In short: Deserves its reputation In full: I ran Ealing for the first time last year and was impressed enough to sign up for this year right away. The race didn't disappoint. The race takes place around the roads of Ealing (it's one of the few closed road events in London) which is a pleasant enough leafy suburb, and diverts through a couple of parks. If you want beautiful scenery you won't find it here, but it's nice enough for a London race. The course is undulating - there are a couple of climbs but you can easily make up the time on the downhill sections. I set a PB last year and I set a new PB in this year's event, so it's definitely possible. Water stations are mostly at Ealing's churches and volunteers are enthusiastic. Water is in bottles, too. There are also plenty of children in the crowd handing out sweets and high fives in equal measure. Crowd support is very good - the best I've encountered in a half marathon - and the local community really does get involved. Some offered musical accompaniement on the way around; others handed out orange slices and Haribo. Race numbers arrive in the post (if you entered in good time) and had your name on this year so specators could give you extra encouragement. The race also has pacers to help you smash that PB. The bag check is pretty much the best I've encountered in any race. There were plenty of toilets in the start area too. I really can't fault it as a race. It isn't the cheapest race and you don't get a free shirt, but then they are covering the cost of the road closures. Beyond that, I definitely recommend it. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere on the race, but poor organisation at the start. In full: Pros: A very friendly atmosphere around the course, many locals came out to support runners, some with jelly babies, water or home-made banners. I enjoyed the bands and choirs too, just what you need when the going gets tough. Plenty of water stations with bottles with sports tops, ideal. I didn't receive any notification of my finish time, but the results were posted on the website quite soon after the race. Cons: the worst bit for me was the shambles at race pack pick up. I stood in a line for 25 mins to collect my pack - for some reason packs had been sorted into number order, but none of the runners knew their number, and there seemed to be only one copy of the list of names and numbers. The consequence was that one person looked up the runner's name, shouted it out to six people standing behind boxes of race packs, and they all looked for the right race pack. This sort of thing is so basic, it really frustrates me when race organisers can't get it right. Then all the portaloos were a five minute walk away, by the start, whereas the bag drop was at the other end of the park. Why not have loos in more than one place? Once we got going it was fine, although congested for the first mile. The course was more undulating than I'd been expecting. I might do this again but I'll enter in time to get my pack in the post! Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Underwhelmed In full: A monotonous route around the streets of never ending suburbia, completely forgettable. One should take a good book to read and I'm not talking about the spectators. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Excellent organisation & race, challenging course In full: A fantastic half marathon. Slick organisation from start to finish, great spectator support, good medal. Plus the bonus of catching the 207 bus home which stops right outside my local! Date of review: October 22, 2015
In short: Heaven for a first time runner, cheers all the way round, first rate organisation. A positive and uplifting race that leaves you smiling long after the race is all over. Date of review: October 10, 2015
In short: Still one of my favourite races!! And a new half marathon PB In full: Another wonderful morning spent in West London for my 2nd Ealing Half Marathon. I was doing two half marathons this day and Ealing was the first of the two. Everything was brilliant and exceeded the excellent high standards of the 2014 run. Friendly atmosphere, marshals really helpful, wonderful crowd support from the people of Ealing and a new gorgeous medal. The plan was to run this one as fast as I could so I could make my train for the Windsor Half and this year I just flew round. Previous PB of a half marathon being 1:28:29 & for Ealing in 2014 I clocked a 1:32:38 so delighted to have smashed both with a 1:27:06.
Must give a mention as well to the fantastic team on their Twitter and Facebook page as well as the constant monthly emails of news, tips and other handy information always keeping everyone really well informed. Also, can't forget the complimentary car sticker that I received! My Dad now has that car sticker in his car!
Will this win half marathon of the year again? Don't be surprised to see this as the winner next year... Date of review: October 8, 2015
In short: Brilliant atmosphere and superbly organised. In full: This has got to be one of the best half marathons around, if not the best. The atmosphere is great all around the course with the locals out in support oranges and jelly babies and extra drinks. The organisation is superb, proper drinks bottles at five different drink stops, none of the silly cups, fabulous medal, plenty of pacers for different times, there's so much going for this run. OK so there are some challenging hills, but the serious ones are over after about mile 8, so dig in for the finish in the park with plenty of people cheering you on. Date of review: October 5, 2015