In short: Excellent organisation, moderately challenging course, good day out In full: Thanks to the organisers and especially the marshals, all of whom were helpful, friendly and encouraging. I last did this race in 2010 when the weather conditions caused a lot of problems. Well done on all the improvements and for making the sun shine! Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Challenging last few miles very enjoyable though. In full: Thanks to all those behind the scenes and the marshalls for their efforts especially on the more challenging crossings.Don't agree with some of the negative comments, allot of people give their time freely to put on events such as these. Marshalls could have done without some people not following instructions at the busier crossings. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Unexpectedly testing In full: Well organised event run in beautiful weather today. Enjoyed and felt it, both during and after. Most halfs are much easier than this course but it left a good sense of achievement afterwards. The marshalling was excellent, especially on the two road crossings in the approach to mile 5. I expect there were a lot of disgruntled motorists in that area. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: If you like a hilly half-marathon, this is your best friend... In full: Not yet two months into my marathon training so knew it would be tough, but had a go...Too hilly for me, although marshalls were helpful on the day by stopping cars and ensuring runners could pass. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In full: Traffic was a major issue--it was a nice sunny day and there was rather lots of traffic on the roads. The pavement was very narrow at places which made it literally impossible to overtake slow runners. No chance of beating my PB! Also, there were many holes on the pavement so one had to take great care in order to not risk any injury. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Well organised - plenty of marshals and water stations - but takes its toll on you In full: No especially long, arduous hills, but quite a bit of up and down which took it out on me early on. Race seemed to go like clockwork otherwise, and a nice number of local supporters lining the way and providing encouragement on the running track at the end. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Tough Slog, but well worth the effort In full: No problems personally, but there does need to be a few more marshals at junctions, especially at larger side roads. There were a few incidents being discussed afterwards.
Where were all the Essex club runners, (inside M25 excepted)? Date of review: February 26, 2012