In short: Well organised 1st Wisborough Green 10k In full: Well organised 1st Wisborough Green 10k. 5k also run at the same time. A few younger runners slightly enthusiastic at the front / start line. Perhaps have a 10k and 5 k different starts. 10k course is 2 loops of the 5k which is never great. Mainly flat and on road. One uphill stretch on track. Good atmosphere at start and finish. Good marshalling. Some photos of finishers corrupted according to organisers. 7.8 /10 Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Best Marathon in the world In full: First off, well done to Halstead road runners for putting on an incredible event in extreme temperatures and still making the day an amazing experience for all concerned. I ran this last year so knew what to expect with the hills but the heat this year was the main talking point. What stuck me was the way runners pulled others along with words of encouragement or sharing water and sweets and quite a bit of laughter on the course. That I found quite magical. As someone said later it restores your faith in humanity. The marshalls again were the best, always a smile and a cold water to give you. The people of Halstead also need to be thanked as quite a few came out to cheer us on and a few even gave the garden hose a good use. A tough day nevertheless, but one which I can look back upon with great affection. A super medal (which my kids loved by the way!) and a well stocked goodie bag. Thank you Halstead, you truly are a special event. Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Fantastic, well organised, overflowing goody bag, amazing medal & t-shirt In full: This is a well organised event. Lots of activities for all the family. Plenty of support around the course. Could not ask for more! Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Decent Event In full: Decent event, well organised in places. Starting pen was very small for number of participants & I didn't like the grass start/finish (but that's just me). Lots of support around the course which was good, I believe they ran out of water at the water station. Goody bag is excellent, good medal and t-shirt, although the organisation of finish area wasn't great by the time I finished and had to rely on others to gather goodies and missed out on a couple of items. I can see why this is a highly-rated event, but I wouldn't rush back to do it again. Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Halstead do it again. Brilliant!! In full: What can you say : another superbly organised race, by the club that does it for the Runners. Thats eight times now, and no matter what, will be back next year. Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, and well organised In full: A well organised event that has become huge, thanks to the efforts of the organisers. The support around the course was superb and what a goody bag at the end Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Amazing run and very tough. Halstead runners did it again! In full: Great run it was my 2nd time on the course and it was as tough as ever. The sun was in full force and made a hard run the next level. The whole event was an inspiration to see people completing and great support from the crowds and locals. Thank you. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Brilliantly organised, wonderfully supported, fantastic value fabulous race. In full: If you only do 1 10k, do this one. If you aim to do more, don't do this one. All others will be a disappointment. There are more scenic ones but I defy you to find a better organised, more friendly, better supported, superior value race. And the goody bag is awesome - I did the VMLM 2 weeks earlier and their bag was not even in the same league! Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Enjoyable race with great support In full: This was my first Marathon & although everyone warned me it was a tough course i really enjoyed it.The organisation was great, The marshalls were very vocal shouting out encouragement. The Goody bag & medal are really nice. Due to it being so hot they had even put on extra water stations which really helped, Looking forward to running again next year. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Fantastic for first timers, sunny and great atmosphere and organisation In full: Fantastic for my first half.Great atmosphere and supportive locals. Personally I liked the scenery although it was mainly through residential streets and a long stretch on the motorway which may put off those who enjoy a countryside view. Really well organised, loads of marshalls at the beginning in Millennium square and plenty of toilets before the start line, good safe baggage area. Think the baggage vans could have been better explained on the pdf race guide, though.
Wasnt too impressed by goody bag- no drink in it at all and isotonic drinks were on a separate stall. There was a rather pointless van near the end of the route which sprayed out water but it just landed on my feet rather than face, so didnt cool me down. The locals' hosepipes were much better (perhaps plusnet should think about buying a bog standard hosepipe next year). If I'm being picky the hosepipes and water stations wouldv been better off nearer the start of the race as the first 3 miles is when I was hottest.
Extremely sunny and warm, so I recommend suncream and very light clothing/shorts for any potential 2017 runners. I'm not sure if the orange slices were provided by run for all but although I personally didnt take one they were a good idea. Couple of locals provided sweets and ice (not sure what the ice was for).
I recommend making use of every water station even if its just to chuck it all over ur face to cool down. There only seemed to be two toilet stops and they didnt have an sinks in, only hand gel, which was a let down. On the issue of the hills, I was dreading the first 6 miles which I'd read comprised of hills. To my shock I could only count 2x 'hills' throughout the whole race- one near Aldi about 3 miles in and then the hill up the motorway back to town past Holiday Inn. Sure there were a few stretches of upwards incline but on the main it was in fact DOWNHILL! I couldnt believe how much of it was downhill, so in my opinion its very beginner and PB friendly , especially as there are no points for beginners where you would be completely by yourself, always fellow runners nearby.
Thanks go to the inspriring guy in the wheelchair, Pieman, a yellow sweatshop runner and guy in a purple t-shirt for providing me much needed motivation. Also thanks to the people handing out free water ? Mike's watering hole? Overall, great race and definitely rate it higher than the York 10 Mile :) Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Best scenery ever, loved the hills and most friendly organisation In full: We appreciated having a ride organised to the start and thoroughly enjoyed the company of Maurice one of the officials, who stayed on to give me a ride back to the station at the end. There wasn't a single part of the course you could call uninteresting or not scenic, one picture postcard after another. I wished I had known about the rapeseed fields which caused havoc with my hayfever and performance, but it's all part of the experience and the yellow fields were spectacular. Marshals and locals were equally wonderful, plenty of water for such a hot day and I loved the lead up to the finish on a "little trail" - nice break from the melting tar. Overall, a great experience with wonderful memories, meeting officials and runners alike. Thanks Halstead Road Runners. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: An amazing experience for my 1st marathon - so supportive & friendly In full: I chose Halstead for my 1st marathon as it's quite local & I was disappointed not to get a place at London. Halstead lived up to its reputation in terms of beautiful countryside, amazing support from fellow runners, marshals and local residents (with hosepipes) and not forgetting, those hills! I honestly had one of the best days of my life yesterday! Date of review: May 9, 2016