In short: One of the best halfs around In full: I've done several half marathons and feel compelled to say how much I enjoyed this race. Everything was spot on. The course rolls up and down on an A road for the first half then takes a nice turn into some smaller country roads for the second half. With some good course management this is quick, you just have to look after the last mile as it clibs back to the city centre. The tech shirt is quality, as is the medal. But for me, it was the atmosphere created by the locals that I loved the most. Everybody shouting your name and the city centre finish was amazing. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: beautiful run around the lake In full: My first ever marathon and I loved it. The route is fantastic and Hermes Running have done a great job putting everything together. Highly recommend this race. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Lovely scenic route, super marshals, well organised In full: Agree that the small field adds to the friendly atmosphere. Parking, registration, loos, changing, refreshments and start all conveniently at one location. Water, jelly babies and Jaffa cakes every three miles. Water, banana and fig rolls at the finish. The marshals were absolutely brilliant, especially the lady at the Ironbridge car park at the end of the out and back section. Loved the scenic variety of the course - quiet country lanes, fields, and woodland trails, which would indeed be slippery in the wet. No goody bag, just a generic medal. Top three finishers in each category received Gold, silver or bronze medals in a podium presentation.
In short: Fast course - distance short ?? In full: I've done this race previously and facilities are good, plenty of parking with football club as a HQ. I found Marshals were silent and un encouraging during race but biggest problem this time has to be huge question mark over the accuracy of distance. I'd like to believe my time but can't simply because it's unfeasible for me to break 40 mins !! I know GPS isn't always dead accurate however my Garmin KM splits were coinciding with KM markers perfectly until after half way. Then something went wrong suddenly they were 200M out consistently to the finish even though my KM splits on Garmin were still within a second or 2 of each other. Not had any sort of confirmation but a runner knows their pace and realises when something goes this far wrong ! Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Very well organised (pre and post race both excellent) In full: Really enjoyed the event. Very well organized, with meet and finish at the football stadium which can easily accommodate the 1800 runners and friends. Plenty of loos, somewhere warm to gather before and after the race (very important this year as weather was awful). The course is flat and fast. Thought the weather would scupper a PB but knocked 4 mins off my previous best stadium. Plenty of water stations and great to finish in the Stadium. The stadium is very easy to access via motorway links so no delays arriving or leaving. Would definitely like another go next year. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Lovele event. You can go as far and as fast as you want. Great support and really friendly organisers. In full: Ideal for anyone wanting to see what an ultra feels like without having to commit to a definate distace - you might suprise yourself. Really friendly organisers and great support - bacon rolls at dawn - yum! Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Gorgeous scenery, fairly challenging course In full: A really nice race, well organised, great marshals, fantastic scenery and a lovely medal. Small field of runners but all abilities represented. Will be back at some point in the future Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Fab race!! In full: Loved this! First time for me and really loved it - great parking, loos, easy to find, everything worked really well. Fab course, not as hilly as I was expecting but still tough! Lovely marshals & great at keeping the traffic and some angry cyclists at bay! Very friendly and well organised. My ONLY grumbles were that there were no small tshirts left by the time I finished (& was sub 4 so by no means near the back!) and also there was no food at the finish either - whether this had already been scoffed I'm not sure, but again, finishing in under 4 hours you'd think there would be some left? Maybe the fast runners just eat loads! I never want chocolate (there was a Mars in the goody bag) - a banana would have been fab, but never mind. Other than that I loved it! Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Really nice three loop run around Richmond Park In full: Third time I've done this run and always forget how hilly it is! For being in central London its very scenic, lots of trees, meadows and deer roaming around.
Always seems to be nice weather, decent trail, nice shirt, innovative medal, friendly marshalls, ice cream vans on the route for a cheeky 99 on the third loop what more could want (aside from 60 minutes off off my time! lol) Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery need to get rid of bottle necks! In full: Such a shame that the first 1km involves a lot of walking due to numbers taking park and narrow paths, after that the scenery was stunning and a great challenge of a hill at 8km. I like it when the marshals are encouraging. Date of review: May 18, 2015