area simplifies queuing arrangements and the location by the start meant that people did not need to worry about getting from the toilets to the start of the race - the walk to the toilets from other areas of the village was no worse than at London marathon. Overall, Ealing half was my first big race and set an extremely high standard which not many other races meet. As this rating form asks, this is my all-time favourite race. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: amazing race In full: It was super organised. The volunteers and the local people were supportive. It was my first Half Marathon, and I enjoyed from the beginning to the end. I was proud to be part of such as incredible event. I will do it again next year. I have just loved it! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Lovely run In full: I don't think the age group is fair 15-39 that's a big gap compared to the vet age groups. Running against young athletes is a challenge and unfair for someone of my age in the 30-34 age group. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Nice flat scenic course. In full: Lovely course, and flat! felt a bit for the organisers at the beginning, when Nuffield Health failed to arrive at the start, for the warm-up. Luckily one of the runners took on the job, and did a good job too! Organisation of the start was a bit hit-and-miss, no starting pens, and as the start snaked around the market square it was difficult to see if you were too close to the front, thereby holding up faster runners behind, as it was quite congested for the first few miles. (the course measurement had to be adjusted to allow for road works, so this didn't help matters, and that was no fault of the organisers). Tannoy instructions hesitant, half-hearted and repetitive, no motivational geeing-up, which is what was needed! Teething troubles, for this first RBK half, next year it'll be spot on! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Good day out In full: Some of this was amazing, immediate text results, a t-shirt I'd happily pay for to train in and brilliant set up at SportsCity for families made for a great atmosphere and a bargain price. Course was grim once you got away from the stadium/athletics centre and not completely flat, with some sneaky little turns in it. Start was a bit crowded and would have benefitted from waves/pens. The kids run was a bit of a let down after the very, very long wait as what seemed like half the field got prizes. The Great Manchester Run use this location for their Mini/Junior Runs and they're so much better. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Fast, flat and cheap - what more do you want? In full: Signed up on the back of the We Love MCR 10k as it was cheap, then read the terrible reviews of previous years. What a pleasant surprise. MediaCity is a good place for start/finish and it was pretty well organised. Course is flat and deceptively quick despite a few turns here and there. Good medal, good t-shirt (not quite as good as the We Love MCR, which is the best I've had and a training favourite), and a rubber duck to boot. Good support at the start and end and interesting enough course given this is largely in Salford Quays/Trafford Park and not everyone has my fondness for the gritty industrial North. If you want 'scenery' look up Salford on Google first. Definite PB potential for the casual runner(got one, but a first sub 50, so not 'fast' by any means) and plenty of first timers, so not daunting, despite some fast club runners. Would have been perfect but for times being slow coming through on both text and the terribly located and tiny screen in MediaCity - it's MediaCity, the bit with a telly involved should easy? Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Love it! In full: After a five year break from running, chose what was once my first 10k to get back into the swing and it was a great choice. Manchester is a wonderful city and you get all sides of it here, with mixture of old and new and the grit and glamour of the scenery and the people. Organisation is slick given the sheer numbers, support good (despite the Mancunian weather) and like a festival atmosphere. It's pretty much flat and so wide that dodging the more 'optimistic' runners isn't much of a problem. Could make some improvements, medals could be better for a race of this type/size - Run for All have nailed this. Again value for money affected by the goody bag this year which was terrible, tech t-shirt is a welcome improvement on some years ago, but a 1lb bag of uncooked rice??? A cheap Asda fake Mars or a banana would do the trick. If you're looking at shaving a few seconds off a hard fought PB, probably not the place> If you want a well supported run in a great city location, sign up now! Date of review: September 26, 2016