In short: The Thames has never looked so good In full: Positives: - Great organisation, good atmosphere at the start and finish of the race, nice straight forward course, flat and PB potential, top medal and great price for a London HM
Negatives - congested at the start but soon petered out, lack of mile markers
Overall this is a great race. Would strongly recommend. Date of review: November 4, 2014
In short: Always improving half marathon In full: Nice venue and easy to get to. Lots of side street residential parking if needed. Smooth queue to pick up numbers as long as you split yourself into the surname queue you need. I would say enough toilets and portaloos as YMCA had 3 as well. A small enough event to line yourself up to your pace time but if it got larger then maybe pace signage so runners lined up in their time zones as it can get narrow on some paths near start. A nice flat trail run with some mud as some light rain previous day and 30 mins before 10am start. Road shoes still was fine for surfaces for me but do watch your foot. The aid station were very nicely stocked and are stocked with a range of fuels from fluids to solids but I dont really like to slow down to pick my own cups of water, energy drink, fruit juice, energy gels, jelly babies or flapjacks. I also prefer bottled drinks as I run past, grab and keep hold of. However, for value of money entry fee, I expect cups of water. The aid station by the half way point was a sharp turn around point with the aid station right in front. This particular station I had to completely stop to collect fluid, the 2 runners in front stop right in front of me. I had to stop to look for an energy drink but picked up fruit juice by mistake as I didnt have time to ask the "1" lady manning the station. The runner behind me had crash into me as well. The aid station although well stocked needs to be spaced out to 3-4 tables as it may well get very crowded when runners have to browse for which drink.. which table holds the energy gel... Maybe big sign/cardboard in front saying water , energy drinks, energy gels, fruit juice otherwise you stop and scan around and hold everyone up. They couldnt hand out water at this half way point because tow path was too narrow. This is my only complaint. Way too near turnaround point and both marathon n half marathon runners used this station. I was happy to see nice big medal with relevant neck strap labelling with winter half marathon. But, organisers should have put the year 2014!!! Its great to see medal has improved and different from last years too. Finish line goodies to help yourself to was great. I only took 1 piece of flapjack, 1 cream biscuit, 1 banana. But if i hung around i would have ate more flapjacks as they were yummy. I will be back for the summer one but i hope they organise the aid station better as i do like a isotonic drink but not have to search and wait and ask for it. We want to grab and run on. I recommend this race to all beginners as very race friendly for newbies. I am sure i would have got pb if it was cooler on 2nd half of race, maybe next November will be cooler. Overall nicely organised and I am sure improvements will be made as the organisers do seem interested to improve the race every year and I have seen improvements myself every year and also heard of them word of mouth so kudos to David and Mel. Date of review: November 4, 2014
In short: Great scenic course In full: I ran this last Saturday and despite a poor time, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great organisation and offerings at water stations, particularly the chocolate brownie and flapjack although I would carry my own liquid next time. The surface didn't warrant trail shoes, but it was uneve and took up a lot of energy. Will be in the calendar for next year as a good location for a weekend not quite in London... Date of review: November 4, 2014
In short: A great city race In full: Super race. Relatively flat for Plymouth which is a huge bonus. Very friendly and a great atmosphere. I appreciate the early start as it means your done and dusted with the rest of Sunday yours. Definitely recommend this race, especially for beginners. Date of review: November 4, 2014
In short: Disorganised start In full: Second year running the half marathon. Didn't mind the new course but finishing at the stadium was definitely better than on a sloped and slippery patch of grass.
My main gripe was the organisation. Nowhere to park at race hq (it was full) and the instructions sent out pre race were clear as mud. Asked a couple of marshalls but they weren't clear so ended up on a side street and had to run back to race hq to make the start. I was lucky to make it and i know that plenty of people will have missed the off as there was no announcement. Not ideal way to start the race.
Medal is a bit pony but i like the t-shirt, one of the nicest i've received. Date of review: November 4, 2014
In short: Awesome event, brilliant organisation, great tee-shirt/ medal, scenery to die for and amazing support. Very friendly for an event with 4000 participants. Will see you next year for sure!!!! Date of review: November 4, 2014
In short: Another wet but very satisfying race In full: Doesn't get any easier, but the last 1.5 miles downhill was more enjoyable than ever. Great support, great Marshalls, excellent chunky medal and brilliant Hoody too. Will be back again next year. It's so satisfying to finish it each year and knocked another four minutes off my Marlow Half PB this year. Date of review: November 4, 2014
In short: Fantastic day, superb organisation, very welcoming and supportive throughout ! In full: This was my first race with barton ac and I felt really supported all the way! Challenging course but makes is soo much more fun and interesting! I even astonished myself with my time! Brilliant course brilliant day, well organised, lots of positive encouragement! Deffinatly doing it again next year! Date of review: November 3, 2014
In short: Excellent race and organisation In full: Great goody bag. Home made flapjack- lovely. Plenty of stalls to browse around whilst waiting. Great support from everyone. Looking forward to next year Date of review: November 3, 2014
In short: Fab, friendly 10k In full: 3rd time for me, great course challenging but doable for everyone. Great organisation, marshals & fab goodie bag with long sleeve tech t-shirt. Would deffo recommend Date of review: November 3, 2014