In short: Nice small friendly well organised race. In full: Although six laps of hackney Marsh sounds dull, the up side is that you can get a good feel for what lies around the corner to help you judge your pace towards a PB. And it is pleasant. Trees, paths, canals with barges and fields for picnics, so it's quite nice. This is a great race to bring the family along for support because they get to see you six times on the course.......think about it, you get your favourite supporters cheering you on all the way. Apart from that the organisation was great, fun atmosphere, great marshals and the home made goodie bag with a fresh bagel with jam and butter gave it a personal touch. Well done guys! Date of review: September 13, 2013
In short: You wont regret doing this race, I've done it 3 times now. In full: This is a great race, super friendly and superbly encouraging marshalls throughout. Really fun warm up which made even to steeliest hipsters smile. General feel good factor and easy to navigate 6 lap course. Super flat and good mix of men and women. Date of review: September 11, 2013
In short: Well organised, friendly event, friendly marshals, jelly babies.... In full: I'm so glad I did this (£17) as opposed to the rip off £50 of run to the beat. This was well organised and friendly and it had a lovely feel to it. It was six laps of just over 2 miles, so I saw my cheering partner 6 times, as well as the marshals who knew my name (even if it hadn't been on my shirt!)There were free jelly babies, home-made flap-jacks (I think), free drinks, a massage if you wanted, and it all went well. My only gripe is that it wasn't chip times (I'd pay a little more next year for this) I should think every runner went away happy. Date of review: September 10, 2013
In short: UFD 1/2 maintains its special community feel In full: 2nd time I've run this but the first was 3 years ago. Pleased to say it's lost none of its charms as a friendly, community feel 1/2 marathon. It has great PB potential, the laps can be mentally challenging but as you come to the final lap it does provide you with that boost knowing that you're nearly there!
Only note I'll make is I had a car leaving the far side changing rooms drive deliberately towards me as I was approaching the small lane just before the water station, forcing me to stop and I then got a mouthful of abuse for my troubles. Perhaps a temporary sign just before the crossing asking drivers to give way to runners might be an idea (although I think I just got unlucky with this idiot). Great, friendly and encouraging marshalling. Thanks UFD, I'm sure I'll be back again next year.