In short: Challenging new course but well worth it! In full: This was a very cold, hilly and challenging course but excellent organisation all round and fantastic marshals out on the course. Some lovely scenery to take your mind off the hills! Good value too and a decent t-shirt. Date of review: February 3, 2015
In short: Great , tough half In full: A fantastic start to the year with a hilly, cold run. Tough and rewarding, too. Well organised with great marshals - I preferred the new course and the marquee HQ rather than Town Hall. Only suggestions for organisation would be to send the numbers out in advance and have more people manning the bag drop. Date of review: February 3, 2015
In short: A nice season opener In full: I enjoyed this one. Did it last year and was in a bit of a bad way. Little training due to illness and still suffering with the lingering effects of a cold meant that time was not a consideration at all, it was all about survival.
This year I arrived in somewhat better condition and knocked 9 minutes off of last year's (pedestrian) time. Weather was ok, had worried that the wind would be a factor but not really an issue.
Organisation was smooth. I arrived stupidly early this year after some trouble parking last year and took care of pre-race formalities very quickly. T-shirt is nice although very, very similar to last year's.
Looking at the results it seems that this one does appeal primarily to the faster end of the running spectrum. Despite that there were still a good sprinking of slower runners in the field and they (we) did seem to be catered for rather than simply tolerated.
I would certainly hope to come back next year to try to knock another chunk of of my 5 mile PB. Date of review: February 3, 2015
In short: A challenging race, but good times still possible In full: My first time for this race, although I did the marathon a few years ago when it still started from Ryde. It was a freezing cold day with an icy cold wind which was biting. I've the greatest admiration for all the brave marshalls that stood for hours in the cold and shouted out encouragement to us. Also the well organised,secure baggage area and overall excellent race organisation. The only improvement would be more toilets, which is a problem at all races. I understand it was a new route this year, and everyone I have spoken to agrees that it was an improvement on previous years, so well done again to the Organisers and all the helpers. I'll definitely be back next year God willing. Date of review: February 3, 2015
In short: a fantastic event put on by the events to live team. its my second year running this event and it gets better and better. the organisation of the race is fantastic and all the marshals were encouraging and friendly. will I be back next year?? YES Date of review: February 2, 2015
In short: Well organised, friendly race In full: Another well organised race from ETL but I wouldn't expect anything else from an organisation that has given me some of my most enjoyable races. They work so hard to make their events a worthwhile experience for us runners. Friendly, well marshalled and a great atmosphere. Hills and mud just add to the achievement of taking part (and I enjoy singing the national anthem at the beginning, but that's our little secret!) Date of review: February 2, 2015
In short: A great race with excellent support along the way In full: My first 10k race and has definitely given me a buzz. Marshalls were very encouraging despite the bitter cold. Very friendly and well organised. A brilliant race. Date of review: February 2, 2015
In short: Tough new course, indifferent tech shirt, lack of goodie bag In full: First long run of year but worth turning up for. New the course had changed but I thought the 2 1/2 extra hills were abit harsh at the time but on finishing knew they would help in the year ahead. Tough but do it every year and will keep coming back. Date of review: February 2, 2015
In short: Great course In full: Picked my number up on the day.no problem. The course was great.challenging hills and a very windy long finish line!! My only gripe was the countdown at the start. 5,4,3,2,1 GO. Nothing else at all. A minute to go call next time please!! Date of review: February 2, 2015
In short: Great Fun wet muddy challenging!! In full: A fun morning out on wimbledon common, a well organised fun and challenging event, great value for money (makes you question why some races charge so much?) don't expect a P.B but do expect to take lots of the common home with you in the form of mud and not a womble in sight:-) Date of review: February 2, 2015
In full: As always very well organised and brilliant marshals? It was just a shame there were just bottles of wine for the winners and no trophies or alternative prizes. Date of review: February 2, 2015
In short: Bumpy with hills, cluttered start In full: Pros: scenic rural hilly course that really tests you with no sustained periods on the flat. Out of town. Nice marshals. Decent technical t-shirt.
Cons: parking (plan it well before arriving as you will have a walk), therefore numbers really should be posted. Very cluttered start in the park and for some time after, No water until mile 5. Traffic on roads in places. Naff medal.
I really enjoyed the course with the undulations. Reminded me a lot of St Albans half (large park cluttered start, rural course crossing motorway and lots of hills). Number collection was easy (but who wants to do it). The course is better than the flattish roadies. Date of review: February 2, 2015