In short: First one really enjoyed it In full: This was my first half marathon and was quite nervous about it. Once got going just went with the flow and tried to do best. There were peopel along the way that helped to keep you motivated. Shame about the weather but manged 2 hrs 6 mins which for a first one isn't half bad i don't think. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Nice race, improved by morning start. Now; any chance of energy drinks next year? In full: Morning start is a big improvement. Some people grumble about the Greenway but I like it. And dont listen to the compaints about hills; there are only 2 little ones. My second PB on this course.
Agree some of the marshals were a bit austere, but it makes you appreciate them more at races where they are more supportive, doesn't it? And hats off to anyone who gives up their time to do it.
My only remaining grumble is still no energy drinks - maybe a couple of stations on the second lap could offer them next year? Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Excellent race, excellent organisation, fantastic atmosphere In full: I really enjoyed running this race (probably because I got a PB). My only 2 problems were knowing where to go at the start which was a bit muddled, and the paths were a bit narrow in places restricting overtaking. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Quite possibly the best event I've ever been to!! In full: I came to racing about two years ago, this is my second Marathon and I can honestly say this is probably the best event I’ve have ever been to!
As some of the other comments attest to, there were some small gripes I.E. on the high price, the muddled start, the long slog up the greenway etc I accept all these comments but feel they are just little niggles compared to the all over glow I received from being involved with this event.
Everything was straight forward, the PA system was clear and the announcer on the ball, the route was scenic and very flat; only a couple of hills, if you think it was hilly you should try the Isle of Wight marathon! the spectator support was good when compared to other races, good marshals, and an excellent atmosphere at the finish.
Highlights?? The old man with the stereo, the hippy lady with the whistle and the jelly babies, seeing the runners in the half peeling off whilst we went round for the second lap, being checked out by some guy on a motorbike making sure I wasn’t about to collapse, finding my bottle that I’d stashed the night before at about 13.5 miles, dipping my feet in the river to cool them off at the finish!!
It was a good job it wasn’t hot, you could just imagine the heat haze drifting across the greenway if the sun had come out!
In short: I did this race last year and I will probably do it next year. A pleasant sunday morning even with that hill. In full: Hair gel last year. Shampoo and conditioner this year. Do you ever get the impresiion the organisers are taking the mick. I have no hair and they stick an evil hill in at 3K. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Lovely to see so many families running! In full: If you are a serious runner the start could be frustrating, but it is billed a fun run and the cross section of people made it a great atmosphere. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great race with "local" feel In full: My first half and far less painful than expected. Just right number of runners - bit crowded at the start but kept me to a sensible pace, lots of company on the way round without blocking the way. Greenway a bit hard underfoot but at least it was near the end and the finish was gorgeous. Really pleasant marshals, enthusiastic kids on the water stations - just a nice day out. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Friendly marshalls and course make this a great Sunday morning outting! In full: An interesting, easily accessible, London location, this event is a simple affair, but made memorable by the friendliness of the marshalls. Names and race numbers are communicated to them so they can cheer you round the course. A really enjoyable morning - where do I sign up for next year? Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Very Flat - Ideal for beginners and pro's alike. In full: Start line needs to be made more obvious, couldn't see any indication of it ! Great to have freshly cut fruit at the end, this was a really nice touch. Will be back again next year. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: I took part in the 3 Miler - Definately looking forward to doing the 9 Miler next year ! Absolutely fantastic event - the best race I have done this year ! BRAVO !!! A++++++ In full: You will get wet feet - advisable to bring a spare pair of shoes/socks ! Can't fault this race in any way "WELL DONE" to all involved ! Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Good Atmosphere, friendly family event with a killer hill In full: A challenging course but had a real sense of achievement that I completed the full 10k especially when it would have been very easy to have just done one lap when faced with having to climb up that hill for the second time, great views, very friendly crowd, plenty of cheering and encouragement towards the finish line. Very lucky with the weather though any rain would have made the course quite dangerous. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Overtaken by a Rhino! In full: Eventually enjoyed this. Although spent the first 5k wanting to go home. I thought undulating meant you went down as well as up!? Took me 1:07 (slow for me) and yes I did get over taken by a rhino right at the end! Thanks to everyone who kept me going. Really well organised and liked the medal. Great family race - the kids didn't even notice I'd gone. The offical photo of me was decent too - a bit of a bonus. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Best race so far this year In full: Excellent race, wonderful scenery, a bit hilly at the beginning but worth it for the mile of downhill finish. Wide woodland tracks and no mud, just a small stream at the start. Watch out for the grim reapers and the site of the hamlet wiped out by the Black Death. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Not even the rain can dampen this one! In full: A very nice course and well organized and marshalled - a few climbs to challenge you, but nothing too stiff! I will be back next year to challenge it again! Date of review: May 9, 2006