In short: Great fun race In full: Nice flat course apart from a few small bumps towards the end. The idea of loops initially put me off but I have to say it was great. I had a friend faster than me and we could high 5 each other every few miles which was great. You would think loops would be boring but not at all, I really enjoyed it and will be back next year. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Great race, just turn up earlier!! In full: I enjoy this half as firstly it's my local race and secondly it's flat so makes it easier!! There is a good mix of runners and the course route allows spectators the chance to see thier runner 4 times whilst staying in the same place. Plenty of water stations as well. My only gripe would be towards the runners and not the organizers. I appreciate that only one road leading into the car park means it takes a while to get in, though there is not much the organizers can do about that. The problem is runners turning up late which meant the race was delayed by 15 mins. This may not sound a lot but it meant I was standing around in the cold longer than I should have waiting for the race to start. If the race starts at 10am then get there for 9am not 9.45am!! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Fast flat course and all money raisde for agreat cause In full: Fast course; flat as a stamp except one tiny climb and largely straight out and back sea front roads. Well organised with plenty of water stations and nice medal at the end. Could have done with more toilets and crowded at the finish line as medals handed out just afterwards, but small things for a great well organised race. Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Good race on a flat course. Multi lap course detracts. In full: I enjoyed the race though I'm not sure about the PB potential of this one. Even though it's flat the laps make it a little bit tedious and the weather made it a challenge. Still it made a change to run in the sunshine and not the rain. The water stations and sponges are plentiful and very welcoming. The organisation and marshalls are very good. The only downside was that the parking seemed very disorganised and there was a real bottlenck getting out with parked cars blocking the exit. Date of review: June 13, 2012
In short: Great race for a PB-As long as it,s not too hot! In full: I love this race-It,s the 4th year in a row i have done it-And my 1st as a member of a running club!-No PB for me this time round and i didn,t quite make it sub 2 hours this year, But i still enjoyed it, Even though my legs felt they were on fire by mile 8 (Nothing to do with the course-Just lack of training on my part and getting old!-lol!)-One good thing about this race is you get to encourage your fellow club members or see your supporters 2-3 times on the route. On the 2cnd lap there is a slight incline that you do not notice on the 1st lap and the slight hill just as you turn off towards the finish at the end of the second lap is more "mind over matter" as it,s not that steep but your legs are tired at this point (well mine are anyway) A couple of points to note for next year-people were helping themselves to finish drinks and bananas at the start, Which was understandable as it was warm, But it worried me that this would cause there not to be enough water left at the finish-Fotunately my fears were unfounded, But had it been hotter, It may have caused problems-Maybe next year the finish drinks/bananas should be guarded to prevent a reoccurence?-Also one of my fellow runners measured the course at 13.3 on their garmin?-And they did not cut any corners either!-Queuing to get out of the car park is a small price to pay for free parking and no chance of a parking ticket right next to the start. There are plenty of water stations/sponges on the course and one resident even said ^&*())_! to the hosepipe ban from what must be the wettest drought in history and was spraying us with water with a hose from his flat!-Cheers mate!-Long live the British spirit!-lol! The organiser of this race does take on board feedback from this race and has moved the water station at southend seafront turnaround point back towards shoeburyness as it was causing bottlenecks with runners stopping for drinks and turning round, Although i think this may have been implemented in 2011. If you are going to do this race make sure you have sun lotion and apply it whatever the weather as if you don,t get sunburn you will probably get windburn. To finish i,ll just say thank you to my club members from EERR club for the lift to and from the event and support and also to my mum and dad for coming and supporting us-Roll on the 2013 Southend Half Marathon-This is a Bucket List race, Even if you only do it the once-Get it done! Date of review: June 12, 2012
In short: An excellent, very flat race. I personally ran a crap race but this is not the fault of the organisers. the queue for the car park in and out was annoying but the organisers did warn about this before. laps slightly dull Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Flat and well organised, would recomend In full: Well organised and as flat as it was promised to be. The loops were actually nice as you get to see the front runners a couple of times. I did it in 1:38 and only came across a couple of tail enders so no problem with mixed paces on different laps. Couple of slight inclines in the last 3 miles but nothing to take the shine off a very flat route. It was warm but loads of water stops with cups of water and a nice touch with sponges. Plenty of Marshalls and signs. The only thing to watch out for is the queues to get into the amply parking. The roads are narrow and the organises do what they can but it takes time to get the cars in. The station is very close so if you can take the train.
I'll be back next year if I can. Date of review: June 11, 2012