In short: Great course, why no supervised baggage drop In full: My home town run (course goes past my house!) so enjoyed the run, good challenge with hills etc. marshalling great on the course. The let down was the organisation at the start, no where to leave your bag, I had to find a corner to put it in and hope for the best! Also could not find anyone to ask, the information desk was unmanned. Distance between water stations seemed quite large. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: typical charity run half - good for 1st timers In full: Nice enough run once I'd got parked, get a feeling some people may have been panicking to get to the start, but as it was chip-to-chip I was quite happy to start at the back.
I'm not sure if running thru Colchester High St is really a good idea, viz a vis traffic, as I saw some idiot drivers on the run, but support was good.
So... hope they raised lots of money, and as it sold out, will continue to do so, just probably not with me running it again. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: 13 miles, 2 hills and very well organised. In full: A great race. Organisation was superb and well marshalled. Good mix of town and countryside. Very smooth. (that was not a description of the hills) Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: A really mixed half marathon. Lots of runners, hils to provide a challenge, and good atmosphere. Let down by lack of road closures and some poor marshalling (letting traffic out of supposedly closed roads when runners passing) Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Great new route and fantastic organisation as always. In full: The new route really made a difference this year. Last time was my first half and this time I really enjoyed having a route that was less rural.
Running through the town centre provided a great atmosphere (despite the added hill!) and a feeling that the race was integrated into the town.
The marshals provided brilliant support all the way around the course, at one point I rounded a corner expecting there to be a dozen of them and it was just two!
Route difficulty was still on the easy side of things, even though there were more hills this year they were early enough on that powering through them was a realistic option and none of them were so long you lost hope of ever reaching the top.
Looking forward to next year already :) Date of review: March 22, 2012
In short: I've had better In full: I can see there are lots of comments about the road closures and I must say I totally agree. Running a half marathon is challenging enough without having to watch out for trucks trying to run you down!! Also I'm sure like many people when I run I like to listen to music was quite hard to run without it! I understand that as it was a road race headphones were banned so that people would be more aware of their surroundings but why not just say headphones worn at own risk!! Date of review: March 20, 2012
In short: Really enjoyed the run. Course much better than the 2 lap last year. Enjoyed the town/country mix. Only 2 small grips 1. Almost got hit by a van on roundabout(despite road closures!),why were they let through? b)On a warm day more water stops please Date of review: March 19, 2012