In short: Another brilliant one by the Halstead team, now my 4th one and will be back for more. In full: A great marathon, with clockwork organisation, cool t-shirt, lots of goodies, lovely scenery and very encouraging volunteers who really kept me going at mile 22 onwards. Thank you again for another great Sunday. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: A tough challenge In full: This was my first marathon and I made the right choice. Superb organisation, excellent value, and fantastic support. Undulating is the right description, with downhills that I found harder than the uphills! Having said that I will be back! Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Lovely scenery, really nice experience In full: Scenery beautiful in spite of it being a dull day. Sports hall changing a bit cramped, but parking good and organisation good. A big thank you to the marshalls, all the people on the water stations, and the little girl with her mum and the plate of jelly babies! The details said undulating and undulating it was! My first ever marathon and I really enjoyed it - I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: A Great race, friendly people and lovely scenery In full: This was my first marathon, and it definitely won't be my last. I had such a great experience at Halstead.
The organisation was great, it was nice having use of the sports hall to change and warm up as the weather before the race wasn't great. Also thanks to the cadets and volunteers for encouragement, water and jelly babies.
I met some great people who helped me around. It was also really good being able to run in the countryside for a change, too many of the races I've done have been in towns, and they all look the same, but the little lanes and villages really made it interesting.
I also loved the fact there was a loop, it meant being able to see my own cheerleaders (sorry dad) several times as they moved around the course.
And to top it all off a nice medal, t-shirt and goodie bag combo at the end.
I throughly enjoyed it and look forward to next year! Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Excellent race, enjoyed every second In full: Well sign posted and easy to find. Parking arranged with miltary precision. Not enough toilets as with every race (nerves) but plenty of bushes so no red faces.
Loads of lovely short grass to warm up on.
Start was well attended by spectators and well photographed by the official photographers.
Route was very well marked out, two laps dealt with expertly as runnes were split to left and right side of the road by an army of marshalls to ensure no wrong turns or cheats !
Plenty of water stations, sponges were a welcome sight also, and a great touch to have runners own drinks available at water stations. marshalls even shouted out runners numbers as they approached so that their own drinks were held out for them as they ran by so no need to stop for even a few seconds.
Very civilised toilets which we passed twice, and was very welcome (real toilet paper and flush).
Most of the race was on the road but traffic was light and runners and marshalls kept a keen eye out.
Shame the pub was shut - spectators could have spent the whole morning there as loads of outdoor seating - maybe next year.
Lovely to see so many local families supporting from outside their homes, jelly babies were on had at every corner !
I think it was described as flat. I would say hilly, but the ground was lovely under foot so still quite speedy in the grand scheme of things.
Finish was again well attended by spectators and well photographed with the clock in shot. (Look around for vets or fancy dress as you approach the finish - so embarassing to be beaten by an old guy or a rhino and have it on camera !)
In short: I LUVVED IT! In full: I entered this event on the recommendation of a friend and I wasn't disappointed ... well, apart from my miserable time but, hey, that's down to me. Beautiful leafy lanes with bluebells and primroses dotted along the verge, picturesque villages and pockets of smashing supporters along the route. Very impressed with the organisation, the choice of size for my t-shirt even though I finished at the back, the goody bag, the toilet and baggage facilities and plenty of parking (close to race HQ). Special mention must go to the fabulous marshals who were fabulously supportive (especially in the latter stages). Coming from a flat part of the country the route was a bit more 'undulating' than I had anticipated but now I am aware I will increase my hill training for next time. Yes, I will be back! Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: A well organised marathon, around pleasant country lanes. In full: Having run this race in 2007, I decided to do it again (as a follow on to this year's VLM), as the Halstead marathon is very well organised. With 500 runners the course is never crowded, but there are always other runners around. The course is definitely undulating, but with no major hills. Also there is very little traffic on the country lanes.
There is plenty of support from the numerous marshals and lots of water stations.
On a personal note, after a steady first 20 miles or so my effort at VLM took its toll and my legs refused to run after 23.5 miles; so I had to walk for the last bit. Got plenty of encouragement from other runners and the mashals and even managed to run the last half mile.
My thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a great event.