In short: Superb friendly trail race In full: Brilliant race, superbly organised and the marshals were fantastic. The course was brutal, absolutely beautiful but brutal. Perfect for trail runners and a great introduction for a beginner like me. Will be back next year Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Tough but very friendly welcoming race In full: Well organised tough Trail run with exceptional marshals and a great friendly atmosphere will be back next year even though it broke me?? Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Mildly testing run around Her Majesty's back garden. Fantastic but let down by a traffic light! In full: All the great organisation in the world didn't stop some idiot putting in 3 way phased temporary traffic light on the approach to the car park. An hour and 20 minutes to drive and park from Maidenhead which is 7 miles away. Out of the car and into the pen and off we went. Given I didn't even feel like getting out of bed the morning of the race I'm glad I did. Great crowds (although far between groups), start and finish is stunning and the bit in between is on the upper end of beautifully scenic. Liked the water bottles and targets for the bins. Loos didn't seem too overcrowded. Seemed like fairly good facilities, but I had to shoot off pretty quick at the end so didn't really check them out. Won't say it is an all time favourite yet, but I'll do it again. Definitely. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Deserves its reputation In full: I ran Ealing for the first time last year and was impressed enough to sign up for this year right away. The race didn't disappoint. The race takes place around the roads of Ealing (it's one of the few closed road events in London) which is a pleasant enough leafy suburb, and diverts through a couple of parks. If you want beautiful scenery you won't find it here, but it's nice enough for a London race. The course is undulating - there are a couple of climbs but you can easily make up the time on the downhill sections. I set a PB last year and I set a new PB in this year's event, so it's definitely possible. Water stations are mostly at Ealing's churches and volunteers are enthusiastic. Water is in bottles, too. There are also plenty of children in the crowd handing out sweets and high fives in equal measure. Crowd support is very good - the best I've encountered in a half marathon - and the local community really does get involved. Some offered musical accompaniement on the way around; others handed out orange slices and Haribo. Race numbers arrive in the post (if you entered in good time) and had your name on this year so specators could give you extra encouragement. The race also has pacers to help you smash that PB. The bag check is pretty much the best I've encountered in any race. There were plenty of toilets in the start area too. I really can't fault it as a race. It isn't the cheapest race and you don't get a free shirt, but then they are covering the cost of the road closures. Beyond that, I definitely recommend it. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Best race of 2016 for me In full: hat wasn't just the best race I've done this year, I think it was one of the best runs full stop! Tough course (had to walk a few times) but what amazing scenery, marshals and fellow runners! Thank you for reminding me just how much fun running can be. The medal is also pretty amazing, and loved the cake and tea at the end. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Good race but needs to be a bit cheaper for half marathon runners In full: Did this today and have done the race once before. I live in Milton Keynes, so a nice local race. Organised, with doughnut stand, bacon rolls stand and ice cream van (which was great for finishers). Overall a good race, with a good atmosphere. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: I would not make a long drive for this, but if you are in the area... In full: This is a village 10K, complete with lovely tea stall with the Scouts, funfair etc. The route is nice and some pretty lanes and views - undulating, but you can pick up speed on the downhills. The challenge really is the traffic. None of the roads are closed and at times all of the pavement is blocked by pedestrians. So you are dodging your way through - and there are not so many marshals to help you. So be very alert! This took the edge off y enjoyment, I have to say. It is also a shame that there are no team prizes - just the fast individuals. But to be fair, this went to very age group including the V70's and both the male and female winners here were in great shape!
In short: tough In full: i have done this race twice before 2013/14 so decided to have another go at it very muddy in parts and a bottleneck in the woods due to the mud great support from the marshalls helping you on i am not use to trail racing well done to stainland lions and love the T- shirt Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Loved it In full: I cant fault any aspect of this beautiful new race. Everysingle person was so encouraging. I do not find running easy, no one does, but running with a disability is certainly no easy task. The marshalls here today did everything they possibly could to make it easier for me, including being carried down the steps on to the main road. Hope to be back next year . A massive well deserved thankyou to Hatch Warren Runners and all the other people who helped this race take place Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Fab 10km event In full: My 1st Trail race. Didn't know what to expect but knew it was going to be hard in fact expected it to be harder than it was but only because of all the encouragement received along the way from all the Marshall a plus the scenery was brilliant. This was my 1st medal and what a lovely medal it is. I felt so happy to have taken part in this race. I will definitely take part again. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: I've run it twice & I am determined to run it again. Challenging scenic hilly course In full: Great experience. I love this course & the atmosphere, facilities & organisation are all excellent. This is a must do calender event for me. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Nice race with great support, ruined by a complete shambles of organisation In full: Others have commented on the traffic management so I won't go through it all again other than to say I abandoned my wife in the car 1.5 miles out due to gridlock and she spent the rest of a frustrating morning trying to get out of the mess missing both the start and the Finnish.
Add to that a complete lack of information & signage at the event start if you did make it, uniformed stewards who didn't know where the toilets were it was indeed a marathon just to get to the start.
I feel a little bad about being so negative as the run itself was great and the Cheltenham public turned up in force and gave great support. However at the finish my improved mood was punctured by more shambles, lack of information and stewards who were just rude on more that one occasion.
In summary you will see better organised things running around farm yards with their heads cut off. I'm not planing to rejoin the chaos next year. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Easy 10 out of 10 race In full: Fab course, bit of a beast too. Great route, great cake, great Marshalls, great medal, great organisation. I will definitely be back for more next year. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Changing scenery challenging terrain. Loved it. In full: Well done HRC this was a really good event. A great mix of terrain, the rocky Start certainly got my senses alerted and ready for what was ahead. A wise runner knows that running downhill only means what goes down must go back up again. A bit like enjoying a nice slice of cake knowing you'll have to do a workout later ;-). Even enjoyed the muddy field near the end. The climb out of Bedlam Bottom to finish off an already tough run was awesome.
In short: Beautiful off road run In full: This is a lovely area to run in. Car park was only about 5 minutes' walk from race hq, where we collected numbers and left our bags. There was no queue for anything. A fairly wide start for the number of runners meant it was easy to find your pace. Enthusiastic and encouraging marshals all around the course made it an absolute pleasure to run. Knowing there would be hills and uneven ground meant I wasn't concerned about time and was happy to run for the pleasure of running. Date of review: September 25, 2016