In short: Scenic run that would be better with a 10am start In full: First time entering the Windsor Half. Organisation is slick for a big production race. 1pm start time on such a warm day was cruel. The water stations were fine through probably too few in number for such a hot day.
Support for the last two miles is excellent with plenty of encouragement.
The finish was a disappointment. Mars bar, medal and bottle of water. Opportunity knocks for a sports drink sponsor!
Glad to have done it as a warm up to the Royal Parks Half but not one I would rsh back to. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Brilliant Organisation - great atmosphere In full: Race village was excellent, everything well signed and great atmosphere, baggage checks and information were well organised and easy! Although large numbers, there were little or no queues for anything. Plenty of water stations and terrific local support. Thank goodness that the 'goody bag' was sensible with no wasteful bags but all the goodies available. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Third time in a row for the Ealing Feeling In full: You want a well supported race that is big but not so big you lose the friendliness and camaraderie, then the Ealing Half is for you.
It's serious in that the roads are closed so no worries about loon motorists. You get to enjoy the wide roads, parks and open spaces of Ealing in the early autumn sun.
The local churches man the very numerous water stations with a samba band at one. Everyone smiles and is encouraging and the crowds supporting are surprisingly loud and large. Everyone seems to be having a good time which puts a big grin on your face (or at mile 12 a grimace).
You're never going to get a PB on this one lap course because of the hills, but you went be bored either with something to lack at all the time and the organisation is second to none. This is my third time. I'll be doing it again next year. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Too hot for the start time In full: They really need to think about the start time, or insistent about keeping 1pm hold it either in August or Oct/Nov to ensure colder weather. I have never seen so many people walking (myself included) on a half before. The heat definitely got to me as I was a whole 14 mins slower than three weeks ago. It would be nice to get more than a small bottle of water, Mars bar and medal at the finish. That said, the kids enjoy the face-painting and balloons whilst I'm 'running'. As I'm a local, will more than likely do it all again next (and complain about the start time) Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Wrong start time, as usual In full: Another very warm day for the WHM showed yet again why this race should start in the morning. I hope no one was seriously ill or injured but I saw more runners collapsed and needing treatment than in any previous year. This could be a great race if it had a 10am start time but the organisers have always ignored requests to change the start will no doubt continue to do so.
All the same small problems continue - no water bottles, only plastic cups, no bananas for runners at the end, no energy drinks. Just a medal and a Mars bar for your £28. But these are minor issues. The setting is wonderful and the course a real challenge in warm conditions. Shame the organisers continue to be so blind to runners' safety. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Hilly & Challenging as you'd expect. Glorious scenery (don't miss the views as you focus on your footwork), brilliant atmosphere & great camaraderie! Lovely race - try it!! Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Better than expected In full: I only entered the run because of a discount offered after the terrible F3 Events Windsor half marathon trail run earlier this year that had so many faults I've lost count of them all. Considering this, today's event was 10 times better although still needed better organising on the course - at times if I didn't have runners ahead of me I wouldn't have known where to go (and overheard someone who had actually gone off track completely because of this). Similarly, signage to the carpark was non-existant until you were down the thin lane it was situated on, although clear signs were promised in the pre-event email. The price is still too expensive for the nice medal and can of Red Bull you get at the end. Scenery was beautiful. Would run again if the price were reduced. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Top race for London In full: Whilst there are plenty of small races dotted around the M25, a city the size of London is actually somewhat lacking for "big race" half marathons. The only choice you have is the Royal Parks (too crowded, almost impossible to get into if you are not going via a charity place) and Run to the Beat (interesting course, but overpriced, too corporate and poor organisation - also now changed to a 10K!).
At nearly 5,000 runners Ealing has a valiant attempt to try and fill the gap. They make a good job of it too. Organisation was slick, and helped by the fine weather there was plenty of local support and everyone seemed to have a smile on their face.
As somebody has already mentioned, the course isn't bestowed with landmarks or an abundance of leafy parks. Most of it is on residential streets. I do understand why though. With this volume of runners you are restricted to roads, certainly in the initial stages. London has a number of races that run through the parks or along the Thames with spectacular scenery but they would never be able to handle this volume of people. It does have some ups and downs that mean if you are looking for a flat course PB it may not be ideal, however they are not too bad and the last 3 miles are flat.
Overall a great race and one I would definitely recommend. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Fab race, well organised!! In full: Very good race, well organised and great support on the way! Much better to race than the Great North Run that I ran 3 weeks earlier as there was space to run and enjoy! Fab for beginners and good atmosphere. Yes, I am in again next year! Date of review: September 28, 2014
In full: As this race had won a few awards I was quite looking forward to it. But for me it didn't live up to the expectations. This was mainly due to the route which I found quite dull, I understand that being in London there might have been some restrictions on what was possible but it seemed that we spent a lot of time running along residential & some main roads. With so many nice parks around I thought we might have gone on a little bit of a more scenic route. It was also a lot more undulating then I was excepting. No major hills but those little inclines zap your energy after a while!
The spectators & marshals were great though, plenty of support throughout the route. The route was well sign-posted & on closed roads. The race village was lively before & especially at the finish.
I parked at the Springbridge Road car park, which is a multi-story about 5-10 min walk from the start. Plenty of spaces & only £1 for the whole day!
I did find the cost a bit steep for a half marathon, at the finish we were given a bespoke medal, water, banana/energy bar. I would have thought for the price that a t-shirt could have been thrown in too.
It turned out to be quite a hot day, there was plenty of water at the 3/4 water stops, I did see some collapsed runners throughout the route so I hoping that everyone was ok in the end.
All in all, it wasn't a bad race but I wouldn't do it again. It's maybe that I'm being picky about the route & price.
In short: Thank you residents of Ealing In full: I've run many races, but this was the first time I've run this one, and was very impressed with the whole experience. Close to Tube stations, so no having to drive and find parking. Baggage area was split by race numbers, easy to drop off and more importantly was quick to pick up afterwards. Lots of toilets (but made the mistake of queuing the for the first one I saw). It was really hot, but the 4 water stations meant everyone could be suitably hydrated. The course was mildly undulating (I know some would disagree with my use of the term undulating!) which meant that there were also fast down hill sections, and was well signposted (eg left turn ahead). The on-route support was excellent - a great mix of local residents in their front gardens to larger groups along the main high streets. Being traffic free, there was no looking out for cars. The finish in the park had a nice slightly downhill run which meant it was possible to get a fast finish. Not a PB for me, but that was down to me using it as a training race for my marathon in 2 weeks' time, coupled with the weather. But if you are after a particular time, there were pacer groups. Water, banana and recovery bar at the end, and most importantly a lovely medal. I will be back next year - but please try and turn the temperature down by a few degrees! Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Great organisation, great circuit and sooooooo friendly In full: My home town race, I've done all four and as far as a fat old man can enjoy a half marathon, they've all been great. Very well organised, what for me is a not too challenging course (you'd need to speak to an elite athlete to get their opinion) and always a friendly bunch of runners. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: One of my absolute favorite races in Hampshire for the scenery. Weather beautiful with good marshalling and organisation. Gift of towel came in very useful on this hot day. Well done Hadley runners on organising a great event!! Date of review: September 28, 2014