In short: Carnival Atmosphere, Excellent Organisation In full: I have never had as much fun at a running event. I'd heard about the great atmosphere and had decided to run for the enjoyment of it, rather than aiming for a particular time - especially due to the somewhat hilly course. However, the atmosphere was so extraordinary and I had so much fun that I ended up getting an official event PB anyway, whilst enjoying every single step.
The atmosphere was equalled only by the event's excellent organisation. It ran like clockwork and I didn't see a single person looking lost or confused or frustrated, the whole time.
I'll definitely be doing this event again! Date of review: September 30, 2015
In short: Beautiful race with lots of supporters In full: This race had a lovely route. We were taken through lovely parks and around pretty neighbourhoods. The uphills are long but gradual and the gentle downhills allow you to pick up some speed. There was lots of support from the locals - cheering, orange slices, cups of water and gummy bears! Add to that some glorious autumn weather and you have a truly memorable race. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Superbly organised and wonderfully inclusive half marathon. I'll be back again next year! In full: Incredible atmosphere supplied by the public support, encouraging volunteers, and neighbourhood feel. The staggered start based on pace (from 1.30-2.30) really helped to alleviate congestion in the first couple of miles which I've experienced a little in previous years. Many thanks to Xempo and Ealing Eagles pacers! The course was excellent, and I really appreciated the carless streets and double backing along the route at points so competitors could see, cheer and be cheered by fellow runners. As an environmentally-minded runner, I love the e-goody bag! In that vein, perhaps smaller bottles could be provided by Volvic? Or water pouches? But was glad that water was drained from bottles before being collected for recycling. The race village seems to be growing year on year which provides a great, festival-esque atmosphere before and after. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: The most fun you can have with your running shoes laced. In full: The organization of this race wasn't perfect - I found a typo in one of the street names on the route map. I suppose they had to leave themselves something they could improve on next year. The gold standard for organization of a distance race and with extraordinary support from an army of volunteers and the crowds on the streets.
In short: Excellent half In full: What can I say in praise that hasn't already been said? My first half and what a reception. Despite thousands of runners pounding the sometimes narrow residential streets, the people of Ealing were SO encouraging and the volunteers just amazing. My only tiny grip is the amount of wasted water. I know I should've carried the water bottle instead of chucking it after a couple of much need sips. Could Volvic develop smaller bottles for races to ensure less waste? Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: This race just gets better every year In full: This was my 4th time running Ealing Half and it just keeps getting better. The closed roads and parks of Ealing looked resplendent in the autumn sunshine. The residents seem to treat it like one big party with the streets lined full of support. This really is London at its best! The organisation is faultless with hundreds of friendly marshals on the course; encouraging pacers; water stations cheerily manned by the churches of Ealing; and a race village to die for with plenty of toilets, a quick and efficient bag drop and loads of space in the park to just hang out and soak up the atmosphere both before and after the race A day full of smiles - I'll be back and you should definitely join me on the start line next year!! Date of review: September 28, 2015