In short: Excellent organisation but a tough race! In full: First of all a big thank you to David Hollingworth for accommodating a number swap 2 days before race day and also to my clubmate who gave me her place as she was unable to run. This is a hard xourse to marshal with some busy road crossings and they had to deal with some very impatient drivers which they did with good grace and a sense of humor defusing potentially explosive situations. This is why this race has survived 32 years when others have gone to the wall. I personally had a "crap" race with a dodgy GI Tract and my calves playing up around half a mile in to the race on the first long uphill section. All the marshals were encouraging and although crowd support was minimal those that were there or came out were very encouraging. Special mention mudt be given to the two little girls who stood in their front garden with a homemade sign saying free sweets for runners! When i had to walk other runners were also supportive, saying things like "don,t stop now and are you ok?" A greatt finish on the track, and lemon drink, a mars bar and a bottle of lucozade at the finish. The only negative is i would say that the medal looked a bit cheap and i think they also gave out 2 different kind of medals. The round one i saw while talking to and walking back to the station with a few fellow runners looked much nicer than the rectangular one i was given but neither appeared to have the year on it which leads me to suspect one of them was last years medals. Still i suspect it helps to keep the cost down on a bargain race. This is a well organised race, just do not underestimate how tough it is. The reason i have marked it as elitey is not because the runners, although mostly club runners are unfriendly but because of how tough the course is. Well done Woodford Green Athletic Club for a great Half Marathon, may it survive for many years to come! :-) Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great organisation and easy adminstration make the challenges of the course (including road crosings) easy to In full: Very pleased I know about this event - it is not a secret and should b supported by all can- 5 weeks before London marathon is fine and fits with most training schedules (plus allows an extra week of training if the weather not so great as this year) 2014 RVHM deserves to be a classic Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Remarkable that this suburban event has survived. Well organised but testing of mind and body. In full: It will never be the easiest of courses for all involved ; busy suburban streets and hills would make any race a challenge to run or organise . But all credit to Woodford Green AC for being able to maintain the event when others in similar environments have not survived and its almost impossible to get through the red tape to start new road races.
The marshalling and course marking has improved over previous years. Those at the back of the pack got support all round the course. Well done to all those involved. Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: well organised and challenging, my favourite event In full: I've run this event for the last 7 years and the organisers have improved it every year. The start and finish run really smoothly and the marshalling was excellent especially on the tricky road crossings Date of review: March 7, 2013
In short: I really enjoyed it, marshals were great!! In full: This was my first half marathon, so I was nervous and my aim was just to finish.
I was assisted by completing my goal of finishing the marathon by lots of REALLY REALLY NICE marshals. All the way, they kept encouraging me. Even the fast runners were encouraging me while they ran, by words and thumbs up signs. I was really surprised I had never had so much encouragement in anything in all my life, it was great and that was what made me finish the marathon and feel that I could do it again.