In short: Nice race, slick organisation, well done WG&EL In full: A bit undulating with a few uneven pavement sections, but overall I really enjoyed my first run here since 2003 and it still doesn't disappoint.
Lots of marshalls covering the road crossings, but inevitably having so many side roads and driveways there are still motorists to contend with as the roads aren't closed. I had to swerve several times to avoid collisions, but no damage done.
Great use of the running track (always nice to finish on a track), although this meant that finish line was about 500m away from the 13 mile marker which was a surprise having finished on the driveway on my previous visit.
Only suggestion I'd make is to try and find a date that doesn't clash with so many other big half marathons in the south of England, as this will have affected entry numbers, and the race deserves a bigger field. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Fabulous, well-organised urban race In full: Another triumph for Roding - there seemed to be more marshalls on duty this year, especially on the road crossings. So well done to all. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: An excellent Half with fantastic support In full: An excellent, well organised half - everyone who was involved (from the marshalls, to those who looked after our bags, handed us our numbers, gave out the medals etc, etc) was very friendly and encouraging.
Although there were a few slight inclines these were more than compensated by the downhills.
Will definitely do this race again. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: The well organised race with great support from marshalls and other workers make taking part a pleasure even for the occasional runner In full: The good organisation makes it a joy to take part and baggage drop off was a huge success and felt very secure. The marshals who make the race possible must get a big thanks for standing around and giving such good encouragement as well as the workers handing out numbers and taking back chips (for which I was particularly grateful) Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Benign conditions for tough route In full: This is a tough route, an uphill start with no chance to relax on any straight flats until the final part of each lap. Today, at least, the weather was kind to us and the finishing mile is a welcome one. Compared to some much bigger events, this is very well organised in every respect. It also has a very friendly atmosphere. Good value too. Well done David H and the team, I couldn't fault it. Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: very well organised In full: this was my first 1/2 marathon , and i have to say it was good very well organised the marshalls do a fantastic job a big thankyou to them !!! not lots to see but enough to keep you smiling ,lots of people out cheering you get a nice medal & a decent goody bag , ill be back next year!! Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: A very well organised half marathon In full: This is a home fixture for me, I run the route or parts of it regularly throughout the year. So i'm familiar with the hills and the traffic you need to negotiate to get round, and that's where this race really succeeds. There are no road closures, but the fantastic marshalling (they don't have an easy job), ensures runners get around safely without any interruptions to the race. The undulating nature of the course makes it challenging but not too difficult - there is definate PB potential. Water stations were well placed with bottles, which are always better than plastic cups which spill 80% of the water. The use of the Woodford clubhouse is also a plus and there was a good selection of reasonably priced refreshments, as well as a secure baggage drop facility. Decent medal at the finish and a sports drink plus a mars bar in the finishers bag, everything you need really. With chip timing as well, this is definately a half worth doing. Date of review: March 3, 2013