In short: A very well organised event with a good course and excellent crowd support In full: Although I've been racing for many years, this was the first time I've done this event and I was very impressed by the smooth organisation. The course was also interesting with a good mix of town centre, main roads and smaller country lanes. At £19.50 the entry fee was fair for a half marathon but the goody bag was a bit disappointing and contained a lot of flyers. The only other negative was that the prize giving didn't happen on time and I missed it because had to leave :( Date of review: March 21, 2014
In short: Drinks Station In full: I would like to reply to Debbie. The drinks station was there on Sunday to support too 48 runners from Almost Athletes. It became apparent that other athletes were struggling. We had sufficient water to hand out to other runners which we did. The fact we ran out of cups and water is proof. The drinks for the Almost Athletes were their own personal drinks, a lot drink flat coke in the last 4 miles. All we did was keep that for them. I don't consider that to be unsportsmanlike, in fact good planning by our Club. If any other wanted a drink we gave them one, we gave them jelly babies etc. In conclusion, I didn't do anything I would change, I'm proud I supported my Club Runners, I'm equally proud that I gave water to many others runners. Everyone who asked got a drink, Debbie all you bad to do was ask!! Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: A brilliant successful attempt by the AAT guys which no one else has tried to do. In full: My local towns and the very first Surrey half made for an exciting build up to the race which I was so looking forward to. The weather was good and atmosphere positive before the start and let's be honest, no one has ever done this before so it was a bit trial and error. I thoroughly enjoyed it no matter what happened but there are a few things that could make it better. I'd like to see the whole road from Stoke park to the pb garage closed off for the start as it was impossible to stay in the cones. Also at the start there were too many friends and family amongst the runners to allow you to get into the correct time zones. Bigger zones and runners to be responsible enough to direct loved ones somewhere else please! Another water stop would of been good before the town half way point which was in a bit of a dodgy position on a hair pin. Plenty of collisions here I'm afraid were caused by last minute changes of direction as it couldn't be seen until the last minute. Was it me or were a lot of mile markers missing? Perhaps I was looking down too much. The queue up the hill out off the finish was a bit of a bug bear as it was longer and slower than the queue for the loos. In an emergency this would of caused a lot of problems. Other than these minor points...... Well done Toby and the team on a brilliant day.
In short: Tough course but worth it In full: This was my first ever 10k last year, so wanted to beat my prevous time by a good margin, I managed a whisker away from 4 minutes.
A well organised race, from the parking arrangements to the course layout, marshalls and supporters. I think the sunshine helped as well, and should of worn my road shoes this time. Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: A premier race with a bargain-basement price-tag! In full: The third year of running and the second I've participated in, this was the best yet and is a credit to the organising club. Date of review: March 20, 2014
In full: Would like to also mention about the club drinks station. Realise organisers were totally unaware of this but at no time was it made available to other runners on a very hot day was very unsportsmanlike. But this does not detract froma well organised race Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: Impeccable organisation and expertly staged. In full: As well organised a race as you could hope for. Plenty of support along the way and no real hills to speak of so a good event for getting a decent time. Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: great race - loved it In full: ETL races always seem to be well organized and supported. plenty of water on course, marshalls where needed and fairly good support for such a rural setting. Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: Not bad. In full: I enjoyed this race but here's some feedback for next year 1) toilet area was too crowded, not helped by the fact that it was right next to bag storage so there were 100s of people all trying to make their way in a small area. 2) wave pens were totally haphazard so bit of a free for all, again the area was too small for so many people 3) no food at finish line! It's not a cheap race to enter so I'd at least expect a banana. This seems to be a common issue in many races lately. 4) water stations need to be better organised. At the first station I had to *stop and wait* for a bottle of water! This added at least 30 secs onto my race time I lost my momentum and seeing as I finished 50 secs off a pb it may well have cost me my pb. 5) kids race - we realised a couple of days before the race, when the weather forecast was good, that kids needed to be signed up 2 weeks before race date! Is that really necessary? Can you not work it so they can just turn up and run? Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: A great event with good mix of town and country - great atmosphere and very supportive Marshall's - I enjoyed it! In full: I really really enjoyed the course and atmosphere. The only downside was at the finish where we all had to wait in a queue for around 30 minutes for goody bag etc. when we could have done with having a warm down walk. Why not put everything in one bag? And have a separate area for choosing t shirt size. Excellent commentary as well! Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: An Enjoyable Slog.. In full: Had I read the description and reviewed the course profile a little more thoroughly, I may have thought twice about entering this Challenging half marathon. I'm not keen on Hilly courses and I'm still not after this one. However I really enjoyed this course thanks to the lovely views and very favourable weather we had for it. The hills were quite demanding at times but it was good to run alongside others that were suffering them as well. I would run this course again but next time I will do more hill training for it.
I run using a Garmin to track my time and running profile, and mine suggested it was quite the full half marathon distance but I guess a lot comes down to the "race line" I ran.
The support was very good due although the spectators were required to pay a discounted fee to enter the House and Grounds.
Around 580 people ran this and I would like to think most enjoyed the run.