In short: Well organised trail race In full: Really nice route and the course is a mix of quiet roads, tracks, paths and fields. The hills are quite sharp and the mud in places was challenging, but 75% of the course was quite potentially quite fast. Really well organised and great value -Well stocked aid stations, there was free food & drink afterwards, a fancy medal, a choice of a beer or bandana and post race sports massage all included in the very reasonable fee. I shall do this again if I can. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Do it! In full: Another great offering from Andy and the team. All races need marshals as amazing as these! It was cold, and wet, and yet they were still as cheerful for us back markers after 7 hours in it. Loads of bacon in the butty at the end, really hit the spot. Shame the massage tables had long gone. No other race has the Love Station with cider, but tea would be fab too :). Plenty of hills and stunning scenery had the weather been better. Another great offering from WSR Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: 13.1 miles through North London including running along the Wembley Pitch!! In full: I pre-booked parking and turned up with plenty of time so had no problems getting in or out. Allianz park made a good Race Village and the staff were all very friendly.
Having Mo Farah start the race was very cool. The scenery of North London is not the most beautiful but reaching Wembley at the half way point is inspiring. Running along the edge of the pitch with your name on the big screen was amazing.
I and many of the people finishing at the same time as me had pb's. It has a couple of big hills so any pb's are well earned.
I plan to do this again next year. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Does what it says on the tin being 39th year In full: i have done this race 4 times now this year saw a bigger field than for some time as event was switched from july to march its well organised a good course with couple of tough climbs my gripe is that personal stereos were bannedor else leads to disqualification its not a UKA rule we live in a democratic society it should be up to the individual i did tunbridge wells a few weeks back not banned there and there is more trafiic!! why ban them this year very few races have this rule Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: A super, well-organised, very friendly and welcoming race! In full: My 3rd time back this year, and I keep on returning to this little gem of a half in Lincolnshire. Perfect for either training purpose or as a race; challenging enough, with flat and hilly bits, something for everyone, I think. Now in its 10th year this year, we were all treated to a good quality technical t-shirt again, and even an anniversary medal! And for some of us very lucky ones with a race no. ending with a zero, a bottle of fine Ale. As always excellent, motivating and very friendly marshals, super organisation from start to finish and a very scenic course. Here's to next time! Thank you to everyone who was involved with the race organisation. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Not too bad at all In full: We drove to the event and didn't have too much trouble parking or getting to the start. It was good to be able to wait in the warm at Allianz Park, and I didn't think the 10 minute walk to the start was too bad. Queues for loos (as always?!). The route was a bit uninspiring for the most part, and Wembley Stadium pretty brief, but it was livened up by a few bands and some friendly supporters here and there. There were also a few decent hills to keep you interested, and the stadium finish was quite fun. A bit expensive I suppose, but I didn't think this one was too bad at all. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Hilly, well organised Half Marathon In full: This was my first Dartford Half marathon. First time that it was run in March (previously in July) and fitted in well with my Spring Marathon training.
I was really impressed by the volume of marshals out on the course to help you over every crossing point - thank you for volunteering your Sunday morning and cheering us on.
Nice course mostly through the country lanes outside Dartford with some hills too. Good finish with a lap of the Dartford Harriers athletics track. Good quality medal too.
Looking forward to returning for next years 40th anniversary race. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: One of the best marations around In full: Absolutely brilliant event. Lovely route, beautiful views, manageable hills! Organisation, marshalling and post race hospitality top notch. Definitely one to repeat next year. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Appalling public transport options and dull scenery In full: The negatives: (1) Impossible to get to the race or get home again because Allianz Stadium is in the middle of nowhere. (2) Poor signage once you get to Allianz Stadium. (3) Very dull scenery. Oh look, another street to run up. (4) Not a football fan, so not even Wembley Stadium could lift my spirits. (5) It's expensive compared to other races, although you do get a shirt with the entry price.
The positives: (1) Great bag drop staff. They had my bag ready before I got to the tent. (2) Great water volunteers. Really smiley and supportive. Well done! (3) The "We welcome runners to our street" family. (4) It was a nice goody bag. Not that that sort of thing really matters, but it was nice anyway. (5) Oh, and I got a PB. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Lovely scenery, great aid stations, lovely marshalls, epic trails, fantastic descents, testing ascents In full: Superb outlooks over dorset and Wiltshire, if weather had been clearer would have been even more amazing, but still a 10/10 for a brilliant race. PB potential is low due to the testing climbs, but the descents are not too steep so time can be made up. I did it as a training run for Paris+London, but next year will come back to try it at full speed! Great Post-run meals too and all inclusive. Spot on. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Great race, nicely organised and good scenery In full: Great event, well organised and good scenery, the route is well-designed, plenty wide enough at the start before it narrows to the canal path after around 3 miles.
The two challenging hills mean it's not really a PB course, but it's certainly good training! Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Great race and bags of fun In full: Really enjoyable run made all the better for WSR's ability to be serious about race organisation without taking themselves too seriously. The really lifted the atmosphere and I am now hugely looking forward to my next runs with them at the Ox in may. Tie all that up with that fact that this was the race where all the training and all the lessons learned came together leading to an seemingly effortless demolition of my PB and it really was, and will long remain, one of my running highlights. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Tought but fun In full: My first WSR event and was really pleased I did it. The facebook updates leading up to the event were great and organisation on the day was also very good. The course was challenging with a few pretty tasty hills thrown in but overall it was varied with mixtures of roads, tracks, middle of nowhere, villages, forests, fields etc. Always something different to avoid any monotony. The free beer at the end was a nice touch after WSR were let down on the medal front, as are free photos. The free food was also a nice idea (gutted I chose a very disappointing burger but that is not WSR's fault). Looking forward to the Ox! Thanks. Date of review: March 16, 2015