In short: The best Marathon for organisation by a country mile or 26.2. In full: This was my 8th time and every time I come away with the same opinion not an easy course but by far and away the best marathon Ive done worth every penny of my entry fee. Im not sure its great for PB but for OB (organisational Best) it's the stand out in my eyes. Plenty of drinks stations ( sponges too )with the option to have your own drinks handed to you at each stop. I have never used this facility but it is just such a great idea and so personal when the going gets tough. Thank you Halstead its been a pleasure every time. Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Well organised, friendly and PB potential In full: Have done this race 6/7 times and it remains one of my favourites. Course undulates but definitely has PB potential. Support out on the course tends to concentrate in a couple of areas (cross over points on this 2 lap route). Friendly marshals, great goody bag and well organised. A number of ladies from my club have achieved first time GFA times to qualify for London. Recommended. Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Bottled water and a 0900 start would make this the race of the year..... In full: This is my first spring marathon away from London although I run Abingdon every October.
This a great race.
I live an hour away so was able to sleep in till 0630, big plus. Parking was excellant, seconds away from the start finish, baggage/changing all good and plenty of space to relax beforehand. It's a rolling course as opposed to say the hilliness of Bungay but it is glorious scenery for the whole race. Slightly disapointed that there was no bottled water supplied and a 0900 start would help against any hot weather but I shall be lining up again next spring. Halstead for fun. Abingdon for a PB. well done Halstead Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Top quality event In full: Not done Halstead for 4 years, and I will not be waiting 4 years to return. Possibly the best marshalling I have seen and that was just the tip of the iceberg. Every aspect of this race was organised so well cannot suggest anything to improve it. The bag storage was fantastic, well done there and I was in a warm shower within minutes of finishing the race. I massively congratulate all those involved in making such a great day out-fantastic. To end on a slight negative, poor that some runners were chatting etc during the minutes silence for Boston-clearly they did not read the instructions OR worse, ignored them.