In short: Inoffensive run albeit along a contrived route In full: This is an inoffensive, small-scale, enjoyable half marathon - and even on a wet and windy morning it was a good way to welcome British Summer Time.
Indeed, I did enjoy this more than I expected to, given how the course is contorted into the available roads and paths north of Kingston.
Crossing the main road (4 times in total) was a bit of a shame, however being someone who trains alongside suburban houses and main roads, I expected this in a non-closed-roads event.
Other points for improvement - there were perhaps not enough toilets to satisfy 250 runners, compounded by there being no toilets en route. Additionally, while some marshals were enthusiastic, the ones a) listening to iPods and b) talking to friends while not even facing the oncoming runners, are clearly not cut out for marshalling a proper race. Also, the route map on the Energized Sports website is just plain wrong.
The whole operation therefore lacked attention to detail. That I still enjoyed it possibly reflects more on me as an enthusiastic, competitive and low-maintenance runner than on the care and execution of Energized Sports.
Are Energized Sports leveraging off the excellent Kingston Breakfast Run with their "(North of) Kingston half marathon"? Quite possibly so, but if you're after a flat course, I'm sure you could do worse. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: A pleasant race In full: a mixture of club runners and the masses. the course was decent with plenty of marshals on the route. As stated before they were very uplifting especially the marshals near the end of the run. Got a PB and will be back next time round. Great number of goodies at end! Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Well organised race - Thanks for the day In full: On the whole this was a well organized race with great river sections along the course. Water stop well manned, Marshals some of the best Ive seen! The organisers are very friendly and approachable and very good for beginners. Well done... Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Ok run, just nothing special, and some potential problems In full: For a run that advertised itself as having a 2500 limit and book early, this was in reality very small scale, and just as well.
Very limited toilet facilities, luckily only 280 or so finishers, any more would have caused real problems.
Course was, for the main part, dull and boring, although very flat, and usp of the thameside bit, was 1M x 3 on the 3 lap course - strange really when you think they could have run us up and down the thames for miles in either direction.
Overall impression I got that this was a run organised by a non-runners event team, who had no real idea of what makes a good race from a club runners viewpoint or what we need.
On the other hand, plenty of enthusiasm from the organisers and some of the marshalls, especially the lady between 11 & 12 markers, and I'm sure lots of people enjoyed themselves. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Advertised as one lap; main road to cross twice via lights; dull. Toilets problem too. Disappointed. In full: I used this as a training run, ran at the back and was disappointed to be running around pavements for most of the run which was boring. Towpath was nice but short, course flat but the laps we did were very tedious. This is not a 'one lap' course as I thought/as advertised. Lots of laps around the streets. Toilets badly organised. The mens toilet, back of YMCA had no direction signs so the other queue was massive. Ladies were sneaking into the members toilets (which were empty) and getting told off. There was a relatively young crowd running with some serious runners too, looking for fast times. I wouldn't advise anyone to travel a long way for this race or to run it as a 'good one to do'. I wouldn't recommend it. We had to cross a main road a couple of times where traffic lights were used; otherwise just try and cross! On the plus side, the marshals were encouraging. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Pleasant Run with Really Great Marshals! In full: A nice enough run along the Thames for the most part. Only criticism would be the toilet situation - two toilets for the entire event. Other than that it was a great race with a great atmosphere.
The reason I'm writing this review (I don't usually bother) is to comment on how excellent the marshals all were!!!! Never before have I been to a race with such enthusiastic and motivational marshals! I understand that they're volunteers and would like to personally thank them for how great they all were. A large part of this race's success goes to them. Thank You! Date of review: December 4, 2014
In short: Shame about the course change, and lack of loos at start a joke In full: What would have been quite a pretty course changed a day or two before to a course mostly along quiet suburban streets, with plenty of kerbs etc. Flat, so flattering to your time :)
Really friendly marshalls, who were smiling through the rain and very encouraging.
Two (gents) loos at start a bit of a joke considering entry limit was 2500 (!), luckily only 350 or so started. No coffee/cafe at start contrary to race details. Overall, not one of most professionally organised events.
In short: Accurate measurement despite the day before route change due to the boat race In full: the course was a bit boring due to the route change, but the marshals were brilliant and I would definately reccomend this race! really well organised. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Not bad considering... In full: Hopes initially weren't high.
Course was changed at the last minute (still don't understand fully why - start is nowhere near the boat race??). This meant the scenic riverside route was replaced in large part with nondescript residential roads.
My 3 mile warm up jog to the start then became a bit of an ordeal as the heavens opened meaning I was well and truly soaked when I arrived.
Use of a local youth hostel was handy, however as the previous reviewer has mentioned there was a lack of toilets meaning I made the start with about 30 seconds to spare!
The race itself though was a big improvement. Yes, the course was less scenic but as the organisers promised it was fast and flat. Kingston at 9am is not a busy place and despite the race not being on closed roads most of them could be run along without worry. There was one moderately busy road that needed traversing but the marshals did a good job of managing the crossing points. The marshals in general were very keen and enthusiastic which was a nice plus considering the weather. Plenty of snacks and drinks at the end too! Date of review: April 7, 2014