In short: First Half but definitely not last In full: This was my first half marathon, but definitely not the last, will definitely be doing this again next year, great atmosphere, loads of support and things to do for the supporters! Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: An event worth supporting In full: A scenic course passing through one of the most beautiful parks in the north of England, despite the small slope. Excellent medal and t-shirt. An unusual start from the covered market place in the centre of Preston. Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: Excellent Race, well organised, Well Done hardley Runners In full: A lovely race round the New Forest and the Solent; well organised, well marshalled, very good conditions on the day. Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: A race of two halves. Good support through town for first 12 miles, then very limiited right up until mile 25! In full: The race seemed geared towards people doing the half marathon option rather than the marathon. This meant that there was lots of support during the first 12 miles, but much much less for the 2nd half of the race. There were also more hills than expected, including a long, slow and quite steep hill around 19 miles. The marshalling and support during the hard miles between 20 and 25 miles was very limited making this a disappointing option for a marathon first timer like me. Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: Huge crowds, great atmosphere, and water bottles! In full: Slightly cooler than last year, thankfully, but another glorious day. Huge crowds all the way round the course, especially on the Long Walk. And this year there were water bottles - thank you!! Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: Brilliant atmosphere and superb organisation In full: My first visit to the Ealing Half marathon- and I will definitely return next year. Lots of marshals and volunteers made for very slick organisation- There were no major queues for toilets and considering the vast number of crowds, it still felt as though there was room to breathe in Lammas Park (start & finish point). The course itself was a challenge- faily undulating. However, there were no inclines that lasted too long as to ruin the chance of posting a PB- In addition there was a huge amount of support the whole way around from the friendly Ealing residents and volunteers. Will return in Sept 16! Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: Quick, well organised and great finish at the Ageas Bowl In full: Excellent race along closed roads. Ageas Bowl made for a great race HQ and finish. The course isn't pancake flat but it's quick and there are no hills to worry about. Date of review: September 27, 2015
In short: Glorious In full: An amazing race and my first ultra. I could not have felt so welcomed and embraced by the pack. Terrific organisation - support and aid stations second to none! I can still vividly recall the moment when I keeled over outside nayland because I couldn't step down off a mini bridge and the guys behind who got me going again! The experience will stay with me for a long time; a magnificent day out. Date of review: September 27, 2015
In short: Senses on high alert! In full: Devils Punch bowl is a beautiful spot because of it's undulating terrain, spectacular views and serenity. So run 10k of that in total darkness and it's quite a remarkable challenge. Some very tricky sections due to uneven ground and the downhills are the hardest. Wear a powerful head torch! Date of review: September 27, 2015
In short: A credit to Barns Green and a must do on the Sussex Calendar In full: A great race around some fantastic scenery.
Some very tough hills around 5 miles and another long drag between 9-11 miles.
Everything ran like clockwork from parking to baggage to the finish. Plenty of support throughout the course and well done to all the brownies and supporters throughout the course. Loved the steel drums at half way.
Only section I would change would be to position the water stations differently. As it was a bit hot it was hard waiting until 3.5 miles to get water and then you received it at 5 and then 5.5 and nothing again until 9 miles. Maybe move the one at 3 a bit earlier.
But that is the only thing but only because I was a bit warm!
Well done Barns Green! Date of review: September 27, 2015
In short: A really good event all round. In full: Sunday at The Hever Castle Triathlon weekend is a very good event. The only hiccup was parking at the start of the day causing a few competitors to miss their wave. It was well marshalled and challenging due to the hillyish run section of the Olympic distance. The swim was cold but fun and was a little novelty due to swimming down the river. The cycle was reasonably easy with no really steep hills at any point.
I'd definitely do it again next year. Date of review: September 27, 2015
In short: A brilliant race worthy of its reputation In full: I've avoided road races in the past (being middle aged I was concerned about my knees) but as I teach at an Ealing school and had several pupil running in the mini-mile, I decided to pitch in. Weather was lovely - sunny but not too warm - and the atmosphere at the start was already buzzing. The bag check there is quick and efficient and there are plenty of portaloos. This is also the first race I've done with pacers so the start was staggered slightly so that the fast runners could get off first. It's a race which really involves the community. There are plenty of spectators throughout the route including children offering jelly beans, extra water and high-fives. There are also sufficient water stations and there was no trouble getting to them despite the fact there were several thousand runners involved. The course itself is undulating. There are a couple of demanding climbs but there are downhill stretches to provide respite. Thanks to the pacers and the encouragement from the crowd, I managed a two minute PB despite having battled a cold for the previous two weeks. Medals, water, bananas and mashmallows were handed out at the finish, although if you want a race shirt you have to buy one from the website. I'll definitely be back. Date of review: September 27, 2015
In short: Lovely route, not falt but not too hilly, great and friendly marshalls who were very supportive. Nice boot bag memento at the end. (Quick results too) In full: If you have not done this before, as the advert says - JUST DO IT.
The only bit not to like is the 12m on the main road, but thats is, the rest is just a great race. Thanks Hardley Runners, great well organised event, simple but effective. Will be back next year Date of review: September 27, 2015