In short: Thank you thank you Ealing half for such an amazing race In full: Clockwork organisation from beginning to end. Community support - such a brilliant atmosphere, even when this slower runner was going by. A meandering route which thoughtfully (for the community) doesn't box in vast areas of Ealing with road closures and allows the runners to encourage each other at various points - my fastest mile was on the stretch going from Ealing to Hanwell where I was looking out for members of my running club. An environmentally friendly goody bag - choice of water and food at the end of the race (so you didn't take what you didn't want) and an email for the vouchers (so you could print out what you wanted)- no waste. Tricky point on the water - though I must admit I drank practically all the water I picked up so I was happy with the size of water bottle I was given. My all-time favourite race! Date of review: September 30, 2015
In short: A well-oiled operation from start to finish. In full: Closed roads, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers, leafy streets, parkland, modest undulations. Fabulous conditions and very slick organisation. Everything has been thought of - all you have to do is run. And there's definitely a PB waiting for you! Date of review: September 30, 2015
In short: Highlight of the running year. Highly recommended. In full: Along with being organised excellently by people who obviously care deeply about what they're doing, the atmosphere at this race is extraordinary, creating a better buzz even than many big city marathons. Certainly the most impressive half I've ever taken part in. Date of review: September 30, 2015
In short: Great race with enthusiastic organisation spoilt by non existent goody bag and an overly complicated course with too many turns In full: Course needs to be rethought, take a look at the mapmyrun or garmin profile, it looks like a two year old frantically scribbling, it must be possible to find longer stretches without throwing in such frequent turns Date of review: September 30, 2015
In short: Big race excitement with small race friendliness In full: Wonderful combination: A big race with closed roads, a buzz, loads of support, music & atmosphere, but had the small race feel of support, fun and no stress. Loved it! Date of review: September 30, 2015
In short: Carnival Atmosphere, Excellent Organisation In full: I have never had as much fun at a running event. I'd heard about the great atmosphere and had decided to run for the enjoyment of it, rather than aiming for a particular time - especially due to the somewhat hilly course. However, the atmosphere was so extraordinary and I had so much fun that I ended up getting an official event PB anyway, whilst enjoying every single step.
The atmosphere was equalled only by the event's excellent organisation. It ran like clockwork and I didn't see a single person looking lost or confused or frustrated, the whole time.
I'll definitely be doing this event again! Date of review: September 30, 2015
In short: Beautiful race with lots of supporters In full: This race had a lovely route. We were taken through lovely parks and around pretty neighbourhoods. The uphills are long but gradual and the gentle downhills allow you to pick up some speed. There was lots of support from the locals - cheering, orange slices, cups of water and gummy bears! Add to that some glorious autumn weather and you have a truly memorable race. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Superbly organised and wonderfully inclusive half marathon. I'll be back again next year! In full: Incredible atmosphere supplied by the public support, encouraging volunteers, and neighbourhood feel. The staggered start based on pace (from 1.30-2.30) really helped to alleviate congestion in the first couple of miles which I've experienced a little in previous years. Many thanks to Xempo and Ealing Eagles pacers! The course was excellent, and I really appreciated the carless streets and double backing along the route at points so competitors could see, cheer and be cheered by fellow runners. As an environmentally-minded runner, I love the e-goody bag! In that vein, perhaps smaller bottles could be provided by Volvic? Or water pouches? But was glad that water was drained from bottles before being collected for recycling. The race village seems to be growing year on year which provides a great, festival-esque atmosphere before and after. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: The most fun you can have with your running shoes laced. In full: The organization of this race wasn't perfect - I found a typo in one of the street names on the route map. I suppose they had to leave themselves something they could improve on next year. The gold standard for organization of a distance race and with extraordinary support from an army of volunteers and the crowds on the streets.