In short: Not as good as previous In full: Getting a bit too big now, large queues and congestion at registration, toilets closed in building, not enough portaloos. Start pens overflowing and disorganised. Fantastic goody bag and t shirt as always. Course always good for a PB as has been 6.1 miles the last 4 years. Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Fantastic event. Loved every minute. In full: It was a typical Run For All event. Superbly organised. Fantastic atmosphere. Super medal with quality finishers shirt & goodie bag. It's difficult to think of any negatives to be honest. 10/10 Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Undulating course but great scenary and very friendly marshals. Shall definitely enter again In full: Really enjoyed the run here. The day was extremely warm and I was struggling by the half way point but the lovely scenary and the changing course kept me going. Well done! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Brilliant event, with great organisation and marshalling In full: Ran my first Halstead marathon today and absolutely loved it. It was hot and it was hilly, but that just kinda added to the challenge and sense of achievement. It was very well organised and superbly marshalled - seriously, awesome work guys ...and much appreciated. I would really recommend this event - I will be back (every year). Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Nice, early hills, clear downhill to finish. In full: It was unusually warm this time but there was plenty of water and a cooling van. Nice and friendly with lots of families out to cheer. The baggage claim was hard to get back to at the end but otherwise - a great event! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Top-notch, low-key marathon In full: Any marathon in Spring can be subject to warm weather, and 2016 was the hottest Halstead marathon I have done, although I believe that 2007 was warmer. Nevertheless, the aid stations were stocked with the usual goodies, and had sun cream and electrolytes as well, and even some of the locals took pity on the runners and provided extra water, hoses and even ice poles to help keep us cool. A technical tee-shirt, large medal and decent goodie bad, along with a can of Pepsi awaited us at the finish, but by that point I had set my sights on the ice cream van, and one of my fellow runners duly obliged... Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Let down by no 65 age group category-a disgrace In full: Its a great event that not every runner can afford to enter. My main beef however is that they have no age group for F65 or M65. Anyone that knows anything about running will know that there is a huge difference between running at 60 and running at 69, yet this organisation ignores this fact. It beggers belief !! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Another excellent event In full: Top marks to the organisers for laying on the extra water stations this year, on a stinking hot day. Excellent race as always; the course is not the most inspiring (it is in Bracknell) but it's pleasant and varied enough. Really good venue, loads of marshals, great medal and generous goody bag. A favourite event! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Really enjoyable race and great atmospheres marshals let it down In full: Had to stop to help someone who'd collapsed Marshall was useless, took her 10 mins to read her card of how to contact medics! Then another runner had to speak to them as she didn't know what to say, if this had been a cardiac arrest I dread to think what could have happened. People need immediate assistance when unwell in these situations! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: A hot half marathon that went smoothly! In full: It was hot! But the whole race went seamlessly throughout. Plenty of water available enroute, one official hose pipe with 2-3 more hose pipes from supporters which were very welcoming and much needed in the heat! In case the supporters were not sharing their hose pipes, it's worth the organisers planning further 'showers' as it's a long distance in the heat.
The start, the finish, the goody bag and medal went smoothly, but someone did fall at the start on the Headrow, probably tripped over the railing legs, as it was a narrow start. May be worth having a narrowed funnel at the start to regulate the flow of runners at the start.
The crowds were amazing which really helped! The roar near the finish helped to distract from the depleted energy and the heat!
Love the medal. The text results were prompt, and so was the online results.
Communication throughout (including before the race) was excellent. However the pdf race guide which was interactive showed the map for Sheffield half when you click on the Leeds half map!!!
Despite the heat, I got a PB, and I will return next year! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Fabulous 10k, superb organisation, lovely medal, pretty route, great support. A must do! In full: Thank you Larkfield AC for a really great 10k race, a local one for me. Excellent facilities & HQ, even a cafe. Plenty of parking. It was a very hot day, plenty of water available from start to finish. Friendly marshals all the way around. Great value, would definitely recommend! A PB! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: very hot In full: this race better again this year got 1h35 plus the fact it was really hot loads of drink stns plus hose pipes by locals to cool us down support round the course helped i was in blue zone at start and saw people who should have started in green and yellow zones Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Very poorly organised. In full: Marshals and time keepers very poor. Badly organised, especially at finish and registration. My son was not given his finishing medal and we had the Embarrasment of asking and proving he had run. Our friend was taken the wrong way and took nearly 20 seconds to book him at finish. Appreciate its charity event but as a family we paid over 50.00 so expect Good management on day. Unlikely will do again shame as on our door step. No apologies given by rotary for poor organisation an we have seen results and times completely wrong n addition to positions. Poor . Date of review: May 8, 2016