In short: Unexpectedly testing In full: Well organised event run in beautiful weather today. Enjoyed and felt it, both during and after. Most halfs are much easier than this course but it left a good sense of achievement afterwards. The marshalling was excellent, especially on the two road crossings in the approach to mile 5. I expect there were a lot of disgruntled motorists in that area. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: If you like a hilly half-marathon, this is your best friend... In full: Not yet two months into my marathon training so knew it would be tough, but had a go...Too hilly for me, although marshalls were helpful on the day by stopping cars and ensuring runners could pass. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In full: Traffic was a major issue--it was a nice sunny day and there was rather lots of traffic on the roads. The pavement was very narrow at places which made it literally impossible to overtake slow runners. No chance of beating my PB! Also, there were many holes on the pavement so one had to take great care in order to not risk any injury. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Well organised - plenty of marshals and water stations - but takes its toll on you In full: No especially long, arduous hills, but quite a bit of up and down which took it out on me early on. Race seemed to go like clockwork otherwise, and a nice number of local supporters lining the way and providing encouragement on the running track at the end. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Tough Slog, but well worth the effort In full: No problems personally, but there does need to be a few more marshals at junctions, especially at larger side roads. There were a few incidents being discussed afterwards.
Where were all the Essex club runners, (inside M25 excepted)? Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: A good half; well organiesd on a tough course. In full: Well done Woodford Green and Dave Hollingworth for another great RVHM. Well organised, great marshalling, tough course and great sprng weather. Appreciated the start and finish on the track, too.
In short: Good challenging course and well organised , with nice intimate friendly atmosphere In full: Organisers have definately taken on board feedback from previous years events and continued to improve the race, with chip timings and new track finish. Very well organised day and marshalled excellently. Will never be the fastest course, but is a good testing half marathon and would recommended as part of a training plan for any budding marathon runners. Look forward to running again next. Date of review: March 1, 2011