In short: Half Marathon woefully short In full: The half marathon is alongside a 5k and 10k which I have no issue with, in fact, the staggered start times worked really well. The half marathon was four laps of the 5k course with an 'extension' to make up the difference (an extra 1.1km required). Again I have no issue with that except the extension was about 30m out and 30m back which adds about [30x2x4laps] 240m. It should of been patently obvious (assuming the standard loop of 5k is accurate) that that additional distance wasn't enough! My garmin, which I know always deviates slightly from the actual distance, especially on a twisting course such as this, measured 12.24 miles. Nowhere near. A shame as there was ample room on the field to extend this to the distance required no problem.
To end on a positive note, as I'd rather not be negative about an event, everything else was organised well and the atmosphere was good. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Challenging but doable for us fatties In full: I ran it with my daughter (her first 10k). Some great runners but most just in it for fitness/enjoyment. It was the first run I had done for 10+ years and I came a respectable distance from last (although the prize giving started just as I crossed the finish line!) Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Aaarrrrrghhhh! In full: A long list of sorrys should come from the organisers: to the participants; to those who should have been participants but couldn't get to the start; to the travelling supporters; to the businesses that lost trade; to next year's organisers who will suffer the loss of goodwill from all involved, and so on. Miserable. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Great, well organised race - lots of fun. In full: EG10K is a well organised race that I would say is great for beginners. It's a good test for those who are used to dead flat races as it does have some gradual inclines that aren't too tricky but still require a push - I'd still say it's PB-able. Definitely recommend this one. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: A challenging run on variable surfaces in a beautiful location In full: This is a new event on the calendar and one right on my doorstep so I had to do it. An interesting and challenging course which takes you along tracks and paths you may not have seen before. Superb organisation from a great friendly local club - well done Hatch Warren Runners - I will be back next year, Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Gets better every year - so many friendly-faced volunteers In full: This year was the fifth Ealing Half and my fifth participation. The organisation was always pretty good, but they really have got it nailed now. It's a fairly narrow start for nearly 4000 runners, so it takes some time for the whole field to get across the line, but there are plenty of flag carrying pace runners, so you can start alongside people of a similar pace and it's chip-timed, so it doesn't matter that you might begin several minutes after the gun. The course is undulating and somewhat suburban along closed roads, with some pretty parks and some boring bits. From the first edition, local churches along the route got involved as water stations and this only seems to have got better, with the addition of jelly babies, orange segments, music and other forms of encouragement! The advantage of the race passing through residential areas is that there are enthusiastic supporters clustered all along the route; the level of support has noticeably grown each year. First names on the race numbers this year resulted in loads of friendly shouts from official marshalls (there were loads of them) and spectators alike. Must have worked - I got a PB! All in all, it's a great community event and a good race for all capabilities of runner. Well done to the organisers! Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Wonderful race In full: I absolutely loved it ?? A gorgeous route, great organisation, smooth running and very friendly and encouraging marshals. Hats off to you all. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: pretty flat course apart from The Road of Remembrance hill at the end In full: a well run race on a pretty flat course apart from The Road of Remembrance hill at the end, that being said i still ran my second best PB. A decent medal too that you can add your time on to. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Fantastic organisation and atmosphere In full: It's my local race so I love seeing so many familiar faces en route. Even without that home advantage though, the crowds, the closed roads and the bands make this a great race. Great organisation on all fronts - e.g. Bag drop, finish line, plenty of water in bottles to name but a few. No doubt there are a few hilly sections, but you barely notice them really with the crowd support. EHM 2016 just knocked EHM 2015 into second place in my all time favourite half marathons. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Gets better and better every year In full: There's a reason why runners keep coming back to West London, this race really captures the best of Community spirit in London.
Organisation was as smooth as ever, bag drop volunteers were brilliant and friendly before the race, after the race they already had my bag ready before I reached the tent - brilliant.
Plentiful portaloos, I visited a few times and didn't wait more than a few minutes.
Start line moments away from race village, perfect.
From the start the spectators seemed to have upped their game this year, Ealing seemed to be ever more proud of this award winning event and really cheered their hearts out. This years race numbers included runners first names, I heard my name being called out by spectators regularly over the 13 miles.
I knew the course so had no problem with the undulations and knew when to go easy and when to push on the downhills.
Coming back into Lammas park for the final km was a wall of sound,I ran 10 minutes quicker than last year and smashed my PB.
Water stops were plentiful, supported by Ealing's churches. Race village was excellent post race and a great atmosphere.
Do this race, you won't be disappointed, get the EalingFeeling ! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Ok race. Pretty well conducted with chip timing. Some organisational issues In full: I note that as in some previous years there was a shortage of some t shirt sizes at the finish. I found this with a lot of runners to come after me so I took a medium one that my wife can use. There are cheaper races out there where this problem does not occur as they ask for your t shirt size and give it out before the start -why can't you do the same as that? Marred a decent morning. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Hopeless management ruined event for many In full: Appalling traffic management ruined day. Used to be my favourite race,I don't know if I will come back. Poor communication from organisers who have not acknowledged my email of complaint. This event has gone from hero to zero in one year! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: An amazing event for the whole community In full: My fourth Ealing half and yet again the atmosphere around the whole course was electric (I was bit confused by the review by John Stone3 as there is no John Stone on the results list; the spectators at Ealing half were having far too good a time to read a book - cheering the runners, handing out jelly babies, waving from their front doors or upstairs windows, holding their own parties (the smell of a barbecue from one group of spectators was very distracting), dancing to the bands and generally enjoying the event and the atmosphere. I had a wobble at about mile 9 when I was feeling tired but a kind marshal checked that I wasn't injured or otherwise needed to stop and then encouraged me on my way so that I was able to get back to running and finish the race. Despite that wobble, I really enjoyed the race because of the amazing support - not a brilliant time but not a personal worst either. I loved the buzz of the race village too. Race pack collection is tricky but people were warned to expect queues. Having all the toilets in one area simplifies queuing arrangements and the location by the start meant that people did not need to worry about getting from the toilets to the start of the race - the walk to the toilets from other areas of the village was no worse than at London marathon. Overall, Ealing half was my first big race and set an extremely high standard which not many other races meet. As this rating form asks, this is my all-time favourite race. Date of review: September 26, 2016