In short: 3rd year here and I seem to enjoy it more each time In full: It's a fantastic race - pretty and challenging course, with a great atmosphere all the way round from other runners, marshalls, stations and supporters! No negative comments and to rate it properly just look at how many keep coming back year after year - myself included! Well done HRR and supporters Date of review: May 12, 2009
In short: Perfect race aside from my dodgy calf muscle In full: Fantastic race, weather perfect (for supporters anyway) altho v hot for runners, lessons obviously learnt from last year as copious amounts of fluid available throughout the whole course (even for the back 10% of the runners where i was), undulating but loads of good down hills to make up time lost of the challenging uphills. Most of the marshalls were fantastic (especially the lady who gave me her two bananas she had bought for her kids, as they had run out, thank you)....minus point...not enough bananas for back markers once the race was finished, great medal and t-shirt. The course was beautiful, countryside throughout. My 3rd marathon so far and my favourite......bearing in mind i have done London & Edinburgh. It was THAT good ! Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Perfect ! In full: Thanks Halstead RR, organisors, marshalls, all volunteers, cadets, first aiders, spectators, local residents and other runners. My first marathon and although one of the back markers I was given as much encoragement and support as an elite runner. I'll keep Sundays in May 2010 free in my diary - this marathon is a definite for next year. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Terrific marshalling and water station support, must have been almost as many volunteers as runners.. In full: Heaps of staff on hand and it all ran very smoothly. Course has definite 'undulations' but none of the climbs last too long at least. Frequent water stops and some sponges most welcome in the warm sunshine this year. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: fantastic race In full: challenging but beautiful course, marshalls, cadets and water stations lovely. mayor was lovely at the end and the first aiders were great. lovely to have good showers at the end too, I had severe cramps and the shower saved the day! The supporters, especially at levitts corner, made me feel very special, like an elite! Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Faultless In full: Excellent support, organisation etc. Many thanks to the people of Halstead for their support, the excellent job the Marshalls and Cadets did and the seemingly unlimited supply of jelly babies.
In short: A very special marathon which cannot be bettered. In full: My fourth consecutive Halstead and one of the first in the diary. My thoughts have already been expressed by many of the previous raters, and the organisers should be praised for maintaining the very high standards that this event is renowned for.
The weather was glorious, and was thankfully more comfortable than last year's heatwave.
The parking, venue facilities, baggage, provision for own drinks set things up nicely for the marathon and ultra runners.
A good sized field meant that you were always running in a group or with a runner in sight, but the event also managed to make each runner feel special. The route is really scenic, and cleverly disguises the fact that you are running two laps (to me anyway). The course profile is a little undulating in parts, but does give you something back - a nice variation and kinder to the legs than on a flat course.
The marshaling was brilliant, the water stations were well staffed and prepared to hand out personal drinks or cups of water, the army cadets summed up the feelgood factor with their support and enthusiasm, and the rousing support from the general public gave me that filip when I suffered towards the end. Also, plenty of generous donations of jelly babies were available around the course.
The medal is really splendid, and one that I'll treasure. The goodie bag was well stocked and t-shirt was of the usual quality.
Thanks to Nathan and the team for making this a very special day for me and I'll be back to be a 'wannabee' member of the 262 club next year! Date of review: May 11, 2009