In short: An Eagle Eyed view In full: I ran the first ever Ealing Half Marathon as an Ealing Eagle yesterday so although I'm probably biased, I do have over 40 odd races under my belt so can see it from a runners point of view.
The organisation was amazing, I will never underestimate the work that goes into a race again after seeing over a years work from the EHM team come together. You did an amazing job.
The course was hilly and quite tough but a great challenge. Who wants to always take the easy route!?!? Where is the fun in that?
From start to finish I had a great run, it was amazing to run your home town and have all the people out from their houses clapping you on, playing music and forming cheer squads. A real community event. The finish in the parks was a true highlight for me and the last 400m brought me back to the cheering crowds of the VLM and an experience I never thought I would relive, but I did.
In a gorgeous little park in Ealing West London, something pretty impressive happened yesterday in my humble opinion and I'll be back along with many, many others.
In short: Great First Half Marathon In full: This was my first and hopefully not last marathon.
Oganisation seemed to be brilliant and everyone was really friendly. I did not expect the course to be as hilly as was which was a great surprise for me as I love a few hills on a route! For me the runners, the supporters and the organisers made this run a great day for me and I will definitely try and run again in 2013 Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Very well organized, fantastic support all the way round, some hills which made it interesting but not too brutal. My first half marathon and it couldnt have been better. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Expensive but well organised In full: Ealing's 1st Half Marathon was a very well organised event. Although there were a couple of testing parts of the course, overall it was a very quick course with a great atmosphere.
One downside is that at £34 it makes this dearer than the London Bupa 10K and the London Marathon and as good as it was it is definately not in the same league as the London Marathon or Bupa 10K Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Nice London race without the hype In full: I was wanting to do a half marathon this year in London as have tended to go out of London as races tend to be packed in London. Staggered start is something other organisers need to have. Great support on the course at times was flagging but people were out of there houses cheering and hopefully this will now be a regular annual event. Good volunteers with water and encouragement on hand. Like others would have been nice to have had a fuel station ( jelly babies , sports drinks etc). Special thanks to the guy who had a music player around 10/11 miles which spurred me on when I was flagging and the kids high fiving around the 12/13 mile mark. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Great day! In full: Thanks to everyone involved in the Ealing half. I echo all the previous comments, especially about the marshalls, who were extremely encouraging (and there were loads of them, too). Also the Xempo pacers were brilliant. Couldn't have done it without them. Only small thing for improvement were the lack of any nutrition (jelly babies?). Everything else was first class. Thanks a lot! Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Great debut half, hope it's a regular feature In full: Excellent debut from the Ealing half. Really smooth organisation, even when the police forced a delay to the start. Great support from the locals along the way. It was hilly, but then I'm local so was prepared for some of them but think they might have been tough for first-timers. Still, it's better to have a challenge than not! And where else will you get Mel from the Great British Bake Off cheering you on and telling you to 'give it some Mo!" I really hope it's a regular feature in the calendar, I'd love to do it again Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Congratulations to the organisers In full: The organisers could not have made it better. Tend to agree with the bottles I too hate throwing an almost full bottle of water away. I will definately be back next year. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Fab first time event - well done organisers! In full: I echo all the positive feedback about this event - I was impressed from the moment I signed up, great regular comms from the organisers who always had such a positive attitude towards the participants.
On the day organisation just as impressive - delayed start out of their control but at least they kept us informed. Course much hillier than advertised but I still came out with a pb so I am happy. Marshals fantastically supportive and all pre and post race elements seemed smooth.
Some parts of the course were fairly narrow so it will be interesting to see how this is managed if they increase the participant size in 2013.
Two places for improvement (1) bigger or more visible mile markers (I missed several) (2) cups of water instead of bottles (mostly because I feel guilty throwing away an almost full bottle as I tend to take sips and dont like carrying them with me - plus perhaps a feed station at one of the water stops (was desperate for a jelly baby!)
Overall fantastic and I will be recommending this to everyone for next year Date of review: October 1, 2012