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
In short: Brilliant! In full: What a privilege to see Mo cruising to victory as we were on the way out! Great experience to run through London, it was pretty congested so maybe not ideal for a PB (although I did get one!) but that isn't what this race is about. I think everyone should give this one a go. Lovely medal too :-) Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: League race In full: Well organised league race with friendly marshals and lots of club runners. Scenic course, mainly flat with a couple of hills. Unfortunately my overall view of the race impacted by being back of the pack - very little and then no water left (on a very wam day) and then only small t shirts at the end was a great disappointment for me which was a shame as the rest of the race was good. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Excellent event! In full: I'll admit I was dreading this one....walking 26 miles through the night didn't sound like fun! But I enjoyed every minute. The atmosphere was amazing, great to see the sights of London at night and the pit stops were brilliantly well stocked. 2 tips - I would recommend doing this with someone or at least ensuring you tag onto a group as some areas weren't that great at 3/4am and also make sure you have a safe way to get home as you might finish before tubes/trains start running Sunday morning, Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Excellent. A real testament to the people of Surrey. In full: Fantastic. Really enjoyed the inaugural Surrey Half Marathon. Great organisation, lovely atmosphere, brilliant if slightly challenging course. Set a new PB by over five minutes and loved the finish on the athletics track. Nice bling as well! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Glad I gave it another chance In full: Decided to get over the fact I would be at the back (in last 10 finishers) and ran this one with a friend. Pleasant course for a Sunday morning chat :-) Marshals were the friendliest ever and I love the tech shirt memento. Well worth it compared to the price of the Great South a couple of weeks earlier. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Lovely Spring race In full: This is a small, friendly run, terrifically well organised and a pleasure to run. It helped that it was the sunniest and warmest morning of the year! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Great race and fab organisation In full: It was my first time doing this event and loved it. What a great way to spend your Sunday morning. The organisation was great and the Marshals excellent. The scenery was great and the hills were not too scary. The results were available afterwards in the leisure center and a few hours later online. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Scenic course with a few lumps In full: First time I've done this race but it won't be the last.
Nice scenic route. We were warned at the start about the pot holes in the road surface, which were quite large in places due to all the bad weather. Plenty of marshals along the route, which had 2 hills on each of the laps, so 6 in total.
Slick organisation, nice location for HQ, with plenty of on site car parking - always a bonus. The only down side was the mile 17 drinks station running out of water just as I got there. It won't stop me doing the race again though. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Good but not worth the entry fee In full: Nice fat course, well organised but so expensive to enter! Congestion everywhere (toilet queue, parking, bag drop, start pens, through most of the course) so despite it being flat I think it would be hard to get a PB. The wind on the last 2 miles this year was the worst I've experience in 5/6 yeas of doing this one.....people being blown all over the place and being forced to slow to a near walking pace. Def need to keep some energy in the tank for this bit! Nice medal at the end but t shirt not my favourite (white, non tech shirt). Worth doing once to say you've done it but not sure it has enough positives to tempt people back year on year. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Enjoyable coastal half In full: Can't fault this one. Well organised, enthusiastic marshals (thanks for the encouragement up the hills!), nice course, lovely medal and tech shirt at the end. Thought I'd hate the fact it was 2 laps but surprisingly enjoyed the challenge of repeating the hills and nailed a PB so all good :-) Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Great race In full: Enjoyed this one. Well organised, plenty of parking, friendly marshalls and great support from the villages. It was hillier than I anticipated though! Was glad to get to the finish and pleased with the lovely medal and tech shirt. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: World's biggest half marathon In full: Wow, so many people! I've done a few large races but this was definitely he most congested. Took ages to get into the pens (leave plenty of time!) and then forever to get over the start line! Throughout the whole race you had to be pretty careful not to get tripped up (or accidentally trip someone else up) as it never really thinned out. The course was ok but missed the Red Arrows (started too far back) and it started raining heavily as we crossed the Tyne Bridge which meant visibility was poor. The rest of the course wasn't that special, John Reid road went on forever although it was nice to finish near the coast (downhill then flat!) Goody bag was pretty good (lovely medal, t shirt nice but shame it wasn't a tech one for the entry fee), long queue to collect bag and then the biggest queue ever to get the Metro back to town. Maybe the atmosphere would have been a bit better if it wasn't so cold and wet! I'm glad I've done this race and I did enjoy it overall but don't feel a desperate need to do it again. Date of review: March 9, 2014