In short: A lovely race In full: A lovely race with some lovely scenery, especially when the sun came out. Only disappointment was only no medal, after a lovely medal last year. Great organization and great support Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Beautiful route, not too challenging. In full: Lovely one lap route through beautiful countryside, finishing on a track with visible finish line, for those who want to target a sprint finish! Friendly and an outraging marshalls, loved it! Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Fine village event and race In full: Not sure why there are no other reviews for this one, it's been going for years. Anyway ... this is a fun 10K with a course that's hilly but not a killer. The basics are all there: good baggage stow, plenty of loos, lots of marshalls and a bit of bling. Great finish on the village green with the kids handing out cakes (very nice cakes). Results online by evening with full breakdown by time and category. Excellent race, been doing it for over a decade and will be back next year. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Apparently there was a hill ? In full: A great race with amazing organisation and support throughout. Very very friendly. Could possibly have a few more toilets but apart from that couldn't fault it. Almost flat so great to either plod around or for a PB. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Well organised with a traffic free fast course In full: I really enjoyed this race.. Organisation was good and I loved the course. Gently undulating with wide traffics free roads. I overheard one chap saying "how can they describe this as flat?" But really? It's the Surrey Hills.. I'm not sure the organisers could find a faster course if they tried. If you want truly flat.. Then try the sea front or an athletics track!
The queue to get into the sports centre to drop bags was quite long but nothing to bad and there several toilet areas.. Some With long queues so we headed for the main toilet block by the finish line and there was no queue at all. Maybe they just needed a bigger sign for this block?
The banana, flapjack and water at the end were welcome.. That's all I really need at the end of a race, not a 'goodie bag' full of leaflets and tea bag samples.
Well done Surrey Half.. See you next year! Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Good course, good atmosphere In full: My first half marathon of the year. I was running behind the 1:30 pacemaker for two miles and part of me thought "this is the year". One mile later fantasy met reality but I still enjoyed my home county race. I miss the Guildford part of the route. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Great race - flat but terrain is a bit energy sapping. In full: The terrain is flat but large sections are hard mud/stone paths which take a bit more out of your legs. Couldn't fault the organisation with friendly and helpful volunteers. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Excellent organisastion, supportive volunteers and beautiful scenery In full: A thoroughly enjoyable race from start to finish. Good organisation. I did find collecting my number a bit daunting as cant cope in large crowds where even runners push and shove. Beautiful scenery, it seems easier this year to run then it ever has. Lovely course with support from volunteers encouraging us all the way round. Even better to finish on the athletics track. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: great crowd, slick organisation, good times In full: My first Bath Half and really enjoyed it. Really well organised. Only gripe was log jam at the end when we collected goodie bag etc. Was not keen on the double lap idea but it made sure that the crowd was concentrated, later start time and good weather meant a big crowd and fantastic atmosphere. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: First time, probably not the last In full: Loved the novelty of the race being at Dunsfold and looked forward to doing this course for the first time ever. Loved the medal, appreciated the after-race snacks, really enjoyed the course and to be honest, I can't say I'd do the Cranleigh 21 over this race ever again. Ample parking, toilets and chip timing. Only minor issue was the mile markers were quite a bit out from the very first one, but that's what Garmin's were invented for. Overall, really fab stuff, thank you ETL. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Surrey biggest half? In full: A big half with a good feel to it. Toilet queues were long, I gave up. Baggage queues were long too. Crowd support was good and it was good to run on closed roads but no way can they describe this as flat, its definitely undulating. Mile markers were all over the place - I ran a 4.40 mile followed by a 7.30! Medal was very boring - particularly the ribbon, dull grey! I dont think they can describe it as Surrey's biggest as several others are bigger, Hampton Court, Richmond etc Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Race good, parking a problem In full: The race itself was very good. Well marshalled, all of whom had a supportive word. Excellent crowd support. One BIG gripe. The car parking. OK, they can't do anything about the tailback on the A12, but the wait for one of TWO ticket machines was silly. Eventually we were told tickets were not necessary. Could they not add, say £1.50 to the entry fee, on the basis that half the runners will come by car. Also, the toilets need better signposting, and more paper. Those gripes apart, a great race, and I'll be back. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: 5 Queues is far too many In full: Long queue to get off the A12 to get into the Park & Ride " to pay at the kiosk " to use the toilets " to hand in baggage
All of which meant by the time I'd got my number on and chip fastened the race was 9minutes gone
And I'd got to the turn off for the Park'n'ride before 8am!
The organisation of this race is a SHAMBLES, although the actual race is quite pleasant, once you get going.
And once you've finished, another queue to retrieve your baggage and a long walk back to the car (and yes another Q to get out)
The organisers should go to anther race, for instance Halstead, to see how a slick race can be run with NO hassles, but I don't suppose the Rotary club have any wish to see how a running club puts a race on - too busy seeing how much money they can raise.
I will not be returning Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Noticeable improvements over past years In full: Owing to injury I have not run Eastbourne for the past 2 or 3 years and pleased to be back for 2016. Previously this was very much a bargain basement type race for me compared to the Hastings of this world and I had memories of too few loos and little interest from the residents.
FFwd to 2016 and lots of changes. Great race start with plenty of loos, good organisation and nice support on route. The Piper was great as was the band and Bonfire society (I think) who made lots of noise on route. Finish was great and a really nice, decent, goody bag with all the items you need after you finish. Great medal too!
Overall I feel Eastbourne has come on a long way and deserves credit for a great race this year. Date of review: March 10, 2016
In short: This is why you run In full: Fantastic marshalling from the outset, arrival and car parking was fine despite previous reviews. The course is stunning, helped by sunny day and snow on the tops of the fells. Friendly team of organisers and welcome cup of tea at finish. Date of review: March 10, 2016