In short: Amazing, well done everyone involved. In full: My first marathon distance and what a run to pick. The hill on mile 14 was killer and the club marshling was epic, loads of support and everyone was cheering you on. It was a very hot day and there was plenty of water stops on the course. Spectators had plenty of places to go to watch the runners and was spread around the course nicely to help keep motivation going. As it was my first I got a pb at 4 hours 5 so I'm chuffed and still buzzing today.
Thanks to the Halstead runners, see you next year ;) Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: hilly, gorgeous, friendly In full: Picture-perfect course, challenging but not killer-hills, faultless organisation, supportive and plentiful marshals, spot-on mile markers, friendly/feel-good atmosphere amongst runners, easy/close-by parking. My 2nd time here-failed to better last year's time...but still as much on a high after the race. Big thanks to all involved. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Excellent In full: My first marathon, and my friends weren't kidding about the hills. Did it under 5 hrs and there was plenty of support and water stations around the course. I also picked up a nice tan on the back of my neck. Not many events this year have done that ?? Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: very hot, otherwise could be a lovely event In full: Well organised, parking near the start/finish, plenty loos, crap showers (tepid and just a heavy trickle of water rather than a shower in the ladies), lots of lovely supporters, cheery marshalls and very friendly all round. Only slight criticism was at the finish line where the helpers seemed more concerned about if I was OK when all I wanted was the chip removing and my medal.... but I had a serious blood sugar low so may have just been me! Lovely event, but hilly and hot. Personal worst on the time! Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Essex country side at its best with this very well organised race. A ++++ In full: My second marathon and only booked as a training run for my 100km Race to the stones in July and could not have loved it more. Fantastic in everyway. So well organised they even print up direction for your supporters so they can get to a great viewing area and see you at least twice on the run. The countryside is just so beautiful and really keeps your mind off the miles. It was very hot yesterday but I kept really well hydrated with the excellent water stops. Each one offering water, squash and nearly always jelly babies and orange slices. All marshals where brilliant especially standing in the sun all day, so many thanks. Will be back next year, many thanks :) PS I got a PB so added bonus Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Fanstastic Event a must do Marathon In full: Brilliant value for money, course full of supporters, plenty of water stations, your own drinks out on course, there are hills but nothing that will break you. I took 20 mins off of my PB on this course, so it's not to avoid. Great event a must Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Hot Hilly hell...and yes i'd do it again! In full: In 22 degrees on a challenging hilly course I felt like death at the end of the race but i'd still do it again...I'd just hope for cooler weather :)
The organisation is fantastic. The support is incredibly good considering it's so rural and a fairly small number of runners. Great supportive atmosphere from other runners too. The scenery is gorgeous...well what I saw of it through my sweat soaked eyes...
A bumper goody bag and a quality medal that's heavy enough to remind you of the work you put in to get it!
Great work Halstead runners! Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Hated it In full: My first marathon in 16 years since an abortive London Marathon in 1998. Publicly I had said I just wanted to get round comfortably and raise a few quid for a Myeloma charity. Secretly I had a goal, to run within two hours of my best time from 25 years previously. A target then of sub 4:40. My other target if that failed was to run quicker than the time 74 year old Pat Dobbs one of the London ever presents had done in April. From the word off I felt terrible, comfortable went out the window at the first sign of a hill, something, living down by the coast I was woefully unprepared for. From then on it was a struggle, mile after mile of misery, running from drink station to drink station, wondering if I could risk picking up what appeared to be bottles of discarded sports drinks. Thoughts of energy gels filled my mind, alas left carelessly in my bag. Minute after minute passed by, I could have easily stopped and headed back, but of course I didn't my brother in law's terminal cancer saw to that. On On On I went, taking a little walk every mile, just .1 of a mile, thanks Garmin you did help with that. Was determined to run the last mile, but the grassy field saw to it that I didn't, but still managed to jog the last bit across the line. Nice medal and goody bag, was told by work to wear the Pink T Shirt with pride. No, but I will wear it under a rain jacket! What went wrong? I think, looking back I went into the race badly dehydrated, not just on the day, but in the weeks and months leading up to it. I sure paid for that and finished officially in 4:56, missing both my targets. And here is the but and it is a big big but, would I do it again? a big resounding yes. The organisation was superb, the course great the Halstead Road Runners friendly and supportive and the people standing patiently for us tail-enders handing out sweets, Jaffa Cakes etc were brilliant. And as a postscript to all of that, the person serving in the Macdonalds on the way home near Clacton asked if I had been doing the Tour of Tendring Cycle ride was very impressed when I said no a marathon - I felt 10 foot tall - can't wait to do it all again next May. Date of review: October 7, 2014