In short: Great facilities, superb organisation, scenic course. In full: This was my 3rd HM and first time at this event. Really impressed with organisation and facilities - starting/finishing in a stadium is fantastic and I've never seen shorter toilet queues before a race.
Course itself has a lot of gentle downhills and some nice flat canal sections, but two very tough climbs. The first shortish, straightish, and steep, the second longer, windier, and nearly as steep. Some nice scenery that would have looked even nicer in the sun. Great marshalling/organisation. Felt like there was plenty of space on the course after the first few miles, without ever feeling alone.
Nice well-stocked goodie bag, nice t-shirt and a bonus to get a medal too.
Thanks to everyone involved! Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Great training run for the London Marathon in nice countryside In full: The organisation by everyone involved, the location, course route, facilities at the stadium, goodie bag, the cost and the relatively small number of runners made it fantastic experience to be part of for my first half marathon event. Definitely recommend it. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: ...and now for Something Completely Different In full: Brilliantly Organsied & Super Friendly event. The guys @ White Star Running made the event truly memorable. Certainly a tough race with all the hills & mud, but makes the superb medals all the more well earned Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Excellent friendly well organised race. In full: My third year of running this race and I managed a course pb despite the two killer hills. Well organised and friendly with no one being asked to drop out after 1.5 miles as far as I know. Great goody bag and it was a nice touch to have a medal this year with it being the 10th anniversary of the race. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Fantastic Race In full: Great race , my daughters (18) first race and furthest rune , she loved it , I loved it, my running partner loved it . What a great race. If spot prizes added it would be perfect. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Well organised, scenic and great value. In full: You can't organise the weather but everything else is spot on. Friendly, good scenery, stadium start and finish, excellent facilties, Tech T-shirt, medal and goody bag. Great value, great race. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Toughest muddiest steepest marathon im ever likely to do! In full: Im still in shock at how difficult this was!! Dont get me wrong i love a challenge but my goodness this was hard. The friendliness of everyone involved from the other competitors to the marshalls is amazing - lots of support. The terrain is incredibly harsh - mud thick mud and miles of it i dont think i could of trained for it but how some people manage to run up the first 'sting' when im clinging on to the fence pulling myself up ... well i guess i need to really work on my cross country. The mud really does kill your legs even the first mile left me wondering if i had the strength for any more but after mile 5 i managed to start putting some actual flowing running in. The stings i must admit i didnt really notice after the first one it was all hilly - the views are unbelievable though - what goes up must come down but what got me was the last mile - it was as muddy as the first there was no heroic finish in it for me as i dragged my sodden clods and cursed the endless mud then cried like a baby at the end that i had finally finished almost 6 hours later. This is me moaning at my own fitness level not the race - i thought i was ready for something like this but god no - i mean i done it but wished i did it more convincing . The medal is just lovely - well earnt and im not sure i will do it again next year right now but a little voice in my head says 'why not dawny was it too tough for you haha ' which is why i probably will return next year just to prove im not afraid of the 'stinger' Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Great fun - congratulations to the organisers! In full: How fantastic to get a proper medal! Lots of us are getting a bit bored with the 'technical T - shirt' - let's face it, most runners have lots of these already ( Nevertheless yours was OK, by the way) but the medal was a super touch - we'll be back! Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Challenging, friendly and fun In full: A brilliant event! Really well organised. Small friendly event. Runners were really well looked after. I may have been last in the half marathon but was welcomed by organisers and other runners alike. The only reason I didn't give it a higher score for beginner-friendliness is that the course itself is quite challenging. In terms of atmosphere it couldn't have been more welcoming. I'll definitely be doing this one again next year and I'll be doing more White Star events soon! Date of review: March 16, 2015
In full: 1st time at this event and loved it. Very well organised, plenty of parking right next to the start / finish. Great support and marshalling all the way round and felt very safe having the road traffic management stopping the traffic at crossing points. Only 2 real hills to content with but they're tasty ones. Great facility to hold an event and such a boost to finish on the track in the stadium. Lovely t-shirt and goodie bag. This will be on the calendar for next year. Great value and very friendly, well done to all involved. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Flat, pretty PB course, excellent organisation In full: I ran in The River Thames Half Marathon yesterday as part of my marathon preps. Not sure what I had for breakfast but was gobsmacked to run a PB of 1.37.05, coming in as 8th place female and first in my class !! As an oldie...(51) I thought those days were long gone haha. So - onwards and upwards with the marathon then!! By the way - an excellent, well run event along the tow path from Walton on Thames - pretty, flat and fast - can thoroughly recommend it :) Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: One of the best races in the calendar! In full: Yet again this race delivered all you could wish from an event. A challenging course, brilliant organisation, fantastic pre and post race facilities all make this a must enter race. Date of review: March 16, 2015