In short: Well Organised In full: I had an absolute mare running this race and it was my worst performance ever! However, none of this was due to the organisation of the race and the course. It was well organised and I will be back next year to make amends for my abysmal performance. Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Great local race In full: Undulating course, with friendly marshals and lovely tea & cakes afterwards. Race HQ was agricultural building with no showers/ changing facilities but definitely an event I will return to. Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Brilliant (but pricey) half marathon In full: Been to Mercedes World before and knew the track would be a quick start. Wasn't as flat as i'd thought which slowed me down a little but definite PB course if you are ready for a few inclines. Baggage drop, car parking and closed roads made this pretty flawless. My kids want me to race it again so that they can be abandoned with the cars! Lol Date of review: March 25, 2015
In short: Lovely course, very good event In full: Overall this was a very good race, and I would happily do it again.
The start was well organised - different pens depending on the finishing time and pacers provided for various different times. The course itself was very good, passing through some very pleasant bits of Richmond and Kew and following the Thames for a lot of the route which ensured some excellent scenery as well as flat route. It was a mix of road, trail and grass which made things a little more challenging, and if I had one quibble it would be to try to change the balance of the off road/road sections so that there was more off road in the first half when the legs are fresher! The trail sections in the last quarter especially were more tricky, but it's only a minor point and the course is definitely one the best I've done.
There was a good number of marshals who were pretty good at encouraging the runners, the signposting was clear, but there were a couple of mile markers missing which would be good to remedy in the future.
Though there were no labels at the baggage area, it seemed to work fine as it was split into sections and overseen by marshals, so it ran quite smoothly. The post-race details were good - volunteers were very friendly, decent t-shirt and goody bag, and a good number of loos so you didn't have to wait too long. All in all, a jolly good way to spend a morning. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: A 20miler well worth a try In full: Nice flat course along very quiet roads - no offroad or pavement sections. Water in bottles (with the sports cap thing) Marshalls quiet, but not unfriendly Nice emphasis on not littering the pleasant countryside Tea and cakes at finish - along with a medal and rather nice tee -shirt Warm HQ. Toilets just adequate for 200 or so. Changing and showers for males and females. I emailed Rogue Runs after the event to tell them the race had been removed from Runners' World and I wished to add feedback - they were straight back to me and put the race details back on the site ASAP. Good work. A good experience and I would certainly consider this run again. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: What goes up must (eventually) come down In full: Second time doing the Hastings Half - a real credit to the seaside town. The course provides a good challenge for all runners. The first 5-6 miles are uphill - nothing too aggressive, find a rhythm and stick with it! Then a few undulating miles, before a hairpin turn at around 9mi and then downhill to the coast for a 2mi dash down the prom.
Great organisation, great 'Brass', plenty of support, plenty of jelly babies, what's not to like? Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: Fantastic race, great atmosphere and organisation. In full: My first time running the Ashby20 and a great experience. Extremely well organised benefitting from road closures, welcoming and a great event for club runners of all abilities. Large number of approachable and enthusiastic marshals, well resourced water/snack stations and a well above average goody bag at the finish. A big thank you to all involved in the organisation. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: Great first HM In full: (This is for the 2015 run) My first half - really enjoyed it (bar the last 2 miles, long straight road to the stadium). Weather was on the warmer side but water stations and sports drinks well run and plenty to spare. Great support the whole way round, locals making the effort to cheer runners on really made the difference. And a pub handing out beer half way round also! I was the second last pen to start, did seem slightly laboured but nothing major and to be expected with nearly 17,000 starters. Overall a great first half with only one 'hill' towards the start. One to do again. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: Tough but PB potential In full: I ran this for the second year and smashed my PB by 8 minutes. It's a challenging course for the first 7 miles with the hills, but the final 6 miles is either downhill or flat. Excellent organisation as always, and the crowd support is amazing. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: Great course In full: Exceptional race, exciting course with gruelling ups and exhilarating downs, very well supported and the Mother of All Brass Medals at the finish. Date of review: March 24, 2015