In short: Excellent, well-organised and welcoming race for the running and non-running community In full: There was barely a street corner or front garden that didn't have somebody leaning out to lend their support and cheer on the runners. A real Ealing success story and local landmark for the town to be proud of and a great day out for runners of all levels. Friendly, well-organised, will be back next year! Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: 2nd year of the excellent Ealing Half! In full: This was my 2nd year of running, and in fact the 2nd year it has been on, for the fantastically organised and very enjoyable Half marathon. Scenery is very good for London, the course has mild hills but I got a PB both years of running it so they can't be that bad at all! Recommend for beginners and non-beginners a like Date of review: October 3, 2013
In short: Very well organised race. In full: From entry, to receiving my number, to dropping off my bag, everything worked like clockwork. There's a few inclines, but nothing to worry about and it seems to be a decent course for potential PBs. And for what is fundamentally a local race, the crowd support is amazing. Thanks to everyone involved in organising the race. Date of review: October 3, 2013
In short: Twisty-turney-undulating but cracking atmosphere In full: The course featured some changes from last year which (in my view) made it a little harder; it seemed more undulating and there were more turns which slowed things down a bit. However - it was very good for spectators who could spot their runner at various points around the course. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and will hopefully be back next year. Date of review: October 3, 2013
In short: Friendly, meticulously organised race In full: So there are flatter races out there with more PB potential. There are courses that are more naturally endowed with famous landmarks and beautiful scenery. But I don't think I've run in many races that have had as good an atmosphere, or were as enjoyable. .
For perspective, this isn't a review written in the rose-tinted afterglow of a PB; I went into this run in the throes of a horrible cold and a niggling Achilles, and was never in danger of recording a good time. But I still loved it. Ealing shows the value of getting the little touches right. From the no-hassle bag drop, to the lovely medal. From the signs put up around the course welcoming runners from different countries or wishing runners happy birthday, to the warm-up which was clearly led by a running coach, not a local radio DJ trying to recreate a Davina aerobics video. From the friendly and enthusiastic marshals, to the spotlight given to the local running clubs. Well done Ealing! Date of review: October 3, 2013