In short: Hot, humid,hilly Halstead In full: The combination of heat, humidity and the ups and downs added up to a tough race for me. Throw in some long stretches of broken, uneven, road and a long off road section at 25 and this turned into a thoroughly unsuitable event for me. No one's fault but mine, I should have done more research. The support around the course and the many and efficient water stations and helpful marshals provided much needed encouragement.
In short: The marshals were brilliant In full: I was supporting club members today and have nothing but praise for the marshals where I was standing (about 12 miles). They were doing an excellent job coping with idiot drivers - especially the 4 x4 towing a trailer who seemed to have no idea that there were runners in the road!! THey were cheerful and supportive. Our club members enjoyed it despite the temperature - well done Halstead. Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: Fantastic friendly atmosphere from all involved. In full: I couldn't really fault this race. The extra touches, scenic views and friendliness make it ideal. The weather made it very challenging as did the hills - but that's nobodies fault "not even the Romans". My wife and her cousin were sat with my children at a point were runners pass 4 times. Her gripes were that the triffic along that 200m section could be controlled better, and she would have prefered a nice pub to sit infront of to watch and cheer runners. Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: beautiful course - race organised perfectly In full: amazing organisation - friendly marshalls and your own sports drinks delivered to water stations. well supported - lots of jelly babies handed out. hils felt fine on the first lap but felt far worse second time around as the heat took its toll. brilliant race - shame it has to be so late in the year when the risk of warm weather is so strong? Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: HRR pull off another great event In full: HRR managed to take the bigger numbers in their stride. Organisation was excellent as usual, marshals helpful and encouraging, water stations well stocked and cheerful
Great goody bag
I'll be back next year :-) Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: Tough course but well worth the effort In full: There a so many good things about this race you can forget just how difficult it was.
It's positioning in the calender will usually result in a hot day and today was no exception.
There was a good turn out of runners and spectators but there were times I didn't see anybody or anything except for plenty of farmland, so be prepared for a lonely race.
Don't come here for a PB but don't let that put you off either, it's a playful, challenging marathon with a good atmosphere.
The locals really seem to embrace this event and were out in force (one household even had their own water station I recall!) Excellent goody bag (that puts some of the national running event companies to shame) well drilled water stations and entertaining commentary from the officials.
Halstead Road Runners have done a great job and I hope to be back again in the future.
If I could change anything? Maybe position the race clock so the runners can see it as the enter the home straight rather than for the convenience of the race photographer so they can get a good picture of your finish, oh and water bottles rather than cups (but that goes for most races to be fair!) Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: A very well organised scenic marathon and the hills aren't scary In full: Really enjoyed this marathon. Was really scenic with minimal traffic. Really liked the 2 lap loop as got to see family/friends 3 times. Was a really hot day so appreciated the extra water that was laid on by various marshalls later on in course. Marshalls were fantastic and so encouraging so huge thanks to all who volunteered! A few more porta loos at start would have been better as was starting to panic 5mins before start. Will definitely recommend this to other club runners. Date of review: May 8, 2011