In short: A well organised event at such a prestigious and historic location. In full: A well organised event at such a prestigious and historic location. I think we were also very fortunate with the weather. This time last year I ran the Cranleigh 21 and it was bitterly cold.
For an inaugural event I thought the organisation was impeccable. After a long gap of no half-marathons in north-west Surrey there is suddenly an influx. The Surrey Half marathon, three weeks ago, probably eclipsed this event and now we hear that there is another in October from Walton on Thames.
The road closures meant that there was plenty of room to run at the start of the race towards Webridge station. Not only was the route cleverly designed so as to keep the closures to a minimum but the use of a professional company to marshal the junctions was an interesting, but presumably expensive concept, and because of the extraordinary early start there did not seem to be any visible issues with either upset residents or irate motorists. (See letter in the Woking News and Mail this week to see how some residents were perturbed with road closures during the Surrey Half).
Perhaps on the negative side I was surprised there was no race clock at ten miles or even intermediate timing mats to deter cheating along the course. At the Great North Run you spot the finish gantry one mile away, but at Brooklands when you joined the former airfield strip you could see the finish gantry clearly but still had two miles to run – this was most agonising.
Having the use of the excellent facilities (catering, toilets, chairs) at Mercedes building was an added bonus.
I hope you will continue to hold this in future years – though clearly there were enormous costs involved – road closures, hire of Mercedes complex, payment to marshals for car parking and traffic control. At the Surrey Half the capacity of the roads was probably at a maximum, but at NO stage during the event, even doing the “Swiss-roll” during the first two miles, did I feel my running was restricted by the volume of runners, so plenty of room for additional runners in 2015 and beyond.
I am just wondering, if there are many adverse comments about the tedium of the two miles at the start and finish, what I call the swiss-roll, would it be possible to amend the route slightly so that you arrange to run through the Brooklands Museum site which is accessible by an adjacent gate? This would make the race a very unique course indeed.
Brooklands has been famous for motor racing, cycling (both pedal and motor) all pre-war, and it may be worth trying to make a play the historic connections with these endurance sports and saying that this continues in the form of an annual half-marathon in the twenty first century.
In short: Ran the croydon half marathon for the first time today. Organisation first class. Route hilly and challenging but made up for by the friendliness of the marshals. Can't remember seeing so many at a race. Good finish area. Nothing to fault! Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: worth the trip up North ... In full: Was planning to do a race in the Home Counties, but plans changed at the last minute. Have never been to Staffs, so thought I'd take a chance on this race. It proved worthwhile: small, friendly feel that reminded me why I started running in the first place. Decent pace and a truly multi-terrain course. Thank you. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Great event - lovely venue, fun running on the race test track for first and last few miles, nice flat course, great one for spectators, loved it! Would highly recommend. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Great organisation & T shirt, bit pricey but would do it agin In full: Nasty early start at 8am when the clocks go forward as well, but good to finish at a reasonable time so have the rest of the day with family. Great café and facilities at Brooklands. Race well organised and nice technical t shirt. Would do again as on my doorstep with closed roads. I'm sure will get bigger each year. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Well organised event. In full: Parking Ok, mostly flat course, chipped timing, well sign posted and marshalled. The sun was shining and a medal received at the end. What more could you ask for! Ah the warm up...would be better if the instructions could be heard. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Poorly organised In full: Not great, a start that wasn't really a start. A tractor trying it's best to run everyone down. Route markers that were moved. On the other hand the location was stunning, and there are some good pubs nearby for a spot of lunch. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Enjoyable event, great to have opportunity to run at Brooklands In full: For the first event, it was a good one. The organisation was spot on and that makes these things so much better. The course went from pan flat on the track to undulating out into Weybridge but that made it more interesting. Support, where there was some, was great but the overall atmosphere, in my opinion, was quiet and not as uplifting as other races, maybe due to the fact that this is the first race. Also, timing of the event is perfect before some of the big spring marathons.
Overall, thoroughly enjoyed with nice goody bag/T-Shirt/Medal and would definitely do again. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Some good things, some bad things In full: There are some things that I really liked during this event but unluckily not everything was at the same level. I'll start from what I liked. A good scenario along one single lap on different surfaces made the course never boring. It was plenty of loos, there were a good number of pacers and the participants have been divided in different waves at the start. On the other side, I didn't like the unsupervised baggage area (apart from a single small table to leave valuables), the very narrow path in some sections, the open-traffic roads (we had to stop at a certain point to let a car go through), not enough marshals at some key points. The goody bag was barely sufficient (I've got more stuff at cheaper events) and they ran out of tech t-shirts very soon, when I completed the half there was only small size available. I'd run it again only if at a cheaper price (I've paid £30 in 2014). Possibly they should put the t-shirt (not remarkable at all) as optional during the registration process. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: As I had expected In full: Suburban, yes, but this was a reasonable course if you don't mind two-laps. It had a great starting venue, but I do agree about the poor finishing arrangement. I don't enjoy weaving around departing cars. That needs to be modified for next time. My main gripe is about the mile signs, some seemed to have disappeared by the second lap. That is discouraging if you are desperately looking for them around mile 10. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: good race, great support. In full: First the negative, if this race got bigger the start won't work its to narrow. Now the positives, this was a great racene that can easily compete with the bigger races. All the volunteers were brilliant (especially the ones at the baggage area), the race itself was good once you got past the narrow part at the start. Best goody bag not your usual stuff that just gets binned. Its not my faveourite race but, its one of them. Just one more thing, why not put a t shirt in the bag as well? Date of review: March 29, 2014
In short: Excellent race but shame about the wind In full: Fantastic race - great run through the city and parks and the last four miles were very scenic but the galeforce winds made it very hard work and it was a shame as with such a flat course a PB would be very possible otherwise.
Was a bit chaotic at the start but inevitable with the numbers.
Can't believe the complaints about the support - I thought there was loads of support on the route particularly in Sefton Park and it was heaving at the end. Loved that the race number had our name on as I got a few people cheering for me. Just a shame it was made difficult for spectators to cross over at the finish as it was hard to find people at the end but generally i thought the organisation was very good and I would recommend the race to anyone, and I will be back for sure. Date of review: March 28, 2014
In short: A very intimate race! In full: This was my first race for a while, and I really enjoyed it. It had been postponed due to the weather, and so there were only 43 runners I think in the end! Plenty of marshals, and a medal/bottle of water/vouchers at the end. Date of review: March 28, 2014
In short: 8 mile gradual climb,then 5 mile down back to the finish In full: Enjoyed every minute of this race, this was my 5th half marathon in the space of 10 months and i must say one of my favourites,PB potential(i knocked 7.5 mins off mine down to 1:46:56) all the way due to the 5 mile downhill finish but be slightly aware you do climb gradually upto mile 6 then there is a 3/4 mile ramp upto mile 8.I will do this race again.Well organised and well supported thanks Coventry Date of review: March 28, 2014
In short: Great run, organization could be improved In full: Wonderful morning, great course along traffic free Warwickshire lanes and roads. Organization a bit chaotic at the start, particularly around the bag drop area. Shame as everything else was good, particularly the stewarding around the course. I have done a lot of HMs throughout the country, and one of the best organized is in Stratford just down the road, so the organizers should liaise with them to pick up some tips. Date of review: March 28, 2014
In short: Amazing, despite the huge hill In full: Love this race - this is the second time I've run it and the atmosphere and generosity of the local supporters are just great. There is a big hill involved, but that's kind of nice - you feel like you've done all the hard work by 5 miles in, and you get to run down it later. A nice mix of experienced and new runners, a really welcoming atmosphere, a lovely location, and a nice marquee to wait in at the start so you don't freeze to death! Date of review: March 28, 2014