In short: Great local race. Not many like this any more! In full: Really enjoyed this, partly because it is on exactly the roads I run around on dark winter evenings after work when I can't run on forest trails or in parks. If you don't know the area it might not be so interesting though. Must say a huge thank you to all the marshalls - friendly, encouraging and helpful. Well done the marshall in the tiger suit and boxing gloves who I saw at the start and Waterworks Corner - inspired me to run faster. This is what running is about for me, a small local race where you feel a big part of things. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: First 1/2 marathon, enjoyable, see you next year In full: My first organised run for over 20 years... Marshalls were great and very encouraging, as were the couple of nuns at about half way! V friendly, top goodie bag and I would recommend. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Friendly run but a very urban route with little to see, lots of side roads to cross In full: All seemed quite well-organised. There was no one marshalling at a key turn at mile 12, but I pointed this out to the team and they sent out replacement marshals straight away. It was a fairly dull route, despite a couple of pleasant sections alongside (but not in) Epping Forest. There are a lot of well-marshalled road crossings plus more alarmingly you have to cross a great number of side roads. Generally flat with one monster hill after mile 11. Lots of friendly water stops. Fancy t-shirt in the goodie bag. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Excellent trip round the borough In full: I really enjoyed this race. It was my first half marathon so had little to compare it to, but really friendly atmosphere, good organisation and plenty of marshalls - no chance of getting lost which I was worried about before hand. As a local resident I was a bit disappointed the route didn't take in any of our wonderful parks, or paths through Epping Forest itself - you get an urban view of the borough - not my normal running grounds where a long weekend run can take me 10 miles with barely seeing a main road. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Enjoyable, with room for improvement In full: Pros: friendly, laid back, good local support, great goody bag. Cons: inaccurate/non-existent mile-markers, no marshall or signage for last left turn at about 12 miles, all road, no forest.
Amazing support from the woman who appeared at 5 different support points - you are a star! Thanks to all organisers, marshals, locals who came out - a good event. Next year - could we have some of the route in the greener spaces? Also would it be possible to sort the mile markers out? Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: My third year doing this great, friendly, local race. It gets better every year. In full: +1 for the creme egg which is an excellent recovery snack :-) Great friendly marshalls, and it was really nice this year to have some local support on the route, which has been very sparse for the last couple of years. I shall definitely be back again next year Date of review: April 7, 2013
In short: Excellent organisation, would recomend In full: This race was very well put together. The organisation was second to none! Given that this race was heavily trafficked with a lot of roads to cross, I was a little concerned prior to the race but the Marshall's were excellent and the safety of the runners was clearly paramount. I found the course interesting and made a change from long stretches of road/ country lanes. Very generous goody bag. I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: April 7, 2013