In short: Felt more crowded than two years ago and less organised. In full: I did this race a couple of years ago and thought it was a good, convenient, quick half marathon. Yesterday it felt like they had more runners than they cuold cope with. There did seem to be enough toilets though but some of them weren't clearly sign posted, but the baggage facilities were a bit slow. The marshals and the police did a good job of traffic control though. Date of review: March 10, 2008
In short: Good day out In full: Negatives: 20 minute delay to the start was unacceptable (as the PA announcer, to be fair, was the first to admit). Entrance fee is high. And despite the best (much appreciated) efforts of the local police, traffic was a problem in places. (Although since the race brought the whole of brentwood to gridlock, i can understand some drivers getting angry!)
Positives: Fast course, with no hills to speak of, and attractive enough considering its closeness to london. Nice wide start to avoid any congestion. Good crowd support at key points. Good marshalling and accurate mile markers.
I will probably do this race again, as it's so local for me, but the sad truth is that brentwood is just too built up these days for a race of this size Date of review: March 9, 2008
In short: Poorly managed! In full: No idea where anything was at the start toilets etc, too many non runners at the start and traffic infringment shocking at times-I was almost killed by an ABC Taxis driver - call yourself a professional! I kept wondering where the hill was, it is only the last 1/2 mile really and the rest is fairly flat. My first 1/2, not sure if I would do it again due to the lack of organisation at start and finish but many thanks for all the support from the public and the jelly babies were most appreciated in Hook End! Date of review: March 9, 2008
In short: came back after a few years away, won't come back again! In full: I used to find this run amusing in the way it was run, obviously not by a running club or even anyone who had ever been to another run, but hey, they did their best.
This one though - you could'nt park nearer than a 15 min walk and Brentwood is a notoriously difficult place to park. I'll let other people decide on the queues, I enter in advance and don't bother with baggage areas, but it was not pretty to watch. The actual run is a nice one and I had no problems, but then I've done it 10+times. As to value, this is a fund raising event, its not aimed at runners, the organisers want to make the maximum amount for charity - so they allow far more entries than they can cope with, and charge far more than the going rate. Perfectly acceptable and a great success for them. For me, never again!!!! Date of review: March 9, 2008