In short: Not a PB course In full: Mistakenly I signed up to this marathon believing it to be reasonably flat.
There is nothing on the organiser’s web site to actually tell you what the course elevation is and strava puts it between 1000ft and 2000ft and it was my own fault for not doing enough research, replying purely on my visits to the beach!
Having said that I think the organisers could give a lot more detailing their map which could have actually been drawn by my 3 year old.
Today was glorious sunshine and the majority of the route is exposed so this is never going to be a great PB course, sun, you’ll get too hot, beach, you’ll get battered by the wind (none today).
The route is full of tiny peaks and troughs which make getting into any sort of rhythm impossible and just when you’re starting to feel the pain, a short sharp hill is chucked in to destroy your legs. Once you’ve cleared the lactic acid out of your legs, you’re faced with a longer, soul destroying hill.
While the scenery cannot be beaten, the constant doubling back gets a little tedious and seeing the lead runners constantly passing in the opposite direction hits hard on moral.
Take fluid if the weather man says it will be sunny. In my opinion there are not enough water stations and they serve screw top bottles without the lid meaning you have to gulp down a couple of sips before throwing the bottle away or face spilling the rest of it all over yourself. Sports lids would have been much handier and may have stopped my urine from taking on the appearance of tar.
Plenty of toilets before the race began and on the route itself, but that said, there are plenty of people out enjoying their day on the beach, don’t expect them to be bothered about the race and control their dog/kids from running out in front of you.
Those that were bothered gave great support and joined the marshalls in giving great encouragement. However there were long stretches on the course were I felt lonely :)
As for value, over £50 makes it one of the more expensive races around and while the goody bag contained water, high 5 rehydration tabs, an eat natural bar and a keyring, the shirt, while of normal quality, is generic and does not differentiate between the 10k and the marathon.
Due to the cost and my dislike of inclines, I doubt I will be doing it again.
In short: Not for beginners In full: A brute of course! Had to walk some of the worst hills. First timer. I spent the last 7 miles running on my own (apart fromt he sheep and cows) asking myself if I was mad. But somehow I loved it, incredible scenery and nice people. I hope this is on next year so I can do myself justice. This isn't for novices. Well done to the organisers Date of review: October 2, 2016
In short: Bottle necks spoilt run In full: Reasonably well organised run but the race was very congested, especially at the beginning when at times it was too busy to run. There were several bottle necks where we came to a complete standstill on route. Very disappointing and wouldn't do this again. Date of review: October 2, 2016
In short: Excellent race In full: Fast baggage stow, hot drinks wagon, chip timing and results online pretty much in real time. Great start/finish venue. Course is varied, flat and pretty fast. And decent bling. A very pleasant morning out. Date of review: October 2, 2016
In short: Great first race In full: Absolutely loved the 2016 race. Great route despite a very challenging first 3 miles. Nice mix of countryside and city, added bonus of running past St Catherine's Hill in the final few miles (thank you for not taking us up it!). Organisation was amazing, marshals were much friendlier and encouraging than many other races I've done. All in all it was a great day and I look forward to doing it next year. Date of review: October 1, 2016
In short: Great run along the river, flat course, enthusiastic marshalls, safe. In full: It was 'suggested' at the start that runners should not run with ear phones. This is a rule dating from April and more than a few runners have been disqualified in other races. Time to enforce? Date of review: October 1, 2016
In short: The best road half marathon by far In full: I have debated doing Ealing for a number of years, I'm so glad I finally did! It's not an easy course by any means, there are plenty of hills to challenge you and I quite liked the twists and turns. The organisation and support was fab. My local half in Reading could learn a thing or two! Would highly recommend. Date of review: September 30, 2016
In short: Justifiably the best half marathon in the UK In full: I love everything about this race; from the atmosphere, to the seamless organisation, to the way the event is embraced so wholeheartedly by the local community - resulting in fantastic support on the course, to the friendliest marshals I have encountered and the joy of running on closed roads.
I look forward to running in 2017. Well don EHM. Date of review: September 29, 2016
In short: Exactly what a fun local race should be In full: I love the EG 10k. Simple, well organised and friendly. The course isn't flat but it's not exactly hilly, and it makes up for it by being traffic free, good surfaces fro running, and sheltered from the elements. The organisation is top notch, you get a lovely t-shirt, and there is great cake at the end. Perfect Date of review: September 29, 2016
In short: It gets better every year! In full: I have done this 5 years running now and can't fault it. The organisation is impeccable and the community support is superb. There are a few hills but that means a fair bit of downhill too and the cheering and music along the route does wonders for getting you around. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: One of the best local events I've done In full: I ran this race while on a weekend visit to London from Washington DC. EHM deserves its vaunted status. It’s not the fastest course ever, but the community engagement is fantastic, and the organization is impeccable. There seems to be an east-west ridge that passes through Ealing, and the route makes two trips across that ridge and back. That’s where the 4 main climbs come from. The other ups and downs on the course profile are barely noticeable. The hills are over by mile 8, and hopefully your legs aren’t also finished at that point. Unordered list of things that I liked. Water bottles instead of water cups: makes it possible to keep running and to get enough to drink. Big community turn-out all along the route: almost makes up for those hills. Better than usual loo provisions at the start. Race-day packet pick up for international participants. Wonderful baggage drop volunteers: one of them found my bag and walked out to meet me before I even arrived. Pacer groups at 5-minute intervals (though as far as I could tell, the ones I was keeping in my sights weren’t adjusting their pace for the hills). Lammas Park: great venue for start and finish, and very easy walk to Northfields Tube station. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: A really nice, well run race In full: EG 10K is a really friendly race, c400 competitors of all abilities. It's not flat, a long steady incline at the mid point can catch you if you don't pace it, which I have got wrong in previous years. This time got it right and enjoyed it much, more. A great example of a perfect local race for everyone. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: Poor organization - gridlocked road pre-event In full: I don't know how the organizers managed it but all the traffic getting to the event start at Cheltenham Racecourse was virtually gridlocked after GCHQ. I had to abandon my car and run 2 miles just to get to the start on time. Also didn't think much of having to run the last 2.5 miles around the racecourse. This is the first time I ran this event and probably the last. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: Fabulous! In full: First half marathon - and course not designed for plodders like me - but such fun - marshals were brilliant encouraging all - and great to see those on lap 2 doing the marathon course encouraging those still making their way round first lap! A half marathon designed for those of us looking to step up from 10k without taking it too seriously - wine stations are an added bonus! Tip - do wear fancy dress or you will feel left out! Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: Did not believe they could beat last year but the organisers, the volunteers and the community made this a race day that will live long in the memory. In full: Somehow this race achieves just the right mix of organisation and a true community spirit.
The ATC kids at the bag drop rock. Polite and amazingly organised. Bag ready before I even reached the tent. The army of marshals care about their event and showcasing their community and also about having a fun day. As a result the start and finish were as organised as any like sized event I've entered and everyone had time to make conversation. The community turned out in force and the churches, the bands, the choirs and the general public all gave the runners real support, both verbal and in confectionary and liquid form. The addition of names on race numbers made the support even more personal and warm. The course is undulating but I have managed a PB both years I've run so it has to be possible for anyone. I hope this event continues for a very long time. If I can't run it I will volunteer. It looks like everyone's having a blast the other side of the ropes. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Great run, lovely friendly people .well organised. Good beginners run ,not too steep good paths all around.Get tee shirt ,medal, water and banana ! value !, Date of review: September 27, 2016