In short: Great little local half In full: This is a perfect distance for me to run a 20miler with a 13.1 blast in the middle, so I wasn't expecting more than a fast training run, but the race was great. Track start/finish, excellent, cheery marshalls, nice rolling hills to test yourself, and a smattering of fun local support (thanks go to the chap calling out the places as we can round the loop both times!). I'd happily pay a tenner to make all my training runs this nice. Good spread of pace too. Well done all involved. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Well organised and listened to comments from last year In full: A vast improvement on 2010 and not just because of the weather. The organisation was superb - the marshals encouraging and friendly, the mile markers accurate and there was no repeat of the horrendous toilet queues in 2011.
The course is hilly (for these parts) and not particularly scenic but it's difficult to see how the race could realistically be improved - congratulations to all those involved. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: A well organised event In full: A good event. Car parking at the stadium became full early on so had to park in the back streets, but that was ok. However, there wasn't a bag drop. This would be a welcome addition next year, as there were loads of bags just left anywhere in the club house. Plenty of loos this year and the track finish was good. It's not a fast course, given the undulations, but a good pre-marathon tester. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Very well organised event In full: Well done to all involved - some organisational tweaks since last year which improved the start/finish significantly. Chip timing a great addition. Very well marshalled and thanks to all the locals who came out to encourage. Early start time is good too. Definitely one I'll do again Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: Sun, nice medal and a PB! In full: Excellent organisation this yr, liked the new finish. Useful goody bag (mars bar and lucozade) rather than useless tat and advertising. Marshalls excellent as always at the rd crossings and a few friendly locals out to give a wave and encouragement on a sunny Sunday morning. Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: Wet, windy and hilly! In full: This was my first half marathon and it isn't very local but the alternative was filled up before I entered so I decided to sign up for Roding Valley.
I didn't realise it was hilly until a few days before but I guess everyone has to start somewhere.. The weather was terrible and the start did seem a little chaotic however the weather really seemed to affect everything - even the mood of other runners! I definitely got the impression everyone wanted to get round and get warm again ASAP!
I found it nice to explore a new area and the downhill section at the end of the big loop was good.. There were people cheering despite the rain which made it enjoyable
Most marshalls were encouraging and very brave! Overall it was enjoyable and the irony is that the weather has been perfect every day since the event! (a week has passed now!) Date of review: March 7, 2010