In full: If you're looking for a challenging but atmospheric London race without the rigours of training for the VLM, then be sure to sign up for The Ealing 2013.
I'm so pleased that I was part of this inaugural event yet it was far from feeling like one with the usual teething issues - other than the delayed start which was beyond the organiser's control, the attention to detail and professionalism of the race from the pre-race packs to the quality of the portaloos to the vociferous marshals was nothing short of outstanding.
The course itself, although quick, was challenging at times. what made it quick though was the plethora of gathering local support at crucial vantage points which made it worthwhile. Like me, if you enjoy engaging with the supporters to keep up the motivation and pace, the Ealing community will reciprocate with similar enthusiam - they want to see the runners enjoying themselves on thier home patch!!
The organisers made good use of what scenery Ealing could offer and I, for one, wasn't disappointed in that respect. The only thing which disappointed me was the drop-out rate on the day. Boy did you guys miss out on what is surely going to be a fast sell-out next year. can the organisers top thier first event? I bet they're already on the case...One of the best HMs for overall appeal. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: great, friendly half marathon in London In full: really good organisation (despite delayed start), good marshalling, water stations where you need them. Great support from residents of Ealing. Hilly in places though and therefore not as fast as I would have liked. I would love to do it again and I suspect it will sell out fast next year. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Get that Ealing feeling! In full: Superb organisation, fantastic location, and an outstanding début for a race that I hope cements itself onto the annual racing calendar.
Many have already commented on how well organised the event was and I have to add my congratulations to all those involved in the race; the race organisers, the marshals, the volunteers, the spectators, the runners, and the wonderful people of Ealing who cheered everyone on.
The route was definitely undulating and bordering on the hilly at times but to be honest I hardly noticed because I was too busy exchanging greetings with the cheery spectators and giving high-fives to all the kids. In fact I blew my PB out of the water by getting caught up in it all and not checking my watch.
In a year when the word legacy has been prevalent the community of Ealing has really done themselves proud. Churches impacted as they sit next to the closed roads? No problem. They just set-up food & drink outside and ask for donations in return. My family enjoyed themselves cutting around the route to cheer me on while mingling with the natives and sampling lots of cake.
I hope this race returns in 2013 and I will be signing up for my place before the wider running community starts to realise just how special this event is. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Really enjoyable race In full: Organisation was brilliant. Great energy. Not overcrowded or congested so good for PBs. Quite an undulating course but nothing too traumatic. Bagged myself a PB and had a great day! Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Superb race - would do it again without a doubt In full: The organisation behind this race was outstanding - it's hard to believe it was the first time it had taken place. It had a lovely race village in the park which had a great atmosphere, and there was a lot of support from enthusiastic marshalls and locals along the course. Given that there are some hills, the course is surprisingly quick and I managed to get a pb. I thought it was reasonably good value given that the roads were closed throughout the course as I imagine this must add substantially to the overall cost of organising the race. Last but not least, the goodie bag contained a suprise can of beer which was a really nice touch - can't get better than that! Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Brilliant race - loved every minute! In full: Today was my first ever half marathon and I was lucky enough to run in the first ever Ealing Half. Very well organised and so friendly, was great to see the local people cheering us all on and was fun to high five the kids along the way. The hills were tricky but always rewarded by a downhill afterwards. I was aiming for 2:10 and managed 2:01 so I was really pleased for my first time. I'll definitely do it again next year. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: An Amazing Day In full: Amazing Half Marathon Debut from the race organisers. Had a great time pacing the 2 hour group and will be back next year, fantastic crowds along the course - thank you Ealing for the massive support along route. Date of review: September 30, 2012