In short: Great event. Good challening course. Going to be a regular destination race. In full: Great event that is groiwng in popularity (sell out this year). Start/Finish improved from last year and the use of Colchester United's Football Stadium is big plus. Toilets and changing areas dry (and warm!). An offical bag drop would be good. Parking looked to be causing some issues with long queues into the Stadium. I parked on the industrial estate next door. No issues. But stadium parking must be better organised next year. Course has vrey quick first two miles into town with big hill leading to the High Street. there;'s one more downhill out of town and then a relatively small but longish incline out of town and out into the countryside. The support around the course was brilliant this year. Far more spectators out on the couse and really good support all the way round. Marshalls excellent and whilst not all that vocal it was good to see so many out on the course. Water stations well manned with cups and bottles. for beginners this is a great race as very relaxed atmosphere. Also ideal for those in marathon training. For club runners there are a few fixture clashes (Reading) which may effect depth at the front but still some very good club runners attracted and fast times for the course. Date of review: March 19, 2013
In short: Great Race- will be back next year In full: I really like the course, and thought it was a well organised race. Queues to get into car park were a slight issue. No queue for toilets when I got there (8:30). Relatively fast course. Liked the changes to the course this year. Thanks to all who organised the race. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: My 1st time here, and loved every minute, except the plod up North Hill :-) In full: Some very minor issue's regarding baggage and toilet facilities but on the whole a thoroughly enjoyable day. Top marks to the marshalls who did a grand job despite the wrath from some impatient local residents who couldnt stand to be delayed just 1 half day of the year. I thought the army cadets were brilliant. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Pre and post race disorganised, but race itself was good In full: It took me over an hour from the A12 slip road to park up and so I had little time to prepare and there were more behind. No bag drop, so extra panic. No water before the start available and the queues for loos at 8:55 were alarming, especially for the ladies. Portaloos next time or open some more in the stadium.
Race was OK and almost traffic free. Some marshals in wrong place and some just having a chat, but overall they were good.
Goody bags weren't stuffed with all the goodies, except a few leaflets, so I had to make a few extra trips and still didn't get them all. A bottle of water is a must as going back for water on the table was difficult as it was in the wrong place.
Took ages to get out of the car park afterwards. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Enjoyable race and loved the finish In full: Need to make sure there is somewhere to leave your bag, I don't drive and my husband was a marshall so not with me at the start - thank you to the first aid people for looking after mine for me ! Besides that I thought it was a good challenging race, I did a poor time as I wasn't well so will have to retun next year. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: A decent half marathon on my doorstep, what's not to love? In full: A really good route this year, a great mix of town center and country lanes. there are a few flaws with it but this ia a young event and still learning and pleasingly the organisers do seem responsive to feedback. There isn't a bag drop but this didn't bother me too much in all honesty and I stayed on to cheer the runners on it was noticeable that the crowd at the finish was inching ever closer to the runners coming through and apart from the racecommentator making a few requests there was no marshalls in sight. That said theorganisation seemed pretty good all the way around, I didn't experience any traffic problems so can't comment. The marshalls and crowd were enthusiastic and supportive so I had great fun. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Enjoyable, but some improvements needed. In full: Really liked the course winding in and out of town, expecially the traffic-free High Street, but I think a few improvements are needed if this race is to become a long-standing, successful event.
Mile markers - I like these at every mile, otherwise I find it hard to pace myself. The first one appeared at 3m (unless I missed the first 2?).
Baggage - Nowhere secure to keep stuff, despite the stadium facilities, so left mine in the car.
Parking - the queue to park at the stadium before the race was worryingly slow, so I parked on a road nearby.
Finish - this was poorly marshalled meaning the crowd gradually encroached and narrowed the finishing straight, making it quite tricky to negotiate... by the time I came through.
Marshalls - Many were great, but lots looked utterly fed up. Cheer up folks! Your smiles / claps / words of encouragement are priceless, especially towards the end.
Goodie bag - lovely medal but I'd like to have seen a bottle of water. By the time I realised there wasn't one, it was a struggle to get back to the final water station and grab a cup.
Overall - great effort, and with a few organisational improvements could become a great race and a real fixture. I look forward to it next year...
In short: Two hills some may find a challenge, I didn't think they were that bad, last section in the country very nice. Well organised. My first HM and I really enjoyed it. Would recommend it highly to anyone who wants to do a HM Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: tougher than it looks In full: The stadium start and finish usually provides a few more smiles, and this helped the 'speedy' finish too. Shame about no baggage, given the size of the venue, but not sure about the comment earlier re "be prepared to lose it". Also the High St section is excellent, and given its one-way, you'll not get cars coming at you! The hills and undulation make it a real challenge and cars are pretty common these days. The results were out in good time and I was pleased with mine given I had run there to start with! Happy Days - well done organisers; you've pleased most of the people! Date of review: March 18, 2013