In short: I do like to be beside the seaside... In full: A well-organised and well-marshalled race along the flat seafront of Southend-on-Sea. As always, the sun shone and the crowds came out in force to cheer you on. What I like best about this race is the route, you run the seafront bit twice, so that your supporters get 4 chances to cheer (and 2 chances at handing out lucozade!!). Also it evens out your sunburn so you don't just get sunburnt on one side!!! Joking aside, it is magnificently well organised, and there are road closures on all but a tiny stretch of the route as well. Thanks again for a great race. Can't wait for the full marathon as well next year. :-) Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: Nice, flat, scenic (if you like boats) and suits beginners In full: Race day was well organised. Easy to follow, plenty of easy parking, signs and marshalling. The loop in the course meant drink stations were very regular. Sponges an added bonus. Registering was easy but a bit confusing as no details about the process. Number didn't turn up until about two days before the race. The race map wasn't clear, although understood after investigation. Date of review: June 21, 2011
In short: A very good event In full: A very good event. I ran it in 2008 and again this year. The route has improved and it's ideal if you are after a pb - weather permitting. Only minor thing was a lack of marshalls in the last half mile when the public had to be dodged a few times! Date of review: June 21, 2011
In short: Great race. In full: A race that seems to have been designed to be a fast race. Was quite windy along the front which threw a bit of a spanner in the works!! Brilliant to be able to see the front runners race unfold as the stormed back passed!! Back next year for sure, hope the wind isn't!!! Date of review: June 17, 2011
In short: A good intro to half marathons In full: A good flat route along the seafront. From a runners perspective a single, longer lap along more of the seafront would be better. But the shorter two laps make it much better for spectators. Overall it's a good, well organised race that's worth doing. Date of review: June 16, 2011
In short: fast friendly still buzzing now In full: thought the repeat laps would be demoralising for a mid to back runner but seeing my friend come through as second lady and maintain it made me look out for her and felt like we ran together. marshalls were fab, plenty of water stations. sponges were a great idea! weather wasnt great but suited me and hey you cant control that anyway! I knocked 11 minutes off my PB so its all good.
Tshirt??? never got one!! Goody bags and food afterwards were non-existant. A banana would have been nice. especially since it was a 2 hour drive home! also think they should have done the prize giving sooner as there was no one there!!!! Date of review: June 15, 2011