In short: A valuable addition to the half marathon calendar In full: Considering this is only the second year and a large number of roads are closed in a busy part of London, there seem to be very few flaws to this event. One minor point - someone earlier complained about the number of water bottles hardly used and chucked away. Well, it seems a bit silly to me to have a water stop within one and a half miles of the start - surely no one really needs to take on water by that stage. I must admit, I rarely take any on board during the race, but that's just me I suppose. Everything else is really good, though my Garmin seems to tell me it was even hillier than last year (route was changed a bit). I shall be back. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: Fantastic organisation and atmosphere combine to provide for London's special half marathon In full: The Ealing half marathon in only its second year was a stunning success and was one of the most enjoyable half marathons I've run.
The organisation was perfect - from the timing chip strip on your racing number, to the colourful race guide posted out, to the race starting in a timely manner, visible running time pacers, an army of volunteers handing out bottled water at regular water stations, a finishing area with loudspeakers and an impressive weighty medal on finishing. The entry fee was very reasonable and nowhere near the amounts charged by more commercial events such as Run to the Beat. When you consider that the race was run on completely closed roads in London makes the entry fee and organisation all the more impressive.
Furthermore there were additional touches which showed the thought that went into this. Runners whose birthday fell on the day of the race had official signs up along the route wishing them a happy birthday. There were official signs at various points with flags on welcoming the different nationalities of the runners taking part. As well as a finisher's medal there was also a colour drawing of some running shoes with the Ealing Half Marathon medal draped on it - perhaps the artistic effort of someone on the organsiing committee?
Throughout the entire 21km there was great support from local residents who got up early to cheer on runners. Some locals even pumped music along the route on a Sunday morning for the the benefit of participants, others handed out jelly beans.
The scenery was nice - Ealing is a leafy London suburb and Lammas Park is a great venue to start and finish the race. The Hanwell viaduct in the Bunny Park is quite an attractive sight to run past. Transport links to the race were excellent too with several nearby tube stops.
A couple of small hills and some undulations (downhill as well as uphill, nothing too bad) might mean it's not quite PB territory but that certainly shouldn't put you off.
Will definitely run the 2014 race. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: A fantastically organised and thoroughly enjoyable race made even better by great local support In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race. Flawless organisation, a challenging course (the hills came as a surprise, even to an Ealing resident!) and the local support along the course was brilliant and did Ealing proud. There was enough to keep family and friends entertained in Lammas Park and a great mini mile race for the kids. All in all, it was fantastic and I will be back next year. Nice medal too. Thanks Ealing! Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: Great race (again) In full: Excellent organisation and marshalling. Love the race village and great atmosphere. Not flat - v undulating with lots of turns so not a PB course, but very enjoyable course round local area and well supported. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: Perfectly organised event on an interesting and testing course. In full: Having watched this event in 2012, I decided to join in this year and, as my first Half Marathon, I really can't fault it. Organisation was immaculate, atmosphere was brilliant, marshals were keen and encouraging, medal was impressive. The route took in some interesting parts of Ealing with hilly bits throughout, making it a good test. Being able to see runners on the other side of the road for much of it was an added bonus. Congratulations to all who put on such a great show. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: well organised, well supported, not "flat" :) In full: The "race village" in Lammas Park was varied and well organised. In addition to various genuinely useful/interesting sponsors/concessions there was slick check in for people arriving without race packs and very efficient baggage drop and recovery. Minor negative note on race timing is that the results provided online include a "grading" which is not an accurate Age Grade, but rather an Age Grade calculated using out of date Age Grade tables. Special positive mention to Xempo who, in addition to their running wear concession in the race village, provided excellent pacers at 1:30, 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15.
The course really isn't "flat". I think "undulating" would be a much fairer description. None of the undulations are a serious "hill" and none of the undulations are steep, but nonetheless the course is a significant factor. Repeated gentle to medium inclines and declines take their toll over 13+ miles!
BUT the course IS well lined with support. There are one or two real focal points with music and big crowds, but throughout the course you're never alone even discounting other runners.
I'd certainly do it again. And I'd enjoy it again. PB this time, but there are faster, truly flat, courses out there I'm sure. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: Improvement on a great first year In full: Very we'll organised race (no not race, experience is a better description of the day). A great race village with flawless bag drop off and collection. I did not think I would like the changes to the course but I really enjoyed seeing the leaders and other runners racing on the other side of the course, it really added to the great atmosphere. Superb support on the course, only just behind the Great North Run. This will become an iconic event Date of review: September 30, 2013
In short: Everyone should run Ealing Half - great race!! In full: The inaugral race in 2012 was fantastic - unbelivably this year was even better! Faultless organisation, a great course on closed London roads and through local parks, brilliant marshalling and plentiful water stations. Local residents really enter into the spirit of the whole event and create a party atmosphere all the way around. I'll definitely be back in 2014! Date of review: September 30, 2013