In short: Fantastic atmosphere; great course; faultless organisation In full: Over the last few years, I'd lost my love of running and would struggle to run for 10 minutes. Then, I saw an advert for EHM and knew I had to enter a run that started 5 minutes from my house. Training began with laboured runs around Lammas Park....Fast forward six months and I'm excitedly standing on a start line in that same park with thousands of people around me ready to tackle 13 miles! The race was fantastic...the support all around the course was awesome...water stations were frequent so no need to worry about carrying a bottle and the marshalls must be exhausted from all that smiling and cheering! I hardly noticed the mile markers because I was having too much fun to watch (even after 2 hours when the legs began to hurt!) and the BIG Plus of all those hills is that the downhills are such a relief when you're tired - much easier than running on the flat the whole way! I strongly recommend this race to anyone who wants a friendly, well organised run whatever your pace. I'll be entering again as soon as registration opens for 2013. Date of review: October 2, 2012
In short: The organisers must be congratulated In full: Rather than mention all the great aspects of this inaugural Ealing Half Marathon already well documented by other reviews let me share my 'highlight' of the morning... Overheard somewhere between 5 and 6 miles "Oi Errol, 'old me fag, I wanna get a picture of these joggers..." Made me and the couple of other 'joggers' near me chuckle quite a bit. I'll be back next year for sure. Date of review: October 2, 2012
In short: Fantastic local race In full: As an experienced runner and an Ealing resident I seized the opportunity to race a half marathon in my back yard. I did have a few concerns leading up to the race but they were completely blown away on the day, which was simply extraordinary. I may be biased but seeing so many local people from my community come out onto the streets on a Sunday morning to cheer nearly 4,000 of us runners on our way put a glow on my face and a spring in my stride, not to mention a PB.
This is not a ‘hilly’ course, as some have stated, it’s as undulating as you get in any part of London and it seems as though most people commenting below managed to get PB’s.
What struck me most however was the organization of the race which for a first time event on such a scale was faultless. Despite the delayed start (which was out of the organizers control) it was a smooth start, not congested, with visible mile markers, more than enough water stations for a half marathon, the group of marshals close to the finish line were infectious with enthusiasm as were all the marshals along the route. The runners village in Lammas Park post finish had a wonderful buzz about it; lovely medal, great goodie bag (cliff cookie & beer), baggage pick up (manned by polite cadets) was fast and efficient and one of our local pubs was even serving beer and cooking up a BBQ.
The London 2012 Olympic Games began in a park in Ealing and this wonderful summer ended in the park across the road at the finish line of the first Ealing Half Marathon. Now that’s a legacy.
In short: Hilly Course In full: For ME that was NOT a NICE RACE and there where too many Hills on the Course and there could of been some electrolyte drink drinks at the half way stage, even some of the Marshalls did not know where the baggage area was either. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Hills? What hills? Great run on the slopes of Ealing! In full: Having been told on the start line that this was a tough hilly run, I was looking forward to some serious climbs. What transpired was a fab run up and down some lovely west London avenues with gentle slopes. It is by no means flat, but the gradients are gentle and generally short so don't be put off!
Organisationally spot on, loads of space to hang out at the start, although as with every event I have done, never enough loos. Bag drop was clockwork, and the start was well signposted, I got the feeling most people had a clue as to their race pace unlike VLM! The route was great, the marshalling warm and friendly, and think you to Ealing peeps for coming out and cheering us on.
Overall a really pleasant half marathon. I wasn't convinced about pb potential as I was worried about twists and turns and getting stuck behind other runners. However I did get that pb, had plenty of room to run, plenty of water and a great medal at the end. One ask....can we get a t-shirt next time?
Do it next year, you really will not regret it! Thank you EHM. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Brilliant debut in my home town In full: This was my first half in over three years. I saw this advertised a few months back and with the start only about 5 mins walk from my house, I signed up, at a time when I could barely run for half an hour. So I have a lot to thank the organisers for - giving me back my desire and enthusiasm for running, spurring me on to train for the last few months and beat my PB by over 10 minutes, breaking the two hour mark. I would also emphasise all the other positive feedback on here, this was a race organised by runners for runners. There was something really special about running in my home town, especially as others have said all the fantastic cheering supporters and marshals(the man in his dressing gown and slippers around Cuckoo Lane, the people from the residential home, all the kiddies high fiving, the crowd in the park at the finish etc) - who needs scenery when there is so much else on offer?! I just hope this will become an annual event, it gave me a warm glow. Well done to all involved. [PS Next year can you tell the Rose and Crown to get some extra bar staff for the post run celebrations?!] Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: An excellent and very well organisaed race! In full: This was a very well organisaed inagural event. To save time it would be easier for me to just concur with all of the postive feedback that has been posted thus far relating to every aspect of the race and the day itself. Even the weather co-operated with the organisers. The main highlight for me however was seeing how the local residents (including at least two residential homes on the route)came out in support to represent their community. Well Done! Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Fantastic first event In full: You wouldn't have believed it was the first time this race had been organised. Really well run race, good challenging course and excellent support from the locals. I hope this becomes a regular fixture in the HM calendar. Date of review: October 1, 2012