In short: Decent Event In full: Decent event, well organised in places. Starting pen was very small for number of participants & I didn't like the grass start/finish (but that's just me). Lots of support around the course which was good, I believe they ran out of water at the water station. Goody bag is excellent, good medal and t-shirt, although the organisation of finish area wasn't great by the time I finished and had to rely on others to gather goodies and missed out on a couple of items. I can see why this is a highly-rated event, but I wouldn't rush back to do it again. Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Halstead do it again. Brilliant!! In full: What can you say : another superbly organised race, by the club that does it for the Runners. Thats eight times now, and no matter what, will be back next year. Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, and well organised In full: A well organised event that has become huge, thanks to the efforts of the organisers. The support around the course was superb and what a goody bag at the end Date of review: May 10, 2016
In short: Amazing run and very tough. Halstead runners did it again! In full: Great run it was my 2nd time on the course and it was as tough as ever. The sun was in full force and made a hard run the next level. The whole event was an inspiration to see people completing and great support from the crowds and locals. Thank you. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Brilliantly organised, wonderfully supported, fantastic value fabulous race. In full: If you only do 1 10k, do this one. If you aim to do more, don't do this one. All others will be a disappointment. There are more scenic ones but I defy you to find a better organised, more friendly, better supported, superior value race. And the goody bag is awesome - I did the VMLM 2 weeks earlier and their bag was not even in the same league! Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Enjoyable race with great support In full: This was my first Marathon & although everyone warned me it was a tough course i really enjoyed it.The organisation was great, The marshalls were very vocal shouting out encouragement. The Goody bag & medal are really nice. Due to it being so hot they had even put on extra water stations which really helped, Looking forward to running again next year. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Fantastic for first timers, sunny and great atmosphere and organisation In full: Fantastic for my first half.Great atmosphere and supportive locals. Personally I liked the scenery although it was mainly through residential streets and a long stretch on the motorway which may put off those who enjoy a countryside view. Really well organised, loads of marshalls at the beginning in Millennium square and plenty of toilets before the start line, good safe baggage area. Think the baggage vans could have been better explained on the pdf race guide, though.
Wasnt too impressed by goody bag- no drink in it at all and isotonic drinks were on a separate stall. There was a rather pointless van near the end of the route which sprayed out water but it just landed on my feet rather than face, so didnt cool me down. The locals' hosepipes were much better (perhaps plusnet should think about buying a bog standard hosepipe next year). If I'm being picky the hosepipes and water stations wouldv been better off nearer the start of the race as the first 3 miles is when I was hottest.
Extremely sunny and warm, so I recommend suncream and very light clothing/shorts for any potential 2017 runners. I'm not sure if the orange slices were provided by run for all but although I personally didnt take one they were a good idea. Couple of locals provided sweets and ice (not sure what the ice was for).
I recommend making use of every water station even if its just to chuck it all over ur face to cool down. There only seemed to be two toilet stops and they didnt have an sinks in, only hand gel, which was a let down. On the issue of the hills, I was dreading the first 6 miles which I'd read comprised of hills. To my shock I could only count 2x 'hills' throughout the whole race- one near Aldi about 3 miles in and then the hill up the motorway back to town past Holiday Inn. Sure there were a few stretches of upwards incline but on the main it was in fact DOWNHILL! I couldnt believe how much of it was downhill, so in my opinion its very beginner and PB friendly , especially as there are no points for beginners where you would be completely by yourself, always fellow runners nearby.
Thanks go to the inspriring guy in the wheelchair, Pieman, a yellow sweatshop runner and guy in a purple t-shirt for providing me much needed motivation. Also thanks to the people handing out free water ? Mike's watering hole? Overall, great race and definitely rate it higher than the York 10 Mile :) Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Best scenery ever, loved the hills and most friendly organisation In full: We appreciated having a ride organised to the start and thoroughly enjoyed the company of Maurice one of the officials, who stayed on to give me a ride back to the station at the end. There wasn't a single part of the course you could call uninteresting or not scenic, one picture postcard after another. I wished I had known about the rapeseed fields which caused havoc with my hayfever and performance, but it's all part of the experience and the yellow fields were spectacular. Marshals and locals were equally wonderful, plenty of water for such a hot day and I loved the lead up to the finish on a "little trail" - nice break from the melting tar. Overall, a great experience with wonderful memories, meeting officials and runners alike. Thanks Halstead Road Runners. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: An amazing experience for my 1st marathon - so supportive & friendly In full: I chose Halstead for my 1st marathon as it's quite local & I was disappointed not to get a place at London. Halstead lived up to its reputation in terms of beautiful countryside, amazing support from fellow runners, marshals and local residents (with hosepipes) and not forgetting, those hills! I honestly had one of the best days of my life yesterday! Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: An excellent event In full: Have done this race many times before, and enjoy it every year, could of done with it being a little cooler but the heat was helped but supporters spraying you along route, well organised, great medal and T shirt I will be back! Well done Halstead road runners for a great event Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: A local feel with a high proportion of non-club runners In full: My first time at this particular race, organised by local Rotary Club. Over 600 runners took part - the majority being non-club runners which makes quite a change from the usual races I do. Very hot day, which meant there was pressure on water stations - which couldnt really cope with demand. Predominantly flat course around residential areas meant PB was possibility on a cooler day. Nice big medal - but only banana and a small bottle of drink at end rather than promised 'goody bag'. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Definite must do marathon In full: Loved it, definitely a challenge would h the heat and hills but so beautiful and well supported. Locals providing sprinklers (I hope they weren't on a meter). Maybe if the forecast was that hot again bring the race forward by an hour or too? Not sure how easy that is logistically but from a runners point of view I think it might help. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: hot and hilly but loved it In full: after all that winter training the sun came out for the marathon and didn't we know it. Far too hot to run a marathon but the marshals did a wonderful job in keeping everyone cool and hydrated. Beautiful race in my back yard with some challenging hills (especially with a knee injury). enjoyed the atmosphere and met some wonderful people, shame I couldn't run a good time but maybe next year will be cooler. highly recommended for anyone who likes running in the countryside. Date of review: May 9, 2016